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    Re: Tent groundsheet - net or tarp?

    I use a solid groundsheet exactly the same footprint than my Tentco 3x3m dome and directly on the ground to keep the tent vloor clean underneath. I have found that with the tent floor directly on...
  2. Re: Isolated 4x2 camping with 2 dogs in the northern cape

    Never heard of any incidents on the trail.

    I have travelled the first section from Pella to Fioolsdrift, solo and only me alone (one peron), during April 2016. I slept over at Klein Pella,...
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    Re: Why We Drive Nissan

    Because my current NP300 2.5 D/C 2x4 cost me R2.4K brand new and work out at R800 per month to pay off.

    I am actually a Toyota and Isuzu fan as well. Currently owns one of each at the moment.
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    Re: Is my towbar legal?

    Just checked my Nissan Hardbody's towbar sertification.

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    Re: Need help with my Gazebo

    We still have the old Tenco Senior Gazebo with the steel corner connectors for work purposes.

    It is a mission to put the frame together especially if you are one person alone. The poles easily...
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    Re: Eskom Power Failure Strandfontein Campsite

    The same happened to me today In Springbok.

    I notice my Engel 40L had stop running. Even the green LED power indicator was dead.

    The mains power seemed to suddenly have lost a vase. House...
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    Re: Gazebo`s - Which one should I buy

    I bought such a winner in 2013 already.;D

    It is called the Howling Moon Canvas Gazebo.

    Steel corners but aluminium tubes with spring clips to prevent the tube from pulling out once inserted. It...
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    Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    I bought 2 Carmaquip mattresses a few years ago which works very nice. Absolutely quality products. We use to put them together with a "paslaken" to form a double bed, in the middle of the 3mx3m...
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    Re: Share your DIY Camping gadgets

    Sorry, only photo's of the box.

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    Re: Share your DIY Camping gadgets

    I use one of those 48 000 lumens, 360, 5meter high Fishing Rod LED light do do the same.

    Work very well with the remote control, even up to 100 meters. And that thing shines like a street light.
  11. Thread: Kgalagadi

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    Re: Kgalagadi

    Please take note about the braai facilities at Bitterpan.

    Although it is correct that each unit has its own braai facility, it happened during our visit in May 2021, that the steel fire trays for...
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    Re: Fridge wiring - What mm cable?

    Got the answer from an electrical engineer.

    A cable with a 5.2 mm conductor, plus the insolation surrounding the conductor and which measures up to 9.2 mm diameter = a 16mm2 cable.

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    Re: Fridge wiring - What mm cable?

    I think the reason is that some people argue that there are a lot of connections between different chassis and body panel parts which may cause a bad connection or to cause a lot of voltage drop.
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    Re: Kgalagadi

    Apparently all camping sites at Nossob now have power.
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    Re: Fridge wiring - What mm cable?

    Can we just make things clear here.

    Some talks about 10mm wire and others about 10mm2 wire.

    Am I right in that 10mm (copper core) diameter wire = 16mm2 wire?
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    Re: 2nd auxillary battery

    My advice from an Electrical engineering friend is that a 50A rated fuse is ideal to protect a 16mm2 cable.

    I may be wrong, but I think the reason for National Luna to advise the use of 100A fuses...
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    Re: Engel 40lt display stays constant

    My specific Engel 40L model (MT 45 S-F) also have a digital thermometer which are powered by a small battery.

    During 2018, the thermometer battery went flat and I only notice it when I had to use...
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    Re: 2nd auxillary battery

    According to National Luna Itelegent Solenoid installation manual, they indicate two 100A fuses in the 16mm2 cable between the two batteries. One just before the starter battery positive connection...
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    Re: Mabuasehube Solo Camping

    A little off topic.

    Next time you get to camp in a unserviced rustic campsite, with litter lying around, test yourself and clean the site before setting up camp.

    It will make you feel much...
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    Re: Folding table holder

    This is how I carry my 100W solar panel.

    In my case the bracket is only made from aluminium and sit just a bit higher up in the roof of the canopy.

    Great idea.
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    Re: 2.5 D4D tyre sizes

    Don't know about 245/75R16's but I have 245/70R16's on 2011 7J Fortuner rims on my 2.5 SRX D/C and there is still plenty of space. The wheels are basically now flush with the wheel arch body pannel....
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    Re: Wiring up a 12v solinoid

    Same here.
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    Re: Wiring up a 12v solinoid

    My Cole Hersee solenoid is installed almost horisontally in the engine bay and in use for almost 8 years now with no problems at all.
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    Re: Solar system for my 40l Engel Fridge

    Agree.

    The other day at Garagab in Kgalagadi, I kept an eye on my auxiliary battery by not even leaving the tent. My NL battery monitor is installed in the canopy and it was possible to monitor...
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    Re: Solar system for my 40l Engel Fridge

    Yes. I also run a 40L Engel (sometimes a 45L Camp Master) off a 100W solar panel through a 20A PWM solar controller and a normal starter battery as an auxiliary battery, in conjunction with the main...
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    Re: Solar system for my 40l Engel Fridge

    On what type of battery did you made above mentioned finding?
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    Re: Fridge / freezer

    It depends largely on your amount of available power.

    If you have enough power, no real advantage in switching it off.

    If you are depending on only your starter battery, it will defenately have...
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    Re: Solar system for my 40l Engel Fridge

    According to the sketch in the OP's opening post, he indicates running the Engel from the load output on the controller and not directly from the battery.

    Is this a good or a bad idea?
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    Re: National Luna 12v Split Charger System

    I hear you. That is why I use an illuminated DC switch on the dash. So I can easily see when it is switched on.

    In fact, I normally leave it on (batteries connected) when I stop in camp to run...
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    Re: National Luna 12v Split Charger System

    It is not just the normal Dual Battery Monitor but actually the National Luna Dual Battery CONTROLER.

    It looks identical to the Dual battery monitor, but with an extra button to override the...
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    Re: National Luna 12v Split Charger System

    This is exactly the way I am doing it. I use only a Cole Hersee solenoid with an illuminated DC switch on the dash. And I use it this way for some other reasons as well.

    Works best for my...
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    Re: Wild camping: wat is dit?

    Reenen, ek kamp baiemaal op 'n plek soortgelyk as dit wat jy dalk oorweeg.

    As die kamplus te groot raak gaan slaap ek vir so 'n aand of wat sommer net langs die rivier op 'n privaat plaas, so 50km...
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    Re: Which compressor-A noob asking?

    I always put my compressor on one of the rubber floor mats to keep it clean and out of the dirt. Simple but effective.
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    Re: Nissan Hardbody np300 2.5 dc

    You can sleep peacefully. You now owns a tough reliable bakkie.

    My experiance are that Nissan always had tough reliable engines. The 2.5 YD Navara engine currently used in the 2.5 Hardbody has...
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    Re: Handling the soft sand in Botswana

    Yes, make sure you have a spade. A decent one.
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