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3 different batteries in front of a caravan Battery Banks February 4, 2021 - HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT A BATTERY BANK? A GUIDE ON WHERE TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE POWER BATTERIES As we all know, all car type batteries are heavy. After all, they have lead in them, right? Too, too right. And the better quality ones are even heavier because they have even more […]
Mechanic placing battery into car Deep Cycle – What It Means February 4, 2021 - DEEP CYCLE – WHAT IT MEANS When you own and drive a car, 4WD, truck, etc, you hardly think about the battery that starts the motor. This is because the automotive engineers who designed the engine have made the autoelectrics, motor and battery system very, very reliable. As a result you hit the ignition system, […]
Person applying a gauze bandage to another person Talking First Aid February 2, 2021 - THIS IS A LIST OF FIRST-AID ITEMS THAT YOU SHOULD CARRY AS A MINIMUM You must take into account: 1. How long you will be on the road 2. Where you are travelling, i.e. Mainly Outback or mainly Coastal 3. Do you, your partner or dependants have special needs? Generally the older you are the […]
Person holding radio UHF CB Radios February 2, 2021 - CHANNELS EXPLAINED When you are on the road, having a chat with a fellow traveller can add a pleasurable dimension to your trip. You can also find out interesting things about where you are travelling towards (from people who are travelling in the opposite direction to you.) You can also use it to call for […]
4WD drive rear wheel covered in mud Bearing Replacement February 2, 2021 - READ THIS IF YOU’RE CHANGING YOUR OWN BEARINGS… Firstly, when replacing bearings, replace the whole lot, not just the obvious crook bearing or seal. Do both sides as well, even though only one side might be noisy. Before tightening off the axle nut, make certain that you cover the whole assembly with good quality bearing […]
4WD on dirt track Too Much Weight February 2, 2021 - THE DANGERS INVOLVED… When you drive into Birdsville from the south, one of the first things you will see is Peter Barnes’ mechanical workshop on the left. Peter is a busy fellow. You will probably find him on his back fixing a 4WD’s suspension. Most of the time it’s broken leaf springs or shackles, airbags […]
How to Tie a Bowline December 1, 2020 - KNOW IT WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED! Whether you are a mountaineer, boatie or 4WD enthusiast, the Bowline is the best thing you can put on the end of a rope. It has tremendous holding power and will not unravel. The sketches here show you how to make one. Practice until you can do it in […]
Navigation Lights December 1, 2020 - A GUIDE TO NAVIGATION LIGHTS • All Round White Light: A white light showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 360°. • Masthead Light: A white light placed over the fore and aft centreline of a vessel, showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 225° and fixed […]
CREWFIT® 165 SPORT PFD December 1, 2020 - CREWFIT® 165 SPORT PFD The Crewfit® 165 Sport is just one of a terrific range of PFD’s from Crewsaver® who are recognised as a world leading designer and manufacturer of lifejackets and sailing equipment. Expert designers work closely with experienced lifeboat crews and elite racers to refine every aspect of the lifejackets’ design and construction, […]
Measuring Your Boat December 1, 2020 - HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BOAT FOR A BIMINI TOP All that is necessary to determine which size top to order is choosing the length, height and width that best accommodate your boat and your requirements. The height and length determines how much shade your Bimini top will provide. Consider the coverage area when the top […]