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  3. Chris

    New Members

    Peter and Margaret have hit the nail squarely on the head. Upgrading for us was about being confident we are legal! We can now carry more in both van and 200 series LC but will try very hard not to have those weights.😀 And welcome to the forum David and Liz. Tell us a bit more about yourself too, if you are comfortable doing that. Which part of the country are you from?
  4. Mayzee

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    Yep as I posted earlier it’s great to be able to cool off with the Aircon wherever we are. Soft old f...ts but we love it 😇🍷
  5. Chris

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    The smaller one is of course adequate if all you need is to recharge batteries. We found that the Kimberley area can get hot during the day in Summer but not so much in the Winter months. Peter (ATV42) says he would prefer to go to a caravan park for air conditioning if it is hot. That is well and good if a caravan park is available The times we have used a generator for cooling has been either on a very remote road, camped up after a day’s travelling, and only needing cooling for a couple of hours until the sun sets, or say crossing the Nullarbor. Recently we pulled into a delightful camp off the Nullarbor and at 2pm it was nearly 40 degrees. We ran the aircon until 4pm when a cool breeze came up. Even if a caravan park was available we would much prefer that lovely bush camp anyway, despite needing a generator for a couple of hours. And much cheaper to run a generator for two hours than paying for a caravan park for a night. Plus the attendant nuisance value of booking in, unhitching etc. The generator gives you options.
  6. Having recently upgraded to a Lovells Tow System, I have for sale my previous 3500kg McHitch Tow System and 800lb Weight Distribution bars. This includes Hayman Reese drawbar and brake lever. Asking $400 ONO. (under half price). Regards, Kym.
  7. Due to a recent GVM Upgrade, I have for sale my previous OME suspension kit, which is made up of the following: Front: Springs: 100kg rated with 25mm lift; Shockers - Nitrocharger Sport. Rear: Springs: Medium Load: No Lift; Shockers - Nitrocharger Sport, with Stone Guard Kit. This suspension has done about 37,000 km with the majority on bitumen. Asking $700, but very Negotiable. Original Cost over $2,000. Regards, Kym.
  8. Ecoranger

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    Thanks for all your replies...so much variation!! Still not sure if we should have a generator, just in case, anyway, maybe a smaller one will be adequate? Cheers, Kym.
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  10. TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 75 TO 79 SERIES Clearview Towing mirrors for sale. Chrome with electric kit $895.00 from Clearview factory. Brand new still in box, not required. Selling for $550.00 plus freight. Call Greg on 0428676374 to discuss.
  11. the crow and i

    Silverado GVM Upgrade

    Hi Laurie I can't open the attached Replacement Leaf Springs for the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500.webarchive Bryan
  12. Sandra

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    We sold our generator last year for similar reasons as Pete has said. The extra room, weight, fuel that it took was not worth it. Even when it is hot we rarely use our air conditioner as it is far too noisy. Love our 12 volt fans. Over the years we have gone back to basic caravanning. Two solar panels, two batteries, 3 way fridge, no washing machine. We probably spend 20 weeks a year travelling, last year was 27weeks. Clive
  13. ATV42

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    Hi Ecoranger. Generators......a much discussed subject during Happy Hour. We carried a Honda 2 around for over 12 years or so, and rarely used it. We can't see any point in running a noisy generator at the free camp somewhere just to run the airconditioner. If it's that hot that we need to run the airconditioner, we go to a town and book a powered site in a caravan park and use their facilities, the pool, camp kitchen, endless power and water etc. As for charging our 360 amp Lithium battery pack, we have 1040 watts of solar, a 50 amp DC to DC charger, and a 60 amp AC charger. Our 1800 watt inverter easily runs our microwave. We usually travel in the cooler months and for 5 to 6 months a year in northern Australia and have not taken our generator with us for a few years now. We are even thinking of selling it. Cheers from Pete.
  14. Grahame and Wendy Roberts

