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  1. 5 points
    Hello All, we joined the KOG last year but haven’t been active on this site. Our first Kedron was a secondhand 2006 ATV which turned out to be a great van but we took delivery of a custom built 2013 XC with TopEnder furniture in June 2013 after a 15 month wait. We couldn’t be happier with the whole van. Since then we have spent each winter at Barn Hill Station Stay in WA. This year we have returned early and plan to do some local travelling around Qld including the Christmas Gathering and the Kingsley Grove Winery gathering. We are looking forward to meeting other like minded caravanners. Cheers - Ron and Judie
  2. 3 points
    Hi all We recently had the unfortunate mishap of rippng the tow bar off the rear chassis mounts along with snapping the reinforcement bar which holds up the rear bumper and part of the tow bar of our 2012 Silverado whilst up in Hells Gate (great place to visit). Yes the van came home to Melbourne on the back of a semi thanks to great assistance from RACV. Anyway a long story short this is apparently a common fault, the bars are not strong enough for our conditions as explained to me by Chev USA who simply wiped their hands of the matter. I now know of four others in Australia with the same fault. I managed to find all replacement parts via a Company called World Parts Direct.com who sell OEM part for Chev at very reasonable prices. They will not ship to Australia but I was informed by them about a forwarding Company in Florida who does, their name MyUS.com who have been brilliant. Parts are delivered to them and even using their economy shipping I had them the following week and I could not fault their rates they were far cheaper than using Shopmate.com (AusPost). If you need parts in the future please check them out, I could not recommend them more highly The owners and staff at Hells Gate Roadhouse bent over backwards to help us, so please when up that way drop in to say hi. Cheers Merv
  3. 3 points
    Hi Sue & Ian, WOW that's fantastic......good chance you'll win the travel award. Travel safe & looking forward to seeing you. Tony.
  4. 2 points
    Usual disclaimer....I have NO affiliation or financial interest in the company/product below. After hearing about and viewing the news footage...... https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/caravan-rollover-when-overtaking-goes-wrong/video/586f7067428749ec875843bdc9266a87 and after an exciting experience, myself, getting a 'sway' up (a few years ago with the 200 series) I came across an ad from a supplier who I occasionally purchase chassis & running gear from....Couplemate (they are in Brisbane). The ad/link..... https://www.couplemate.com.au/caravan-electrical/sway-control/tuson-sway-control/ Tuson are a well respected USA manufacturer of trailer & braking components. A sway controller is something I've had in the back of my mind for some time now and seeing the 'Tuson' name clicked my brain and I purchased one. The sale was made easier as they are on special at the moment, using the coupon discount code SPRING saving 15%. The product arrived in a couple of days, upon inspection it was well packaged, a quality looking product with clear & easy to understand installation/operating instructions. I had a couple of questions re fitment (before installing) I spoke to a rep from Couplemate who answered my questions without hesitation....potentially making the installation process a little easier. Installation (on a lazy sat arvo) was very easy and hassle free.....especially with the original Kedron factory (elec brake) wiring which I was able to use, negating the need of running extra or new wiring to the brake assemblies. (just a couple of reworks to the original and all good) Photos below will 'say' a thousand words......I did deviate slightly from the instructions re positioning of the telltale/diagnostic light for the unit....I mounted it on top of the draw bar away from potential impact damage (see photo) but clearly visible (indicating correct operation) when connecting electrics from van to tug. Instructions suggested fitting light assembly to the front of the van (drivers side) I imagine so it can be seen in the driver's rear view mirror......the green LED is not bright enough to be seen at that distance in daylight, and how often do we tow at night......so were I mounted mine will work for me! I haven't actually towed the van with this unit fitted yet, but with static testing all appears OK.......guess the real test will be if I get the van in a sway condition again....here's hoping I don't, but at least I have this unit to assist me in correcting the situation. Fitting this aid DOES NOT relieve the driver of ANY of his/her obligations to SAFE Driving! Again, I have NO affiliation or financial interest in the company/product. Cheers Tony
  5. 2 points
    And the winner of the most ergonomic and also most eccentric dump point goes to - Coolalinga CP, in Darwin! Complete with hand washing facilities and paper towels Just installed 😀😀
  6. 2 points
    It’s hard to imagine that people can be so thoughtless; there is certainly enough of them to spoil a number of otherwise nice campgrounds ⛺️
  7. 2 points
    Great Central is seriously dusty. Docker to the east has recently been graded but has quickly become rough due to high traffic plus it’s a bugger of a section. If interested in going off the Great Central and visiting the Surveyor General Corner the road down to Wingellina is ok as is the the road from Wingellina to Warburton (bit rough watch for camels). Make sure you ring Mark the community officer (0427 031 926) at Wingellina before going into town to make sure it’s safe as it’s a closed community. It’s $50 to visit the corner with no guide, $100 with guide. Private road out to the corner is very nastily corrugated. To be taken seriously but is easily doable with a van. Road from Warburton to Laverton is ok but watch for mine road trains from Gile Breakaway to Laverton.
