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    Re: Elephants dying in huge numbers ?

    Like other, I have seen them drink from deeper depths, especially if the sweet and clean source of water is lower down.

    Culling is an expensive exercise - not the same as selling individual...
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    Re: So who is going camping this weekend?

    We are off to Tembe Game Reserve for the weekend.
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    Re: Camping Shower and Pump

    It does what it says on the box. The hose is long enough for a 6 foot person. The on/off push switch is on the pump, which empties the water to 1 inch of water. It will work well for a camping...
  4. Thread: Is this it?

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    Re: Is this it?

    Saw one in Pmb a few weeks back. Looked good from the front and side. But when it drove away it's back reminded me of an old granny with a long skirt.

    I still like it....
  5. Thread: Chassis bend?

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    Re: Chassis bend?

    What most don't realise is that a leaf spring distributes the rear load via 2 points vs a coil spring, which is via one point, ie roughly half the load with an evenly distributed load, and secondly...
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    Re: 1000W induction cooker

    I just received mine (single plate, 1200W)

    I have not measured anything, but it definitely pulses on and off on the lower settings. Probably pulsed 1200W. Will check a bit later with my...
  7. Thread: Iveco Camper

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    Re: Iveco Camper

    Nice concept. It makes you very mobile when stationary, and not many mods are necessary to the vehicle itself.

    I would miss the walk-through to the back from the cab. I suspect you will need a...
  8. Re: Going LifePo4 and ditching the current charging system

    I believe that you can double the life of the batteries if you only charge them to 90%, and once a month to 100% for cell balancing. So not a bad thing if you do not always get it to 100%
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    Re: With what to replace 3-way caravan fridge?

    I see he already has a Snomaster. I would contact Snomaster, as they will probablhy come up with a solution. I have a 220V Snowmaster upright freezer in my camper, which Snomaster converted to 12V....
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    Re: 1000W induction cooker

    I will report back after I get my Snappy Chef. Gas also works for me. The reason I would like to add electricity to the equation is because I have it on tap for free from solar.
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    Re: KZN game reserves campsite advice

    The pinic sites might be out of bounds at the moment. They are at Tembe. There was a question re trailers in Tembe earlier on. They were not allowed in the past, but you are allowed to pull an...
  12. Re: Defender wheel bearing and loud bang type noise

    Yip. Luckily the bearings and halfshafts are cheap. Relatively speaking
  13. Re: Going LifePo4 and ditching the current charging system

    Agree with ekkekan. But, check the charging requirements of the Lithium battery. I'm a newby with Lithium, but believe that some of the new intelligent alternators are sufficient to charge the...
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    Re: 1000W induction cooker

    Yip. Started a stew this morning. Nearly done :)
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    Re: 1000W induction cooker

    The electric pressure cooker should win hands down for the complete cooking process when compared to cooking at ambient pressure, even on an induction stove. I do not have one, but would imagine...
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    Re: 1000W induction cooker

    I ordered the 1200W unit from Snappy Chef yesterday, and hope it is not like yours was, ie cycling in and out at full power. The pictures on Takealot and Loot were slightly different to the one from...
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    Re: Question on a Victron Multiplus

    The battery shows 100%, but is still absorbing [email protected] = 270W?
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    Re: 1000W induction cooker

    Boiling water in a kettle is a lot more efficient than boiling water on a stove - less heat loss in the kettle with immersed element. Similarly, the induction stove does not lose heat around the pot...
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    Re: 1000W induction cooker

    Tx. Is this a small single plate unit?
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    Re: Solar panel efficieny

    If I remember correctly, Fluffy also made some plan to wash his panels on the roof.
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    Solar panel efficieny

    Over the weekend i noticed that I was only drawing 300W max power from my 4 x 150W panels, mounted flat on the roof, and thought it was a bit low, even for winter.

    I had a look this morning and am...
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    Re: 1000W induction cooker

    Reviving an old thread. I'm looking at getting a single plate for camping. My inverter is a 1600W Victron.

    I would prefer to get one which can be set to the actual power setting, and not one...
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    Re: Ophathe Game Reserve

    It's sad to hear this. A small group of us tried to organise a weekend many years ago to map out the roads and tracks in Opathe, like we did for a few other game reserves like Umfolozi-Hlulhuwe,...
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    Re: DIY Solar install questions

    Agree - have one like that as well, still new, as it has done less than 50 crimps, but did them 100% correctly.

    And get one like this for the smaller lugs.
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    Re: Taking our SOHO off grid

    The 200m head is the killer in your equation. Your dynamic pressure loss at 100l/hr in 500m total piping length is less than 1m head even if you only use 25mm thin hdpe cl16 piping
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    Re: Taking our SOHO off grid

    Yip, I realised that. I actually checked what my mate's electricity cost is in the coastal town he's staying in, billed directly by Eskom. His rate is also slightly higher per kWh than the...
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    Re: Taking our SOHO off grid

    The Agri rate is very misleading, and depends on how much you use. Our effective rate is between R3.60 and R4.00/kWh if you add all the other fees. Solar is making more and more sense.

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    Re: Solar borehole pump

    I never knew about the depth limitation - I guess the limit is with the motor seals.

    Here is a possible solution, assuming that the flow rate increases linearly with depth from 120l/hr @ 15m to...
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    Re: Tow bar receiver square tube.

    It don't think this one will be any different - the two channel section's flange angles are greater than 90 degrees, and have quite a big fillet radius. It will take some forming to make a tight...
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    Re: Elektrisiteit en kampplek. Hoeveel is genoeg.

    A 9000BTU aircon is about 900W. Call it R2/hr, so will consume R48/day if on 24/7

    I would also stick to 15A per site. Kettles, hotplates and microwaves seem to be quite popular.

    I will not...
  31. Thread: How I broke it:

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    Re: How I broke it:

    I broke my Defender front side shaft in a similar way on one of the LR-LC competitions. At the top of the steep obstacle, both front wheels lifted and picked up speed, before coming down with a...
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    Re: Tyre air compressor

    Viair are quality products. like the ARB compressors, and should outlast the cheaper 160l/min compressors. The 160l/min compressors, in their various colours and brand names, have been pretty...
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    Re: Tyre air compressor

    I use it on both ends of the "coily". But if you don't use another inflator, making a permanent coupling is fine. The local hydraulics place should have the right size fitting and clamp for that as...
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    Re: Tyre air compressor

    Fit quick couplings. Makes life easy with packing away, adding an extension pipe etc. Something like this - your local hydraulics shop should stock them and connect them with proper crimp fittings:...
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    Re: Water tank level control

    I can't remember the pipe size I put it, think it was 65mm Cl16. No airvents - it would have been difficult to install these - the pipe is about 1.2m underground, in commercial farming fields. The...
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