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  1. 6 points
    My wife and I have cancelled three holidays for 2020 - for obvious reasons. Whilst self-isolated at home - we decided to plan our 2021 holidays. Having no real preferences where to go, we put a dartboard in the kitchen and attached a paper map of Australia. We decided wherever the dart landed, would be the location of next year’s holidays. My wife then threw three darts. It seems that we are spending our holidays behind the fridge next year.
  2. 6 points
    Four of the finest Reserves in the Australian Army, my Blaze Aid team had the pleasure and honour of working with them. We (my Blaze Aid team & these guys) completed 363 meters of new fencing yesterday ......it was was long hot day with many laughs and fun. Chris (blue bandanna) is the property owner. Thanks guys for your service!
  3. 6 points
    Hi all, Just touching base, Annie & I would like to wish you all the most wonderful Australia Day 🇦🇺 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺 For the last two weeks we have been staying at Willawarrin (just west of Kempsey) Pony Club, which is the ‘base camp’ for the local ‘Blaze Aid’ team. This area was razed by bushfires on 9/11 (......last, bit ironic) The devastation and stories you hear and see from the locals is heartbreaking! The sight of the fires trail and sometimes random actions on adjacent properties is something to behold. During our time here I been out most days, with other willing volunteers, repairing and rebuilding property fences, yes it has been at times heavy, hard work. But you only do what you are comfortable with. There is great comrade in the camp with fellow volunteers. You are given three meals a day, (don’t come here if you want loose weight), early starts each day with usually an early exit to bed. Annie has been volunteering in the kitchen along with others preparing all the sustenance to keep us all feed.....yummo, while others have been working on admin. We are staying in our van, with power and water supplied (not sure if this is available at all camps). Can I suggest you go to www.blazeaid.com.au have a look at the website and find a ‘camp’ in an area that suits you.....give a day, a week or whatever to this very worthy cause. A couple of days ago we had a contingent of Australian Army regulars & reservists arrive here at camp (a really great bunch of guys) it has been a wonderful experience working along side them doing the fencing and sharing a meal together.....wonderful way to spend Oz day! You should see the ‘toys’ they brought with them that unfortunately we can’t play with.....thank you guys for your service! Have a great Australia Day 🇦🇺 and remember www.blazeaid.com.au Travel safe.....there are idiots out there.....
  4. 6 points
    Merry Christmas and Happy new year to all KOG members. Hope 2020 will bring you safe travels and a lot of fun. Life is too short to sit still. Clive and Sandra
  5. 5 points
    We are camping at a campground called Wrights Bay, between Kingston and Robe, South Australia. Right now we are camped with fellow Kedronners Anthony and Keera, who thought they would like to check the place out for a later informal gathering. A nice spot, it’s near the beach and has green grass! And lots in the region to see and do!
  6. 5 points
    Hi Tony Linda and myself (Steve) Edwards Would like to register for the upcoming KOG at kilkivan arriving 6th out on 10 th Also book in for the dinner for two looking forward to meeting you all. Will ring Bush camp now to book site Regards Steve & Linda Edwards
  7. 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
  8. 4 points
    Hi Pete , we have, since this post started purchased a new 200 Sahara and had both GVM and the 4 t tow kit installed by Lovells and couldn’t be happier with the vehicle. Handles very well towing and on its own. No or little body roll is felt .We also have installed torque converter and a chip . Towing around 3.6 t we are getting around 19 lt per 100 sitting on 100 klm per hour. But around town 15 so not much different. That’s the only downside I recon . John
  9. 4 points
    As we live in SA, where are (theoretically) no COVID-19 cases, we are free to travel intrastate. So we headed first to the Flinders a few weeks ago. And then we travelled to the Gawler Ranges NP. We came out from the park earlier today. What spectacular country! I didn’t imagine it could be so special. Gorgeous goldS and reds In the Ranges, and interesting foliage. We had the best camp site in the best campground in the whole park, I think. We camped at Yandinga campground. It can accommodate up to 9 camp groups, according to the booking website. The sites are large and well separated. Ours could take two or three vans if in a group. The only facilities are a drop toilet and fireplace at most sites. Given there were freezing nights, a fire was nice for cooking or sitting around. When we got up yesterday, the Weber BBQ was covered in ice. But days were sunny and warm. Perfect. The road out there was fine, although that changes on a regular basis, depending on when last graded. The short track into Yandinga was very corrugated. There is so much to see and do in the park that we didn’t get to see or do it all. Another trip! We left this morning as previous weather reports said rain was due in a day’s time. Now of course, that has changed and rain is not due at all. Sigh. Anyway, here are several photos.