  8. 2 points
    Just completed the Great Central road west to east . The road to Warburton wasn’t too bad at all but things deteriorated from then on . It was very rough both the WA and NT sections . The dust was horrendous as causing us some drama but we did enjoy the trip over thanks to the Kedron. We also traveled the Mereenie loop which was fantastic drive following the Ranges into Alice Springs. Damage: one caravan tyre demolished and a leaking gas pipe on the water heater. Both repaired now . We were planning to do the Tanami track but chickened our had enough dust for a while so doing the loop up to Katherine then head west to the coast .
  9. 2 points
    We will be making the trek across the Nullarbor for this event. I for one cannot stand the thought of missing out on all of the fun and excitement and after all it is only 4619 kilometres and according to Google Maps we can do it in just two days. Hmmm.... I am thinking more likely two weeks via Broken Hill, Cobar. 😊. Please pencil us in - Ian and I arriving the 6th and departing the 11th. Of course we will be having Saturday night dinner with everyone, can’t miss that either👍😊
  10. 2 points
    I am going to replace the brake drums, plates etc on my Top Ender. I was planning to book into Cruisemaster (Vehicle Components) in Brisbane. On their website I discovered that they have a network of agents across the nation, including Cairns. Yesterday I visited Torque Tyres and Trailer Spares, one of the two agents in Cairns. To my surprise and delight I discovered that they have all the gear in stock and plenty of it. I have a booking there next Tuesday and I will report on the job they do. I thought that this info might be useful for anyone venturing up this way. Torque Tyres and Trailer Spares 180 Lyons Street CAIRNS QLD 4870 07 4230 0715 admin@etrailer.com.au
  11. 2 points
    Hi Andrea & Gary, Welcome to the KOG, we are a group of like minded people who enjoy the use of their Kedron product & caravanning generally. There is lots of information on this site referring to Kedron ownership, should you have a question and can't find the answer you're looking for, don't be afraid to ask! I don't know the area that you're from but if you are from SE Qld we have two gatherings coming up that you would be more than welcome to attend....... even consider coming for a day visit! Looking forward to meeting you guys one day soon. Best wishes & welcome again to the Kedron family! Tony H Kingsley Grove Estate, Goodger - Kingaroy QLD 06 September 2019 Until 08 September 2019 0 KOG Christmas Gathering & AGM - Kilkivan Bush Camp 06 November 2019 Until 10 November 2019
  12. 1 point
    2019 Kedron Owners Group Inc Christmas Gathering & AGM Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th November 2019. This years theme Travel Safely Kilkivan Bush Camping & Caravan Park, Rossmore Rd, Kilkivan. Qld. (07) 54841340 (w) bushcamping.com.au (e) admin@bushcamping.com.au PLEASE take note of these dates and venue! This year's AGM & Christmas gathering is going to be a great experience.... A lot of work has/is going into making this a wonderful & memorable occasion and we are hoping that you will be attending! ******** Tuesday 5th Nov is Melbourne Cup Day.....if you wanted to, maybe arriving Monday or before Tuesday lunch we could have a bit of extra fun.....ladies don't forget your fascinators ******** Proposed timetable for this gathering (subject to change), Wednesday 6th November. Arrival & set up. Happy hour @ camp