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  1. Thanks Rick, I should have done that in the first place. Would have saved a lot of running around. They seem to have a much better spare parts division than they use to. On previous occasions they did no have much in the line of spares but now they do. After one phone call the parts I needed were mailed the next day. Thanks Kedron John
  2. I've bought a Kedron XC new in 2006 and have travelled many a rough road and finally I have struck a problem with the front of a few drawers. It seems the connectors holding the front of the drawer to the sides has broken. I've tried to find a cabinet maker in the Redcliffe area who might stock these fittings but to no avail. There are literally dozens of types of these fittings. Has anyone had a similar problem and were you successful in finding the right part? John and Sandra
  3. G'day Everybody, We plan to travel the Gibb River Road around the end of July this year. We will leave Brisbane around mid March, spend a little time around Limmen Nat Park and Lorella Springs before going direct to Kunnanurra. After a brief restock we will take a few weeks to cross the Gibb to Broome. We did the trip a few years ago and loved it. This time we will take a few diversions to Mornington Bird Sanctuary and to the Mitchell Falls. We will probably leave our van at Drysdale Station and tent it to the Mitchell. From there it will be down the west coast of WA for a few weeks before tuning back east to take on the Central Hwy to Uluru and the Alice. (Either that or cross the Nullabor again) From there it will either be a detour around Lake Eyre and up the Birdsville Track or Maybe the Strezleki Track then back home to Brissy at about the end of October. Any suggestions on places to see and things to do on this trip wold be greatly appreciated. John and Sandra
  4. We also plan to travel the Gibb River around the end of July, beginning of August this year. Might see you on the road John and Sandra
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    Reece, We had the same problem and installed a new pump as Neville did, but had a similar problem with the new one after a few months. The problem is that if you don't use the toilet for a few weeks the impellor binds or seizes up. The solution is to take the pump out by unscrewing the one screw that holds it in position. This can be a bit tricky. There is enough electric flex to take it right out without cutting it,then get a tooth pick or better still a metal skewer and try turning the impeller on the underneath side of the pump until it moves freely then test it by pushing the button. It should work again. There is usually no need to get a new pump you just have to free up the impellor. Try to push the button every few weeks to run the pump for a few seconds and hopefully it wont seize up again. Otherwise you will have to repeat the process of freeing up the impellor every time you use it after a long period of non-use John
  6. We have just arrived back from our long anticipated trip up to the Cape. The road was better than I expected in parts (including some stretches of bitumen) but We were appalled at the actions of some of the cowboy drivers who overtook us at speeds well in excess of 100 kph at times. Most of these thoughtless drivers were young-uns towing their fold out camper-trailers who are so impatient to get where their going that they don't give a thought for anyone else. There were a few fatalaties on the road in the time we were there and we witnessed the aftermath of a few roll-overs on the track. On a happier note, our Kedron X-Country performed beautifully with very little troubles and nary a screw loose (except for the water filter which fell off. I don't know how I amm goint to replace it without removing the sink to get in behind it. Any suggestions?) For anyone planning this trip, I can highly recommed a visit to the "Out of the Blue" cafe at Portland Road (close to Chilli Beach for the best fish and chips you are likely to get anywhere in Australia, nay in the World. Absolutely beautiful. We are now eagerly planning our next venture to Tasmania in February of next year. Since we had such good advice from members on our Cape York venture I am again seeking advice as to the best camping spots and places to visit in the Apple Isle. I am a bit concerned in taking the van to some of the camp sites mentioned in Camps Australia Book Also the cost of getting the truck, the van and ourselves across Bass Strait on the Ferry is turning out to be hellishly expensive - over $1600, that I am considering buying a small Kombi campervan for this trip thinking that I might save a fair bit on fares and fuel to pay for half of it. Any thoughts? All suggetsions would be greatly appreciated. Happy traveling, John and Sandra
