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    Re: Canvas spare tyre cover with storage

    Just be careful, we used them and they were very well made - Camp Cover jobs, very neat and well made.
    Used it for years on our Echo 4 all over and plenty bush towing - Richterveld included.

    They...
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    Re: No facility camping tips and tricks.

    We got fancy some years ago.
    Got a Echo 4 at first and worked with no ablutions.
    Then we started finding places with toilets, no other amenities.
    Solar panels etc to supply 12V for what ever we...
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    Re: Tough off road trailer

    We had a Echo for many years.
    Switched to a BL-Kewer in Nov 2017, best move we made.

    I would look at Echo (the new Chobe comes to mind), Bush Lapa en AfriSpoor.

    The Bush Wing and ease of camp...
  4. Re: Why would you need to upgrade your alternator if you use a DC to Dc charger?

    I have been using relay/solenoid from early 80s.
    Using a 45 Amp relay running from the alternator with a timer in the line from the alt light to delay the relay closing for 10 minutes.
    This method...
  5. Re: Changing tyres on vehicles with bolts instead of nuts

    On the VW Beetles and Type 3s one bolt were approx. 5mm longer than the rest.
    You put that one in first then swing the hub till you get the next hole lined up, get the bolt in and solved.
    Used the...
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    Re: Advice - Transporting water in tanks or not

    Since some local issues with water at normal camp sites we always leave home with a full 100L water tank.
    Plus we carry 3 x 5L bottle water with - dependig on time frame a 40L go in the bakkie and 2...
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    Re: Jurgens Explorer vs Conqueror Commandor

    I had some issues with vans with wood structure.
    Mate of mine now had to rebuild the cupboard as the door came off when he hit a pothole. They used staples and nails in the woodwork while a hard...
  8. Thread: Kgalagadi

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    Re: Kgalagadi

    As most of you know December 2020 was wet, I mean really WET.
    Had nice rain storm and places like Mata Mata measured 40mm plus.
    Sun came out the last 3 days.
    Plenty mud and water
    There was some...
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    Re: Why are Bush Lapa's so popular?

    Read the tread and smiled.
    We had a Echo4 and met Jannie in 2010 with his prototype going up Sani.
    Ugly looking thing but practical.

    So we had a chat and price a bit stiff and new on the market....
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    Re: My saddest puncture, General Grabber AT3

    Ouch, that's a bummer
    Had similar in the Kgalagadi in Aug 2018.

    a Drie Doring Bossie hit my Cooper almost same place on the side wall while doing the 4x4 Echo trail.
    The tyre actually loss most...
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    Re: Bottle Hydraulic Jacks

    Midas Special, my 2.5 Ranger had similar jack painted black as standard.

    Needed one for the off road trailer and found this at Midas.
    It now stays in the 3.2 Ranger as it comes with a scissor...
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    Re: Bottle Hydraulic Jacks

    My reason for switching to the mechanical on. You can store it flat wrapped in a piece of cloth.
    Takes some thinking to use it as you need to wind it instead of pump.

    It never failed yet despite...
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    Re: Bottle Hydraulic Jacks

    After many years I decided to dump the hydraulic bottle jack.
    It topped over in the load bin, leaked oil and when trying to use it the thing failed - consider it being quite a decade or 2 old.
    ...
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    Re: What off road caravan to buy

    Baie geluk en baie veilige kilometers vir julle

    Ons as twee pensionarisse vind op en afslaan baie vinnig en maklik op die Kewer.
    Hulle het my eenkeer gewys hoe en toe self gedoen, baie maklik...
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    Re: What off road caravan to buy

    Suggest you rent the one you like before buying, so many have bought and then it does not fit their style.

    We looked at a few different campers many years ago, eventually ended up with Echo 4,...
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    Re: Amatikulu campsite

    Heard it is no more, we spent many a camp there and enjoyed the area.

    PITY !!!!!!
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    Re: North Coast road blocks - Beware

    We stayed for 22 years in KZN and quickly discovered that they guys seems to be clued up.

    Just make sure you are on par with the law, they tried to nail me one day.
    To my advantage I worked for...
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    Re: Plastic vs Steel Jerry cans

    I have used the plastic cans and found them OK.
    Just do not drop them, have spilt one open when it dropped and all fuel lost in the sand.