kitchen. Thursday 7th. Morning free.....maybe explore the beautiful South Burnett area. Returning just after lunch for the first of our confirmed informative presentations Telstra, will be our first presenter..... remote communications (satellite phones & mobile repeater systems) Queensland Ambulance.....emergency response & first aid in the bush. (TBC) Happy hour @ camp kitchen sponsored by Kedron Caravans, come & hear Glen Gall talk the about the future direction of caravan building & design. Friday 8th. Morning free..... Returning just after lunch for our second session of presentations..... Queensland Transport Main Roads (TMR)..... getting a real grip on weights. Roadcraft.....Driver education. Hypodrive.....Healthy driving. Happy hour @ camp kitchen. Saturday 9th. Starting the day with Ralphies famous complimentary pancake breakfast....not to be missed! Morning tea....followed by the AGM. Returning after lunch for the Secret Santa ($15 gift value per van) Returning again..... Three course sit down dinner, $30ph 'licensed' function area (sensible alcohol pricing) Entertainment TBA? Sunday 10th. Morning free....clear the cobwebs.....maybe a 'locker tour'.....a swim in the pool...explore the local area.....sit back & relax talking with new & old friends. Pack up....... say our farewells, then wishing you a safe journey to your next Kedron destination! OK, ..............have we whet your appetite for a great gathering!! Now is the time to register and confirm your attendance. Step 1. Please reply to this post and indicate your arrival & departure date & Sat night dinner. Step 2. VERY IMPORTANT. For KOG & KCO Facebook members...... Please contact Ralph or Antonia @ Kilkivan Bush Camp 07 54841340 to pay your deposit of $50.00. If your call goes to a message machine please just leave your contact details and you will receive a return phone call in due course. Tell them you're with the Kedron group, and indicate if you wish to have a powered or non powered site. If attending Saturday night please advise of any dietary requirements to Ralph or Antonia! Step 3. Check back here every 7 to 10 days for updates & info and check on who else is attending. The organisers of this gathering have been working hard to make this the best gathering in recent history. We are hoping you will support us.... as we are supporting you! Step 4. Don't forget your Secret Santa $15 value per van/couple! ***Pricing guide for Kedron Owners Group (KOG) members..... Accommodation package (4 nights) for 2 (including morning tea Saturday) $100.00 Saturday night function $33 (approx) per head x 2 66.00 $166.00 (Accom package is for 1 or 2 people) ***Pricing guide for Kedron Caravan Owners Facebook Group..... Accommodation package (4 nights) for 2 (including morning tea Saturday) $130.00 Saturday night function $33 (approx) per head x 2 66.00 $196.00 (Accom package is for 1 or 2 people) Pets are welcome.....usual conditions .....on leads and clean up after. NOTE.....No mobile coverage (at the camp) Name Sat Dinner Arrival Depart Heat Tony & Annie Y 5th 11th Lee Rod & Sue Y 5th 10th Saunders Clive & Sandra Y 5th 11th Broadbent/Berry Madden & Trish N 6th 7th Bonson Ian & Jacqui Y 6th 10th Sommerlad Barry & Carolyn Y 6th 10th May John & Maureen Y 6th 10th Clayton Steve & Kerry Y 8th 10th Hines Greg & Heather Y 6th 10th Flynn Peter & Margaret Y 6th 11th Smith Lionel & Margaret Y 6th 11th Marshall Nev & Penny Y 6th 11th Carter Mike & Robin Y 5th 11th Fisher Nick & Gail Y 7th 11th Pullen Allen & Kerry Y 7th 10th Hyde Phillip & Gaye Y 6th 11th Miller Doug & Jean Y 6th 11th McConachie Ron & Judie Y 5th 11th Palmer Ian & Sue Y 6th 11th Ashe Laurie & Helen Y 6th 11th Kinnane Greg & Henri (Henriette) Y 6th 10th Archibald Robert & Beryl Y 6th 11th Fawkes Bill & Vicki Y 7th 10th McBride Shannon Y 7th 10th Lister John & Noela Y 6th 10th Burgess Bob & Grace Y 6th 10th Jones Robert & Jane Y 6th 10th Roberts Stuart & Jean Y 6th 11th Everingham Noel & Bev Y 6th 10th Burgess Geoff & Joy Y 6th 10th