  10. 4 points
    Hi all, Trusting this finds you all safe & happy (as happy as you can be in these troubling times) Just a suggestion......check with you van insurers to see if they will offer 'lay up' cover.....as we I'm sure as hell, won't be using our vans for at least the next six months....might save you a few $'s Cheers & stay safe Tony
  11. 4 points
    This was sent to me. I hope you take it in the vein it was intended in todays social distancing. My first thought...some people just have to much time on their hands at present. What do you call a gathering of 30 people? Four weddings and a Funeral. gathering
  12. 4 points
    Margaret and I just want to wish all our KEDRON friends all the best as Australia (and the World), battle the Covid-19 virus. During these uncertain times, we won’t be caravanning anytime soon, we’re just going to stay around home. Might be time to clean out the shed!!!! Wherever you are, look after yourselves, and stay safe and well. Cheers from Pete.
  13. 4 points
    I would like to thank Tony, and the committee members for a great weekend. I have no doubt it took a huge amount of planning, but the result was certainly worth it. It was fantastic to see the large turn out from the members. What a fantastic location and wonderful owners, who made it their mission to please everyone. Well done guys and thank you Steve & Kez
  14. 4 points
    Our most sincere thanks go out to President Tony and his band of Helpers for organising such a great program of events over the six days of the KOG Christmas Gathering and AGM - quality presenters with lots of valuable info for us all. Also, thanks for the openness of new acquaintances in the Group - it’s refreshing to find people from such diverse backgrounds so open, friendly and helpful to each other. Travel safely 😻🐾
  15. 4 points
    Are you going for a Guinness book of records or something with the number of people attending this gathering. Still jealous and hope to make it next year.
  16. 4 points
    Hi Sue Although we live in Brisbane, we are going up to the KOG gathering on the Monday, so we may not be able help directly. What day do you actually arrive in Brisbane. When does Ian arrive at Lawnton. The Lawnton Showgrounds lock their gates about 5.30pm. If Ian is there, he can get a key that will open the gate. The train service from the airport will take you into Central Station via Bowen Hills Station. From either of these stations, you can get a train to Lawnton Station, it’s on the northern line to Petrie/ Caboolture/ Redcliffe. It’s only about a ten minute walk from the Lawnton Station to the Showgrounds. By train, this trip could easily take a couple of hours, depending on the connections. I don’t think walking from the domestic to the international airport terminals to catch the train is a safe option. Even though it is only a kilometre or so, there is no footpath. You would have to walk along a very busy road, at night!!!!!!! Personally, why not ask Ian to pick you up at the airport, it’s about a 40 minute trip from the Lawnton Showgrounds to the airport. That would be much more convenient and less expensive than trying to get train connections at that time of night. On the other hand, a taxi/ubur from the airport would cost about about $70-$100. Alternatively, there are several hotels at the airport that offer overnight accommodation, Ian could pick come and get you the next day. Anyway Sue, these are only a few suggestions. We’re looking forward to meeting you both. Cheers from Pete.
  17. 3 points
    Christmas has come early 3 new lithium batteries landed on my front door Itechword 120x looking to put them to the test
  18. 3 points
    Getting ready for lithium batteries in my Kedron 2013 AV2 3x300 solar Panels on the roof 60W Morningstar controller MPPT 60amp Enerdrive battery charger DC2DC Enerdrive 40+ charger all wired in 35mm cable Thanks to Tony’s great advice 35mm Cable is the go 1000W Redarc inverter as well so I think I am ready to go lithium batteries soon just need to convince the wife cheers Rod
  19. 3 points
    As intrastate travel is now allowed within South Australia, we have already done one trip (to the Flinders Ranges) and are now ready to again go to another nice SA national park campground. Well, we hope its nice, as we have never been there before... The trouble is, we have to book and pay before going, and there is no phone reception up there. The Gawler ranges are in the Northern area of the Eyre Peninsula, near Wudinna. First we are going to the little town of Laura, where the Golden North ice cream is made (no that is NOT why we are going there). We want to see a few things around there, and although a caravan park is usually anathema to me, apparently this one is lovely. If anyone else is meandering around out that way, and see us, yell out. We are the greeny coloured van and golden LC. This is us on a previous trip (on the Strzelecki Track).
  20. 3 points
    We are camped at the Wudinna Showgrounds prior to heading into the Gawler Ranges on Monday (after the long weekenders have all gone home), the Showgrounds are quite lovely, and very quiet. Apart from a late arrival, another caravan, we are the only ones here. $15 for power and water. And a magic meal at the local hotel.