    Friend of mine has same issue as the bracket on the roof...
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    Re: Echo 4: Additional deep cycle battery

    Originally it was Enertec or Dixon if I remembered correctly - been a while ago.
    Echo sold the batteries at a price, I went to battery suppliers and got it considerable cheaper.
    They were a tight...
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    Re: Foldable Solar Panels DIY?

    Stay away from the outdoor places, they rob you blind.

    e.g. Setsolar.co.za sells a 100Watt panel for approx R700 exc VAT
    A very popular company sells same brand 100 Watt for R2000 VAT included.
    ...
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    Re: Parking on an incline

    Correct.
    I have seen it happening and the solution was found after I left.

    Why the bearings were store that way - no idea
    But that they went US and FU happened, storing them flat two high were...
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    Re: Parking on an incline

    Just something that I have notice in the engineering field regarding bearings.

    At USCO there were sets of bearings in the store standing upright for the BIG gearboxes.
    Instead of using the old...
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    Re: My Trailer gets extremely hot

    On my Echo 4 nose cone stuck a 12V fan one side with a filter to pressure and on the other side a second 12V fan pulling hot air out.
    The exhaust fan of the fridge was lined up with the extracting...
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    Re: Parking on an incline

    I was taught to always turn the wheels towards the curb when nose down and let the wheel just touch the curb.
    Do not let it dent the wheel.
    Hand brake on and in gear.
    Tail end down turn wheel to...
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    Re: The truth about snowmaster

    Sounds like my old 70L SM dual.

    Dropped from the tailgate twice and once from the nosecone height.
    Badly dented and at a stage was not tied down in the load bin and got bashed around there.
    ...
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    Re: Campsite Prices South Africa

    We found that prices have increased considerably from this time last year to now.
    Dinokeng do get very expensive.

    We love to do bush camping and the remote places do have acceptable prices and so...
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    Re: Should I reconsider my loyalty to Cooper??

    I had similar problems on Coopers, it worries me.
    Current set had to dump two already due to sidewall damage and the two left on the rear are chipping badly.
    They expire early 2021.
    Currently...
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    Re: The truth about snowmaster

    Take it to SnoMaster, mine did the same after many many years and 3 drops.
    Mine was to old and SnoMaster would repair it but with no warranty.
    Think they give a 5 year warranty, so might be a...
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    Re: Urgent. Key locked in GV.

    Yesterday had a check on the Fiesta.
    The rear (5th) door can be unlocked with the key on its own while the 4 doors stay locked.
    When you close it, it locks again.
    Should the key be in the back you...
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    Re: Pool pump, and computer standby

    Shop around at UPS companies, quite often they do up grades for a business to a larger UPS.
    You could pick one up at a decent price - ask them to service and check plus give estimate on future life....
  31. Re: Tented Caravans & Trailers, camping wild & strong winds.

    We tow the BL - Kewer, unfortunately for you just a two sleeper.
    Had no issues yet with canvas flapping on the bed side.
    The normal canvas sound of the bush wing are basic same as the ordinary...
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    Re: Urgent. Key locked in GV.

    Next time check where the key is hiding.

    Fortunately not one of our current vehicles will lock without the key in your hand.

    Our Hilux and Hardbody did.
    Marinda knew how to open the Hilux...
  33. Re: Ford Ranger vs Isuzu D-MAX vs Toyota Hilux 2020 Comparison

    I shop around to see what fits my price range and comfort level.
    Getting a demo model at a decent discount that's 6 months old with 3-10k on the clock and possibly with most off the wrinkles and...
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    Poll: Re: Types of 4x4 enthusiast

    Love your response.
    Just to old/experienced to get to the nasty stuff, got a few T-shirts in my younger days.
    Cape dunes, SAKK dunes (mostly work and lots of fun), some rocks, bush no trail and...
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    Re: PVC pipes for tent poles

    A friend cut a mild steel disk with two thongs bend at 90 deg. This he glued and bolted in side the plastic cap.
    He covered the steel with high density foam both sides

    He drilled a hole both...
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