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  1. Not that it really gets that cold for that long in Oz, I add about half litre of kerosene to the heater fuel tank....when I think about it. The additive (kero) it is claimed stops the diesel fuel from ‘waxing’ up which would stop the correct operation of the heater. The kero also supposedly breaks down any condensation & any other nasties the tank. The MOST important thing to remember for correct operation of your heater is replacement of the fuel filter ($5 @ Repco/Supercheap) every 12 months regardless of use! Cheers Tony
  2. Hi Bruce, Just had a look at the website....this looks like a top bit of gear. Just spoke to Ryan @ Lyons Air-conditioning in Perth he tells me that Caravan HQ have a van at the Brisbane Caravan Show with one of these units fitted, might have to go to the show now to have a look. Thanks for the tip on this product.......not that my Kedron leaks dust! Tony
  3. Here you go......dont know anything about this actual product, but if Merv uses them I would think he has done some research! https://itechworld.com.au/collections/lithium-batteries
  4. Hi Rod, I like Peter's thinking above......although somewhat expensive (guessing not much change out of 10k)....ALL comes down to how often you use the van and your style of camping. Your van you say is 5 years old, if you are still on your original AGM's (not jinxing you) will be due for replacement 'soonish'. So Peters option above could be considered..... My thoughts are you cannot have enough solar on the roof, in the last 5 years there has been great advancement in panel design & manufacture. Your van probably/possibly has Polycrystalline panels, .....(newer) Monocrystalline panels are slightly more efficient and compatible with the 'polys'. If you are serious about increasing your solar capacity, can I respectively suggest you do some further research on quality panels. (you don't have to replace the existing panels) Not knowing.... your capabilities & resources, panel installation is not that difficult. I have found that Springers Solar to be very good @ Lawnton 07 3889 8898 speak to Matt or Eddie both guru's and won't give you a bum steer!
  5. Ha ha .....an oldie but a good one!
  6. TonyH

