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CHOOSING THE RIGHT POWER INVERTER March 18, 2021 - A MAINS POWER INVERTER ALLOWS YOU TO RUN YOUR 240V APPLIANCES FROM YOUR BATTERY BANK. WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT INVERTER. WHAT IS A POWER INVERTER, AND WHY DO YOU NEED ONE? A power inverter takes the 12V or 24V direct current (DC) power from your battery bank, and converts it to […]
Portable Refrigerators – Power Consumption March 11, 2021 - Portable Refrigerators – Power Consumption Over the past few years there have been some tremendous advances in 12/24 Volt fridge technology. This primer gives you some information on their power consumption and other issues. If you want a fridge to take camping or go Grey Nomad-ing or whatever, you really should buy something specifically designed […]
Solar Charge Controllers March 10, 2021 - WHAT IS A SOLAR CHARGE CONTROLLER, AND WHY DO YOU NEED ONE? IT’S THE CONTROLLER BETWEEN A YOUR SOLAR PANEL AND YOUR BATTERY (OR BATTERIES) The sun’s intensity varies throughout the day, the season, and of course with the weather. So the output from your solar panel isn’t constant either. The voltage from an average […]
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 […]