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John and Jo

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  1. Hi Pete , we have, since this post started purchased a new 200 Sahara and had both GVM and the 4 t tow kit installed by Lovells and couldn’t be happier with the vehicle. Handles very well towing and on its own. No or little body roll is felt .We also have installed torque converter and a chip . Towing around 3.6 t we are getting around 19 lt per 100 sitting on 100 klm per hour. But around town 15 so not much different. That’s the only downside I recon . John
  2. HiPhil and Katirna , we installed: remap and torque converter and are very happy with both . The remap gives us a little more power and the torque converter makes towing our heavy Kedron Top Ender a breeze . Sure it was easy before in 2016 200 series but it now holds it in gear for longer periods plus a substantial fuel saving .Its now a much smoother ride . We also have the Lovells GVM and tow kit installed. Sure it’s all costly, but in our case the land cruiser is our about town vehicle as well and suits us very well .
  3. We recently purchased a Altech tv with built in vast system thinking that because it’s all in one must be better but very disappointed with the speakers . They sound very tinny . Our local techno is looking into trying to connect the tv to our speaker system in the ceiling. I’m also sorry now that I ditched the old Phonex tv fitted by the factory . Also waiting for any suggestions. John
  4. Hi Rob I had Terry I from mannum install our lithium system nearly 4 years ago . Great service and back up. Replaced 3x 120 with 600 amp . Looking back 400 would have been ample . Can’t help you with Itec world other than ,Go Lithium!!
  5. Just had some excellent service from two companies in Perth , both at the caravan park so mobile. 1: Terrsat Pty Ltd ( Mile) repaired our Auto sat which was not behaving as it should have, basically some worn parts after 10 years and serviced the motor like new now . 2 Nexus 1 Caravan Plumbing and gas (Steve ) repaired and serviced the Suburban Hot Water system . I can recommend both guys, both professionals in there field AND arrived at the caravan park on time . No connection to either just recommend them John
  6. We also had a Mchitch auto was happy with it when connected but all sorts of trouble when trying to hook up on a angle, which I need to do when parked at home . We invested in a Lovells tow kit upgrade and was forced to use the Hitch Easy and wow what a great bit of kit . Easy to use no problems at all when coming in on a angle. I am glad with the change over on our Topender .love the Hitch Easy.
  7. We had lunch at Malcolm dam and camped at Giles Breakaway on the ridge terrific views there . Second night at old Great central rd lookout, meet a dingo there . I was taking a photo and heard a growl turned around and he was 3 meters behind me. Third night Dingo camp( no dingos ) about 100 klm from the Olga’s. We camped for two nights at Morris Pass on the Mereenie loop . Another great site parked on the ridge. Took a bit to get the van in but it was worth it. Only trouble there is the toilet paper in the bush . People must think that it may grow!!!
  8. Just completed the Great Central road west to east . The road to Warburton wasn’t too bad at all but things deteriorated from then on . It was very rough both the WA and NT sections . The dust was horrendous as causing us some drama but we did enjoy the trip over thanks to the Kedron. We also traveled the Mereenie loop which was fantastic drive following the Ranges into Alice Springs. Damage: one caravan tyre demolished and a leaking gas pipe on the water heater. Both repaired now . We were planning to do the Tanami track but chickened our had enough dust for a while so doing the loop up to Katherine then head west to the coast .
  9. Thanks for your report and useful information. John
  10. Thanks Chris but we won’t be going on the Plenty . Planning Great Central from west , on to Palm Valley then the Tanami track to Halls Creek.
  11. Busy means revenue for the city can’t be a bad thing. We are heading that way mid August Great Central road west to the Rock plus Hermannsburg then Tanami track . Can’t wait .
