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    Why, what does it deter?
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    Why, what does it deter?
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    The world of camping according to Trish (SWAMBO):

    Upon arrival at a campsite, her chair will be set up in a shady spot, and a suitable beverage placed in her hand.

    She will then supervise all camp set-up matters from the comfort of her chair, and her word is law.

    Striking camp will follow the same procedure, in reverse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imvubu View Post
    The world of camping according to Trish (SWAMBO):

    Upon arrival at a campsite, her chair will be set up in a shady spot, and a suitable beverage placed in her hand.

    She will then supervise all camp set-up matters from the comfort of her chair, and her word is law.

    Striking camp will follow the same procedure, in reverse.
    Liana normally does help. But I think she was not in the mood to help pack up on Sunday. "Hence the let us break our foot" thing...
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    Was it the same reason you decided to play with a bee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imvubu View Post
    The world of camping according to Trish (SWAMBO):

    Upon arrival at a campsite, her chair will be set up in a shady spot, and a suitable beverage placed in her hand.

    She will then supervise all camp set-up matters from the comfort of her chair, and her word is law.

    Striking camp will follow the same procedure, in reverse.
    Reverse?, do you take the chair then ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    Was it the same reason you decided to play with a bee?
    I beat her hands down in hospital this year. I had a 'casualty weekend' on Easter weekend when I broke my foot. And then a few days on the last weekend with the bee.

    She has had this Sunday....

    Edit: And I was not camping that weekend. I was actually driving through to Brooklyn to collect a cupboard for her when I was stung...
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    Use an "Capsize bottle" The type that is used on small craft.



    Quote Originally Posted by Mosasa View Post
    Sometimes it the small things that can make a big difference in our 4x4ing lives.

    What small tips and tricks have you learned over the years while busy with your trips etc?

    For example - we use a big plastic bucket with a lid that fits tightly as our washing machine. Put some water and soap in the bucket, pop your dirty washing into the bucket and seal properly. Then load the bucket securely into the back of the vehicle and the days driving, rocking and rolling does your washing for you. When you are ready, take your clothes out, rinse and hang to dry.

    Any wise old owls out there with more ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilligafrican View Post
    We use a capsize bottle as they seal completely and can handle pressure generated by warm water. Drive today with it, change water when at camp and drive again to rinse.
    I made this cage for a customer to hold 2 of those bottles. It fits onto the swingarm of the spare wheel carrier. He has 2 swingarms on the vehicle, so he uses one for the spare and the other for bottles or firewood. It has a lockable strap over the top to stop things from being liberated. Click image for larger version. 

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    We use these we bought some moons ago next too the road for like R50. But you need bad corrugated road or serious off road terrain to work. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosasa View Post
    Sometimes it the small things that can make a big difference in our 4x4ing lives.

    What small tips and tricks have you learned over the years while busy with your trips etc?

    For example - we use a big plastic bucket with a lid that fits tightly as our washing machine. Put some water and soap in the bucket, pop your dirty washing into the bucket and seal properly. Then load the bucket securely into the back of the vehicle and the days driving, rocking and rolling does your washing for you. When you are ready, take your clothes out, rinse and hang to dry.

    Any wise old owls out there with more ideas?
    Many moons ago, we bought a nice 20l bucket with sealed lid in Luderitz for washing. We also bought a carton of camel cigarettes in the same store and put it into the bucket. At the camp site (Shark Island), we dumped our dirty clothing into the bucket. The next morning we were heading off further north, so filled the bucket with water and some Omo.

    When we arrived at the next campsite, we opened the bucket and drained the dirty water, and added fresh water and rinsed the clothes. While rinsing, we discovered something hard at the bottom - our Camel filter carton! We were just about finished with our ciggies, so hastily opened the carton, hoping that it was properly sealed. It was not, and Omo flavoured water had seeped into the carton and individual packs. Not completely soggy, but wet enough. Being far away from any further supplies, we opened each pack and let the ciggies dry in the sun. They tasted horrible, but were better than nothing, as we were not willing to give up smoking at that time.

    But back on topic, this bucket worked very well. Rinsing was a bit of a schlepp if we did not have another drive for rinsing, but was not too bad. Clothes certainly were very clean.

