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    Thetford C200 cassette

    Hi Tony. Hope you empty it first.... You might save on postage. LOL Pete
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    GVM and tow upgrades

    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
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    O’Donohue and Plenty Highways

    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.
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    A new trip away!

    Hi Chris. Hope you both have a great time, and safe travels. Regards to you both. Peter & Margaret.
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    Tyre pressure

    Hi Ernst. We have just done the same treks. The 3 treks you mentioned are all a bit different. You may need to adjust your tyre pressure to suit. Several times we re-adjusted to suit the conditions ie the corrugations, stones, rocks, bulldust etc. In general, we ran our ATV for two at 30psi. Our 200 series Landcruiser at 28psi front and 32 psi at back. We had no tyre problems, all good. Just be flexible and be prepared to adjust your tyre pressures to suit your rig. What suited us, may not suit you.. All the best, and enjoy the journey; we certantly did. Peter
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    Just ordered a Compact

    Hi Vulcan Exciting times ahead. As a suggestion, and as I've mentioned to other new owners, stay a day or so at the Lawnton Showgrounds. It's only a few kilometres from the factory. It will give you the opportunity to 'try everything out', and if it doesn't work or if you don't understand at particular system, it's an easy trip back to Kedron. All the best with your new rig, and safe travels. Peter
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    Towing with Toyota Cab Chassis

    Hi Jaap. Unless you really want/need a ute, and if you already own a 200 series Landcruiser, why not upgrade your current vehicle to suit. Many 200 series owners, including us, have gone down the path of getting the Lovell Springs upgrade to a 3800kg GVM and a braked towing capacity (BTC) of 4000kg. We also went down the path of considering an Silverado or GMC. However, our vehicle is our 'daily drive' so, since we live in suburbia, the 200 series Landcruiser was our best option because it's more user friendly around the city. If we were full time on the road, we would have chosen the Silverado or GMC; it's all a compromise to what suits your needs. There is plenty of assessable information on this subject on this and other forums to research, so I will not go into the details here. Cheers Peter
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    Adelaide back to Sydney

    Hi Kevin Yes, weight is definitely an issue with caravans, regardless of manufacturer. I agree with Zolle, have the Tare Weight checked. Also, since you have a 200 series Landcruiser to tow it with, have you thought of having the ATM increased to 3300kg or even 3500kg by Kedron before you take delivery. That would give you a great payload and may prevent any weight issues in the future; we all tend to load our caravans up a bit and thus the weight increases and increases. Cheers Pete
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    Automatic Satellite dish

    Hi there Geoff & Joy. We went for the Oyster system on our current and previous Kedrons. Never had any problems anywhere in Australia. When we stop for the night, the 1st thing I do is to put the dish up and get a picture. That way we ensure the dish has a clear view of the satellite and no trees etc are in the way. A few times we've had to move a few metres one way or the other. Cheers Peter
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    Hi Cheryl and Wayne. I don't think Kedron has various innerspring mattresses, it is what is is. We have "personalised" ours by purchasing a quality memmorary foam overlay; certainly works for us. Cheers Peter
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    Where are you right now?

    Hi Tony. Sydney traffic, we only drive between the school zone tines, 9.30am and 2.30pm. We have been staying at Narrabeen on and off since about 1996, so are pretty used to it, and Sydney, where I spent my teenage years, As for Tassie, we spent about 3 months there in 2008/2009 and didn't see it all; such a wonderful place. Probably going again late this year.......more family. Travel safe Peter
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    Where are you right now?

    Hi Sandra and Clive. Margaret and I are camped at Lake Liddell, just south of Mussellbrook and on our way to Sydney via the New England Highway. Should arrive mid-afternoon, and will stay at the Narrabeen Lakeside CP at Narrabeen on Sydney's Northern Suburbs. Be there a week or so. We are doing a family thing in Sydney the weekend of the KOG Gathering. Have loads of fun and give our regards. Safe travels. Peter
  13. Hi Jono & Becky I bet you guys are so excited. I checked out the Lawnton Showgrounds a few times last week to see if you were there. We're heading off today, so we can't catch up. However, there are 2 or 3 Kedron's there, so don't be afraid to introduce yourself. I'm sure they will help you out if needed. All the best, and safe travels. Peter
  14. Hi there Jono and Becky. Welcome to the group. How exiting is that, taking delivery of your new Kedron. There is a lot to learn, understand and even to get your head around when taking delivery of your new van. As a suggestion, and if you have a day or two to spare, book into the Lawnton Showground for awhile. The Showground is only a few kilometres from the factory, and it's only about $25/night with power and water. This would be a great place for you to get to know your Kedron and to try all the different systems etc. If you have any problems, it's easy to slip back to the factory to ask questions or get something fixed. We live about 15 minutes from the factory, so I might pop into the Showground and see if I can find a nice shiney Kedron. As for camping, well.............when you have a Kedron, you do it in style. Cheers. Peter
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    Ball Weights

