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    Re: Power off the beaten track.

    Just me saying ....

    Anything with a heating element of any kind is a NO-NO on a portable, camping type Solar system.
    Do NOT plug in your usual electric kettle to your 1 000W Inverter (12 v...
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    Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    For HARD ground ..... Take your cordless drill, make holes through the upper (hard) layer then insert peg and use the steel mallet to complete.
    OK, off topic I know, but just saying.

    For deep,...
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    Re: Puncture repair

    Good and valid advice.

    The steel belt did change some considerations.
    However I have not had problems doing it the "old" way.
    But yes, valid points given.
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    Re: Puncture repair

    Over years I have done these type of "plug" repairs many times and most often they last well.
    I would try to keep the hole diameter as small as possible.

    If going wider you would most likely need...
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    Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    This has always worked for us in the past.

    When fully inserted the hook to which your rope is attached and the upper part of the "V" peg must be parallel to the ground (Sand) surface.
    This helps...
  6. Re: Protecting your vehicle from catching alight while travelling through grass

    This IS a real risk at times.

    We have never experienced actual ignition of grass under the vehicle, but have certainly accumulated plenty and needed to clear it out along the way.

    The net in...
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    Re: If only they were sharp.

    Looks like what I have from about 10 + years back.
    They used to call it an oilstone.
    The different sides have different grits.
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    Re: Lost in Kruger YouTube Series

    Dust in very many of our nature areas is a real problem especially with electronics, cameras and many other things !
    Part of the experience I guess.
    I have tried unsuccessfully over the years to...
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    Re: If only they were sharp.

    I was also never taught this skill.
    I use an oilstone to sharpen SWAMBO's kitchen knives and my own in my little workshop - but I guess not always that effectively.
    Let's just say that they are...
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    Re: RYOBI One Plus Cordless Range - Any good ?

    Yes 18v is the way to go - MUCH better than the 12v versions.
    DIY quality is fine for most - just don't expect industrial performance especially if working hard woods.
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    Re: Circular Saw Technique

    Nothing wrong with Ryobi DIY equipment for reasonably light work, softer woods. I've been using Ryobi for years with almost no problems.
    The belt sander tends to wear out bearings faster than...
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    Re: DIY low cost disposable soft shackle ??

    I have heavy duty bow shackles (Metal) - set of two.\
    Some short light duty chains.

    Also, - Wheel Buddy for use with high lift jack and a snatch strap.
    All unused but well travelled - boxes /...
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    Re: Garmin Nuvi 310 - Keep or Toss

    I still use my old Garmin 500 with T4A full package.
    That is WHEN we ever get the chance to actually go anywhere !!!
    A couple of idiosyncrasies but generally still works OK.
    I have always used...
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    Re: Ithala Doornkraal Campsite

    Our visit in 2017 !!!
    In the campsite - Pictures by another camper, unfortunately forgotten his name.
    At the time we were on a drive along the Bivane 4x4 track with Leeubok in his vehicle LOOKING...
  15. Re: Hydrogen ? As general alternative & transition.

    Very informative, thanks contributors.

    Another aspect to consider and complicate the issues here:
    Carbon or other environmental / climate effects of creating and using batteries, solar panels,...
  16. Hydrogen ? As general alternative & transition.

    OK, This is not vehicle specific but would have its place I think.
    Generally though it fits in as an alternative power source, income generator and offers employment opportunities.
    IF implemented...
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    Re: Bushpower gets my vote

    Your WiFi signal seems to be very weak - maybe that's why ?
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    Re: Bushpower gets my vote

    Copying the link supplied i the post and pasting into the Chrome address bar - no problem, opens almost immediately.
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    Re: Camp Table (Wood/Plastic/Aluminium)

    Melamine ... or is that what you meant by "plastic" ?
    Aluminum frame and legs.
    Lighter and longer lasting / weather proof.
    Only problem is they can be messed around by windy conditions due to...
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    Re: The Kruger National Park picture thread

    Stan, would you give us "stuck at home" folk (For totally different reasons no doubt.), an update on KNP generally and the camps and facilities that you have (are) visiting during this trip.
    Not a...
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    Re: The Kruger National Park picture thread

    Eish Stan - I am SOOOO jealous.

    I am waiting for two things here to fall into place:
    1. Erica's continued improvement in mobility
    2. Off season to take advantage of the "pensioner" discounts.
    ...
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    Re: Lost in Kruger YouTube Series

    Just watched your episode 3.
    Well done indeed.
    We are also great lovers of KNP and have done it up, down and sideways over very many years.
    You bring those experiences back to life for us in a...
  23. Re: The 2021 Official 4x4 Community Klein Pella Exploration Trip (Northern Cape)

    Yes you're right. My bad. It would have been a genet and that was at Augrabies NP camp.
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    Re: Overland Cape Town to Cairo

    Also been done in an aged Rolls Royce and (separately) using a Morris Minor (I think), any way one of the very early Morris versions.
    It's been done in VW Kombi versions ... etc.

    I still like one...
  25. Re: The 2021 Official 4x4 Community Klein Pella Exploration Trip (Northern Cape)

    They particularly like a nice thick rump steak. :eek:
    PS: OFF the braai grid nogal !!
  26. Re: The 2021 Official 4x4 Community Klein Pella Exploration Trip (Northern Cape)

    We did a day visit to Riemvasmaak a couple of years back and it was very interesting and rewarding from the route, scenery, location and local "personalities" points of view.
    An amazing place...
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    Re: Richtersveld visit

    In 2018 (Sep) when we were there you could get a very temporary permit at the border post Vioolsdrif to re-fuel in Nam just a very few Km down the road.
    I think it was a two hour permit or some...
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    Re: Running Dual Battery & Solar simultaneously

    I can only give my experience of driving while using a solar panel.
    Not totally relevant to OP because the Isuzu's alternator was not operating at all (Just turning, not producing power).
    Since I...
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    Re: Summer rains, is this unusual or just a reset.

    At my home in Pinetown, KZN we have above average rainfall for Dec and Jan so far but nowhere near the maximums previously recorded.
    Should I say (YET).
    3 days of Jan. still to come ...
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    Re: To Swag or not

    OR even in a few FENCED (??) ones.
    But the basic camping style has always appealed to me, just SWAMBO not that keen, even in the younger years.
    Minimum was a ground tent, then RTT and preferably an...
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    Re: Fibre Glass or Metal canopy?

    I was not aware of this problem having a very old Isuzu D?C and a fiberglass canopy have not experienced any cracking in the load bin sides or anywhere else in spite of many km "off road", corrugated...
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    Re: Lost in Kruger YouTube Series

    Subscribed
  33. Re: The 3 Provinces Unbeatable Trip with some Old Wheelers.

    We have been there and done (some) of that.
    Amazing place!
    Enjoy! :)
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    Re: Bottle Hydraulic Jacks

    Now why have I NEVER thought of this!!!??
    Maybe because I am getting old and stupid, but I was not always that way .... so, stupid, I guess.
    They say there is no fool like an old fool.

    Eish,...
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    Re: Bottle Hydraulic Jacks

    This is good advice.
    I do something very similar with a 10 ton bottle jack that I bought so far back that I don't even know anymore how much I paid for it, but would not have been over the top....
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