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  23. 3 points
    Thanks for this advice Tolley. (You all understand this further advice comes from Val...I am a technical twit). Val says he does a full lube and check of all the nuts and bolts in the suspension and adjusts the brakes. Then about every 10,000 kms he does a lube job (greasing things) and again checks tightness in all the bolts. He does regular checks of hoses and connections under and around the van. It is valuable to discuss these issues, especially for newer members and van owners who may not realise what is needed or how often.
  24. 3 points
    Just stay safe!
  25. 3 points
    How silly is Robert. Although the sound is annoying my main beef was that I could not get any program information (EPG). I discovered that the date was wrong, set at Jan 2010, no wonder it could not find any EPG. Made a change in settings to automatically update the time and all is now well.
  26. 3 points
    Hi Morribm. There certainly is a disparity in the posted prices for servicing the suspension. It is related to what components need to be replaced, rather that just having the wheel bearing greased and a general inspection. Late 2019 we had the suspension serviced on our ATV for two. Having done the Plenty Highway, the Tanami and the Gibb River Road in 2018, and the Cape in 2019, the suspension really needed a service. In addition to greasing etc, 2 bushes were replaced, all the brake pads, and the magnets, plus a wheel alignment. The cost of the service, including parts, labour etc, was about over $3000. In early 2018 we had the suspension serviced before we did our long trip, only $440 as Havago has stated. As with anything mechanical, servicing costs depend on what needs to be done and the time it takes. Cheers from Pete.
  27. 3 points
    I have used RV Go for about 4 years and they have just completed the 1,000 klm service on my CP5. I have been very happy with their service, though you do have to book a long way in advance.
  28. 3 points
    Hi Everyone, We both are now retired and looking forward to using our van to do some exploring. This is our first Kedron van and we absolutely love it. We met quite a few KOG members at the Kenilworth weekend and were so impressed in how friendly and helpful everyone was. Hopefully we will see a few more of you during our travels. Take Care Scott and Cheryl
  29. 3 points
    My bride and I are planning retirement around December this year and I’ve always wanted a Kedron. Until I started to seriously research them I didn’t know there was a Kedron forum. Glad there is cause I think I’m gonna have a lota questions but that’s for a little later. anyways just wanted to say g’day so . . . . . G’day all. Paul and Betty.
  30. 3 points
    Paul & Betty, Welcome to KOG. Yes it will seem to be loooong time from day of order to day of delivery........but time will pass quickly. There is lots of info on these pages/website. Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Looking forward to meeting you & Betty on the road or a gathering .....soon Travel safe. Tony
  31. 3 points
    G’day Chris. Thanks for that. We live in Queanbeyan NSW. Long way to go to arrange a Kedron but I’m hoping it’s worth it. We can’t wait, the next 12 months is going go so slowly.....
  32. 3 points
    Welcome Paul and Betty! The Kedron family is warm and friendly, and the vans are second to none. You are making a great decision to get a Kedron van. where do you live (just a general area, not the address)? There might be others nearby who can help guide any decisions.
  33. 3 points
    Congratulations on picking up your new van, If you only have half the fun we have had with ours, you will be one very happy camper. Safe Travels
  34. 3 points
    Well we have finally collected our van, and, unsurprisingly, we are very happy with it. Hopefully 2020 will be full of great trips. Here is the video Glen did of the handover.
  35. 3 points
    Thank you all for your kind words, yes it took a lot of organisation, but hey I believe it all came together OK and everyone had a great informative experience. Seeing as no one put their hand up for ‘my job’, I’m happy to do it again. Planning has already started for next years gathering, it will be back again at Kilkivan Bush Camp & Caravan Park. Proposed dates 2nd - 8th November 2020 please make a note of these dates in your diary! More news, about this gathering March/April 2020. Wishing all members the safest and happiest Christmas period. Travel safe, Tony & Annie H.
