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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooskop View Post
    Hi David. I just checked with Martin at Bush Lapa and he confirmed that it will not be an issue on the Miskruier. You can fit the 285/70R17 KO2.
    Thanks Michael. I appreciate the quick phone call. Now to source some new BFG KO2's in that size without having to go to Namibia!
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Got mine back on Friday and I must say the alu plates up front are installed extremely professionally and way better than if I did it myself. I'd think BL could to add that as standard.
    Hi

    I somewhat agree with you, they should make it standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Got mine back on Friday and I must say the alu plates up front are installed extremely professionally and way better than if I did it myself. I'd think BL could to add that as standard.
    I Have sent a mail to BL asking why it is not included in the Build, If one whanted to add it after the fact, it is quite a bit of work.

    Makes sense to just include it, also look nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooskop View Post
    Some tow vehicles are very kind to the Bush Lapa following behind them. I took precautions but the Hilux caused minimal damage to my 2 Miskruiers over 7 years but in less than a year, the FJ was like a demon trying to destroy this thing behind it...
    Very true! I think the "kortgat" vehicles tend to chuck more stones and then of course what type tyres you have make a difference.

    I recently changed my stone protections setup, as I previously had a horizontal canvas between the Fortuner and BL. This worked great but was a little bit of a hassle.

    So I made up some large mudflaps hanging from brackets on the chassis that are easy to remove. This stops almost 95% of the stones I would say. We did some bad gravel and gravel at speed (80-90) last week, and I did not get a single chip on the edges of the Baobab, that are still exposed while I am waiting for my new cover.

    More important, I did not hear one stone hit the rear window, so this tells me the flaps are really doing the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by observer View Post
    Is the MPPT (75/15) just a straight swap out of the old PWM?

    What are the main benefits? More efficient charging?
    I've been in contact with Martin from Bush Lapa and to upgrade to a Victron MPPT 75/15 on a NEW order would be around R1,200 since they credit you with the value of the PWM controller. If they do the upgrade on an existing van, you will be looking at around R1,800 for the Victron MPPT 75/15 and R300 labour (excl. VAT). I suspect the other price mentioned included an upgrade of the control panel as well.

    There has also been some questions here around the controllers and I am clueless when it comes to these things...so if you have any questions on the below feedback Martin got directly from Victron, you will have to contact him yourself....

    The first number, 75 or 100, is the maximum open circuit voltage (Voc) from the panel (as found on the label). Typically this would be 20-40V but will increase if you connect panels in series (add all the panel voltages to get the total)
    If this is exceeded, you WILL damage the controller

    The second number, 15, 20 or 30, is the output current (Amps). This can be used to calculate which controller must be used given the panel power. Use this number multiplied by 14 (Battery voltage during bulk charge). E.g. for the 75/15 model: 15 x 14 = 200W. If the panel power exceeds this value, it will NOT damage the controller, but the extra power will be wasted
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    Default Re: Bush Lapa mods

    Just check one thing.

    You get the normal BlueSolar 75/15 (no Bluetooth) and then you get the SmartSolar 75/15 that has Bluetooth. Latter much better in my opinion and about R400 or so more IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    Very true! I think the "kortgat" vehicles tend to chuck more stones and then of course what type tyres you have make a difference.

    I recently changed my stone protections setup, as I previously had a horizontal canvas between the Fortuner and BL. This worked great but was a little bit of a hassle.

    So I made up some large mudflaps hanging from brackets on the chassis that are easy to remove. This stops almost 95% of the stones I would say. We did some bad gravel and gravel at speed (80-90) last week, and I did not get a single chip on the edges of the Baobab, that are still exposed while I am waiting for my new cover.

    More important, I did not hear one stone hit the rear window, so this tells me the flaps are really doing the work.

    Grumbles
    Hi

    I like that MOD, how did you fit them to the Car

    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohalloran View Post
    Hi

    I somewhat agree with you, they should make it standard.

    Dave
    Hi I spoke to Loftus at BL re the Checkered Plate, why not standard. He said it is a personal taste, some guys take the Gas geyser and others don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohalloran View Post
    Hi

    I like that MOD, how did you fit them to the Car

    Dave
    Like so Dave.

    Each Flap attaches to the hanger with two locknuts, takes 30 secs to remove for town driving.

    Hangers are 4mm steel... overkill but they won't move IF they BY CHANCE touch something during hectic offroading.

    The flaps are attached to angle/equal iron.

    Only thing is one has to be careful when reversing in rough terrain so as to not get a stone to jam the flap under a wheel. I put them very close to the wheels because my Fortuner chucks stones at a very steep angle.

    George on the forum did some nice ones for his Disco, that hang off the towbar. Every car will be different.

    Grumbles
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    Like so Dave.

    Each Flap attaches to the hanger with two locknuts, takes 30 secs to remove for town driving.

    Hangers are 4mm steel... overkill but they won't move IF they BY CHANCE touch something during hectic offroading.

    The flaps are attached to angle/equal iron.

