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    Quote Originally Posted by mbremer View Post
    Hi

    How complicated is it to remove the rack when you want to camp?

    I had one bike at the back of the car and one INSIDE the trailer on the last trip and it was a mission!
    Hi mbremer

    4 x Hand screws along the top and two clips to the side would say 3 minutes on your own.

    We are a big family so even with the bike rack I still have another 2-3 bikes packed inside. (Small ones go inside now)

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    I'm not very happy with the mattresses that came with the Companion.

    1. The nylon is extremely slippery and it is difficult to get a fitted sheet around it
    2. It seems to be very hard for light people but yet it compacts a lot on "my side" to the extent that it forms a "ridge" next to me. The result is that you always feel like you are sliding towards the side of the bed.

    I experienced much better high density foam with other trailers and RTTs.

    Do you have similar experiences or any suggestions on how it could be modified? Someone mentioned using a thinner piece of foam with the fitted sheet on top of the current arrangement but I don't really want to drag another piece of bedding along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbremer View Post
    I'm not very happy with the mattresses that came with the Companion.

    1. The nylon is extremely slippery and it is difficult to get a fitted sheet around it
    2. It seems to be very hard for light people but yet it compacts a lot on "my side" to the extent that it forms a "ridge" next to me. The result is that you always feel like you are sliding towards the side of the bed.

    I experienced much better high density foam with other trailers and RTTs.

    Do you have similar experiences or any suggestions on how it could be modified? Someone mentioned using a thinner piece of foam with the fitted sheet on top of the current arrangement but I don't really want to drag another piece of bedding along.

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    Hi Martin

    When I purchased my QC Martin & Vivian from Conqueror Midrand told me about a mattress mod which can be done. I have yet to have any complaints with my bedding, perhaps give them a call about it.

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    There were two option for mattresses if I remember correctly. I bought the QC in a bit of a rush, so maybe I did not pay enough attention!

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    Default Water tanks

    Regarding the water tank issue mentioned elsewhere; I also had the issue where the water would run out of the overfill when filled from the bottom and the main tank not filling the bottom tank.

    In the end I removed the connection to the bottom tank (on the side of the tank) and felt for obstructions. There were some debris but you won't believe how small that hole is (not the neck itself but rather where it opens into the tank itself). The top end of my little finger could barely get in there.

    My guess (and hope) is that it is an manufacturing oversight and not a design flaw because the engineer that designed that should ask for his money back from wherever he studied!

    The problem seems to be solved after I forced a screwdriver through there and wiggled it around a bit.

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    Default Pump

    The pressure switch on the pump gave up on third outing.

    There is apparently an incompatibility between the "new" geyser and the pump. They are happy to replace it but I have to somehow make time to travel 350Km to the nearest shop.

    Maybe other owners should check this before it becomes an issue.

    By the way, you can short the two wires on the switch and operate the pump from the on/off switch inside the trailer in case of an emergency

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    Default Solar power

    What are the options for solar on the QC?

    I have the BH plug that draws power from the car when towing. Can one just plug a mobile panel into it? Do you need a regulator or whatever or will the current charger (power panel) take care of it?

    Also on power, how much is the PBE conversion and panel that also includes the water meter?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbremer View Post
    I'm not very happy with the mattresses that came with the Companion.

    1. The nylon is extremely slippery and it is difficult to get a fitted sheet around it
    2. It seems to be very hard for light people but yet it compacts a lot on "my side" to the extent that it forms a "ridge" next to me. The result is that you always feel like you are sliding towards the side of the bed.

    I experienced much better high density foam with other trailers and RTTs.

    Do you have similar experiences or any suggestions on how it could be modified? Someone mentioned using a thinner piece of foam with the fitted sheet on top of the current arrangement but I don't really want to drag another piece of bedding along.

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbremer View Post
    By the way, you can short the two wires on the switch and operate the pump from the on/off switch inside the trailer in case of an emergency
    Is it also a Sureflow pump? Which wires do you short?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbremer View Post
    Please share the costs and setup of the panel, thanks!
    Sorry for the late reply!

    I have 105 W solid solar panel that runs through a regulater into the Companion to either charge the batteries or run the whole system. I pirmarliy use it for three hours or as needed throughout the day from day 3 onwards.

    The companion has two 105 Amp deep cycle batteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piri View Post
    Sorry for the late reply!

    I have 105 W solid solar panel that runs through a regulater into the Companion to either charge the batteries or run the whole system. I pirmarliy use it for three hours or as needed throughout the day from day 3 onwards.

    The companion has two 105 Amp deep cycle batteries.

    I like the two batteries, What type of regulater do you use, or did come with the QC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbremer View Post
    Vossie, please elaborate.

    I find that the two tents fold out (up) the same as a normal dome type arrangement with the hooks unto the rods. It helps to apply pressure to the rods when you fasten the hooks (to get it over the rod) and I think you must also start at the top (point nearest to the trailer).
    Quite correct - and it works well but is not very strong. I already have 2 or 3 bent pieces - and it takes time. I do not understand why is could not be made to erect itself - like a rooftop/trailertop tent. They have it on the Commander!

    I started with some plans/ideas to change mine to work like that. I will let you know how I progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pretorjn View Post
    Is it also a Sureflow pump? Which wires do you short?
    It looks like it says "Flopower" from what I can see.

    There is one right at the top and another just below it (both red!). I think they are the only ones around so you can't go wrong.

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    Maybe I dont understand you. AFAIK these are the + and - from the battery/power source. If you short these then you will effectively short your battery terminals.
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    No, you are shorting the wires that goes onto the pressure switch (that is how I understood it). I had Vivian on the line and he said take this wire and that one and connect them, so I can't tell you for sure which ones they are other than "it is the two thin red wires at the top of the pump"

    I will try to get a picture today

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    Would appreciate that. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by carlp View Post
    I like the two batteries, What type of regulater do you use, or did come with the QC?
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    thanks

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    I have made some modifications to the plumbing of the Companion. I was tired of plugging in and out of the pipes every time one wants to open and close the kitchen drawer. This also opened up the nose a bit to provide easier access.

    You will note that I moved the gas cylinders to one side, providing more space on the kitchen side of the nose for the wood and charcoal.


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    The spiderweb (mind you a spider web is more organised than the pipes in the Companion was) of pipes are gone, allowing easier entry and more space.

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    Herewith a pitcure of the mixer - Still need to figure out how to do it neater, but the current set-up at least allow direct access into the bin behind the mixer without have to dodge pipes.

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    Wow, that is really neatly done.

    Do you have pics of what you have done at the mixer?

    Conqueror should really be ashamed of themselves that a customer should show their engineers how is must be done

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