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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Found the temperature sensor - it was coiled up between my second aux battery and the metal body of the vehicle, which is in a closed off box next to the back drawer system. So it was not being...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Thanks for this Mikemi - sorry I am rejoining the thread quite late this evening!
    I did constantly check out my alternator meter during my trip and I never saw it drop below 13.5v so it seems that...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Thanks for the detailed response and agree with your points.
    If I don't get the appropriate answer from my installer who would you recommend as the best workshop in the Jhb area to comprehensively...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Hi - as per the pics I have just posted you can see I do have the Smartpass but this did not help overcome my charging problems. Also, I have use this same configuration twice before in the Kalahari...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Not sure if this helps but please see pics attached of
    - Front Aux battery in engine bay
    - Back Aux battery in back of vehicle
    - Ctek unit in back of vehicle (Dual + Smartpass).
    The number of...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    The smaller 90ah aux battery in the engine bay is wired in parallel with the larger 105ah aux battery in the back. There are a lot of connecting wires! I don't have a wiring diagram but will get one...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Thanks - will try and locate the sensor today
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Sorry - answer to your 2nd question: I have a voltage display reading in the front cab for each of my aux batteries and can constantly monitor them.
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    My electronics knowledge is rather basic, but yes there are cables from the cranking/main battery to the Ctek unit at the back of the vehicle, from the Ctek unit to the adjacent aux battery and then...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Thanks Coenoes - I am considering doubling up on my panel.
    Has anyone come across a reliable table showing fridge size vs battery requirements vs solar panel requirements in different ambient...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Thanks - I will look into the temperature sensor issue. My Ctek unit plus the 105ah aux battery is in the back (air-conditioned) drawer system area of my vehicle, and the 90ah aux battery is in the...
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    Re: Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Sure: My two aux. batteries are a 105ah deep cycle and a 90ah deep cycle. The 90ah was bought new last month after a pre-trip check was done on both.
    My solar panel is a 105w Flexopower foldable...
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    Ctek 250S + aux. battery problem

    Looking for some input/advice!
    Just returned from a 3 week camping trip the Kgalagadi and experienced problems in keeping my auxiliary batteries charged in the hot weather (up to 39 deg C). I have...
  14. Thread: Kgalagadi

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    Re: Kgalagadi

    NAMES TELL A STORY………..


    I'm not sure if I have posted this a few years ago, but with the new forum members I thought it might be a good idea to put it up again.
    Very interesting reading.

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  15. Thread: CKGR Water

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    Re: CKGR Water

    Agree with the other replies. Not that it's on your route but we noted a couple of weeks ago that Xade gate/camp also provides a trickle of water in it's ablution block. Takes a few minutes to fill a...
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    Re: Mosquitos and Ticks Central Kalahari

    Just returned 2 days ago from a two week trip from top of CKGR all the way down to Khutse.
    No tick problem in camps from Deception through to Xade, but some ticks (not many) were present on the sand...
  17. Thread: Chipping

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    Re: Chipping

    A post I made in the recent past ...

    I went a similar route with my 2nd hand VX200 but the one thing I wouldn't do again is a chip on a 200.
    I had a Unichip + free-flow exhaust fitted by SAC....
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    Re: Mabua to Nossob...

    That's correct - the Mosomane route requires at least 2 vehicles.
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    Re: Mabua to Nossob...

    Ok - we did both routes 3 weeks ago, to and from Mabua.
    The Motopi route was fairly good going and the corrugations felt better than last year, but there is a constant worry when cresting the dunes...
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    Re: Mabua to Nossob...

    Hi Jack
    Are you planning to drive the one-way pre-booked Mosomane "upper" route, or the 2-way "lower" Motopi route?
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    Re: Alva water heater/shower GW205

    We have this shower unit and have used it successfully on several camping trips. Tips:
    - Wind tends to blow out the flame after it ignites (water then cold) so the unit needs a bit of wind...
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    Re: Camping in the Makgadikgadi area

    Thanks - have re-posted.
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    Camping in the Makgadikgadi area

    We will be on a self-drive 4x4 trip (with rooftop tent) in the Makgadigadi area next month. Doing 3 nights at South Camp, Nxai Pan. We also want to camp in the Jack's Camp area - does anyone know if...
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    Re: Feedback on foldable Solar panels?

    Thanks Paul - Have space in my vehicle that is more suitable for a flat pack then a roll-up. Not that worried about weight. What wattage are your panels?
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    Feedback on foldable Solar panels?

    I am considering a TBV flexible solar panel (FSK 200w). Looks well made but does anyone have feedback on TBV panels?
    Alternatively considering Flexopower Atacama 237w panel - any feedback on these?...
  26. Re: How my VX200 Cruza evolved in 6 months - pic heavy

    Thanks - when I bought the 200 it already had the Dick Cepek wheels - must say I initially thought the wheels were a bit too flashy but have since got used to them!!
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    Mike - mine is a diesel. Also installed tank rack & 2nd spare tyre rack at back with WR Offroad.
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    Looks great!
    I went a similar route with my 2nd hand VX200 but the one thing I wouldn't do again is a chip on a 200.
    I had a Unichip + free-flow exhaust fitted by SAC. The exhaust is fine but the...
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    Re: Nxai Pan: road conditions around South Camp?

    Thanks!
    If all goes ok we will be there on 25/26/27 April.
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    Nxai Pan: road conditions around South Camp?

    We are planning to visit South Camp, Nxai in the last week of April 2018. Anyone been recently to that area? Would like to know updated road conditions. We have been advised by Xomaesites that Baines...
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    Re: Rooftop Tent by Frontrunner

    Very happy with our Feather-lite from Front Runner after two trips. Quick to put up and take down (8 to 10 mins) and the height has allowed us to sleep well despite lions walking through our camp...
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    Diesel availability in Gweta

    Does anyone know how reliable the supply is of 50ppm diesel in Gweta?
    Planning to travel from Nxai via Gweta to CKGR and would like to fill up in Gweta.
    Thanks
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    Camping in the Makgadikgadi area

    We will be on a self-drive 4x4 trip (with rooftop tent) in the Makgadigadi area next month. Doing 3 nights at South Camp, Nxai Pan. We also want to camp in the Jack's Camp area - does anyone know if...
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    Re: Kgalagadi Roads Condition

    We were there 2 weeks ago (Twee Rievieren, Rooiputs, Gharagab, Nossob, Mpayathutwa) and the road to Nossob had "normal" corrugation i.e. same as usual! Driving on the right-hand side of the road...
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