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Tvan Tvan / Re: ARB vs Evakool fridge
« on: September 08, 2019, 08:27:16 AM »
I love my EvaKool.

Electrical and Wiring / Re: Solar Panels
« on: August 20, 2019, 09:04:12 PM »
I'm not sure bout the Mk 3 but if the Tvan has only one controller, it would be the 240v charger for when you plug in to power. If it had a solar panel on the roof, it would have a separate solar controller and therefore you can't add another controller in to the system and the panels should be connected direct. In that case you should see a second controller on the panel.

Tvan Tvan / Re: Mk IV Spare wheel mount
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:29:05 PM »
second pic

Tvan Tvan / Re: Mk IV Spare wheel mount
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:28:35 PM »
Long part of the strap to the back on both sides, ratchet on the top at the front of the tyre.

Electrical and Wiring / Re: Tvan batteries only charging to 92%
« on: August 16, 2019, 08:01:18 PM »
Are you running a fridge ? If so it should be decreasing by around 5-6% overnight. If not, something is wrong.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 29, 2019, 04:29:38 PM »
I've got an NX (2015) Pajero which is a great tug but for a bit more comfort, I'm looking at upgrading to the Pajero Sport. If you are pulling a Tvan, almost all of the usual mid range 4WD wagons or dual cabs will do it easily as far as GCM goes. The Tvan is only 1500 ATM so you are way below the limit. It's down to a matter of personal choice but I really like the Mitsubishi 4WD system which gives me 4 options. 2H, 4H (i.e. AWD), 4Hlc (locked transfer case high range), 4Llc (locked transfer case low range). Then there's the standard rear diff lock if needed.'s ball weight and the GVM of the tug you need to watch. My Firetail has a ball weight of almost 200kg loaded up and that has to be deducted from the GVM of the car. So with a Pajero and it's 770kg payload, I've really only got 570 kg to play with when the Tvan gets hooked up. By the time I add the fridge, a set of drawers, bull bar, all my gear, a long range fuel tank (behind the rear axle), upgraded suspension and a tow bar, things start to get tight.

Something to keep in mind.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 28, 2019, 07:28:32 PM »
So we don't comment on something you already have, what tow vehicle are you driving now ?

Topaz Topaz / Re: Fridge
« on: July 14, 2019, 04:49:13 PM »
I can't help with that particular model but it all depends on the temperature you set it at. As a fridge, most will draw around 2 amps/hr or even a bit less. It's based on power draw of around 4 amps when running, assuming it runs for half the time.

if it's in freezer mode, it will draw more and I don't think there's a lot of difference between the better models.

Tvan Tvan / Re: Tvan Electrickery...
« on: July 03, 2019, 10:34:49 PM »
That's correct, you need a 10amp-15 amp power box. It's a good item to have anyway, incase you stay at someone's house on a trip for example but it's best use is at home to top up the batteries if needed.

I've got this one.....

But don't plug it in and leave it on all the time, batteries don't like that. I top mine up every 4-6 weeks as it's in the garage and getting little or no power from the roof panel.

Tvan Tvan / Re: Tvan Electrickery...
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:11:33 PM »
Firstly, the readings are correct on the multi meter. None from the Tvan Anderson which goes to your Redarc but you should see one on the tug from the starter battery.

As to not charging, I think it would take a bit more time if the car is also charging the aux battery and you're also still running a fridge in the Tvan so it has put some amps in in but some has also gone out during the trip.

Have you tried hooking up to 240v to see if it reads 100% after a while ?

Get yourself one of these....

Very handy to measure current going in from the car or solar panels and also the current draw of some tools etc (like a compressor for example).


Tvan Tvan / Re: T-Van diesel heater
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:03:31 PM »
No worries, just make sure that the hatch clears the 7 pin plug when it's shut before you screw it on. Mine seemed to work better sideways. 

You'll find that new pipe really good but I haven't tried the silencer yet. It's only a few bucks so worth a go.

Topaz Topaz / Re: Generator
« on: June 14, 2019, 03:40:29 PM »
So Tvan now has an air con ?
If you check the thread location, we are in the Topaz section. The original poster has a Topaz listed as his camper as well.

Topaz Topaz / Re: Generator
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:24:59 PM »
I would guess, as in the topic, an airconditioner  ::)

Topaz Topaz / Re: Generator
« on: June 13, 2019, 09:02:58 PM »
You need a big one to run an aircon, at least 2KW, maybe more. It's not the running which is the problem, it's the extra power required to start it up.

I don't think the extra weight is worth it and a lot of people camping hate generators so expect a bit of flack. 

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