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  1. In case they haven’t mentioned it yet, the van may not come with a jack. They will probably recommend a trail-a-mate mk2.
  2. Hi @Andrea and Gary, we might see you at Kedron. Our CP5 is also due to be collected in December. Our chassis has arrived and we have now finalised the specification. December can’t come quickly enough🙂
  3. It’s hard to imagine that people can be so thoughtless; there is certainly enough of them to spoil a number of otherwise nice campgrounds ⛺️
  4. Hi @TonyH sadly we won’t be starters for the Christmas gathering. We have pushed the delivery date out to December, because of my wife going into hospital (nothing too major). Hopefully next year 🍾
  5. Thanks @TonyH I have thought of that and in fact have asked Graham if there was any chance we could coordinate handover with the Christmas gathering. Delivery hasn’t been scheduled yet so he couldn’t commit. If at all possible, you’ll see me there.
  6. After having sold the Pajero, we have picked up the LC200. Had the Lovell’s GVM upgrade and 2” lift before it was registered, have also had the ARB Summit bar fitted, UHF installed and will soon get the brake controller and wiring done. The Jayco just sold so we will be van-less until the CP5 arrives, hopefully late October. In relation to the CP5, we have chosen the colours, added some more options (including a second spare and the new pressure hatch) and now it’s just a matter of waiting and watching the videos of other vans being delivered to their new owners. October can’t come quickly enough😀
  7. Thank you Chris, very helpful trip report. It gives me something to think about for when we reschedule our Alice trip. I had planned on arriving and leaving Alice from the south, but doing a loop where we leave Sydney and first go north / west to Boulia, then visit Alice, Uluru and the surrounds and then come home via Oodnadatta sounds like a better option. This year’s trip was designed around having a Jayco which we wanted to sell as soon as we returned home. The Jayco is now retired (for us at least), detailed and up for sale. We pick up the CP5 in October opening up a new world of route options.
  8. I had planned to be there, in fact right about now, but some health issues caused us to cancel the trip. After hearing about the crowds I don’t feel quite so bad.
  9. Well, after placing the order for the CP5 last October, we have now ordered a new tow vehicle. Landcruiser 200 should be delivered around April. We’ll be getting all the usual mods done, including a GVM upgrade prior to the first registration. Going to be a very different experience to towing with the Pajero.
  10. Hello Joiners. Just curious, you have had your Compact now for over 6 months now. How is it travelling? With the benefit of hindsight would you have made any changes to the original configuration you ordered? Sometime in the next few months we will have to finalise the configuration of our Compact and am interested in any insights you could share.
  11. Thanks Chris, Wow, 23 pages of comments, that will keep me busy for a while. I’ve seen some of Danno’s video’s. After I’ve looked at the Caravaners’ Forum, I might post something on the Facebook site. cheers, Peter
  12. Hi all, I’m thinking of buying my first drone. Leaning towards the DJI Mavic Air, it shoots photos in RAW and video in 4K. Primarily interested in the photography side of things but I suspect that, once I get the knack of it, I’ll also do a lot of video. I am interested in anybody’s experience with using drones and any thoughts you may have on what I should look out for when buying & using. many thanks, Peter
  13. Thanks Tony n Irene. I’m sure we will. We were initially concerned about the lack of bench space, but after looking at the Compact, we came to the view that it would be fine. Overall, it’s amazing how much they pack into a small van.
  14. Well we finally bit the bullet and bought the CP5, including the following options: Dual windows on offside bedroom Truma Aqua Plus hot water system Pocket spring mattress and bolster Diesel heater 3 x Sirocco fans Drawers & linen tray under bed Bike rack Euro annex & ESC Delivery due October 2019, well in time for summer holidays. Now looking at the car. Tossing up between increasing the tow ball rating of our Pajero to 300kgs (relatively cheap) to buying a new (or near new) LC200 (relatively expensive). Oh well, we have plenty of time to decide.
  15. Wow, thanks Steve for all that insight. Agree wholeheartedly about your comments regarding Farina and Coward Springs. Have stayed at both in the past and they are both wonderful places to stop. I’m beginning to rethink my route. in relation to Alice Springs, any insights on those “not so we’ll known” places would be great.
  16. Wow, that is a very comprehensive trip report. Many thanks Chris, will read with interest.
  17. Many thanks Chris, I’ll call MacDonnell Ranges Park today. That was one of the places I was planning on staying at. Both Curtis Springs and Redbank George sound good. I was also thinking of Ormiston Gorge in the West MacDonnell. I like the idea of the Oodnadatta. We did it a few years ago as far as William Creek and stayed at both the Flinders and North Flinders. Absolutely love the place, esp. Arkaroola and keen to go back. I looked up the wildlife park. Looks great, I’ll add it the itinerary. We’re planning on selling our van shortly after the trip so my thinking was that this time we’d try to keep dirt roads to a minimum to reduce damage to the van. Perhaps I’m being too precious in regards to this... Anyway, we’re hoping to be back in the area with the new van in the following year in which case we would definitely do the Oodnadatta and the Flinders.
  18. Hi all, I’m in the early stage of planning a trip from Sydney to Uluru next year (around July). Probably take about 5 weeks and thinking we’ll largely follow the Stuart Highway. Using Trip Planner in WikiCamps to map the route. i was wondering whether anyone had any favourite places they like to recommend, either as overnighters, or as places to stay for a couple of days. Many thanks....
  19. Chris, very helpful information. We have wanted to go to Tasmania for a while now, but have not been able to find the time during the warmer months. We might now include Tasmania on our winter trip short list.
  20. Many thanks Merv, Spoke to Paul at the factory and the 16' Compact version of the XC3 comes in with a tare weight of around 2 tonnes and an ATM of around 2.5 so it should be OK. But will still need to be careful of the weights. I'll need to look at the impact, for example, of dual batteries and solar panels, on the overall weight of the van. When you have a Pajero (or a Prado) weight is a constant challenge.
  21. Thank you Karen. I'll spend some time, as you suggest, exploring the configuration of the vans in the for sale section to get some ideas. It's a good idea.
  22. Hi, Just joined the group today. My wife & I are looking to buy an XC3 Compact early in the new year. We have gone from a Camp-O-Matic camper trailer, to a Goldstream camper van then to a Jayco Expanda Outback. Our experience with the Camp-O-Matic and Goldstream were great. The Jayco less so. In addition, the kids, having left school are less interested in camping with us, so it's time to look at something new. We enjoy the bush and the outback so we need something that will let us explore remote areas with the confidence that the van will not "let us down". We have a modified Pajero (suspension, lift, DP Chip, snorkel, bull bar, etc.) so we are limited to an ATM of 2500 kgs. The XC3 Compact seems right on the money. We're retired so we have lots of time to enjoy the van, but I have a few health issues and as a result, need a van that is reliable and where the manufacturer provides good backup and support. I'm hoping that Kedron will deliver this. The options we are looking at include diesel heater, full ensuite and ESC. I'd be interested in any thoughts people have in regards to how they have configured their van, what has worked and what has been less successful. As we have tended to sell our vans fairly regularly, I'd also be interested in observations about the strength of the second hand market for Kedron vans. I'm looking forward to learning a lot about the realities of owning a Kedron van through this group.
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