    Only thing is one has to be careful when reversing in rough terrain so as to not get a stone to jam the flap under a wheel. I put them very close to the wheels because my Fortuner chucks stones at a very steep angle.

    George on the forum did some nice ones for his Disco, that hang off the towbar. Every car will be different.

    Grumbles
    Is That’s a great idea. Thank you.
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    So been busy with a few other mods... as you camp obviously you come across things that might just make life easier in your BL. (Not that its not easy enough )

    One of these mods I have not seen anywhere, maybe I missed it, but I thought about it last week whilst sipping a cold one in the middle of the Baviaans.

    There have been many discussions on how to prevent the wing poles from folding inward if a gust of wind raises the wing.

    Think I found the solution... so I am claiming it and sharing

    So the other mods I have done are as follows...

    1. Hooks on pop-up roof bar to hang towels when it is damp/cold/wet outside.
    2. Hooks at Baobab entrance, perfect for car keys and BL keys and hats.
    3. Replaced the internal clamps on the wing poles with external clamps... work great.
    4. Then... I used Folding Stays (or Flap Up/Down hinges) like the ones on camping tables / chairs, to lock the pole in position!!

    Anyway, enjoying the Baobab more every time we take her out!

    Cheers

    Grumbles
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    Default Re: Bush Lapa mods

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    So been busy with a few other mods... as you camp obviously you come across things that might just make life easier in your BL. (Not that its not easy enough )

    One of these mods I have not seen anywhere, maybe I missed it, but I thought about it last week whilst sipping a cold one in the middle of the Baviaans.

    There have been many discussions on how to prevent the wing poles from folding inward if a gust of wind raises the wing.

    Think I found the solution... so I am claiming it and sharing

    So the other mods I have done are as follows...

    1. Hooks on pop-up roof bar to hang towels when it is damp/cold/wet outside.
    2. Hooks at Baobab entrance, perfect for car keys and BL keys and hats.
    3. Replaced the internal clamps on the wing poles with external clamps... work great.
    4. Then... I used Folding Stays (or Flap Up/Down hinges) like the ones on camping tables / chairs, to lock the pole in position!!

    Anyway, enjoying the Baobab more every time we take her out!

    Cheers

    Grumbles
    OOOO Dear I like the Pole Mod, External Clamps. I am goinf to do that, thats if you don't mind.

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    Ek ook, daai internal clamps werk nie vir my nie.

    Waar kry jy daai clamps van Grumbels?

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    Hier by ons in PE by East Cape Caravans / Campworld.

    Hulle het takke orals, net ander name?

    Ek dink meeste groot karavaan plekke sal hê, nie seker of ODW het nie.
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    These pictures are for David (Voyageur) since I cannot send pics via PM.

    David, as discussed, this is what I do with the protector when not in use and while camping. This gives you access to the nose cone and the whole setup remains attached to the Miskruier.
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    Default Re: Bush Lapa mods - Fridge drawer support pole.

    Thought you guys may be interested in this mod.Got BL to make me a drawer support with a telescopic pole (as used on Bush Wing) for fridge drawer.Fits into a hole drilled underneath.Works like a charm - especially with two boys under 5 years old!
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    Default Re: Bush Lapa mods - Fridge drawer support pole.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetlagster View Post
    Thought you guys may be interested in this mod.Got BL to make me a drawer support with a telescopic pole (as used on Bush Wing) for fridge drawer.Fits into a hole drilled underneath.
    Gonna make me one of those, thanks. Together with a little piece of plank, it should work in soft sand as well.
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    Not really a new mod... many have done something similar, but after our last very rough excursion, I made a divide behind the fridge so that the few loose items I store on the right hand side don't fall into and the area between the fridge rails.

    Also gives space for air circulation at the fridge intakes.

    Then added some clips for my mop and broom.

    Grumbles

    PS: It is removable by taking off 4 x locknuts, in the event I need to crawl in there to unplug the fridge etc.
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    Default Re: Bush Lapa mods

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    Not really a new mod... many have done something similar, but after our last very rough excursion, I made a divide behind the fridge so that the few loose items I store on the right hand side don't fall into and the area between the fridge rails.

    Also gives space for air circulation at the fridge intakes.

    Then added some clips for my mop and broom.

    Grumbles

    PS: It is removable by taking off 4 x locknuts, in the event I need to crawl in there to unplug the fridge etc.
    I like the mop and broom idea! I have the full length nose cone and keep mine in there. It can be a mission sometimes to dive it out under all the "stuff" I keep in there...
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    Default Re: Bush Lapa mods

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumbles View Post
    Not really a new mod... many have done something similar, but after our last very rough excursion, I made a divide behind the fridge so that the few loose items I store on the right hand side don't fall into and the area between the fridge rails.

    Also gives space for air circulation at the fridge intakes.

    Then added some clips for my mop and broom.

    Grumbles

    PS: It is removable by taking off 4 x locknuts, in the event I need to crawl in there to unplug the fridge etc.
    What/where are the mop and broom for? for awning maybe before packing up?

    I use a chamois and small brush and pan for quick cleaning.
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