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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. 

For Sale or Wanted / Re: Wanted
« on: June 09, 2019, 03:46:42 PM »
a 2016 Canning for $25k ? That's a bargain (or a typo) ?

Tvan Tvan / Re: Trek Tech Brackets & Mark 3 Tvan
« on: June 09, 2019, 01:08:40 PM »
The Trek Tech brackets are for vans with the front box. The front pole goes down the hatch at the front of the box so they aren't suitable for a van without the box.

For Tvans with no front box, you need to get a set of brackets from Baron Wolf (Connie's other half).

I can't tell you for certain if the large awning still goes on with the quick awning attached but it does on the Trek Tech version so I assume it would be the same with Baron's.

Tvan Tvan / Re: Darche 270 Awning on Trek Tech bracket MkIV
« on: June 09, 2019, 01:05:58 PM »
She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Tvan Tvan / Re: T-Van diesel heater
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:41:26 PM »
and the sensor unit is run up inside the same cover as the lighting wires and then along the top so it's in a good location to detect the temperature but still well out of the way.

Tvan Tvan / Re: T-Van diesel heater
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:39:42 PM »
Control unit is attached with double sided tape to the inside control panel. A hole needs to be drilled for the wires to go through the back.

Tvan Tvan / Re: T-Van diesel heater
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:38:27 PM »
7 pin trailer plug fitted to back panel.
You need to dril a hole for the 7 wires, and ideally fit a grommet (available from Clark Rubber) as in the picture. I added some silicone as well, just to make sure it's all waterproof.

Tvan Tvan / Re: T-Van diesel heater
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:37:35 PM »
So I followed Mal's advice and did the Snugger remote mod today. It's so much easier to set up now and I don't have miles of wires to tuck away.

Once set up, the heater sits out of the weather under the van and the duct runs in to the cabin via the flap in the canvas under the bed.

More pics below (can only add one per post if they are to be a decent size....(time for an update on the forum software I think)

Tvan Tvan / Re: TVan versions ( from old site)
« on: June 05, 2019, 03:35:14 PM »
20th Anniversary models now released

Tvan Tvan / Re: Lithium Battery
« on: June 03, 2019, 10:22:29 PM »
We ran the fridge in the car as the freezer from Melbourne to Exmouth and back with no problems at all, mainly because the car was used each day whereas the Tvan can be in the one place for several days at a time. In fact, the Tvan was so good just running the EvaKool fridge and charging back up during the day, I bought a merit plug extension lead which I plugged in to the top of the front box and then ran it in to the freezer in the car when it was sunny and we weren't driving around. That worked as well, no problems when free camping but I aslo did that when we called in to a caravan park and had 240v. It was easier than running a separate 240 lead from the side of the Tvan to the car and less likely to do damage in case I drove off and forgot to unplug it.

Tvan Tvan / Re: Lithium Battery
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:37:08 PM »
That'll work just fine. I'd hold off on a generator until you give it a run. You certainly won't need one in WA and on DHI if you have a good set of panels. The odd trip to a caravan park or some time on the road with the car charging it up again is all you need in my opinion.

Tvan Tvan / Re: Lithium Battery
« on: June 01, 2019, 10:25:31 AM »
I guess it all comes down to what sort of battery you run. As in the initial post, a lithium battery was used and which can drop it to 20% without loss of voltage and it won't do any harm to the battery. So that's giving you an effective 80amps of usage, assuming its 100ah, which is the same as I got using my two agm batteries. Keeping in mind, agm batteries shouldn't be allowed to drop below 50% to avoid long term damage.

My next batteries will be lead crystal which, if the claims are right, should act like lithium do and provide more usable charge.

Tvan Tvan / Re: Lithium Battery
« on: May 31, 2019, 11:06:08 PM »
No, a second battery gives you twice as long before you need to recharge. When on my recent Tassie trip I got down to 60% on both, after a few days running a freezer and very little sunlight, which is about 80ah used. If I had one battery, it would have been down to 20% and stuffed.

If you collect a certain amount of amps via the sun in one day, it matters not if it all goes in to one battery or half in to each. The result is the same.

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