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    Re: Your Lockdown Projects

    Started a few days before the lockdown already, but thankfully got 99.9% of the bits and pieces together before all the shops closed. Diy Solar installation at home:
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    Battery low voltage cut off question

    The BP65 is a great piece of kit, I also have two in my camping setup. I use one for all essential/always on equipment, like the fridges and usb/12V plugs for charging. Then I use a second one for...
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    Re: Tankwa Karoo and Old Postal Route

    We were through there in December, then everything was good. There was only one spot that I thought would be quite tricky when towing something. It was a steep drop down into the river bed, with a...
  4. Thread: Hilux Pics

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    Re: Hilux Pics

    www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php/302920-Camp-bakkie-project
  5. Thread: Roof top tent

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    Re: Roof top tent

    In December our neighbor (while camping) had an iKamper. We climbed in hallway, had a good look around. Personally I wasnít too amazed, I prefer our bundutop
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    Re: Bundu / Bush shower

    The price I received on 24 Feb 2020 was:

    Dual gas/ Electric 4800 excl VAT
    220v Only 2700 excl VAT

    But buy through them, they sell to the public directly
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    Question

    300W or 3000W? A regular 50A BH and 4mm cable will be fine for 300W, but youíll have to reconsider your approach if itís a 3000W inverter and planning to run loads of up to 1500W continuously
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    Re: Bundu / Bush shower

    Have you looked at the Hansen heaters? They can use gas or 230V. 14L volume, 1000W element

    http://www.hansenproducts.co.za
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    Re: Solar Upgrade to Miskruier

    Depends on what your load will be. The inrush current of some fridges are too high, then the load output switches off to protect itself. The load output is handy to use because you have a history of...
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    Bundu / Bush shower

    No when I bought mine there wasnít a pump available, or I wasnít aware of one. We use a 3.8L/min shurflo pump, although the real flow is between 2.5 and 3L/min when the shower is connected up. Works...
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    Fitting a BMV with a shunt

    In your system you have two Ďapplicationsí, using two different max currents. Originally it wasnít indicated what cable size would be used for the charger, hence the suggestion of a second fuse.
    Yes...
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    Re: picnic box for 2

    My version one picnic/kitchen box:

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200309/4d8bff1c1a87a558263f7f9e902dd551.jpg

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200309/23bf93c7e1594f71baac29f9c9a0066c.jpg...
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    Re: Bundu / Bush shower

    Unfortunately I have no idea yet what the gas consumption is for the burner, weíve only used it here and there, not on a extended trip yet.
    But itís still a great piece of kit in my opinion, I would...
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    Camping coffee: share your preferred way

    We tried the aeropress for a while but the coffee came out too cold in the winter. Same with the pour over.
    Mocha pot paired with the correct size ground is still the preferred method, thats why I...
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    Re: Fitting a BMV with a shunt

    Personally I would add a second fuse. So you will have:
    battery-> fuse #1 -> inverter
    battery-> fuse #2 -> charger

    Although Iím not sure what does this have to do with the BMV as such?
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    Re: DIY Bakkie 'camper' project

    Glad you like it!

    I used countersink rivets for both the crates and the angles that forms the drawers, they are keeping up very well thus far.

    I used m5 and m6 countersink bolts to secure the...
  17. Where do you keep your camera in your vehicle?

    I know this will not exactly fit your setup, but maybe it can spark more ideas.

    This was version one, made from scraps in the garage:...
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    Re: Groot rivier poort via Elands rivier

    Perfect! A friend of mine did it a month or two ago with a jimny, but that was before the last rain. I would appreciate it if you could share some photos of how the area is looking like now when you...
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    Groot rivier poort via Elands rivier

    A while back me and my dad naively did the same. We parked well out of sight, hiked along the river and spent the night on the riverbank. That area is truly amazing. When my dad was younger they did...
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    Water heater for offroad trailer

    It was indeed.

    Iím currently looking into this one. Unfortunately it uses 220V instead of 12V, but it can use gas:

    http://www.hansenproducts.co.za/water-heater.html
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    Re: Which 12v fridge to choose from?!

    Good point. Iím pretty sure this fridge was out on the next trip after being recovered:

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200224/b71aa3140bfb1625db453a21e55fb12a.jpg

    Sorry, back to OP!...
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    Re: Which 12v fridge to choose from?!

    I wish we could have a honest poll regarding who had real issues with which brand, so that we could have a reliability stat, worked out in %. In my opinion that should be the first consideration....
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    GEN3 Hansen water heater

    I would like any feedback on the Gen3 Hansen water heaters please, curious how robust they are and how long they keep the water relatively warm after it is switched off?

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    Re: Bush Lapa 'slip-on' Bosluis

    Ek wonder net altyd waar bÍre jy 'n streepsak of 3 se hout, of braai hulle op gas...
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    Re: Otto du Plessis Pass?

    Did it North to South on 25 October í19 with a hilux. For the most part it was beautiful, just a few less good patches going down after the summit. But a lot could have changed in the last few...
  26. Re: Less Frequented Mountain Passes of South Africa

    Between Cederberge and Tankwa you can also do the old post route. Really nice drive, one of the highlights of our Tankwa/Cederberge trip
  27. National Luna power pack - adding solar and inverter

    I donít understand why you say itís volt drop if the load output can go down to the factory default setting of 11.1V? It is the inrush current that is the culprit. They design the system over...
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    Bathroom breaks at night in Botswana!

    Yip first thing I did was test it, nearly blew out my own ears! They are extremely loud. But Iíve not tested on a charging lion yet... We have a couple, so thereís always one close by. My first one I...
  29. National Luna power pack - adding solar and inverter

    I love victron products because itís been giving me by far the best results to date. But, that load output is a gimmick for a full 4x4 camping system in my opinion.

    If you want a reliable battery...
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    Bathroom breaks at night in Botswana!

    We make sure to not drink anything close to bedtime, and to empty the bladder before finally settling in. I think my wife made it without having to get up once on our last two trips. I had to go...
  31. Re: Less Frequented Mountain Passes of South Africa

    I doubt that they will still have the pass on their website if itís not accessible anymore:
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    Re: Pump selection for a camp gas geyser

    Shurflo pumps

    www.sustainable.co.za has a nice range available. And a lot of other toys...
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    Re: Pump selection for a camp gas geyser

    Itís also useful to install a accumulator/expansion tank inline with your system. It is a water chamber which has a pre-pressurized internal air bladder. They are installed in the pressured side of...
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    Re: Quick Pitch Tent

    It reminds me a bit of the Turbo tent from Natural Instincts? I would like to see more photos, and how small it folds up to?

    Watch out for that name if you want to sell it, they might hunt you...
  35. Connection suggestion for solar and aux system

    Here they have a good explanation and test regarding the in rush current vs load output:

    https://community.victronenergy.com/articles/2992/load-output-of-mppt-charge-controllers.html
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