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    Re: Caravan on property. Legal to live in?

    If you may only live there while building, then start building.
    Drive shovel in to ground, lift a bit of soil and toss it aside.
    Foundation started, now sit down and have a beer.
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    Re: Eskom buying batteries worth R14 billion

    I only used 100 MW as a example because that was the first one Tesla did, the one which put the technology in the spotlight. Since then Australia and other countries has installed a lot more.
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    Re: Eskom buying batteries worth R14 billion

    The other day I read somewhere that Eskom actually makes too much electricity, sounds weird but apparently it's all about load shifting, fluctuations in demand rather than generation capacity, so...
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    Eskom buying batteries worth R14 billion

    My first comment when reading this headline was "and they'll get batteries worth R33".
    https://mybroadband.co.za/news/energy/418202-eskom-buying-batteries-worth-r14-billion.html


    This is what we...
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    Re: All in one off-grid heating solution?

    Personally I wouldn't go close to the route in your OP, it will simply be too complex and eventually too expensive.

    I'm not even entirely convinced on the big volumes of hot water storage yet, so...
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    Re: Prado120KZ / 4L / FJ

    Long range tank, reverse camera in the driver door mirror and crawl control with the crawl controls on the roof console was part of the same facelift, also the last facelift IIRC.
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    Re: All in one off-grid heating solution?

    I found the thread, https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php/346467-Hot-Water-as-Energy-Storage his example is with a 500l geyser, but you can do it with bigger ones as well, I read of...
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    Re: All in one off-grid heating solution?

    Why not higher than 60 degrees? From what I read in the past, with these systems where you store lots of hot water, you want to heat it as high as possible with in reason of course, up to 80, 90...
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    Re: All in one off-grid heating solution?

    Interesting, will be following progress. Will this be in Pretoria?

    In the last few months I read of a few solutions where a huge volume of hot water was stored, 2000, 3000, even 5000l, initially I...
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    Re: 220V Wifi energy meter

    If you plan to eventually go with a Victron off grid or grid tied system, then get yourself a Victron ET112 energy meter. You'll require a RS485 to USB cable and a Raspberry PI, then you can monitor....
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    Re: Prado120KZ / 4L / FJ

    Ok I get you now,
    Sometime in 2013, late 2013 if I recall they got the factory long range tank fitted as standard, try get one of those, a long range tank is worth having.
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    Re: Prado120KZ / 4L / FJ

    As mentioned I was fine in the back and I'm 1.84m, also did a couple long trips riding in the back.
    A 90l NL fridge fits in the boot, but then it's pretty much full.
    I found the ideal is a 45l...
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    Re: Prado120KZ / 4L / FJ

    OP talked about not wanting a older V6, so I assume he is looking at a much newer one.
    Some older ones around yes, average seams to be around R400k for a 2012 with 200k km on the clock....
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    Re: Prado120KZ / 4L / FJ

    Go look at the FJ threads, most agree that @Agteros is the exception rather than the rule with his fuel consumption, :D he's a very lucky man.

    Personally I find the space in the back of the FJ...
  15. Thread: Wind energy

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    Re: Wind energy

    And those guy wires are attached to anchors concreted in to the ground. Usually a guy wire anchor requires a bigger / stronger concrete base than the tower / mast itself due to the forces involved....
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    Re: New building - what geyser options

    Did it also drop your cost by half since you are now also buying gas?
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    Re: Wind energy

    Ja sorry the discussion got a bit mixed up between 1 kW and 3 kW units.

    Point however stands, you are not going to put up a wind turbine whether 1 kW or 10 kW with a 6m pole or whatever and a bag...
  18. Thread: Wind energy

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    Re: Wind energy

    Thereís no way youíre putting a turbine designed to catch the wind weighing 50 or 100 kg plus on a R1100 pole, not close to my house anyway.
    If taking in to account the structure, its planning and...
  19. Thread: Wind energy

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    Re: Wind energy

    Rest of the cost is the tower / mast to get it as high as possible.
    You want constant winds, gusts donít help much even if 150 km/h.
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    Re: Wind energy

    Wind alone isn't viable at all.
    To use with your solar as a top up during the night for example is of course possible, but not as effective on a small scale as you might think even if living at the...
  21. Re: NL Weekender with 90W solar panel & controller ONLY ?

    Personally I never use the load output on solar controllers, I connect directly to the battery, many anyway have a limited output rating which doesn't make them suitable for a fridge for example.
    I...
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    Re: Caution when installing a battery

    While we are on this,
    Always remove all rings, watches etc. when working with batteries and get yourself some insulated spanners. While fastening one of the battery clamps on a typical sized battery...
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    Poll: Re: New GWM P Series or Used Hilux?

    The P will probably do fine and last well if used as a city car and many say that's what the majority of DC bakkies anyway gets used for these days.

    I however want to see a P after it has done 50k...
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    Re: Lithium Ion National Luna Green Box

    If it doesn't have bluetooth then you can't access any of the info, you'll have to get a separate battery monitor.
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    Re: Landcruiser Wagon (Troopcarrier) opinions

    I'm probably going to get shot for saying this, look at ASPW's videos on Youtube to see what's possible with a Troopy as a camper, he built one a couple years ago and is now busy with a second,...
  26. Thread: GQ2 Canopies

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    Re: GQ2 Canopies

    Kyk na Bushtech ook, hulle lyk baie nice, ek het net nie 'n clue wat hulle kos.

    Hulle attention to detail staan vir my uit, jy hoef nooit 'n gat in daai canopy te boor om 'n accessory vas te sit,...
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    Re: Lithium Ion National Luna Green Box

    My battery is sorted, going to fetch it a bit later, all cells balanced, SOC 95%. They fully charged and balanced it over night, then put a load on it taking it down to 95%.

    I mentioned they have...
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    Re: New building - what geyser options

    In my first post on the topic I did say a class B energy rated geyser or is there something else which counts as energy saving geysers?

    As far as I know energy saving geysers and even roof...
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    Re: Grondseil sak

    Ek sou ook eers vir Campcover vra of hulle 'n groter een kan maak, ek hou baie van hulle produkte.

    So sak gaan wel baie groot en swaar raak, afhangend waarvoor jy hom gebruik, sal dit nie dalk...
  30. Re: Cartrack drained car battery on Range Rover 2012 Sport 3.0D HSE

    I never knew this, I assume they charge you money for this replacement after 36 months?

    Recently my dad bought a new vehicle, Cartrack wanted to charge him R800 to install a unit in to the new...
  31. Re: Cartrack drained car battery on Range Rover 2012 Sport 3.0D HSE

    Did they install you a different unit and do you know whether this unit is new?

    Cartrack recover old units out of vehicles, I'm not sure if they refurbish them with new batteries before...
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    Re: Lithium Ion National Luna Green Box

    The BMS disconnects the load and shuts down the battery at 11.6V as far as I have it.
    If this happens and you catch it in time within 2 hours or so then you can switch it on again yourself. The...
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    Re: Afrispoor Cheetah

    You never know, 2 or so years ago my dad bought a 2017 Cheetah used 4 times for R250k.
    Many people use photos from the internet even though personally I think it's a big no no if you want to sell...
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    Re: Lithium Ion National Luna Green Box

    Just keep in mind a BMS is a total different thing and does so much more than a monitor like Victron's Smart Shunt.

    A BMS in a lithium battery is essential to manage the cells, balance them,...
  35. Re: Correct way to connect my fridge in trailer?

    That will seriously mess with my OCD.

    Years back my grandparents had a caravan with only black wiring, doing anything on that electrical system was super frustrating. One day my grandfather...
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