Jump to content

ATV42

Ordinary Member
  • Content Count

    371
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    47

ATV42 last won the day on November 18

ATV42 had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

223 Excellent

1 Follower

About ATV42

  • Rank
    Post Contributor Ranking

Profile Information

  • Ownership status
    ATV
  • Gender
    Male
  • Current Location
    Queensland

Recent Profile Visitors

1,898 profile views
  1. No problems Sue. I’ll pop over to the Lawnton Showgrounds when I think Ian is there, and see if he needs anything. The Showgrounds are only about 15 minutes from where we live. Cheers from Pete.
  2. Hi Sue Although we live in Brisbane, we are going up to the KOG gathering on the Monday, so we may not be able help directly. What day do you actually arrive in Brisbane. When does Ian arrive at Lawnton. The Lawnton Showgrounds lock their gates about 5.30pm. If Ian is there, he can get a key that will open the gate. The train service from the airport will take you into Central Station via Bowen Hills Station. From either of these stations, you can get a train to Lawnton Station, it’s on the northern line to Petrie/ Caboolture/ Redcliffe. It’s only about a ten minute walk from the Lawnton Station to the Showgrounds. By train, this trip could easily take a couple of hours, depending on the connections. I don’t think walking from the domestic to the international airport terminals to catch the train is a safe option. Even though it is only a kilometre or so, there is no footpath. You would have to walk along a very busy road, at night!!!!!!! Personally, why not ask Ian to pick you up at the airport, it’s about a 40 minute trip from the Lawnton Showgrounds to the airport. That would be much more convenient and less expensive than trying to get train connections at that time of night. On the other hand, a taxi/ubur from the airport would cost about about $70-$100. Alternatively, there are several hotels at the airport that offer overnight accommodation, Ian could pick come and get you the next day. Anyway Sue, these are only a few suggestions. We’re looking forward to meeting you both. Cheers from Pete.
  3. Hullo Tony. Thank you for this information. Margaret and I just want to wish Mike a full and speedy recovery. Cheers from Pete
  4. Hi Andrea and Gary. Welcome to the Group, and congratulations on ordering KEDRON caravan. Before you visit the factory, compose a list of questions. You might find many of those will be answered when to go there. I suggest the main thing is to get a firm understanding of the specifications and any extra things you want. Also, ask Graham to send you some photos of the various build stages. Other than that, enjoy the experience and comradeship the Group can offer. All the best. Cheers from Pete
  5. Hi Rod. Thank you for your enquiry. I use Springers Solar at Lawnton for my electrical work. You will find their contact number in a previous post by TonyH. They're the technical experts in this field and have the solutions. Basically, they left the original 5 panels (130watt x4 and 80watt x 1) as they were, and wired the additional panels (100watts x 2 and 80watts x 3) into the 2nd import of the original PL60 solar regulator. Kedron are continually upgrading their caravans, and that includes the electrical/ battery/ solar systems. As a result there are very few caravans exactly the same. Most of us know our own systems, but I dare to say, most of us are not technical experts. Hence, it is sometimes difficult to advise someone else on what to do when we don't know the exact make and model of the components you have compared to those fitted to other caravans. Rod, my advice would be to find a reputable organisation in your local area who can look at your caravan, discuss your needs and come up with an acceptable solution. Cheers from Pete.
  6. ATV42

