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    Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    A nice hint non the less about how much better a steel hammer is for pegs than rubber. I borrowed a rubber hammer once and nearly got klapped in the face by the "recoil" of the hammer - it was hard...
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    Re: Snomaster

    If the cooling efficiency is the same as with the previous compressor, then the overall consumption will remain unchanged. It will draw slightly more power while running, but will run for shorter...
  3. Thread: St Lucia Mouth

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    Re: St Lucia Mouth

    With good rainfalls, like this year, there is a good chance leaving it to nature. But not if we have rainfall like in the last decade.

    Someone mentioned the population growth in the catchment...
  4. Thread: St Lucia Mouth

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    Re: St Lucia Mouth

    Agreed. Start dredging again. It worked before. Some might not agree. Nature has been overtaken by human interference mentioned in posts above, and can't cope. Human intervention is needed to...
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    Re: Best pegs for West Coast soft sand

    There is a good reason the army used these L shaped pegs. I never had a problem with these, even in soft sand. Get a couple of big ones for soft sand. They also dampen forces by bending up.
  6. Thread: St Lucia Mouth

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    Re: St Lucia Mouth

    I think the biggest mistake made was creating an ocean mouth for the Imfolozi, disconnecting it from the lake. This had a positive impact for the farmers, as now their low lying cane fields were no...
  7. Thread: St Lucia Mouth

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    Re: St Lucia Mouth

    The guy who's pigs and cows get stolen?
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    Re: Namibia's fairy circles mystery finally solved

    That sap is nasty stuff. A friend cut one down in his property and got some sap on his face and arms - he needed medical attention for that, Luckily non got in his eyes.

    To me this is the most...
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    Re: Powered wheelchair

    I hate gennies, especially in the bush at night. You will probably want to charge the batteries at night, when the wheelchair is not used. I would only use a genny when absolutely necessary.

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    Re: Namibia's fairy circles mystery finally solved

    Sounds like they perished some time back, leaving poisoned circles. Have a look at the pictures here - seems there are still some left
  11. Re: Protecting your vehicle from catching alight while travelling through grass

    I remember that - we were providing emergency radio comms just up the road at the Eskom site on the Dbn side - was an up run, if I remember correctly.

    The heat wrap is a good idea
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    Re: Namibia's fairy circles mystery finally solved

    Have a look at the pictures at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9269439/Africas-fairy-circle-mystery-finally-solved-new-study.html
  13. Thread: Disco 4 bakkie

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    Discovery 4 Re: Disco 4 bakkie

    Because one or two compressors have failed, and possible some old bags have perished or been punctured.. Some are very anti air-suspension.

    I would not buy one with springs. The air suspension...
  14. Thread: St Lucia Mouth

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    Re: St Lucia Mouth

    Ok, it looks like it only opened recently - I did not see the older video

    Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5bTlO_m-RU from 08h25

    and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4acSKlwTy1Q from 04h25
  15. Thread: St Lucia Mouth

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    Re: St Lucia Mouth

    I thought that the Imfolozi was connected again to the lake. Where is this plug you are talking about?
  16. Re: defender puma - guess the noise and win a 6 pack of beer(turn the vol up)

    Sounds like someone hung their bangles over the connecting rod...
  17. Thread: St Lucia Mouth

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    Re: St Lucia Mouth

    I also watched the videos of how it used to work, and how it changed with the rerouting of the Imfolozi, and it all makes sense. However, I have no clue as what the balance should be as it varies...
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    Re: Looking for a Home: Motorhome

    That's cheap. The first Ivecos sold for about R650k. They are over a bar now. You will pay over R600k to have it built into a motorhome
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    Re: Richtersveld Camp Questions

    I love the fire wood wall enclosure!
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    That is exactly why it will not work in SA. Our city grids are already under strain because they are adding new loads to the grid without upgrading the grid. Eskom is battling already, so has no...
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    Re: Looking for a Home: Motorhome

    To determine the tare, the guys take the basic completed camper shell, without fridges, empty fuel and water tanks etc, ie as light as possible and have that weighed. Some even go as far as removing...
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    Re: Looking for a Home: Motorhome

    With motorhomes, you may use a code 8 if the tare of the vehicle is less than 3500kg. I know of one Iveco 4x4 motorome, owner built, where he managed to keep the tare under 3500kg. Even though his...
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    Re: camping fan advice

    A new 7AH battery should run that fan all night on slow speed. I have a couple of these lying under my desk which I bought for testing - they move enough air, but are very noisy. What I found is...
  24. Thread: St Lucia Mouth

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    Re: St Lucia Mouth

    St Lucia itself seems to have good rain at the moment. Hopefully it will shift to the catchment areas as well, especially to that of the Imfolozi rivers

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    Edit: Correction: the rain in...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Charging will be fine if there only a handful of electric cars per street, at least when there is no loadshedding and long power outages, like we have been experiencing of late like in Pmb. Many...
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    Re: Awning Side. Passenger or Driver?

    When I built my canopy for my Defender PUP, I had the fridge slide on the right, directly accessible through the rh side doors. I did this on purpose not to be too far away from the driver's side,...
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    Defender Re: Bulkhead Vent Seals

    The 2 part seal seals better for older vents, which are not 100% straight anymore. On my old Defender I replaced the rubber seals with new OEm, but they did not seal properly, no matter how much I...
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    Re: Those who said, electric vehicle, NEVER!

    Why? Our population growth needs to be stemmed ;D

    But, I do agree with you on the other points :)
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    Re: camping fan advice

    Yip. Same one I mentioned in post #2. The suction cups they come with are also very good if you have smooth surfaces.
  30. Thread: Reen in namibia

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    Re: Reen in namibia

    Received via Telegram, so must be true unlike WhatsApp ;D

    Once in a lifetime stuff, and we are locked down....
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    Re: camping fan advice

    Apparently the protective screen around the fans is part of the noise generator. That is why Carframo has done away with it and used a "flexible" blade, which will not hurt your hand should you...
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    Re: camping fan advice

    I don't think you get Very Very quiet fans. I tried to find one - bought most 12V cheap versions without success. Some use silent computer fans, but they do not move lots or air and need to be...
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    Re: What is your Fuelly stats ??

    Some get 10km/l and higher. I only got 8.0-8.5km/l, even after a new head, reconned injector, new injectors. Driving style made little difference. the new owner, who got 10 with his previous tdi,...
  34. Thread: April Trip

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    Re: April Trip

    I can't add to this, but am very interested in this. We try and amble off to Bots and Nam, yet don't know our own back yard. Well, me anyway.
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    Re: Small scale pumped hydro electricity

    It looks like you are considering LDPE piping by mentioning 63mm ID piping. the ID of LDPE is actually 65mm. Class 10 is not good enough for a 90m head, not enough safety factor. When you eg close...
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