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    I have run a Honda 2.0i for 10 years, it has excellent voltage regulation and has never missed a beat. Over that period we have run the AC probably a dozen times and interestingly it will do so at sea level but will not hang onto the load at any altitude over 1,000 ft. One of the larger capacity Honda or Yamaha machines will hang onto an AC load somewhat better. On a recent caravanning trip with friends I saw a brand new Honda 2.0i fail to start after it had been servicing a light load for 2 or 3 days (that is all the work it had done). I did the usual things - changed fuel and checked the plug to no avail. The problem turned out to be a failed " ignition initiator", in other words an ignition coil timed by the flywheel. After this 10 year experience I have come to the conclusion that our main generator need is as backup for the batteries and I am now carrying a Yamaha 1.0i which easily runs my charger at 40A for 30 mins if it has to, but more importantly gives me a weight saving of 18kg. ATV2 towed by 200 Series Grahame
  15. Mayzee

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    We have a new Honda E22i in our new AT5. Runs the Aircon with ease. Can’t beat a Honda.👍✅
  16. Chris

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    We have the Yamaha 2.4 Kia and find it is reliable and competent. Do you need it? We have just finished a 12 month tour through Vic, NSW, QLD, WA and SA, and had to use the generator about five or six times for air conditioning. It was baking hot at times and the cooling made all the world of difference. Obviously it is helpful to have a means to recharge the batteries if you have days of overcast conditions.
  17. Ecoranger

    Best Generator to take on Kimberly's Trip?

    Also, is it even worth taking a generator on such a trip? I have 3 solar panels and 3 AGM Batteries with backup Redarc chargers in both van and vehicle?
  18. My caravan spares have the same stud pattern as my Landcruiser and the tyres are the same size. However I was advised that I would need to fit spacers onto the Landcruiser hub before being able to use the them as spares in an emergency? Is anyone aware of this and is it factual? If so, what size spacer should be used?
  19. After many years of searching and much advice from various people, it appears that the Yamaha 2800i is the best generator for all round performance and reliability. In particular to run an Aircon up north. Many manufacturers claim their cheaper generators will do the job, but I am not convinced. Any other opinions or experiences out there??
  20. TonyH

    Chinese take away

    ** Be aware ** We ordered a Chinese takeaway from a local place (I won't name them) just been to pick it up and as I was driving home, I heard the bags rustling and moving!!WTF??!!! I thought what the hell is that. Has something got in the bag, I thought I could see a little pair of eyes peering out at me. I was driving so I leaned forward, picked up the bag, put it on the passenger seat and there it was again, more rustling and little eyes looking out behind the prawn crackers, I thought its got to be a rat or a mouse or something, so I carefully pulled the bag down ... And there it was ... ... A Peeking Duck!!!
  21. Sandra

    Senior years

    THE OLDER I GET, THE MORE I HAVE IN COMMON WITH COMPUTERS. WE BOTH START WITH LOTS OF MEMORY AND DRIVE, THEN BECOME OUTDATED, UNEXPECTEDLY, AND EVENTUALLY HAVE TO HAVE OUR PARTS REPLACED!
  22. Sandra

    New Members

    Welcome to the group, I’m sure you will have many hours of enjoyment with your Keddy, no matter what your tow vehicle is (providing all your tow weights etc are legal). Some of our members tow with Iveco, Mercedes, Isuzu, Nissan, Fords, Chevy etc, personally we tow with a Nissan Y62. Hope to catch up with you somewhere in this great country. Sandra and Clive
  23. DAVIDANDLIZ

    New Members

    Thanks for the replies everyone. The weights and towing rating are a bit of a mine field for the uninitiated!! We bought the Amarok when our intended purchase was the baby of the Kedron offering, Compact 16 footer. Our trip to see them in the flesh at the Brisbane Van show had us rethink our requirements. The Amarok is a work vehicle, so if it won’t do the job will upgrade it. Many have already reminded me of the Toyota Dealer network. Which makes a lot of sense. And finally Steve & Kez, too late, we have it and the brake controller fitted!! My “dealer” is a family friend. They won’t warrant anything that is non genuine VW. But the brake controller is not connected to the ABS or similar systems so cannot void that part of the warranty. Cheers David & Liz
  24. Steve and Kez

