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#26

Goldchaser1
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From: Kalgoorlie, WA
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08 May 2019 09:17 am

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Got the unit pretty well buttoned up now,had to make new lower shock mounts for these big konis but i think ya need good shocks on a single axle van thats probably 17-1900 loaded up,especially with a independent coil setup,changed the straps to,we have 6” extra downward travel now.
Both lithium packs i made a small ply box for,not real keen on them moving about at all,the boss made up canvas covers for the lounge seats that can be used as a double bed,no pic but geez she did a top job,hooked up a joolca we bought yesty and plumbing works and we have instant hot water,we’ll shower out of a bucket off the fire on longer trips though,think we’d just use to much with the gas unit.
We took it out last week for one night and all seems ok,bit more tinkering here an there but ready to roll,the awning poles are one piece and near 8ft,bloody ridiculous,adjustable alluminiuns have replaced them all.
Ran all the lights we wanted and fridge etc overnight and the batteries were reading 92% the next morning,theres just two new 130 panels on the roof,when the sun got to them it must of only been about 2hrs and they were at 100%,they charge so quick it just looks like we have power to burn at the moment,its wired to take our 120 fold outs also but i dont think we’ll even need them,pretty stoked with how its all come togethor,off today for 4 days in the hills......

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08 May 2019 09:49 am

Very impressive power bank GC, looking good now.


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#28

Goldchaser1
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08 May 2019 11:40 am

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cheers redfin,yeah the power system is lookin good at the moment but im keen to see how these batteries are goin in a few years,there balanced b4 they ship them and we havent set them up to balance charge in the van,ev works say its not an issue as long as there balanced b4 going into service,if need be ya could remove the straps and give them a seperate charge once a year if ya feel inclined.pic above first night out in it,alot of canvas if ya want to set it all up,weve thrown alot in the shed,we just wont use it,full walls etc for awnings both sides.....

ps: look at that sky,wa at its best!!! big_smile

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#29

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16 May 2019 07:08 pm

Had to fork out for a new fridge also,our waco 80 was just to wide for the slide,was gonna make a frame so it sits above but then the frame might have clearance issues on the support railes inside so got a evakool 89 ltr,dualzone,wanted to put an engel 80 in but the plugs are on the front of them now,just wouldnt work.
Fridge was factory direct,$999 plus $130 freight,they had 3 left,there discontinuing this big one,cheap but made in china for them,they said “made overseas”,have one of there old plastic fridges that must be 15-16 yrs old now now and runs like a champ,bit iffy on this one,they told me has a danfoss compressor so time will tell,lotsa room,like the 2 doors and not opening the freezer door to get to your other stuff.
Few little tweaks on camper but seems sorted now,did 4 nights in it last week,quite happy,boss is over the moon,loves her new little bush home.....
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#30

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18 May 2019 09:29 am

Hi goldchaser1, i have got a 65L glacier series,had it about two years,no problems with it, had the poop bounced out of it on bush tracks, still works a treat on fridge or freezer beer


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#31

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18 May 2019 04:30 pm

sand surfer wrote:

Hi goldchaser1, i have got a 65L glacier series,had it about two years,no problems with it, had the poop bounced out of it on bush tracks, still works a treat on fridge or freezer beer

Good news,thanks sandsurfer,since there discontinuing this big one i asked about parts in the future,they said no probs,looks to me like alot would interchange with the smaller ones anyway,control panel etc looks the same......

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#32

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08 June 2019 03:40 pm

Redfin wrote:

Very impressive power bank GC, looking good now.

had a bit of dust coming in around the second battery bank,had to pull the batt covers off to make the job easier,just a seam never sealed properly from the factory,no biggy....
then noticed the circuit breaker for that second bank was never flicked on,yeah lol,we have a bit more power now..... argh

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#33

shakergt
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08 June 2019 05:32 pm

Great camper goldchaser. How are you finding the joolca? I have one my self and it's brilliant except in very windy conditions I have found that it needs to be really sheltered well as it blows out.

#34

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09 June 2019 11:42 am

shakergt wrote:

Great camper goldchaser. How are you finding the joolca? I have one my self and it's brilliant except in very windy conditions I have found that it needs to be really sheltered well as it blows out.

Cheers shaker,yeah its not to upmarket inside,no white gloss interior etc which we prefer,fairly basic but practicle really,not to big and could allmost go anywhere,keeping the rust out of a few panels looks like the main concerns long term.
The joolca worked well few times weve used it,wasnt windy though,i read a few reviews stating what your saying,put the flow on low and flame up near full and it worked pretty good,off to the pilbara for 6 weeks soon so it’ll be back to the bucket on the fire and the little 12 volt shower though,wed use to much water with the joolca,want to try and get 2 weeks out of our tanks.Rest of the year we can use it,4-5 day trips we have water to burn.....

#35

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09 June 2019 12:15 pm

It looks a good setup. Just curious, how long does it take you to set up once you pull up for night. Just wondering as if you pull up and then pack up next morning to keep moving what time involved.
The makers may have to chat to you to improve there setup as you have done a lot of changes since you purchased the unit.
But I suppose, horses for courses too. Enjoy your camp out.

#36

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09 June 2019 12:27 pm

Good luck on your trip Dave. Hope you and the miss find heaps. thumbsup


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#37

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09 June 2019 12:47 pm

travelergold wrote:

It looks a good setup. Just curious, how long does it take you to set up once you pull up for night. Just wondering as if you pull up and then pack up next morning to keep moving what time involved.
The makers may have to chat to you to improve there setup as you have done a lot of changes since you purchased the unit.
But I suppose, horses for courses too. Enjoy your camp out.

