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    Re: Lead Carbon Batteries

    The problem is that our aux batteries remain fully charged most of the time (70-90%) while we use the vehicle for normal use, without having fridges and other camping stuff connected. While on...
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    Discovery 1 Re: 300 Tdi coolant temp sensor relocation

    Yes, that's what I did. The standard gauge only starts moving from the normal position at 98 deg C.
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    Re: Alternator Operation

    The old standard alternators were all constant voltage units, where the regulator tried to keep a constant voltage, irrespective of battery charge. High current draw and heat can effect the voltage,...
  4. Re: 220 v standup fridge 170 ltr in offroad caravan

    That seems excessive.

    I run a 80l upright fridge in the camper. It is a 220V Snomaster freezer, with drawers, which Snomaster converted to 12V. I wonder if they would be willing/able to convert...
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    Re: Vetgat Toere 2019 - The Absent Friends Toere

    Thanks for another fantastic read!
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    Re: Load shedding and caravans or trailers!

    There was a recent thread where some brands were discussed which used proportional power and not switching pulses at full power. A mate uses a Russell Hobbs though his MeanWell inverter, and that...
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    Re: Load shedding and caravans or trailers!

    Same with us. Most is 12V. We don't use a microwave when camping. Battery chargers, fans, lights pumps, fridge, freezer etc are all 12V. the stove is gas. The I've been too lazy to get a 12V...
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    Re: Why do you drive a Land Rover?

    The one vehicle I truly loved and trusted was my 1985 Defender PUP, ex Bots police, where he was abused. It was rebuilt locally and I bought it with the 2.5 petrol engine. I replaced this flat...
  9. Thread: Caravan Aircon

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    Re: Caravan Aircon

    What battery bank do you have and what inverter? And how long does the aircon operate from this?
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    Discovery 1 Re: 300 Tdi Rings and bearings replacement job?

    I think you mean 12l/100km? That's what I got. Some get closer to 10km/l.

    570 deg C EGT is well in the safe zone
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    Re: Semi Flex Solar panel

    Which is why I'm interested to see how they removed the old plastic film
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    Re: Semi Flex Solar panel

    that could well be the reason that you get decent voltage, but little current. How did you manage to remove some of the baked protective plastic?
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    Re: Wishful thinking???? D1 for R139 990????

    What's your lowest price? ;D;D;D
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    Re: Wishful thinking???? D1 for R139 990????

    D1s go for R30-40k. Add R10k for the good condition, and we all know that extras seldom fetch more money - they just make the sale more attractive. I don't think I will get R80k for my D3 V8, which...
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    Re: Uniglide and the future

    I see you have become a Vet and do spays as well ;D

    Do they still recommend 10% dilution for the first treatment and then a less?
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    Re: Uniglide and the future

    I used Uniglide many years back. I never kept the vehicles long enough to see if it worked - mind you, the Defender lasted many 100k km, but then many others without did as well. The demos about...
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    Re: Low water pressure

    Class 16 was used as an example only, showing that even 40mm with a thick wall (Cl16) would be fine. Class 6 would be more than strong enough, and deliver more flow rate.
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    Re: Low water pressure

    30m head is plenty of pressure for your house. Upstairs we can shower with less than 1b pressure. The trick is big enough pipe size.

    As an example, if you want a flow rate of 50 litres per...
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    Re: Best cooler box?

    We bought the 48 litre below many years ago in Durban, before we bought a fridge. Can't remember from whom. It's got 40mm thick insulated walls, and really worked very well. For long weekends we...
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    Re: What size solar panel

    For camping, my experience is 1W panel per 1AH battery, minimum.

    I did calcs initially on sizing, which showed that 80W per 105AH battery driving 1 x Engel fridge and about 2 hrs of LED...
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    Re: fish farm back up

    That would only work in PE ;D

    Even if you had wind 100% of the time, how would you use the windmill for circulating water? The windmill head is typically over 10m above ground and oscillates a...
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    Re: Caravan camping in Northern KZN.

    He does have a nice spot there - the river section is great - have not been there yet on his farm, just a bit further upstream at Cumberland Nature Reserve.

    Say hi to him from me - he hosts one...
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    Re: Caravan camping in Northern KZN.

    They are also very friendly hosts! :)

    If you came up from Salt Rock via the R614, you would have come past my place
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    Re: Problem with Aluminium tentpoles

    If you do not want to respray, paint them with the beige automotive undercoat after prepping the surface, and then use a final (or 2) coat of 2K or similar of your favourite colour over that.
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    Re: fish farm back up

    Yip. Plus your requirement involve electric motors which have starting currents up to 6 times the running currents. You will probably need soft starts for these pumps as well - I did for my...
  26. Thread: Is this it?

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    Re: Is this it?

    Agree. I went the conservative route in case I forget to monitor the parameters accurately, even though Madman would have screamed at me. But more importantly, I was not the only driver.
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    Defender Re: 300 tdi VNT turbo

    I installed a VNT from Mr Cotton. I only increased boost marginally, as well as the fuelling on the injector - only rotated the diaphragm marginally without any other setting changes. I set it so...
  28. Re: N3 Bridge demolition at Hammarsdale 26th October 2019

    This is what I received yesterday:

    WEEKEND CLOSURE OF THE N3 FROM 20:00 ON FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2019 TILL 08:00 ON SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019.

    The public are noted that the N3, between...
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    Re: Caravan camping in Northern KZN.

    Cool. We normally escape to the south coast when we steal a weekend, and have eyed Salt Rock for the next one
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    Re: Caravan camping in Northern KZN.

    Looks good! What is security like at Salt Rock?
  31. Thread: Icom 706 prices

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    Re: Icom 706 prices

    Agreed.

    I've kept my 706 for portable use, and have a 7100 mounted in the vehicle. The 7100 is a lot more advanced than the 706 and a pleasure to use. But I'm still holding on to the 706 for a...
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    Defender Re: 300 tdi oil pressure

    The pressures on my tdi, new head and turbo on an original block of about 400k km and new oil pump:

    Cold: 4.5 - 4.8 over 2500 rpm
    Normal temp: around 2.1
    Hot, pushing water temps to 97 degC: ...
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    Re: Keeping cool in a tent - tips?

    They are about R600 more expensive than the 220V chargers, and charge at a slightly slower rate

    http://www.makitatoolsonline.co.za/index.php?route=product/product&path=1&product_id=37
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    Re: Best Jockey wheel - Pneumatic or not?

    Here in Pmb we have a shop called Caster & Wheels. They sell a replacement front wheel for ride on lawnmowers, which would work. The wheels above in the picture would be cheaper. McNaughtons? ...
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    Re: Best Jockey wheel - Pneumatic or not?

    Make a similar attachment, but with only one pneumatic wheel. Even better, replace the solid wheel with a pneumayic wheel, and make such an attachment with a solid wheel for those who fear...
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