    A bad tip: We loved taking some whiskey along as well, but the glass bottles were no good on the rough roads. So, on one trip to Namibia, I had our domestic wash one of my 5l Castrol oil containers, over a period of a month or so, as they were masters at cleaning these type of containers for use of their own water containers. The beauty of using these containers was that they were hardy and indestructible, plus no possible customs when passing through the border post.

    But alas, when we poured our first dop at our first camp site, the taste of Surf was there. Not overwhelming, but nasty enough. The whiskey was promptly renamed Surfsky, and was promptly replaced with glass bottles at some bottle store in Windhoek, our next stop. I can't remember what we did with the nearly full, expensive 5l Castrol container...

    A real tip, which many use, is to pack plenty of paper towelling. To preserve washing up water, wipe all your plates with towelling before washing. Not much water is then needed to wash your plates and cutlery. Burn the paper in your campfire.

    Another tip for showers: The best showers are bucket showers, where water conservation is concerned, not these fancy gas heated showers. Heat the water using your preferred method, eg in a bucket, jerry can or kettle next to your camp fire, or on a gas stove, and then fill your bucket shower, mixing in cold water for the perfect temperature. No wasting of water is necessary to find an acceptable shower temperature. One bucket shower at ideal temp is enough for 2 people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    A real tip, which many use, is to pack plenty of paper towelling. To preserve washing up water, wipe all your plates with towelling before washing. Not much water is then needed to wash your plates and cutlery. Burn the paper in your campfire.
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    rubber floor mats double up as traction tracks when getting out of a bogged down in thick hot stand situation.
    My colleague borrowed my trailer, got stuck in the sand and used all my braai grids to get traction out the sand...... go going again and then left them behind !!

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    Replace your wheel spanner with a power bar and impact socket
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    Grease and oil on your hands after tinkering?
    Sunlight in your hand and add some sugar to wash
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    Check your wheel temperatures when you stop for whatever. Temp should be warm to hot if subjected to heavy braking but still just touchable. I use a hand held laser temp meter. Normally 47*C to 55"C max. Also uneven temp from L/R indicates bad brake adjustment / operation.
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    If you are like me and can't stand dirty hands, and don't wear gloves, especially the black of diesel engine oil in every crack and blemish, two tips:

    1. Before you start the work, rub a liberal amount of dishwasher soap into your hands, until they feel 'dry', albeit a bit sticky.

    2. After the job is done, wash hands, and then mix hand creme and dishwasher soap and smear onto hands.
    Put on plastic or latex gloves. Pour a bit of warm into the gloves.
    Place rubber bands around your wrists.
    Leave as long as possible (at least an hour).
    If your hands feel dry, add some more water.

    Hand cleaners work, but dry your skin out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    If you are like me and can't stand dirty hands, and don't wear gloves, especially the black of diesel engine oil in every crack and blemish, two tips:

    1. Before you start the work, rub a liberal amount of dishwasher soap intk your hands, until they feel 'dry', albeit a bit sticky.

    2. After the job is done, wash hands, and then mix hand creme and dishwasher soap and smear onto hands.
    Put on plastic or latex gloves. Pour a bit of warm into the gloves.
    Place rubber bands around your wrists.
    Leave as long as possible (at least an hour).
    If your hands feel dry, add some more water.

    Hand cleaners work, but dry your skin out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    If you are like me and can't stand dirty hands, and don't wear gloves, especially the black of diesel engine oil in every crack and blemish, two tips:

    1. Before you start the work, rub a liberal amount of dishwasher soap into your hands, until they feel 'dry', albeit a bit sticky.

    2. After the job is done, wash hands, and then mix hand creme and dishwasher soap and smear onto hands.
    Put on plastic or latex gloves. Pour a bit of warm into the gloves.
    Place rubber bands around your wrists.
    Leave as long as possible (at least an hour).
    If your hands feel dry, add some more water.

    Hand cleaners work, but dry your skin out.
    It's much easier to use a product called "Liquid Glove" that you rub onto your hands before starting a dirty job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    Hand cleaners work, but dry your skin out.
    I'm probably not as sensitive, but the cheap hand cleaner I get with the little scrubbing things in it have never dried my hands out...

    Even if hand cleaners did, I would just use them anyway and live with the dry hands. #be-a-man.
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