  13. 1 point
    Hi @Andrea and Gary, we might see you at Kedron. Our CP5 is also due to be collected in December. Our chassis has arrived and we have now finalised the specification. December can’t come quickly enough🙂
  14. 1 point
    Hi Peter, No dramas, ..........wishing the 'bride' a speedy recovery. Travel safe Tony
  15. 1 point
    Hi @TonyH sadly we won’t be starters for the Christmas gathering. We have pushed the delivery date out to December, because of my wife going into hospital (nothing too major). Hopefully next year 🍾
  16. 1 point
    We had lunch at Malcolm dam and camped at Giles Breakaway on the ridge terrific views there . Second night at old Great central rd lookout, meet a dingo there . I was taking a photo and heard a growl turned around and he was 3 meters behind me. Third night Dingo camp( no dingos ) about 100 klm from the Olga’s. We camped for two nights at Morris Pass on the Mereenie loop . Another great site parked on the ridge. Took a bit to get the van in but it was worth it. Only trouble there is the toilet paper in the bush . People must think that it may grow!!!
  17. 1 point
    Hi Merv When at Cruisemaster/Vehicle Components a little time back, Keiran the service manager noticed that the brake safe cable attachment on my Cruiser is quite independent of the towbar, and he remarked that he rarely sees that. If the towbar goes, so does the cable. I have a stainless steel cable which runs in between the towbar and the bumper bar and attaches on to the vehicle chassis. The other end has a loop which attaches to the brake safe cable with a small D shackle. Cheers Bas
  18. 1 point
    Hi Tony And they are both genuine factory items...Just makes you wonder doesn't it. I had a look at a couple of other 'trailer hitches' and they are all so similar in steel size that I decided to stay with the factory one. Just going to have to check it more often. I will be putting some decent extra bracing along all the weak points when I fit the new one this week and keep my fingers cross. I spoke to a Company in Gympy whilst trying to source parts here and I was informed that we all tow too heavy trailers here and that is why they are letting go. He also hung up on me when I mentioned that they have a 4.5t tow rating on the ball and if the engineering was better this would not happen. We were extremely lucky that it was still hanging on by two and a half bolts and only just because at the next whoopy do I believe that we would have lost the van as there was nothing to hold it. The brake safe would have gone with the bars, now looking for a new location to attach this separately. Cheers Merv
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  20. 1 point
    G'day Peter, Fingers crossed 😁
  21. 1 point
    Thanks @TonyH I have thought of that and in fact have asked Graham if there was any chance we could coordinate handover with the Christmas gathering. Delivery hasn’t been scheduled yet so he couldn’t commit. If at all possible, you’ll see me there.