Hey wally,on the road we’ll set the lounge area up as a double bed,so stop and open door up more or less,dont even need to open the roof,the front fold out bed is only 2 latches and a cuppla spring steel poles then the fly if ya need it but access to that is through the roof window,so roof up,and the front bed mattresses cant stay on the bed when its up also,see a pic of where our front bed mattresses are stored and a couple of the lounge area converted to the bed i got off the net,not up tibooburra yet mate?
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#38

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09 June 2019 12:51 pm

madtuna wrote:

Good luck on your trip Dave. Hope you and the miss find heaps. thumbsup

cheers steve,heres hoping,bloody freezing down here lookin foward to pilbara weather....

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#39

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16 June 2019 06:35 pm

Just made some diy rocktamers up to try an control the sandblasting on the camper,they remove in about 10 seconds,made a bracket for the towbar and had some rhs here,flaps are on 20mm rhs,slides into 25mm on the mount,2 pins hold em in place,cheaper then the $300 rocktamers but i might redo them over summer,i think i can get another flap to the inside for a bit more protection,i’ll see how these go.....
had all the materials here,besides the pins,cost bugger all.....
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16 June 2019 07:28 pm

Looking good Dave. thumbsup Yes I agree with your thoughts about another one on the inside. That's why I went for the one all the way across.
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Cheers

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#41

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16 June 2019 08:10 pm

Rockhunter62 wrote:

Looking good Dave. thumbsup Yes I agree with your thoughts about another one on the inside. That's why I went for the one all the way across.
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Cheers

Doug

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yeah roger doug,that looks better,are they bolt on?
i like the idea of quick removal

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16 June 2019 08:39 pm

There is an 8mm hole on each endcap of the towbar frame. I have a long shank bolt fixed to the mudflap frame on the LHS that just sits in the towbar frame hole and the RHS long shank bolt is the one that I just undo to take the whole thing off. 30 second job to either put it on or take it off. thumbsup

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Cheers

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#43

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27 June 2019 09:00 pm

How goes the 490 out in the field m8?


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#44

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02 July 2019 06:08 pm

Redfin wrote:

How goes the 490 out in the field m8?

Yeah good redfin,just did a week out in the pilbara,,its goin ok,another tank would be good,135 is not alot if ya need to go a cuppla weeks,reckon 200-250 all up( tank under car to) is more like it.
We carted 3-25ltr drums along to.
Towing real good on the dirt roads and tracks,genny hasn’t been started,vans charging everything and fridge-freezers using a bit of power,new seals and the pressure fan on no dust inside at all,few more tweaks here and there but pretty happy with it....

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02 July 2019 06:36 pm

Excellent ?


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#46

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02 July 2019 07:02 pm

Well redfin we like it but if i was to buy new which is big $$$ id prob shop about a bit,so many out there like the lifestyles etc or complete campsites,i think a few have better options,its a good tough simple unit but ya still gotta cook and shower outside,dont think id spend $75-90 for a new 490,not enough on offer for the $$$ i reckon,shite loads of storage though,man i got a mini bar!!! big_smile
There about to release some new ones (conqueror) and i was talking to a mate the other day and jayco have a cuppla new ones along these lines to he said,i’ll find the link to the new conquerors....

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#47

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03 July 2019 09:12 pm

Very valid point regarding what they and others believe a tent on wheels is worth awful
Do as you have done which is purchased at right price and improve on the weak points thumbsup
Result is good set up without having to sell your first born sad

#48

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04 July 2019 10:24 am

Dog Ranger wrote:

Very valid point regarding what they and others believe a tent on wheels is worth awful
Do as you have done which is purchased at right price and improve on the weak points thumbsup
Result is good set up without having to sell your first born sad

Yeah DR there is options about for good offroad units without breakin the bank really,used and a bit of work to get it sorted is a good way to go,some will be 4-5 yrs old and have sat in a city shed still as new if ya shop about,when we grabbed ours i wasnt over the moon with the condition but they dont pop up in wa for a good price that often,i was peed off though,an imaculant one did come up in perth 3 days after we bought ours for a cuppla thou cheaper,it was as new,typical....
These new jayco’s i reckon look ok if they hold togethor on outback roads,$36k new,half of what alot of these hybrid units are new,gotta be worth a look......

https://www.jayco.com.au/promo/crosstrak

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04 July 2019 11:30 am

Regards Jayco
Recently looked at their new model 10 ft toy Hauler
Well looked until I found out it only has slipper suspension under it yikes
Rang a dealer to confirm and he said he wouldn't even sell one to me as they are weak as pxxx awful

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04 July 2019 10:37 pm

Goldchaser1 wrote:

Had to fork out for a new fridge also,our waco 80 was just to wide for the slide,was gonna make a frame so it sits above but then the frame might have clearance issues on the support railes inside so got a evakool 89 ltr,dualzone,wanted to put an engel 80 in but the plugs are on the front of them now,just wouldnt work.
Fridge was factory direct,$999 plus $130 freight,they had 3 left,there discontinuing this big one,cheap but made in china for them,they said “made overseas”,have one of there old plastic fridges that must be 15-16 yrs old now now and runs like a champ,bit iffy on this one,they told me has a danfoss compressor so time will tell,lotsa room,like the 2 doors and not opening the freezer door to get to your other stuff.
Few little tweaks on camper but seems sorted now,did 4 nights in it last week,quite happy,boss is over the moon,loves her new little bush home.....
https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … 8d4f1f.jpg
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Don't worry about the Danfos / Secop Compressors because they are the best in the business and have been making them since 1951, The BD model compressors found in all Danfos powered 4x4 fridges have been in production since 1977, In 1989 that had made over 100 Million and in 1997 they had made over 150,000,000 and by 2001 they had made over 200,000,000. So you have a hellava Fridge there,

https://www.secop.com/about-us/history/

Good luck well done on the nice work.

J.

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