    DONE AND DUSTED

    Hi Sandra and Clive. Congratulations in such a worthy course, and helping to make history in the Outback. Well done. Cheers from Peter and Margaret.
  7. Hi Rod. Is lithium batteries the way to go.................Absolutely. That's why most manufacturers of hi-end caravans are fitting them as standard. However, upgrading from AGM batteries to Lithium batteries can be expensive, so shop around and choose a supplier and a system that suits you. Cheers from Pete.
  8. Hi Rod We went through a similar dilemma last year with our 2012 Kedron ATV for two. After considerable research and discussion we did 2 things. 1. We upgraded the solar system from 600watts to 1040watts, we used every bit of available roof space to put solar panels on. 2. Our 3AGM 120 watt batteries (105kg total weight) were on their last legs, so we opted for 4 Victron lithium 90 watt batteries (48kg total weight), a 50amp DC to DC charger, and a 60amp Enerdrive AC charger. The 360amp AGM system, gave us about 180amps of usable power. The 360amp lithium system gives us about 310amps of usable power. Lithium batteries also charge much faster. Just remember, when adding new fixtures, like solar panels, it's all weight. By opting for the lithium batteries, we saved nearly 60kg in weight. The solar panels we added were less than the weight we saved. Hence, a nett reduction in weight. The end result is fantastic. We don't have to worry about off grid power anymore. We now have 3 very efficient ways (solar, DC and AC) to charge our long lasting (reportable 15years life) batteries. We even use the normal household toaster through the 1800watt inverter. We don't carry a generator anymore, even less weight to worry about. But, all these nice things come at a cost, so shop around. We figure we are adding value to our Kedron, and hopefully, it will be a more 'attractive' item when we eventually sell it. Additionally, we'll never have to replace our batteries again. Cheers from Pete.
  9. Hi Ecoranger. Generators......a much discussed subject during Happy Hour. We carried a Honda 2 around for over 12 years or so, and rarely used it. We can't see any point in running a noisy generator at the free camp somewhere just to run the airconditioner. If it's that hot that we need to run the airconditioner, we go to a town and book a powered site in a caravan park and use their facilities, the pool, camp kitchen, endless power and water etc. As for charging our 360 amp Lithium battery pack, we have 1040 watts of solar, a 50 amp DC to DC charger, and a 60 amp AC charger. Our 1800 watt inverter easily runs our microwave. We usually travel in the cooler months and for 5 to 6 months a year in northern Australia and have not taken our generator with us for a few years now. We are even thinking of selling it. Cheers from Pete.
  10. Hi David and Liz. Welcome to the Group. Yes, there are a lot of 200 series Landcruisers towing Kedrons, and we are one of them. If you were to ask Glen and the boys, they would probably confirm it is the most popular tow vehicle. There is also a good number of Silverado's and GMC's out there towing Kedrons Toyota has a huge dealer/ support network across Australia. Last year for example we had our 200 series (our daily drive) serviced in Brisbane, Kunnanara, and Townsville. Their service network and reliability is one of the reasons we have had 7 Landcruisers since 1980!!!!!! However, the 200 series has one major drawback when it comes to towing, and that's its payload, about 645kg. If you were to have a ball weight of about 320kg with the Kedron fully loaded, plus full fuel, and maybe a set of drawers, plus you and Liz, the chances are you will exceed its GVM of 3350kg. Similarly, with your Kedron CX-5 fully loaded for an extended trip away, you will have to be careful not to exceed the vans ATM of 3500kg. Over the last 16 years of owning 2 Kedrons, we have learnt to be very 'minimalistic' when we travel. We have also done 2 important things: A. Before we took delivery of our second 200 series in 2017, we had the Lovell's GVM upgrade to 3800kg. And also the Lovell's Braked Towing Capacity (BTC) upgrade to 4000kg. B. Kedron has also upgraded our caravan ATM to 3990kg. It would be silly to load everything up to these new capacities. But now we have a big safety margin on both the 200 series and our Kedron ATV for two. There has also been quite a bit written on the KOG forum on this subject. After all, whatever we drive and tow, we are all trying to do the right thing when it comes to vehicle and caravan weights, and being legal. Cheers from Peter and Margaret.?
  11. Hi Tony. Hope you empty it first.... You might save on postage. LOL Pete
  12. Hi Bas. Thank you for following this up. I'm certainly glad we got our 2017 Landcruiser 200 series GVM and BTC upgraded by Lovell's prior to registration. It's nice to be completely legal and also underweight. Cheers. Peter
  13. Hi Chris. Have a nice trip along these 2 remote 'highways'. We did them in May. As usual in these areas, you'll find lots of corrugations, bulldust, sand, gravel, dirt, and even a bit of bitumen. Oh, and of course, the idiots who drive too fast and don't slow down. Diesel at Tobermorey was $2.25/ litre. Enjoy the journey and travel safe. Peter.
  14. ATV42

    A new trip away!

    Hi Chris. Hope you both have a great time, and safe travels. Regards to you both. Peter & Margaret.
  15. thanks a Lot for this info would like to hear more from your experiance. i bet you had a Great time

    cheers ernst

×
×
  • Create New...