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Old 21-08-2016, 07:38 PM
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Coupla hints.
Instead of tent pegs I use 150mm baton screws with a plastic washer that I've countersunk so the screw is flush. I already carry a cordless drill to wind down the stabiliser legs. They hold in sandy and ground you can't drive a peg into. Use them on the awning and on the ground sheets.
We also carry three Bunnings "grass" squares, one for a door mat and the others to put the chairs on. If they get wet I just roll them up and zip tie them to the rear bar on the van, dry shake, fold and store. Even on wet concrete it gives you somewhere to wipe your feet before entering the hallowed abode.
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Good idea with the batten screws

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Here's another coupla.
If you have a fitting to plug a hose into your caravan, make up a sealed fitting to go over the inlet. This will stop dust and crud from getting in and wrecking the valves in there. I attach mine to the van with some whipper snipper cord, use heat shrink to prevent the cord from becoming untied.
We all freeze drinking water in a bottle, add water, use a stubbie cooler to keep it cold. Now, try adding some squeeze lime juice (the stuff you buy in the supermarket, green bottle for lime, yellow bottle for lemon) to the water before freezing and add some more to the water you add to the frozen bottle. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.
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A very handy tip I picked up somewhere, regarding rolling up canvas flaps on tents - rather than try to 'barrel roll' it from the bottom, you instead fold it from the bottom left up to the top right then from the bottom right up to the top left - makes an inverted triangle. Now grab the 'point' and roll from there - couldn't be easier
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When it's freezing cold and you're sitting around the campfire, get a shovel of coals (about enough to cover the size of your hand) and plonk them on the ground under the middle of your chair. It won't melt anything, but the exquisite warming of your arse and under your thighs is quite delectable.

Try it next time you're sitting around the fire
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When it's freezing cold and you're sitting around the campfire, get a shovel of coals (about enough to cover the size of your hand) and plonk them on the ground under the middle of your chair. It won't melt anything, but the exquisite warming of your arse and under your thighs is quite delectable.

Try it next time you're sitting around the fire
Or you could just put some clothes on !! = same result 😆
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You could use the same logic and say don't bother having campfires at all. I say bollocks! It is very warm and pleasant
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Coupla hints.
Instead of tent pegs I use 150mm baton screws with a plastic washer that I've countersunk so the screw is flush. I already carry a cordless drill to wind down the stabiliser legs. They hold in sandy and ground you can't drive a peg into. Use them on the awning and on the ground sheets.
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G'day, great idea about the baton screws, but I have a question? How do you attach the guy ropes to the screws? Thanks in advance. John
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G'day, great idea about the baton screws, but I have a question? How do you attach the guy ropes to the screws? Thanks in advance. John
Some little plastic (3mm grey plastic that we use at school) thingies that can be shaped to whatever shape you wish with a little heat.
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I posted this somewhere else, but here is probably most appropriate.

If you have a Treg hitch... When you open barn doors of car, and you're standing on the left, but need to lean over to the right to get to a draw or the fridge, how many times have you leant your leg against the bit of the Treg where the grease has oozed out from when you last greased it?

In my case, plenty, really cheeses me off.

A piece of foam and a cable tie, and Bob's your auntie.



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Warning for people with 9kg gas bottles on campers!!!


This won't be relevant for most people fortunately. In my case, the BOTTOM of the 9kg gas bottle is located by an 'X' shape bracket on the INSIDE of the ring that is welded to the bottom of the bottle as a base.

I got a full bottle (swap'n'go) the other day, only to find the diametre of the ring on the bottom is 20mm LESS than normal, so it would not fit in its spot.

I've never come across this before, so in future I will have to measure them while at Bunnings or wherever I change it.



Probably can't really tell from pic, but one on right is 20mm diameter smaller.

Keep it in mind if your 9kg bottle locates the base from the inside instead of the outside.
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I found a similar problem with 4.5Kg bottles in that they are not all the same diameter and wouldnt all fit in the hoop bracket that held them in place on my truck.
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When planning stopovers I use this site to calculate distances and routes. Works for me.
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When planning stopovers I use this site to calculate distances and routes. Works for me.
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If you want to keep moisture out of ya campers, buy a box of chalk and place that in when you fold up. When the chalk becomes moist, just dry it out in the sun and reuse.

So before ya retire, Rgren, ya better get some boxes of chalk.

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If you want to keep moisture out of ya campers, buy a box of chalk and place that in when you fold up. When the chalk becomes moist, just dry it out in the sun and reuse.

So before ya retire, Rgren, ya better get some boxes of chalk.

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