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  1. While we still have some caravanning days in us we have decided to sell our beloved, comfortable and faithful ATV and have purchased a 2014 XC3. While it is not a massive difference in age, the criteria that a replacement van had to be a Kedron has been satisfied. When we unpacked the ATV we were amazed how much "stuff" we had been carting around, and for much of that "stuff" the travelling days are over. Here is the link for the ad. 2006 Kedron ATV-SSE-AD-6903532 - caravancampingsales.com.au Bas
  2. If you are still looking for an 18 footer we have just listed our ATV for sale. Here is the link 2006 Kedron ATV-SSE-AD-6903532 - caravancampingsales.com.au
  3. Hi Number one is the additional fuel filter as a pre-filter to get rid of the nasties before they get to the main filter. Apparently some additional filters are fitted after the main filter but there seems to be no logic in that. As the XC5 is lighter in weight than some other models other mods might be an overkill. Perhaps wait and see how it feels with the van in tow. Cheers Bas
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    Lay up cover

    If you are with KTA through CMCA, layup cover is not available. The answer was KTA provides cover for vans on the move!!! Bas
  5. Hi Chris and Tony We have had an Altech for possibly 6 years without a problem. We are currently at Maroochydore (working our way slowly to Kilkivan) and by coincidence took a drive today to SatPlus at Noosaville where we bought one of its folding fibreglass dishes sometime back, and a satellite locator a few months back, both to replace fairly basic items. Today's purchase was the latest model Altech, only as it has a twin tuner, not because of a problem with the existing one. While there I talked to John the owner about problems with Altechs and he acknowledged early ones had a f
  6. Our van was fitted with a DO35 about 7 years ago and still going strong. Newer models have had a few changes over the years but the important basics are still there.
  7. Hi Merv When at Cruisemaster/Vehicle Components a little time back, Keiran the service manager noticed that the brake safe cable attachment on my Cruiser is quite independent of the towbar, and he remarked that he rarely sees that. If the towbar goes, so does the cable. I have a stainless steel cable which runs in between the towbar and the bumper bar and attaches on to the vehicle chassis. The other end has a loop which attaches to the brake safe cable with a small D shackle. Cheers Bas
  8. Hi Chris, I just spoke to Gemma regarding payment for my order and she advised that they have only received about one third of the orders required to justify another production run. Therefore whoever needs new covers, please order asap. Best regards Barry
  9. A truckie walks into an outback cafe with a full-grown emu behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The truckie says, 'A hamburger, chips and a coke,' and turns to the emu, 'What's yours?' - 'Sounds great, the same,' says the emu. A short time later the waitress returns with the order 'That will be $9.40 please,' and he reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change and pays. The next day, the man and the emu come again and he says, 'A burger, chips and a coke.' - 'Sounds great, I'll have the same,' says the emu. Again the truckie reaches into his pocket and pays with exact
  10. Hi Kym We initially purchased a very basic and cheap dish and I regretted it every time we set up as it was difficult to get a good fix on a satellite and it was bulky. It was a relief when the pivot point between the dish and the frame broke and although it could have been repaired, we decided not to. We were in SA on our way East to Vic and some research on line found an Optima T2 which is made by Satplus at Noosaville (find it on Google). However, we purchased it in Edithvale in Vic which was close to friends who we were going to stay with. The dish is made of fibreglass, and hing
  11. I received this from a friend. The ***SUMMARY FROM MYSELF*** is apparently from a person at Lovells. Cheers, Bas ***STATEMENT FROM LOVELLS AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS 22/08/2018 8:43AM*** On the 21st August 2018, the QLD Government over turned QLD TMR’s decision to release new vehicle modification codes (LS11 and LS15), which were due for release to the industry on the 4th September 2018. Changes in these Modification codes included the banning of Towing Capacity Upgrades on in-service vehicles, banning of axle capacity increases on in-service vehicles, banning of GVM Upgra
  12. Hi Liz and Graham The CP3 appeared to have a rear door. Cheers Bas
  13. Hi Tony I started with ATZs and the almost identical tyre is now known as All Terrain Deegan 38. Deegan is/was an off-road racer who used MT tyres. The Cruiser has ATZs on the front and 38s on the rear, all with similar mileage/wear of course, and the ATV has ATZs all round. I have heard the claim about MTs and Coopers and it appears MT is one of the Cooper Tyre company's many brands. Bas
  14. What about Mickey Thompsons? Have been using them for 10 years, had good mileage, the ones I have used are quiet, good in the wet and readily available. Bas
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    Van Service

    Melbourne Trailers at Chelsea Heights is the Australian Dexter agents and are recommended. Bas
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    Water issue

    As well as the latches, it could be the seal on the boot doors, and there is a small drain hole in the bottom edge of each door. I replaced the seals with a better product than the original (Bunnings has a huge range), put a small piece of fine plastic pipe into the holes (don't push in far), and at Kedron's suggestion, filled the gaps around the latches with a heavy grease. I used wheel bearing grease as it has a high melting point. It ain't pretty but it works! Bas
  17. Hi Mike Tony nailed it pretty well. While at Elliott Heads a few years ago we had a/c problems and the fellow from Bundy that came out to resolve the problem, used a sheet of thick ply to spread his weight while removing the a/c cover and working on the unit. I have since used a sheet of ply when necessary to get on top of the van. Bas
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    Karen The IE/Chrome thing is something which I experience from time to time. I will have been using IE for years and then for no obvious reason it will not open a certain site. Regards Barry
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    Get 'F'

    I made 6 but not sure that the genius bit is appropriate.
  20. "That there is little fan noise and it comes on only momentarily"......... is almost enough motivation alone to changeover.
  21. Chris, I agree it is unlikely the gas level as the Fridge Whisperer checked our gas level when he replaced our fan and thermostat. The fridge had to be removed from the cavity it sits in (he needed assistance from me to do this) but fortunately the work could be carried out in the van. When the fridge was reinstalled, he needed to check how well it was cooling for a few hours so we went for a drive and a bite to eat. I will be interested to hear what the diagnosis is with your fridge. Barry
  22. Came across this recently, and it could be of interest to some. Although the test was conducted in Sth Africa, diesel with 10 ppm Sulphur was used, and that is now the standard there, as it is in many parts of the world. Cheers Bas www.fuelexpert.co.za/2-stroke-oil-in-diesel-technical-study.php
  23. Several years ago, our fan stopped working although the fridge worked but not as well. We took the van to the Fridge Whisperer at Caboolture and the fan was replaced as an internal wire had corroded. The thermostat was also replaced. The fan runs almost continuously now even when it is cold weather although not sure if the compressor does also. Have spoken to the FW about it and he is puzzled why it is the case. The fridge performs very well so have adopted the policy of "don't trouble trouble til trouble troubles you"!! Bas
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    Hi I use Castrol LMM which is Molybdenum Disulphide. It must be good because it sticks to your hands really well. On rough dirt roads, I grease the suspension at least as frequently as 2000 kms. That may seem an overkill to some but not according to Vehicle Components. Bas
  25. However, not all vans are equipped with a service door for the fridge. They only have a vent and there would be no benefit in removing it.
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