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  1. 4 points
    A truckie walks into an outback cafe with a full-grown emu behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The truckie says, 'A hamburger, chips and a coke,' and turns to the emu, 'What's yours?' - 'Sounds great, the same,' says the emu. A short time later the waitress returns with the order 'That will be $9.40 please,' and he reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change and pays. The next day, the man and the emu come again and he says, 'A burger, chips and a coke.' - 'Sounds great, I'll have the same,' says the emu. Again the truckie reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes routine until the two enter again. 'The usual?' asks the waitress. 'No, it's Friday night, so I'll have a steak, baked potato and a salad,' says the man. 'Brilliant idea, same for me,' says the emu. Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, 'That will be $32.60'. Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table. The waitress cannot hold back any longer. 'Excuse me mate, how do you manage to always pull the exact change from your pocket every time?' 'Well, love' says the truckie, 'a few years ago, I was cleaning out the back shed, and found an old lamp. When I cleaned it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.' 'That's brilliant!' says the waitress. 'Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want, for as long as you live!' 'That's right. Whether it's a carton of milk or a new car, the exact money is always there,' says the man. Still curious the waitress asks, 'What's with the bloody emu? The truckie pauses, sighs, and answers, 'My second wish was for a tall bird with a big bum and long legs, who agrees with everything I say.
  2. 2 points
    Hi Rod They are a direct drop in replacement for the argms, same physical dimensions. Max charge is 14.7v and all reports I read none were detrimental. I have only had ours a week and so far so good, only time will tell. Weight of each battery is only 13ks so a total of 26kgs against the 100kgs for the old agms, which I might add lasted nearly 7 years. Set them up on your enerdrive charger by the instructions that came with it. I now have an extra box up front. I got $50 back from the recycling depot for the old agms. Cheers Merv
  3. 2 points
    Here you go......dont know anything about this actual product, but if Merv uses them I would think he has done some research! https://itechworld.com.au/collections/lithium-batteries
  4. 2 points
    Hi Rod We went through a similar dilemma last year with our 2012 Kedron ATV for two. After considerable research and discussion we did 2 things. 1. We upgraded the solar system from 600watts to 1040watts, we used every bit of available roof space to put solar panels on. 2. Our 3AGM 120 watt batteries (105kg total weight) were on their last legs, so we opted for 4 Victron lithium 90 watt batteries (48kg total weight), a 50amp DC to DC charger, and a 60amp Enerdrive AC charger. The 360amp AGM system, gave us about 180amps of usable power. The 360amp lithium system gives us about 310amps of usable power. Lithium batteries also charge much faster. Just remember, when adding new fixtures, like solar panels, it's all weight. By opting for the lithium batteries, we saved nearly 60kg in weight. The solar panels we added were less than the weight we saved. Hence, a nett reduction in weight. The end result is fantastic. We don't have to worry about off grid power anymore. We now have 3 very efficient ways (solar, DC and AC) to charge our long lasting (reportable 15years life) batteries. We even use the normal household toaster through the 1800watt inverter. We don't carry a generator anymore, even less weight to worry about. But, all these nice things come at a cost, so shop around. We figure we are adding value to our Kedron, and hopefully, it will be a more 'attractive' item when we eventually sell it. Additionally, we'll never have to replace our batteries again. Cheers from Pete.
  5. 2 points
    We have just fitted 2x 120 amp lithium batteries up front eliminating 75 kilos of weight and producing a more reliable power source and quicker charge. We should have done it ages ago. It is making the decision to sell much harder. Cheers Merv
  6. 2 points
    Are there any Kedrons participating in “The Longest Line of RV’s” being held in Barcaldine 25th, 26th May? We are crazy enough to participate.
  7. 1 point
    Have just completed the longest line of Rv’s for a world Guinness record. It was an amazing event with 934 vans and motor homes stretched over 9.3kms. We stayed out overnight on the Barcaldine Isisford road. It was a spectacular sight to see all the campfires and lights. Pity only three Kedron attended. Amazing.
  8. 1 point
    Hi Sandra and Clive. Congratulations in such a worthy course, and helping to make history in the Outback. Well done. Cheers from Peter and Margaret.
  9. 1 point
    What a wonderful thing to be involved in! You will be able to say, in years to come, that you took part in this.