    Tow vehicle

    Hi Paul, After owning Toyota's for 26 years, the last three Toyotas were 200 series diesels.......I decided to go to the 'dark side' and purchase 2016 GMC Sierra (from Performax). My ATV just getting heavier, having a bride that wants to carry more & more, I knew even without weighing the combination, I was overweight. The Toyota is/was a fantastic tug and reasonable on fuel consumption as you'd be aware, the only negatives are quick/emergency stops with a fully loaded van wondering if your going to stop. I did not go with a GVM upgrade, but being a mechanic and service my own vehicles I did carry out a brake 'upgrade' slotted, dimpled rotors & performance/heavy duty pads......this did improve braking......at one stage I was considering fitting Tundra calipers front and rear but the cost was prohibitive. The time had come to upgrade..... After driving the F truck, RAM & Chev/GMC I decided on the GMC. I believe I have made the correct choice, fuel consumption (towing) is less than the Toyota (towing).The GMC is my daily drive, yes you have to be aware of its physical size but it doesn't take long to get the feel for its size and it constantly amazes my passengers where I can park/put it. I do miss some of the Toyota creature comforts......keyless entry, rain sensing wipers,Toyotas superior A/cond (Chev/GMG don't have air outlets for the rear passengers) When towing, that is when the American trucks 'shine' seemingly endless torque & KW's to spare, when in 'tow haul' mode the effect of the exhaust brakes is nothing short of mindblowing .....you have total control of the rig. Parts & accessories are readily available from an seemingly endless number of suppliers in the US, (freight can be costly though) delivery of ordered parts depending on freight option is about a week. Fast moving parts for vehicles are (my experience) are easily sourced here in Oz. Am I happy that I went to the dark side......YES! Travel safe PM me if you'd like to have a yarn
  7. Hi David, Welcome to the group! I do believe that the 'only show' that Kedron attend regularly is the Brisbane Caravan & Camping show https://www.caravanqld.com.au/queensland-caravan-shows/ (every June) although they did attend Aquip @ Gunnedah last year and the Country Music Awards in Tamworth, both in conjunction with Toyota. A quick phone call to Leisa @ the Kedron 'Factory' 07 38813383, and your questions will be answered. Travel safe.
  8. Yes, we arrived home a few days ago,.......just about finished unpacking.
  9. Very nice tidy unit.....fingers crossed for a quick sale
  10. G'day Bryan, A good place for all the required bits & pieces is Couplemate in Brisbane. www.couplemate.com.au
  11. Hi Macca, Hi tensile/high sheer load chain used in a GVM upgrade CANNOT be welded as it weakens/lowers the chains ratings. The chain on your van is probably welded on your draw bar (as was mine). The std welded chain is only good enough up to 3500kg's. Have a read of the post 'GVM upgrades' on this forum.
  12. Hi Rod, Until recently we lived in 'The Hunter', but alas I cant suggest a suitable 'repairer' for your Victron. Bearing in mind the cost of labour, transport to and from the repairer and the overall cost of a new charger........it may be more economical to purchase a new charger. My original charger was a Victron 12v/40amp unit......it went 'to god' after about four years. I now have an Enerdrive 12v/60amp charger and I couldn't be more happy with its performance, being able to 'pump out' 60amps instead of 40amps it charges a lot quicker and when occasionally the (unit) cooling fan comes on it is SO much quieter than the previous unit! Don't know if your aware, but Kedron are using Enerdrive charging equipment exclusively on their new vans. http://www.enerdrive.com.au/products/ https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_osacat=0&_odkw=enerdrive+battery+charger&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=enerdrive+battery+charger+60amp&_sacat=0 Hope this helps Cheers
  13. For those who own a late model 2.2 Honda generator this may be of interest........... (thanking Ann Lynch) https://powerequipment.honda.com/support/recalls-and-updates?fbclid=IwAR37YwC7CHId7ERW3NKruWz_Yr1wtRdlpnZMSvbTXF1TqnBoj_U-xyH6RbM
  14. ** Be aware ** We ordered a Chinese takeaway from a local place (I won't name them) just been to pick it up and as I was driving home, I heard the bags rustling and moving!!WTF??!!! I thought what the hell is that. Has something got in the bag, I thought I could see a little pair of eyes peering out at me. I was driving so I leaned forward, picked up the bag, put it on the passenger seat and there it was again, more rustling and little eyes looking out behind the prawn crackers, I thought its got to be a rat or a mouse or something, so I carefully pulled the bag down ... And there it was ... ... A Peeking Duck!!!
  15. You may remember at our last AGM we made a donation to Jandowae Lions Club’s Drought Appeal. Please see attached photo, it is a letter of appreciation to Norma Curd (Lions Club President) from a local recipient of monies donated. Great work guys!
  16. NOTE & SAVE THESE DATES!! 2019 Christmas Gathering & AGM November 7th - 10th November 2019 Will be held again at Kilkivan Bush and Caravan Park, Rossmore Rd Kilkivan. Last year we had fourty two vans attend with over a hundred people attending this great event, why can’t it be bigger this year? Save the dates in your diary’s or calendars. More info coming in a couple of months, registrations will open about July. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  17. Hi Bryan, I ended up ordering a set of Bilstein 5100 series front and rear from The Dmax store www.dmaxstore.com Very quick delivery and easy to deal with ......AND they work well!
  18. TonyH


    Hi Annie & I would like to wish you all the safest and happiest Christmas. May the New Year bring you puncture free miles & miles of smiles. Stay safe✅✅
  19. Looks like a top spot.....one for the list.
  20. Thank you all, We (the committee) did work hard for you the members for this years AGM and Christmas gathering, we would like to say thank you all for your very kind words of appreciation and encouragement. I believe the gathering was the success it was because of the great attendance, great attitude of attendees, great presenters, great venue and of course the great hosts. I would also like to thank again...... Sandra & Clive also Nev & Penny for their assistance and enthusiasm! Now.......all we have to do is make next years BIGGER! Cheers Tony PS Ideas please on presenters you’d like to hear from......first thought Telstra (remote communications) more suggestions please.........
  21. TonyH

    Member stopovers

    Hi Steve, Great idea, I have just passed the baton to Webmistress Karen and she is running with it.......consider it done Thanks for the input Tony
  22. Hi all, There was discussion at the AGM about the member stopover ‘thread’ on this site. It is located in the financial members section under Trip Reports ......near the bottom of the second page. Looks like some time since it has been updated......so check in adavance, re availability Travel safe Tony
  23. Guaranteed ..........political promise free!
  24. No longer available.....gone to a ‘good home’ Hi, Due to recent upgrade of original toilet I have for sale a Thetford C200 cassette (green with yellow cap & button....for ID purposes) Recently had a new blade seal fitted.....would make a great spare unit. New replacement unit $200 $50 plus postage. We are leaving here (home) on the 14th Nov for 4 months.....would like it gone by then, or you will have to wait for our return March/April.
  25. TonyH

    Toilet upgrade

    Hi, and thanks for the link....will check it out!
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