    Hi Paul n Denise. This is a well worn subject around the various forums. However, I am happy to reply to your post. I have a 200 series Landcruiser. Like many other owners, I have the Lovell Springs Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) upgrade to 3800kg and the Lovell's Braked Towing Capacity (BTC) upgrade to 4000kg and a ball weight up to 400kg. The vehicle is clearly plated to these weights, together with a Gross Combined Mass (GCM) plate of 7800kg. I had mine down prior to registration, and thus the upgrades are Federally approved. You can have the upgrades done after initial registration, but you have to have it approved by your state transport authority. I have also had the ATM of our Kedron upgraded to 3990kg and re-plated by the boys at Kedron. Our applicable registration documents show the upgraded capacities. We have no intension to load things up to these upgraded capacities, but we have a nice big safety margin. And yes, we are legal; even our insurance company is happy. Finally, I suggest you contact Lovell Springs and get the info from 'the horses mouth' so the speak. Then contact Kedron or your local state transport approved engineering authority regarding an ATM upgrade. Be aware though, in Queensland, where we live, any trailer, including caravans, with an ATM over 3500kg is classified as a Heavy Trailer (HT) and has to have an annual Certificate of Inspection (COI). Hope this makes things a little clearer, and helps you make an informed decision based on the facts. Cheers Peter
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    An interesting day yesterday

    Hi Chris. The caravan park you originally booked in Melbourne, would that be the Discovery Parks one, I think it is also a Big 4. We are booked in there over Easter.........hope we have a better experience!!!!!!!!! Cheers for now. Pete.
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    GVM and tow upgrades

    Well done John and Jo. It's a teedy process isn't it. But, it's nice to be legal. Recently, our ATV for two had its ATM upgrade to 3990kg done at the factory; the staff at Kedron did a great job. If we are stupid enough to load our Kedron up to the new ATM, we haven't learnt anything !!!!!!!!!!! All the best for Christmas, and safe travels in 2018. Pete
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    Called into the Mother Ship

    Hi Merv. Was nice to meet you and Di at the factory last week. Always good to put names to faces. Hope the staff at Kedron looked after you. I'm really happy with the ATM upgrade they did on our ATV for two. With the new ATM of 3990kg I have a huge safety margin. We'll never get anywhere near that; if we do, we haven't learnt anything. The Gall Boys are certainly turning out some great looking vans these days, and with a huge range of options being available. Safe travels. Pete
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    Selling a used XC3 Kedron

    Hullo Wayne. Welcome to the Group. We have been down the same track of selling a Kedron, and buying a new Kedron. My advice, for what it's worth, is to post your details in the 'for sale' section of the forum. Please include a brief history of the van i.e is it under cover, where has it been etc, also a description and features of your van etc, and importantly as many photos as you can. I guess the most important thing is to post a realistic price on it.........if you were a buyer, what would you prepared to pay for it. I know it's not easy, but don't let sentiment get in the way!!!! Wayne, I hope this helps in some small way to achieve your objective. All the best. Peter
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    Where are you right now?

    Hi Chris I know where we'll be next weekend !!!!!!!!!!! All the best to you both. Cheers. Peter & Margaret.
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    2002/03 ATV for sale

    Hi Grant & Carol That looks like a nice and tidy Kedron. All the best for your sale, and congratulations in ungrading. Cheers Peter
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    E Power 400ah lifepo4 battery

    Hi Paul and Belinda Given the option, I would go for the biggest system, ie the 400 amp system, you can afford. The reason we didn't go with EV Power is the distance from Brisbane. There is no use spending big money on a system that 'might do' compared to a lithium battery system what 'will do'. Considering your family of six, go for system more than what your current needs are (children grow and does their screen time) and what you can afford. I feel that if you go with a 300 amp system system, and with a family of 6, you maybe at the limits of the system, and that would defeat the object of want you want to achieve. The simple fact is, the more power you have, the more you use, and with a family of 6 you would more than the two of us. The Enerdrive people do put out a good system, that is why Kedron are using it. Why not contact Springers Solar at Capalaba for a quote, Cheers Peter
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    E Power 400ah lifepo4 battery

    Hi there Paul We recently replaced our 5 year old AGM batteries in our ATV for two. I am writing this so you can compare lithium battery systems so that when the time comes you make an informed decision that suits your needs. We replaced our 3 AGM 120 watt batteries with 4 Victron 90 watt lithium batteries. We also replaced the original Kedron installed AC battery charger with a Enerdrive 60 watt charger suited for lithium batteries. We also replaced the original 25 amp Redarc DC to DC charger with a Victron buck boost 50 amp DC to DC charger. Plus some other components to link the whole thing together to form a 'system'. We kept the original roof mounted solar system (130 watt panels x 4, plus a 80 watt panel). Out of $10 grand, I had just enough change to buy a burger and coffee at Maccas!!!!!!!!!! Our usage I similar to what Chris has said. We opt for unpowered sites, and use our 1800 watt Zantrex pure sine wave inverter to supply 240 volt throughout the van. We use the toaster, electric jug etc. one night we even used our electric blankets all night. However, we do monitor our battery status daily or several times a day. The 50 amp DC to DC charger is the key to success because it charges the batteries with a quick regulated charge. And with 600 watts of solar, we never seem to run out of power. We used Springer Solar here in Brisbane to do the work, and are very happy with the work they did. From what I see on different forums and from comments others have made, Terry at T1 has a very good reputation. Paul, whatever lithium battery system you choose, if it has the capacity you need and has a bit in reserve, caravanning is so much easier. Good luck Peter