  7. Help. All packed up and ready to go and when I turned the vitrifrigo fridge on it wouldn't cool down and the on/off switch wouldn't work and the fridge remained on and running but not cooling even in the OFF position. I checked it only a few weeks ago and it was working fine then. Now it seems to have packed it in' Any suggestions on what the problem mught be and how to fix it. Does anybody know a reliable fridge electrician in the North Brisbane area I can call for help Fieldsie
  8. Hi Col, Got your report and have read it through. It will be very useful when planning our trip. We do NOT intend to tow our van on the coastal track to Bloomfield. I have driven this road before and I agree with your assessment. Too narrow and steep in parts to row any sort of van. I hope it will stop raining up there eventually so the grader can do the roads before we leave. still a few months away yet so all might be fine. Thanks for your info. John and Sandra
  9. Hi Colin, Thanks for replying. I would much appreciate to read your reports on the Cape York trip. We are reassured by many that there shouldn't be any problems taking our van up to the top of the Cape, providing the rain stops and the graders get out to grade the track, hopefully before we leave in June. You can email your reports to my email address at johnfield54@hotmail.com if you like. I look forward to reading them John and Sandra
  10. We are presently planning a trip to Cape York in July/August of this year and would be very interested in hearing from others that have done a similar trip. We are wondering if it is feasable to tow our 16 ft 2006 X-country all the way to Bamaga along the development road. The van has a similar configuration and suspension to new ATVs. We were also wondering if it is possible to take this rig along some of the off-roads to some of the National Parks such as Iron Range and Mungkan-Kaanju. What other places would members recommend as "must see" places on the Cape, as well as suitable camp sites for over-night stops or a few days. Would appreciate any advice that would be forth coming from all members. I inadvertantly placed my last forum in the wrong area. Thanks to Sue for finding it and replying. John and Sandra
  11. We are presently planning a trip to Cape York in July/August of this year and would be very interested in hearing from others that have done a similar trip. We are wondering if it is feasable to tow our 16 ft 2006 X-country all the way to Bamaga along the development road. The van has a similar configuration and suspension to new ATVs. We were also wondering if it is possible to take this rig along some of the off-roads to some of the National Parks such as Iron Range and Mungkan-Kaanju. What other places would members recommend as "must see" places on the Cape, as well as suitable camp sites for over-night stops or a few days. Would appreciate any advice that would be forth coming from all members. John and Sandra
  12. High Gorgon and Chris, We did a similar trip (form Brisbane to Birdsville, down the Birdsville Track, out to Lake Eyre back up the Strezeleki Track ti Innaminka and back home) two years ago. Stupidly I thought that higher tyre pressures (40 psi) would be better but I soon found out that this was the wrong thing to do. I split a tyre on the gravel surface before we even reached Birdsville. When I got it repaired at Birdsville, the mechanic there told me to run them at 28psi and I never had another problem for the next 3500 km Be prepared to get underneath of the drawbar and chassis of your van sand peppered with stones though. It sandblasted all the gajvanizung off the drawbar. Hope this helps, Fieldsie :thumbsup:
  13. Hello Evan, We pull a 16 foot Kedron XC wieghing in at a touch over two tonne empty and about 2 1/2 tonne loaded with our 2005 Nissan 4.2 turbo diesel ute. This is the maximum allowed for this model and we have no problems towing it. We cruise at around 90 to 100 kph on the highway in 5th gear ok but need to go through the gears when going up a long climb. We can usually traverse Cunninghams Gap in second gear. You will need to use a weight distribution hitch to keep the draw bar of the van level with the back of the ute and it feels stable behind the vehicle. We have had no modifications done to the vehicle and the fuel economy is around 5 1/2 kms to the litre, compared to about 8 km to the litre not towing. I travelled with this rig to Birdsville. down the Birdsville Track and back along the Strezeleki track with out any major incidents. The Vehicle tends to hop a little bit in 4WD though but this might be a tyre inflation problem. Hope this informartion is of some assistance, Fieldsie :thumbsup:
  14. Thanks for your adviceNorm. I decided to buy one. It works great. Fieldsie
  15. Thanks for the recommendation Norm. I decided to buy one and I must say it works perfectly well. Makes it a lot easier to put the motor in to the back of the ute. Fieldsie :thumbsup:
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