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Bas

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  • Ownership status
    ATV
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  • Current Location
    Tennyson, Brisbane
  • Interests
    Caravanning in Australia, Travelling Overseas but not in tour groups, Cooking, Eating and the occasional beverage, Fishing, enjoying life with Carolyn. We travel not to avoid life but rather so that life does not avoid us.
  1. Working on roof of ATV

    Hi Mike Tony nailed it pretty well. While at Elliott Heads a few years ago we had a/c problems and the fellow from Bundy that came out to resolve the problem, used a sheet of thick ply to spread his weight while removing the a/c cover and working on the unit. I have since used a sheet of ply when necessary to get on top of the van. Bas
  2. APOLOGIES!!!

    Karen The IE/Chrome thing is something which I experience from time to time. I will have been using IE for years and then for no obvious reason it will not open a certain site. Regards Barry
  3. Get 'F'

    I made 6 but not sure that the genius bit is appropriate.
  4. "That there is little fan noise and it comes on only momentarily"......... is almost enough motivation alone to changeover.
  5. Vitrifrigo fan running continuously

    Chris, I agree it is unlikely the gas level as the Fridge Whisperer checked our gas level when he replaced our fan and thermostat. The fridge had to be removed from the cavity it sits in (he needed assistance from me to do this) but fortunately the work could be carried out in the van. When the fridge was reinstalled, he needed to check how well it was cooling for a few hours so we went for a drive and a bite to eat. I will be interested to hear what the diagnosis is with your fridge. Barry
  6. Chev Silverado-Lost Turbo Boost in limp mode

    Came across this recently, and it could be of interest to some. Although the test was conducted in Sth Africa, diesel with 10 ppm Sulphur was used, and that is now the standard there, as it is in many parts of the world. Cheers Bas www.fuelexpert.co.za/2-stroke-oil-in-diesel-technical-study.php
  7. Vitrifrigo fan running continuously

    Several years ago, our fan stopped working although the fridge worked but not as well. We took the van to the Fridge Whisperer at Caboolture and the fan was replaced as an internal wire had corroded. The thermostat was also replaced. The fan runs almost continuously now even when it is cold weather although not sure if the compressor does also. Have spoken to the FW about it and he is puzzled why it is the case. The fridge performs very well so have adopted the policy of "don't trouble trouble til trouble troubles you"!! Bas
  8. grease

    Hi I use Castrol LMM which is Molybdenum Disulphide. It must be good because it sticks to your hands really well. On rough dirt roads, I grease the suspension at least as frequently as 2000 kms. That may seem an overkill to some but not according to Vehicle Components. Bas
  9. Fridge fans

    However, not all vans are equipped with a service door for the fridge. They only have a vent and there would be no benefit in removing it.
  10. Fridge fans

    About 12 months ago I fitted a larger bottom vent and during the very hot weather late last year on our return home to Brisbane through Victoria and NSW, it certainly made a difference. It is a fiddly exercise to fit a larger bottom vent as there are wires to avoid when cutting. A larger top vent may also be on the jobs to be done. There is not a clear path for air to rise to the top vent so a fan makes good sense. To overcome the fan running when not needed in cool/cold weather, wiring a switch into the circuit would be useful. Barry
  11. GVM and tow upgrades

    I had our van at Vehicle Components recently and there was another van (not A Kedron) there for a service.When I remarked to one of the employees working on our van, that the other van had obviously had a GVM upgrade by virtue of the chain setup, he said that they do that work all the time. I mention this as food for thought. Cheers, Bas
  12. Caravan GVM upgrade (chains)

    Is it no longer legal/acceptable to have chains welded to the A frame, or does that only apply to above 3500 kg? Bas
  13. GVM and tow upgrades

    After having read the concerns expressed about the possible/potential brake related inadequacies of the 200 series when used as a tow vehicle for large vans, I am almost reluctant to admit that I have a 100 series. When I was inspecting the shock absorbers on my van this morning, I'm sure that on each "axle" there was a very substantial set of brakes, the purpose of which I understand is to help slow down/stop the van!! 12'' brakes are a very substantial bit of equipment and far bigger and better than on the vehicles we all drove in the past, albeit that in some cases those vehicles may, repeat may, have been lighter and certainly less sophisticated. There will always be crisis situations where we need every bit of braking that is available, but it is very possible that in such circumstances not having a van on behind may not make a lot of difference. Surely, we drive to the circumstances and when with a van in tow, we should add that little bit of margin, say by knocking off a few kms from our speed, or staying back a bit further from the vehicle in front etc etc etc. In 6 years and many kms with the van in tow, I have never felt as if the van was in control. I respect that it weighs up to 3,500 kgs and so don't push the envelope. The previous van was a single axle Golf which was very comfortable but hell on wheels to tow as no matter how it was packed, it had unbelievable sway. It weighed half of the Kedron but the Golf was the boss. About 6 months ago I had Dexter Sway Control fitted by Vehicle Components. The only time the van did not tow as straight as an arrow was when being overtaken by a huge truck which might "suck" you towards it. That has virtually disappeared however, I guess we all instinctively compensated without DSC by anticipating the "suck" effect. I hope that the DSC never has to be put to the test. Being legal is important, but is secondary to being safe. Barry
  14. Changing light bulbs

    Hi Greg, removing the ones pictured is a challenge. On the round section there is a tiny hole and using a fine screwdriver push the piece of plastic slightly protruding. The complete light assembly can then be removed. The light section inside can then be removed, although it is a bit of a learn as you go exercise and fiddly is an appropriate description. I replaced the first bulb that blew with an LED, and they are available in both warm and cool white. I chose cool as the light produced is much "cleaner', but the preference is a personal one. Take the old bulb with you when buying the replacement as there are different diameters and pin sizes. The LED lasted probably 12-18 months with a fair bit of use and when I mentioned to the LED specialist that I expected greater life, he enquired if the bulb was enclosed (which it is) and so recommended to provide a bit of air flow if possible. The "gold" surround is plastic so I drilled a 13mm hole at the back where it cannot be seen when I was replacing the bulb. Time will tell if this helps with bulb life. Hope this helps. Barry
  15. WDH vs Airbags in the rear...

    When the topic of WDHs v Air bags arose some time back, I brought to notice the RACQ short video on the topic which highlighted the advantages of WDHs. These should be compulsory viewing. Is it any wonder that some SUVs end up with cracked chassis. 55lbs in an airbag would not allow any spring action. Frightening! Bas
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