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  37. 3 points
    Sandra and Clive, thank you for encouraging us to be part of this wonderful group of people. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Kilkivan and are looking forward to the gathering at Kenilworth. Travel safely 💕😻🐾
  38. 3 points
    Could not agree more with Steve and Kez. What a great event! Tony and exec crew and some new exec members need a big thank you for the event that was a great experience for all that were there. Also to the Amazing Monckton Family, Ralph, Antonija, Alicia, Isabelle, Jesse, Charlotte, Heath, Sophia, Luca, Felicity and Tiffany What an amazing family that live at and run this exceptional camp area! The Saturday night xmas dinner was great. How the Monckton's organised the appearance of a Koala just behind our outside dining area and supplying a great feast is beyond me. Tony and the Moncktons, Very well done. P.S. A huge welcome to the new members that joined at this great event. Cheers from the Kyd's
  39. 3 points
    Just had some excellent service from two companies in Perth , both at the caravan park so mobile. 1: Terrsat Pty Ltd ( Mile) repaired our Auto sat which was not behaving as it should have, basically some worn parts after 10 years and serviced the motor like new now . 2 Nexus 1 Caravan Plumbing and gas (Steve ) repaired and serviced the Suburban Hot Water system . I can recommend both guys, both professionals in there field AND arrived at the caravan park on time . No connection to either just recommend them John
  40. 3 points
    Hi Katrina, Welcome to KOG. I'm sure you will find lots of info on these pages, any questions don't hesitate to ask! Cheers Tony
  41. 3 points
    Hi All Has there been a gathering for keddie owners the southern states?, if so when is the the next one I'd be keen to arrange a gathering in central Victoria or on the fluerieu in South Australia Suggest a date of the 9th of March, being Adelaide cup could just do the weekend Ideas of cheese and wine and share your experiences We are a family of 4 with 2 young boys We are #Laketouringaustralia.com I'll put it up on facebook and see how we go Regards Anthony
  42. 3 points
    Hi Anthony, In recent times the most ‘southern’ gatherings have been held in the NSW Shoalhaven area (Bendeela). Members Noel & Bev Everingham have been leading this gathering for a few years now and doing a great job. Unfortunately I can’t recall in recent history a gathering being held any further south on the eastern or central part of the mainland. WA members Karen & Paul Slater did hold a gathering in country WA earlier this year. To hold a Kedron Owners Group gathering, you have to be a 'financial member of the group’ ....to hold the gathering under the KOG ‘banner’. Doing this entitles you to Public Liability cover. We would welcome you to the group, subject to very modest requirements (Kedron Caravan ownership) then you could hold a gathering in your desired area, it could be promoted on the Trips & Gatherings page of this website. Whilst we, KOG are trying to increase our following and membership, we acknowledge the presence of the Facebook page ‘Kedron Caravan Owners’ (KCO). Kedron Owners Group (KOG) & the Kedron Caravan Owners (KCO) have NO direct affiliation in ANY way other than we do have the common goal of the promotion of the Kedron Caravans product. I do believe that KOG & KCO have a healthy working relationship, whilst remaining two very separate groups. I am currently organising the upcoming KOG, AGM & Christmas Gathering to be held at Kilkivan 6 - 10 November. With the relationship KOG has with KCO, I have been able to promote this gathering to non KOG members on the Facebook KCO page, which has been successful. Anthony, not knowing where you reside, I’m assuming you are in SA or Vic? this definitely does not stop you applying for membership to KOG, then you could/can hold gatherings (under the KOG banner) anywhere you wish to and having the ‘security’ of Public Liability Insurance. I appreciate and understand that you may be geographically hampered to attend gatherings which.....yes, unfortunately are mainly held in the eastern states. BUT, I welcome your enthusiasm with your enquiry! Hopefully you will join KOG and be an active member, holding gatherings in your geographic area. Looking forward to meeting you on the road one day or at a KOG gathering! Our Vice President, Chris Martins lives in the Barossa area, Im very confident see will see this post and make contact with you! Travel safe, Tony H President KOG
  43. 3 points
    Hi everyone! We will be first time attenders this year and we can't wait! There will be myself (Jodie), hubby (Craig), son (Campbell) and our boy Duke (Golden Retriever). We will be coming all the way from Gympie, haha probably the shortest distanced travelled! We will arrive on Thursday 7/11 and leave on Sunday 10/11 and we will all be attending the Saturday night dinner. Thanks for organising this, we are really looking forward it and being able to put faces to names that we've seen on FB. Cheers Jodie
  44. 3 points
    Good on you Peter, I knew a Brisbane ‘local’ would come to Sue’s rescue. Travel safe.....there are idiots out there.
  45. 3 points
    Our new van is well under way. After such a long wait, it's hard to believe that it's finally happening.
  46. 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
  47. 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.
  48. 3 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👍😊
  49. 3 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
  50. 2 points
    Hi everyone. I've recently retired and joined the ranks of the Grey Nomads. I hope to travel Australia and enjoy this wonderful country of ours.
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