  10. 1 point
    390 solar & the 2x 120 lithium is the equivalent of the old 360agms or so I am told. Merv
  11. 1 point
    Hi Rod, I like Peter's thinking above......although somewhat expensive (guessing not much change out of 10k)....ALL comes down to how often you use the van and your style of camping. Your van you say is 5 years old, if you are still on your original AGM's (not jinxing you) will be due for replacement 'soonish'. So Peters option above could be considered..... My thoughts are you cannot have enough solar on the roof, in the last 5 years there has been great advancement in panel design & manufacture. Your van probably/possibly has Polycrystalline panels, .....(newer) Monocrystalline panels are slightly more efficient and compatible with the 'polys'. If you are serious about increasing your solar capacity, can I respectively suggest you do some further research on quality panels. (you don't have to replace the existing panels) Not knowing.... your capabilities & resources, panel installation is not that difficult. I have found that Springers Solar to be very good @ Lawnton 07 3889 8898 speak to Matt or Eddie both guru's and won't give you a bum steer!
  12. 1 point
    Ha ha .....an oldie but a good one!
  13. 1 point
    Hi All, Caravan is in the process of selling and will finalise in the next couple of weeks. Chev Silverado now on the market through facebook and carsales .com for $125,000 ono if anyone is interested
  14. 1 point
    Hi John , we own a Top Ender with upgraded ATM to 3990 kg towing with 200 series with Lovell’s 3850 and 4t towing upgrades. Our usual weight is around 3.4-5 sometimes a little more and found that with the Hitch easy Hitch the van tracks better with the distribution bars . Just feels safer . Regarding emptying the canister sometimes you just may have to dig a hole . We haven’t bothered with a grey water tank but if buying new it probably would be a good idea. kedron in my opinion build a great caravan which will take you where ever you may want to travel , they are well finished with many features and top quality extras . The best is though the after sales backup and service is second to none. The Kedron team will bend over backwards to help you . John
  15. 1 point
    XC5 tow characteristics in the 20’5” size. I would love to hear from owners of such vans or similar as I have short listed Kedron for purchase. I had a single axle 2,500 ATM from AOR and it towed anywhere at any speed with great stability. Hence the concern of steeping up to a larger heavier and wider van if this changes significantly. Tow vehicle LC200 with with 3,850kg Lovells upgrade. Will Load distribution hitches be required or needed to enhance tow characteristics. The Kedron seems to have greatly improved their internal finishes and look very plush, it’s not lucking any luxuries. However I don’t like the issue of not having a black tank which only needs emptying once a week. How are cassettes dealt with in the bush with no dump points, dig a hole and empty I guess? Any advice on the Kedron ownership would be greatly appreciated. Does anyone know the law of having a van with higher ATM than a vehicle is allowed to tow if the van is kept loaded below the vehicles tow restrictions of say 3,500kg. Thanks John
  16. 1 point
    At the AGM in November 2019, we will be seeking nominations to fill the important role of Secretary/Treasurer of the Kedron Owners Group INC. Mike has published information re the position in the Financial Members section. So don't be shy, have a look and help your club stay active and relevant.
  17. 1 point
    Try this lovely Apple slice, easy to make with minimal ingredients. If you don't have an oven in your van I'm sure it could be cooked in the Webber. APPLE SLICE Base - 1 pkt vanilla or butter cake mix ( I use the generic brand ones from Woolworths or Coles) 1 cup coconut 125 gms melted butter Filling - 1 410gm tin pie apple Topping - 1 carton light sour cream Cinnamon Mix together Base ingredients and press into a greased 7"x11" tin, cook in a moderate oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spread pie apple over the base, then spread sour cream over the apple and sprinkle with cinnamon. Return to oven and cook for a further 15 minutes. Slice when cold.
  18. 1 point
    Hi, Ian McLaren here, or Macca for short. Do not currently own a Kedron, but very keen on a 19’ Topender. I currently drive an MY17 200 Series GX Landcruiser, towing an Off Road Elite 18’ Goulburn RZ. My wife & I along with my Brother-in-Law love exploring this great country of ours. We travel with our dogs, and tend to mostly free camp. Our last trip last year was to Cape York, including The Old Tele Track, although we did not take the van up TOTT, leaving it and my wife at Bramwell Junction while my BIL & I drove TOTT. Other trips have included all the state border corners (including both corner posts at Survey Generals Corner), with the exception of the Vic/S.A./NSW border. Our next big trip will probably be Nhulunbuy, or the Kimberley. We did the Kimberley back in 2004, but would love to get back there again. Have crossed the Simpson a couple times, and will do this again, love the desert.
  19. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum Ian. You would be choosing one of Australia’s best vans if you choose a Kedron. The vans are super strong and reliable, and the Gall Boys are such wonderful people to deal with. Let us know how you go with the purchasing of a new van. chris
  20. 1 point
    Once again thanks to all who have enquired. We have done some magnificent trips since we first advertised our van for sale and we have given some very serious thoughts about not parting with it because it is just an unbelievable quality product from Kedron, but we have still come to the decision that we will keep it on the market for some who have yet to see the wonderful great big land of ours both on and off road. Cheers Merv/Di
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