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Merv and Di

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  • Birthday 01/01/1953

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    TopEnder
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  1. Merv and Di

    XC3 and XC5

    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
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    Generator & BBQ slide

    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
  3. 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
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    Birdsville races

    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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    GVM and tow upgrades

    Hi John & Jo From what I can understand those fitted prior to Ist June will be legal. Cheers Merv
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    GVM and tow upgrades

    Hi all This is going to throw one hell of a spanner in the works for those considering an upgrade. New National Rules from the 1st June no more GVM upgrades by second stage manufacturers, the original manufacturers rating is final. Prexisting approved modifications are grandfathered, so no problems there.10.6 The towing capacity of a light vehicle expressed as Gross Combination Mass (GCM) rating or Rated Towing Capacity or Maximum Braked Towing Mass rating must not exceed the value set by the first stage manufacturer. Second stage manufacturers are not permitted to increase the towing capacity as part of an SSM IPA that results in a GVM upgrade. (Courtesy of another interested forum) Cheers Merv
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    Van Service

    For those interested please remove any recommendation by us for Harding Swift as a service Company for our Kedron. A huge great big thank you to Johnno of Mobile Trailer Services at Kedron for fixing what should not have be done. Cheers Merv
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    The Big Red Bash

    I am glad that you are happy with the rims Tony and yes, we just cannot get away from the Grand Parents duties no matter what. Merv
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    Tyres for Chev Silverado

    Hi Leon. I know that you can get 20's in the ST Maxx's but I believe they are not cheap and I think a special order. Merv
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    The Big Red Bash

    Hi Tony There are two dump points in Birdsville, one either end of town and water is freely available last time I was up there. They had a water line ran out to the River (Race Course side) on the northern side of the road from town. As far as remember it is also available at the town bore, right turn after the Pub. Enjoy your trip Merv
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    Tyres for Chev Silverado

    Hi Leon Not that his might help you but I dropped back to 18's mainly for the ease of availability and am now on the second set of Cooper ST MAXX's LT275/70R18. These tyres have not missed a beat, we got nearly 75000ks's out of the first set. I run them at 60psi all round and drop back when off road. You must rotate them for maximum life. The current set cost me $475.00 each at Tyre Power. Cheers Merv
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    Club 4x4 Insurance

    That is great news Di and Andy. Any victory over an Insurance Company when they start playing funny buggers is certainly one to celebrate. And another one for Ken Tame. Cheers Merv
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    Club 4x4 Insurance

    Hi Andy I have been there and I wish you well. The Insurance Company's now will use any excuse they possibly can to deny your claim. The reviews that you have requested are done "in house" by the Insurance Company and I would be very surprised if you get a different result as they will only look after themselves. I suggest you take it straight to a Solicitor and have them lodge a claim with the Financial Ombudsman if there is such a thing in Qld. If you are successful you can then claim your legal costs back from the Insurer, but this can take some time. All the best Merv
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    Towing with Toyota Cab Chassis

    Hi Jaap The other consideration to be aware of is that there will be a greater chance of the old "tail wagging the dog" syndrome, the ute will be a lighter than the 200 series. Apparently new Chev LTZ crew cab will be hitting the floors from the HSV camp mid year at $135k not sure whether on road costs in included. I saw price on another forum. Cheers Merv
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    Towing with Toyota Cab Chassis

    Hi Jaap Please forgive my ignorance but wouldn't you have the same problem with either vehicle? I wouldn't have thought that there would have been that much difference between the two, might be a little more with the single cab but the dual cabs would have to be very similar. How much weight are you talking about? Cheers Merv
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