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  1. Hi all, last November I had to replace the Xantrex battery charger in our TopEnder. The new charger worked ok for about a month and then started playing up. It would not keep the batteries at 100%. Sometimes letting the batteries get down below 90% and would not kick in. The supplier of the charger, DPA Solar in Melbourne, sent me another charger, they were quite helpful. Now with the new charger about 4 days old it is not always keeping the batteries at 100%. The eLite monitor is showing the batteries anywhere from 100% down to 99.3%. It has been very hot here for the last few days (around 40deg). The heat may be the cause?? Not sure if there is a problem or if others are finding the same thing. With my original charger, the monitor always showed 100% when plugged into 240v supply. Just trying to get some gauge as to how the charger and monitor should work before contacting the supplier again. Note: 2 of the batteries are just over 12 months old and 1 is 2 months old. Any advice much appreciated Cheers Rob Currently near Tamworth.
  2. Hi all, Looks like I might have a faulty battery. Just over 12 months ago we replaced all 3 120aH AGM's with "AmpTech" brand batteries. The eLite is showing a declining SOC whilst batteries are on the 240v charger, volts are showing about 12.9v (they are usually over 13.2v). I don't want to change all 3 again, only after 13 months, I would assume that only one of the batteries is faulty. Question:- Can I replace only one battery with a different "Brand", i.e. same 120ah capacity and also AGM, but a different Brand? Is this ok to do? Thanks in advance for any advice Rob Currently in Hahndorf Tourist Resort, near Adelaide.
  3. Hi all, we are considering buying a folding solar panel to keep our car aux battery charged while out bush. I have a 120aH AGM battery and can easily discharge it down to about 60% SOC in one afternoon using my HF radio (Amateur Radio). I have calculated I would need a 120w panel. I have seen various panels on ebay and at other outlets for around the $200 to $300 mark, and also for 2 to 3 times these amounts. Some of the cheaper brands claim A grade panels with multistage MPPT controllers and all waterproof and in stock in Australia. Some even say they are a shop outlet, not just a backyard trader. Does anyone have any advice or experience with these cheaper brands. I'm not entirely convinced that the more expensive ones are twice or three times better. Cheers Rob Currently in Renmark SA.
  4. Hi Brian, yes, I found that this fuse is for the two anderson plugs on the sides of the van. The "bible" incorrectly labels this fuse as "Anderson Charge", this confused me until Ashley at Kedron pointed out the error. Thanks for your reply Rob (Hermit)
  5. Hi all, we have been free camping over the last 3 nights. This morning after the third night the SOC (3x 120aH batteries) was down to 65%. We were using the TV and Sat boxes, so I guess we used more than we should have. Even though it was very sunny (hot) and clear skies, the charge rate from the 3x135w panels was about 20a, is this correct? Anyway, the car aux battery was also down a fair bit. I had replaced the 30a Anderson charge fuse under the battery cover with a 40a fuse because it had blown and that was all I had. We travelled about 30k down the road to the next town and I found that the Anderson charge 40a fuse and holder was starting to melt. Was it because the batteries were so far discharged that the current into them from the Anderson plug on the car was too high? Also, the bible shows that there are two fuses for "Anderson Charge", one under the battery cover - 30a and one in the fuse rack - 15a. Can anyone enlighten me as to what the one in the fuse rack is for? It would be nice to have a circuit digram because it is all very confusing. Thanks in advance for any advice/information Cheers Rob Currently in Waikerie, SA.
  6. Hi all, I have just purchased a new Dometic front loading washing machine (WMD 1050) to replace the one on the van that died. I noticed that the drain hose on the original machine had a larger hose over the top of it. The original hose was pushed all the way into this outer hose almost to the connection point outside under the floor and the 2 pipes were glued/siliconed at the end behind the machine. Anyone have any idea why this was done? I think the drain hose that comes with the new machine might reach all the way to the connection point out side the van, or I might just have to join a short length to make it long enough. Not sure why it was done this way, would make it easier without the outer hose. Does anyone have any experience with this? Kedron are closed until the 19th, but I need to install the machine this week, so cannot ask them for advice. Regards Rob
  7. Hi all, our Dometic washing machine (model WMD1050) has been quite noisy for a while and now it has stopped. I can hear what sounds like the electric motor spinning, but the drum is not rotating. I suspect it may have a drive belt that has broken. Does anyone have any experience repairing these machines? Can anyone give me any ideas about removing it from the cabinet and dismantling it, I am a tradey (electrician) so I'm pretty good with my hands. It is a front loader and it is in a 21' 6" TE (2012 model). Any help/advice appreciated. Regards Rob We are currently in Hahndorf caravan park, SA.