    New Members

    Hello David & Liz, I suggest you have a good think about the V6 Amarok as I have done a lot of research on this vehicle. After many lengthy discussions with VW and its dealers, It seems that you void your warranty if you fit an electric brake controller to the vehicle and you cannot use Weight Distribution bars, as it can twist the chassis. By all means, do your own research........... don't take the salesman "word " on it
  25. I have two Toyota 16" X 8" alloy rims to suit IFS 100 series Landcruiser. My ATV was fitted with steel Toyota rims and a little time back I was able to gradually purchase 8 alloy rims as replacements. However, 2 are surplus to needs. The ATV and Landcruiser wheels are now all interchangeable. With van weights becoming an issue, it is worthwhile knowing that an alloy rim/tyre combination is up to 8 kgs lighter than its steel rim/tyre counterpart. This is also a bonus when removing and replacing the spare on its carrier. The rims are in good condition and to be sold as a pair. No reasonable offer will be refused. Bas
  26. ATV42

    New Members

    Hi David and Liz. Welcome to the Group. Yes, there are a lot of 200 series Landcruisers towing Kedrons, and we are one of them. If you were to ask Glen and the boys, they would probably confirm it is the most popular tow vehicle. There is also a good number of Silverado's and GMC's out there towing Kedrons Toyota has a huge dealer/ support network across Australia. Last year for example we had our 200 series (our daily drive) serviced in Brisbane, Kunnanara, and Townsville. Their service network and reliability is one of the reasons we have had 7 Landcruisers since 1980!!!!!! However, the 200 series has one major drawback when it comes to towing, and that's its payload, about 645kg. If you were to have a ball weight of about 320kg with the Kedron fully loaded, plus full fuel, and maybe a set of drawers, plus you and Liz, the chances are you will exceed its GVM of 3350kg. Similarly, with your Kedron CX-5 fully loaded for an extended trip away, you will have to be careful not to exceed the vans ATM of 3500kg. Over the last 16 years of owning 2 Kedrons, we have learnt to be very 'minimalistic' when we travel. We have also done 2 important things: A. Before we took delivery of our second 200 series in 2017, we had the Lovell's GVM upgrade to 3800kg. And also the Lovell's Braked Towing Capacity (BTC) upgrade to 4000kg. B. Kedron has also upgraded our caravan ATM to 3990kg. It would be silly to load everything up to these new capacities. But now we have a big safety margin on both the 200 series and our Kedron ATV for two. There has also been quite a bit written on the KOG forum on this subject. After all, whatever we drive and tow, we are all trying to do the right thing when it comes to vehicle and caravan weights, and being legal. Cheers from Peter and Margaret.🙂
  27. Mayzee

    New Members

    Hi and a warm welcome David and Liz. In reply to your not yet asked "that" question we towed our 21Ft ATV2 for nine years firstly with a 100 series then a 200 series before upgrading to a Chevy Silverado for the last couple.The 200 series easily managed but we were always struggling to keep our van under 3,500 Kg. We now have an AT5 upgraded to 3,990 so the Chevy is now essential. Don't know much about Amaroks but you would definitely be OK with a 200 series. The Chevy gives a whole new level of safety and comfort and we love it. Hope to catch up with you somewhere down the road to wherever. Regards John & Maureen
  28. DAVIDANDLIZ

    New Members

    Hi to all the KOG, First post from "David and Liz". We placed our order at the Brisbane Van Show last year. 12 month waiting list says these vans are popular. XC-5 18.6' Looking forward to getting a few trips in before retirement (sooner rather than later!) and then some bigger trips. Tow vehicle for now VW Amarok V6. When we watch Glen post the finished products on pick up day, there are a lot of 200 Series LC hooked up to these vans! We are at the picking finishes and options stage now so will have a good look at previous posts before asking "that" question! Cheers David & Liz
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