  22. 1 point
    It has been a long, long time since we were last a member and active on the forums. A lot of things happened at once and KOG went to the back burner I guess. Well now we are back and just like before I am the "forum" person behind the Ian and Sue name. Ian much prefers to do his own thing and let me chat on the forum, of course he expects to be informed of anything important. ha ha. We are still living in Geraldton WA even though we seem to spend best part of each year over east, mostly in Queensland. If I had my way, and if the housing market wasn't so bad here, we would be selling up and moving over - probably to the RV Homebase. Early in 2018 we were on our annual trek across the Nullabor heading to one of our geocaching events when only 60 kilometres from home we smashed our front window cover. Well....... eventually we arrived at the Kedron factory to buy another, which actually did happen BUT..... While there we took a tour around and checked out all the new innovations etc. We got as far as Gympie going north to Cairns when Ian asked whether I would like a new Kedron. He didn't need to ask twice! We turned back and ordered an XC5. Lucky for us somebody wanted to change their collection date, probably because it was right on Christmas so we jumped in quick and said put us in the slot. We continued on to Cairns in our trust old ATV2 but sickness in the family had me flying home a couple of times the last of which we decided I should stay back West, that was when I came upon someone in Geraldton wanting to buy a Kedron. Ian no sooner arrived home and our Kedron was gone. Three months without it nearly killed me. 🙂 We headed across in our RAM with our rooftop tent and collected our new Kedron just ten days before Christmas, we stayed over east for the next eight months and have only just arrived home. I am already working on getting across to the Christmas event, I must say Ian seems pretty keen too. Oh if only it wasn't 4500 kilometres from here, the RAM is much more economical to run than the LC200. ha ha ha... AND... you guys always have so much fun. Yes, I just have to make the trip. FOMO.... See I am right up there with the modern lingo. OK time to stop rambling here. It is great to be back. Sue
  23. 1 point
    After having sold the Pajero, we have picked up the LC200. Had the Lovell’s GVM upgrade and 2” lift before it was registered, have also had the ARB Summit bar fitted, UHF installed and will soon get the brake controller and wiring done. The Jayco just sold so we will be van-less until the CP5 arrives, hopefully late October. In relation to the CP5, we have chosen the colours, added some more options (including a second spare and the new pressure hatch) and now it’s just a matter of waiting and watching the videos of other vans being delivered to their new owners. October can’t come quickly enough😀
  24. 1 point
    Good Evening We would like to join you for the Kedron Owners Xmas Party event. We will be attending the Saturday night dinner for 2. We will be arriving on Wednesday 06/11/19 departing on Sunday 10/11/19 Thanks Greg & Heather Hines 0416 009 048
  25. 1 point
    Now, fellow KOGGERS, I do know that our lovely off-road vans do not often stay at powered camp sites. But for those occasions when it is necessary (in bad weather or because you want power to recharge the batteries etc) it can be handy to have access to reasonably priced power. I have compiled a list of sites around Australia which provide power (and generally also water, toilets and showers) for $15 or less a night. A few sites in my list are slightly more, but I think it’s only three which are more than the $15 cut off fee. i have also placed the list on another forum, Caravaners Forum. if you know of others, let me know.CHEAP POWERED SITES.rtf
  26. 1 point
    Let's see how this version goes! CHEAP POWERED SITES - Copy.pdf
  27. 1 point
    G'Day Tony, I have been using these aftermarket brake assemblies on my van & also vans that I service for many years with NO trouble from the std magnets. I am aware of the 'off road' magnets but could not justify the added cost. That's my experience anyway.....your call. So important to adjust the brakes correctly (bendix electric) screw adjuster up till wheel locks then back off 'twelve clicks' ! Cheers Tony
  28. 1 point
    Hi Andrea and Gary. Welcome to the Group, and congratulations on ordering KEDRON caravan. Before you visit the factory, compose a list of questions. You might find many of those will be answered when to go there. I suggest the main thing is to get a firm understanding of the specifications and any extra things you want. Also, ask Graham to send you some photos of the various build stages. Other than that, enjoy the experience and comradeship the Group can offer. All the best. Cheers from Pete
  29. 1 point
    You have made a great decision to join the Kedron ‘family’ and you will enjoy travelling in a wonderful van. Let us know which area you live in and perhaps join up with other Kedron owners. chris
  30. 1 point
    Welcome to the group Andrea and Gary. Looking forward to catching up with you somewhere on the road. Ditto what Tony has said above. Sandra and Clive
  31. 1 point
    That's beaut.....have seen old loos being used before for this purpose, saves the old back also (you don't have to bend so far) really like the idea of hand cleaner!
  32. 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.
  33. 0 points
    Can't believe we are going to miss this again. Have fun
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