  8. Hi Beejay, I have used the Silicone spray and it has made a big improvement to the roll-up blinds. I think eventually the insect mesh will need to be replaced, they are stating to discolour, but for now I am happy with the spray. Cheers Rob
  9. Hi all, many thanks for the info, I will give the silicone a try first and see how it goes from there. Thanks again Rob
  10. Hi all, some of the roll-up blinds in the TE are starting to slow down and not roll up or down the whole way. Any ideas how to fix/maintain these windows/blinds? Regards Rob
  11. Hi all, I am looking at a "Powertech" 180w inverter from Jaycar to power my Vast box and Fox box when free camping. Has anyone had any experience with this brand of inverter? Also, could I leave the inverter permanently connected and run the tv boxes from it instead of having to connect them to the inverter when off the grid? Thanks for any advice or info Regards Rob
  12. Hi all, I know there are a lot of posts about AGM batteries, but my 3 year old batteries in my TE may be on the way out. I am still investigating and just want to be prepared just in case I need new ones. We are permanently on the road and would need to replace them quickly. Yestersday/last night we free camped and in the morning we were down to 79% SOC and the volts were down to 11.2 and got down even further, in the morning, to 10.5v when the alarm symbol came up on the Enerdrive. We have sometimes been down around 70 to 80% SOC and the volts have remained above 12.2. Not sure if the batteries are on the way out or not, they are only 3 years old and we don't free camp very often, most of the time we are on 240v power in van parks. We are in a van park for a few days now so I will monitor the batteries and try them out with the 240v disconnected and see how they hold up. I have noticed that the "synchronise", on the Enerdrive, has not appeared for quite a while (months) - Is this a problem, I thought that it does a synchronize automatically, without having to do it manually. I assume 120ah/130ah is ok (currently have 3 x 120ah). What brands are good, or more maybe which brands should I steer clear of? Any ideas where I can get them, maybe purchased online? All ideas and advice appreciated. Regards and thanks in advance Rob
  13. Hi Ian and Jill, Have a look at my post, further down the forum, "Hermit" "Anderson plug/battery charging", the comments might help you out. Regards Rob
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    Hi Deb B, we are currently in Gumeracha, but will be in Adelaide for most of August. Not sure yet which van park, possibly "West Beach" or "Levi". Would love to catch-up. Will let you know. Rob
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    Hi all, we are currently staying on a farm in the Adelaide hills near Gumeracha. Very cold and wet up here. Yes, I know we are a bit silly travelling down south in the winter, but, we are catching up with family. My problem is that we are getting a lot of condensation inside the van every night. It literally drips from the hatches and runs down the walls. Has anyone had the same thing happen? Is there anything we might be able to do to reduce or stop the condensation? We are living in the van full time but had not experienced this until we left Queensland and headed south. I can't imagine this is much good for the interior of the van (2012 Top Ender). We do run the reverse cycle A/C at night to keep warm, it's quite cold here. Any advice or suggestions appreciated. Rob Recently retired and travelling around Oz.
  16. Hi all, I think I found the problem. The hidden 30a fuse behind the Breakaway was not blown, but it was broken. The fuse element had broken away from one side of the spade. It looked ok but if you jiggled it around with a multimeter across the spade connectors it had intermittent contact. That's a tricky one to find. I'll now see how it goes charging while travelling. Thanks for everyone's input. Regards Rob
  17. Hi Ian, had same problem, try resetting solar controller as Brian did. Regards Rob
  18. Hi guys, thanks for all your advice. Jacky Jacky, I'll try your test and see what happens. Spoke to Tom at Kedron, he was very helpful as usual, he has indicated where the Pos and Neg cables are connected, so I will check. The Pos is connected straight to the battery via a 30a fuse and the Neg is connected via a 30a fuse (found next to the Breaksafe) to the SHUNT. Tom said, with the DC-DC charger the batteries should fully charge while driving. Thanks all Rob
  19. Hi Colin, I checked all the fuses are ok. I have an aux battery in the rear of the tug for the Engel, it is charged from the alternator via a DC-DC charger, the anderson plug for the van is also connected via the DC-DC charger. The Engel battery gets fully charged after an hour of driving, I would think the van batteries would charge up to near full after 4 hours driving. Anyone got any other suggestions please. Rob
  20. Hi all, we recently travelled the Birdsville track from Birdsville to Marree. We are now at Rawnsley Pk near Wilpena Pound, having a great time. I might have a little problem with the charging of the on-board batteries. We have a 2011 TE. After 1 night free camping the batteries are usually down to about 87%, we then travel for approx 4 hours but the batteries then only show about 91%. I would have thought that they would have charged much more after driving for that long. By the way, it has been overcast during the day, so the solar input would be minimal. I am wondering if the anderson plug wiring is faulty. Can anyone tell me where the Positive and Negative cables are connected inside the van? The anderson plug is ok, I have checked it and there is volts at the rear of the plug (on the van plug) when connected to the car. I used a multimeter to check the Red and Black cables and the Black cable shows no connection to the negative on the van fuse block. Where is it suppose to connect to the vans 12v system? Any help or advice appreciated. regards Rob
  21. Hi all, we have a TopEnder with a combined shower/toilet. When we use the washing machine we occasionally get water from the washer pushing the shower floor plug up and spewing water over the shower floor. It doesn't do it every time but probably every 3rd-4th wash. Has anyone had this problem and how have you solved it? The drain from the washing machine connects directly below the shower drain vent and then out to the side of the van. I thought maybe having 2 separate hoses, one from the washer and one from the shower running to the point on the side of the van. This might provide enough resistance to the water to prevent it from back tracking up the hose to the shower drain. Any thoughts/ advice? Rob P.S. We have recently retired and hit the road for an indeterminate time, possibly 5 to 10 years.
  22. Hi all, thanks very much for your input into this product. I have decided not to purchase the device and put the money towards something more practical, maybe a winch!! Thanks again Rob
  23. Hi all, I am considering installing the "Couplertec" rust protection system on my cruiser. Does anyone have any experience with this product, or know if it actually works. I believe they use a "capacitive coupling" technology instead of the old "sacrificial anode" types used on boats. Any help with this product is great fully appreciated. Rob Townsville
  24. Hi all, thanks for the suggestions and advice, we will just have to continue removing any non essentials and cutting down on the water we carry. Still have not decided about the spare wheel, will think about it. Cheers Rob
  25. Hi Richard, Lots to see in SA, I suggest after Birdsville go on to Marree then Leigh Creek then on to Parachilna. From Parachilna you should go into the Flinders Ranges NP. Lots of places to see and camp. Wilpena Pound is a great camping spot and has good bushwalking. The Eyre Peninsula and York Peninsula's have lots to see also. I envy your trip....wish I was tagging along. Rob J from work SA is where I grew up, give me a call if you want more info
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