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Merv and Di

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  1. We had a custom program installed into the old solar controller by Wheelhouse Marine in Darwin and all seems to be working quite well. They were recommended by Enerdrive to do the job, apparently the latter solar controller already has the lithium algorithm in it. Cheers Merv
  2. Hi Rod setting 3, and make sure you disable equalisation at number 7. i have been advised by enerdrive to have a custom profile loaded when I get to Darwin just to make the system correct for the lithium. cheers Merv
  3. Hi Rod Factory fit. The only piece of electrical that we have had to change was the battery charger. Cheers Merv
  4. The Itech 120amp lithium batteries now have a 3 year warranty. Merv
  5. 390 solar & the 2x 120 lithium is the equivalent of the old 360agms or so I am told. Merv
  6. 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
  7. Hi Pete Itech world in Perth currently have 120amp lithium batteries that can be connected in series for $899 free delivery or can be cheaper to pick up. Working very well without changing the original system and only 13kgs each. Cheers Merv
  8. Hi Rod We have the Enerdrive 3 bank 60amp charger combination with a Xantrex 1800 inverter and have just fitted 2x 120amp lithium batteries and the system is working a treat. Cheers Merv
  9. Hi Paul We have had our Silverado now for six years towing our 21' Top Ender and I would not tow with anything else. They are an incredible towing beast with a brilliant fuel economy, and one of the most relaxing feelings you will find towing a big heavy van. The exhaust brakes work a treat as does the tow haul mode. They are one of the best towing vehicles around. Now saying that, we only use ours as a tow vehicle because they can be a pain in the but in a shopping centre because of the size but we always park further away from the doors and take up four spots and I no longer care after all it is a truck. We are fortunate enough to have a shopping car, general run around when we are home. Have a look at all the Americans and you could also check out the new Nissan Titan with the new Cummins V8 Diesel that is made for it as a slightly cheaper option, but still with a 4.5t tow. There has been a few discussions on this forum about similar questions over the past few years so check them out also. Cheers Merv
  10. Why not simply put a set of duallies under the rear and take to an auto engineer to have increased. There is nothing else done between the 2500 and the 3500 maybe slightly heavier rear springs. Your 2500 can tow 4.5 t on the ball and 7.5t 5th wheeler. Don't forget a light truck endorsement will be required for vehicles over 4.5t. From memory the 2500 comes in at 4536kgs unless you have had it derated Cheers Merv
  11. Hi John They are both top vans and will follow you anywhere, within reason that your truck can go. The main difference between those two are weight, the Top Ender is simply a heavier van. Ours is a 21’ and we have taken it almost every where from the top of the Cape to the desert roads/tracks to the Gibb and touch wood we have never had a flat. We were looking at the same Companies as you now are and what totally sold us was Kedrons after market service with smile attitude and nothing is a problem for them no matter where you are, if you need a problem sorted, they sort it. You won’t go wrong with these vans, it is pretty hard to break one. Cheers Merv
  12. Hi John The simple answer is that is what Kedron vans are made for. The latter XC5 has a slightly better suspension but it will always come down to tyre pressure and speed. You won’t go wrong with either of these vans, XC3 or XC5. cheers merv
  13. Hi Bryan We originally went and bought a 3.7kva generator to run every thing including the air conditioning when up north if we needed. How many times have we used it for this purpose? None!! When we have had to use it was only to recharge the batteries which cope extremely well including using the washing machine (4kg front loader) we have never had to use the air conditioner 'up north' as we find with the windows open including the front the flow through ventilation is more than enough and a 12v fan. Any way we have now dropped back down to small 1kva generator to recharge the batteries and with only a third of the weight and better fuel economy and I am not busting my gut trying to lift the thing. We also carry it in the back of the truck, not the van, less down weight on the tow ball. Food for thought. Cheers Merv
  14. Welcome Liz and Graham You will be in very good hands with Paul he has a wealth of knowledge and will probably give you some great ideas. We have looked at down grading from our Top Ender to the single axle Compact and have checked them out at the factory just prior to the Brisbane show. I am sure that they will certainly impress you and you will not regret your purchase. Cheers Merv
  15. Hi Kevin & Judy There is bush (free) camping both sides of the road as you come into Birdsville between the river and the town itself. Camping between the river and the actual race course is reserved for the trainers/horses. They have water taps now on one side of the road and during the races they have rubbish bins and portable toilets on the other. Enjoy Merv
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