  12. We have a diesel heater in our 2008 Top Ender with no fuel filter and have never had any problems. Not saying you shouldn’t have one , maybe we’ve been lucky? John
  13. Hi John , we own a Top Ender with upgraded ATM to 3990 kg towing with 200 series with Lovell’s 3850 and 4t towing upgrades. Our usual weight is around 3.4-5 sometimes a little more and found that with the Hitch easy Hitch the van tracks better with the distribution bars . Just feels safer . Regarding emptying the canister sometimes you just may have to dig a hole . We haven’t bothered with a grey water tank but if buying new it probably would be a good idea. kedron in my opinion build a great caravan which will take you where ever you may want to travel , they are well finished with many features and top quality extras . The best is though the after sales backup and service is second to none. The Kedron team will bend over backwards to help you . John
  14. Just missed you . Spent the last two nights at Coalseam and drove through Mingenew this morning.The wildflowers are prolific this year . I did see a Kedron camped at the Breakaway site last night when I was on the phone ( only can get reception there) went back this morning but they were gone . WA private plates . John
  15. Thanks Merv , whilst I am happy with that , makes me wonder though, if it’s deemed not to be safe As of June 1, why is our upgrade ok ? You would think that it would have to be for all vehicles if it’s not safe .Doesnt make sense to me . I am very happy with the upgrades.
  16. Been trying to decipher the discussions on the other forums. What about the second stage 4 tonne tow upgrade which we have , is this also as well as the GVM upgrade still legal ? Prior June 1 ?
  17. Thanks Tony I will check it all out . You are right plus I have had a claim with KT, no problems at all . Dont really want to leave them . Apologies to Di and Andy for hacking your thread . Hope that you get things sorted out soon. John
  18. Hi all Ken Tame ? Have been insured with them for some time now but received the renewal notice this week and thought I Better compare prices . RACWA and Apia are both $600 cheaper!! Seems like Ken is going to miss out .
  19. Had a disaster yesterday. We are in Bremer Bay WA setting up the awning then crash. The cast iron bracket holding the roll on to the arm/leg snapped off . Upon inspection it no wonder as the bracket isn’t that thick . The best part is that I got a local fix it all man to fabricate a stainless steel bracket. Now it’s probably stronger than the original and he was able to make and install it within 5 hours .Total cost $100 .00 The awning is an Aussie Traveler Sunbust Eclipse if you have one may pay to keep an eye on this bracket. It’s the front or left one, top bracket which fits over the leg /arm and is attached with a roller pin . John
  20. It’s maybe a good question if your attachment point on your vehicle are small then you may need to fit a set of hammer locks first then rated shackles. Our 200 series have rather large holes and I am using 3.2 t shackles. I believe that I need 4 t ones but hey enough is enough I recon.
  21. Thanks Tony that was funny but somewhere near the way things are heading. We would like to wish you and other Kedron owners a belated Merry Christmas and may we all have a great year ahead of us with many days spent in our wonderful caravans . This year we tried to concentrate on the real meaning of Christmas. We had a great Time at Church/dinner with all our children and grandkids/dinner with the brother and a family bbq at the beach . Need to diet now . Just as well the cricket is on, time to relax in front of the box . Greetings John and Jo
  22. Guess what . Finally got the ATM upgrade completed and approved this morning. Ended up purchasing the Bartlet system from Transparts in Qld . Mate ex body builder (trucks) did the weld for me . I am relieved it’s all over .Upgrade ATM to 3990 although we will always be lighter than this at least we are always legal . Thanks people for the advice and have great Christmas and a safe 2018
  23. Hi Paul and Belinda , we like Chris also had TI Lithium install our system. 600 amp with 580 w existing solar . Terry told us that while he installs a lot of 400amp systems he has had people coming back saying they wish they had another 200 so we bit the bullet and are very happy with the set up and happy with lots of power . Ok the cost was high but now long forgotten and have had great after sales service from Terry he knows his stuff . One thing we still need to buy is a portable solar panel . As Chris said these batteries can be drawn down to 15 percent causing no damage but you do need a good charging system including a dc to dc charger . As far as pricing goes every system will be different according to size, what you currently have and how much labor to install. John
  24. You are right Merv we stayed overnight some years ago it was terrific.Something we will never forget including meeting the owner of the operation who had been out remote fishing with his helicopter which he landed on a barge behind the houseboat.
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