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    Just under 2 years ago my wife and I decided that we were out-growing camping in a tent and gazebo, even though this is how I have camped since I was a laaitie we knew it was time for a little bit more comfort when in the bush. Plus we were replacing tents every 2 years-we camp a lot and generally the nylon and fibreglass poles just weren't lasting.

    A trailer it was as caravan is too big for the two of us and after a lot of research, visiting the various outdoor shows and caravan dealers we decided to buy a Conqueror. Given the choice between the Comfort, Compact and Courage we chose the latter. The important factors that we considered were quality, size of tent (space for future kids), off-road ability, and overall weight. Something that really interested me was the Courage comes bare bones, basically just a shell, and for me that's where the fun lies: lots of DIY jobs and the perfect platform to build up and modify the trailer specifically to our needs.

    Now that we had decided on the Courage we started the search to find the right one for us. We weren't keen to get a new one from the factory and the Conqueror agents in NorthGate didn't have any pre-owned stock on hand. Gumtree had a several options but most of them were the victim to owners who had already done their own mods. After a few months we found the one for us: a 2016 Courage with one previous owner who really looked after it, it had all the extra awning options, a pre-fitted Victron MPPT and basically nothing else. The perfect blank canvas for me to work on!

    The first priority for me was to install a basic lighting system throughout the trailer. I opted to buy a roll of LED light strips with a warm light together with an extrusion channel and diffuser cover come and electrical retailer in Randburg. Buying the components separately allowed me to fully customise the lengths of the light so I could ensure that all areas of the trailer are sufficiently lit.
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    After our first trip in the Courage we could start working out exactly what we needed in the trailer and where it needed to be.

    I needed to open my beers, priorities you know, so I added a bottle opener from 4x4 Direct. While I was at it I also added a nice level to the basket and installed that on the dusselboom.
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    Then it was on to more serious matters. We generally stay away from the crowds and prefer the more rustic and self reliant campsites. The trailer was already fitted with a Victrom MPPT solar controller and had a 105AH battery which would be suitable for most long weekend stay overs but we wanted to be able to be off grid for longer periods of time. Our two week Botswana trip was coming up and we didn't want to have any power issues.

    I purchased two new Enertec 105Ah deep cycle batteries and added a second battery box in the nose cone, the batteries were wired in parallel. I used sika flex to mount the second battery to the floor of the nose cone. I also added a LED light into the nose cone of the trailer so that we could see better in the dark
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    Quote Originally Posted by whosthejman View Post
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    Last week I managed to squeeze in some time to tackle the plumbing. The Courage comes with a 90 litre water tank and a gravity fed pump. This is adequate for most situations but not enough for when we are off grid and need decent access to water for washing up dishes and showering. So after consideration I decided to install a 12V pump. The nose cone was the most suitable location for the pump-it's close to the existing plumbing and basically out of the way. The Shurflo comes highly recommended and I picked it up off 4x4Direct for about R1400.

    I wanted to have two outlets for both the washing up basins and to feed a geyser for showering. So I split the plumbing after the pumps. Initially I choose a cheap stopcocks from builders warehouse-which almost immediately I regretted, I've since picked up much better quality ones from Leroy Merlin which I still need to install. .

    Overall the pump runs great, it should give plenty of pressure for our needs and actually isn't that noisy thanks to the rubber feet.

    I filmed the installation for my YouTube channel for those that would like to see the whole installation

    Next up, wiring the pump to the control panel
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    The Courage's storage of smaller items is mostly designed to be accommodated in the slider drawer which holds 4 ammo crates. I damaged my back last year and find that loading and unloading the ammo crates is quite difficult as the access to the 2 rear crates is quite limited. The ammo crates had to go.

    I decided to replace all four crates with open top plywood boxes. I made the boxes asymmetrical to store a larger variety of items. I also routed channels to fit flexible LED light strips on both sides. The lights are rubber and counter sunk so they can't get damaged by any sharp objects. These are controlled by a separate switch to the side of the drawers. Lastly I routed channels to run the wires for the LED strips on the rear of the drawers so that they are not proud of the wood, again this is to protect the wiring from damage.
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