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  1. As intrastate travel is now allowed within South Australia, we have already done one trip (to the Flinders Ranges) and are now ready to again go to another nice SA national park campground. Well, we hope its nice, as we have never been there before... The trouble is, we have to book and pay before going, and there is no phone reception up there. The Gawler ranges are in the Northern area of the Eyre Peninsula, near Wudinna. First we are going to the little town of Laura, where the Golden North ice cream is made (no that is NOT why we are going there). We want to see a few things around there, and although a caravan park is usually anathema to me, apparently this one is lovely. If anyone else is meandering around out that way, and see us, yell out. We are the greeny coloured van and golden LC. This is us on a previous trip (on the Strzelecki Track).
  2. Thanks for this advice Tolley. (You all understand this further advice comes from Val...I am a technical twit). Val says he does a full lube and check of all the nuts and bolts in the suspension and adjusts the brakes. Then about every 10,000 kms he does a lube job (greasing things) and again checks tightness in all the bolts. He does regular checks of hoses and connections under and around the van. It is valuable to discuss these issues, especially for newer members and van owners who may not realise what is needed or how often.
  3. And now, fellow forumites, we are down at Mount Remarkable’s Mambray Creek Campground. This is just 50 kms South of Port Augusta. Phone reception again...oh joy! it is much fresher and greener here than up further North, due to the higher rainfall. As long as it rains at night rather than during the I will be happy. 😁 Yesterday we caught up with fellow Kedronners who were camped nearby, Yvonne and Brett. They are new to the Kedron family and I hope they join the forum which they knew nothing of until I told them about our wonderful group.
  4. We had a lovely time up at Aroona. The weather was perfect there (as it usually is at this time of year) and although cool at night we have the diesel heater! Aroona Campground is one of the best in the Flinders. It has water taps at many of the sites and good rainwater tanks if the weather gods have been kind. Maurveen, get in touch before your trip up there and I can share further information if needed.
  5. Ah but Karen, you are making the most of that time. Your photos are amazing! And you can now walk on the beach!!
  6. Good morning Kedronners! I am sure many of you will be like us, and so keen to get out camping again. South Australia has opened up camping, and so that's what we will be doing. We are going camping in the Southern Flinders for a week and then further South at Mambray Creek in Mt Remarkable National Park for a further five days.. These two places are among our favourite camping spots (yes, yes I know, I have numerous favourite spots...). We leave tomorrow morning and plan to be at Aroona Campground tomorrow night for four nights. Then we will move down to Mambray Creek. I look forward to waking up to the sight of the ABC Ranges in the background and the sound of the wind in the trees! Here is a photo of a previous trip to Aroona. Will we see any other South Aussies out there?
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    Apple Slice

    I have used this recipe for years! It was first made for me by my now departed sister in law. It is simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing it!
  8. Our 11 year old van has done some serious off-road work. Who knows if it is comparable with what others have done, but it includes the Oodnadatta Track 10 times, the full Savannah Way, the Strzelecki eight times, the Gary Junction Road twice, the Plenty from QLd to WA twice, the Flinders numerous times, the Gibb River Road etc. I once estimated it had done a conservative 100,000 kms of corrugations...and has held up beautifully. Except for the four springs which went after the last Plenty Crossing, and Val had to replace them one by one 😁 But we now have a new suspension which will last us out I reckon. Val services the bearings himself as he doesn’t fully trust others to do it properly. And I would hate to suggest ATV42 doesn’t look after his van meticulously. That bloke is obsessive about looking after his van!
  9. Hello and welcome Ian and Lyn. Isn't it just the best feeling, being the new owners of a Kedron van?! There are many happy memories to be made out there travelling. It opens up a whole new world. I hope we meet up with you somewhere sometime. Chris
  10. Ken, this is almost identical work and parts replaced in the suspension. It is heartening to see it is almost the same price! Thanks for advising this information....It will be helpful for others to know approximately how much a full service costs.
  11. We have just had our ten year old Top Ender’ s wheels aligned and suspension serviced, here in Adelaide. (We have a Cruisemaster independent leaf suspension). The suspension service involved replacing bushes and other related stuff. The whole exercise cost quite a bit, mostly because there was 13 hours of labour involved. The overall cost was $3176. How much have others been charged? I have a horrible suspicion that had we taken it to Kedron it would have been cheaper 😄
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    Lithium batteries

    I agree with John completely. Terry from T1Lithium at Mannum is wonderful. We put our system of 520 ah in our van, but on reflection 400 ah would be adequate. People come from all over Australia to see him. His phone is 0414 819 826 I have heard good things about iTech batteries but have no direct knowledge.
  13. Welcome Paul and Betty! The Kedron family is warm and friendly, and the vans are second to none. You are making a great decision to get a Kedron van. where do you live (just a general area, not the address)? There might be others nearby who can help guide any decisions.
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    Wrights Bay, SA

    Well, I am glad to see that you do 😀
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    Wrights Bay, SA

    I think Anthony was unsure if he had a working login.... And clearly he has!
  16. I am with Tony on the size of the inverter. The beauty of lithium is the ability to use an electric kettle or coffee machine etc. A 1000watt inverter will be very limiting. I love being able to use the electric items while off grid, all powered free by the sun.
  17. We are camping at a campground called Wrights Bay, between Kingston and Robe, South Australia. Right now we are camped with fellow Kedronners Anthony and Keera, who thought they would like to check the place out for a later informal gathering. A nice spot, it’s near the beach and has green grass! And lots in the region to see and do!
  18. Every now and then you find a nice camp. This one has loads of space and great views but absolutely no facilities. Right now we are camped here with only one other van, a motorhome. (I am told it gets busy on public holidays and long weekends...). Based on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, there is a lot of birdlife to see, and fisherpeople seem to come out ea day to try their luck. I think the only fish are carp. the nearest town is Milang, about 40 kms, or Goolwa which is the same distance. Anyway, you can see it is lovely.
  19. Thank you for this John and Jo! Always useful to have this information.
  20. We ARE interested! When you have time, whack it into a suitably padded box and mail it to us. I will PM you our email and contact details. This is very good timing.🤗
  21. Ha, you are right Tony, it is a first world problem for sure. And we will easily survive the loss of TV for a week. Mind you, where we are has ABC and that’s our go to channel anyway. Not sure about Penola, our next destination but I am sure it will be fine too.
  22. So sad. After quite a few years of solid service the sat TV set top box is broken. Sob. We are in Kingston SE, on the SA Limestone Coast and no one has a new one here (it’s a small town). So for this week’s trip we will have to either access whatever can be seen on local reception or do without. Ah well, we are only away for a week....
  23. oh we can organise something later on as well! Except we will be heading North I nearly May....
  24. I will be in touch with Tony separately. Coincidentally, I had been about to make a separate suggestion on this forum about such a gathering. The last time I asked (a few years ago now, admittedly) there was no interest. But I personally know four other Kedrons all near where I live in SA. It would be great to arrange a get together. Chris Vice President KOG and Moderator
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