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Gerty Dancer wrote:

We have used our shower tent with an independant battery which I find heavy to lift, and using the auxilary battery in the Prado. On the last trip, we left the spare battery behind, too much weight to be carrying about for very little use. But the independant battery allows you to set up wherever is private and not have to worry whether you can reach the plug on the van/ tug.


 These little batteries are maybe a couple of kilos in weight and can be setup inside the shower tent.

This is the very battery I am referrng to and even cheaper on eBay.  You can also buy them from Battery World and BCF.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Security-Alarm-System-Sealed-Lead-Acid-12V-7-Amp-Battery-/200650010237?pt=AU_Security_Equipment&hash=item2eb7ac2e7d#ht_671wt_800



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Ah! Why didnt we think of that? Thanks Ron!

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I have 2 of those 7.2 a/h batteries and I just weighed one and it comes it at 2.6kg.

If fully charged when you leave home they will last a few weeks or more if you are only using it for the shower.

Being independent it will not limit you to within 6 metres or so of your vehicle.



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My van has a 12V point outside the van



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It does too, I remember it. I could get S in L to put one somewhere near where I would put the ensuite tent up in the back corner. What a great idea, thanks Helen.

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Hi Brian, grt tips & I think I have your 145a m/homes TWIN..same paintwork anyways lol..I dont tow tho I can hardly drive it..haha but will learn yes yes...I need tips on how to pack m/home so as I dont sway & bounce all over the road..check out my ride..



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Thats fantastic Rama, hopefully you will be on the road soon and enjoying. You have a great set up there.

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Hi Rama 60 great to see you have your Hino. There is a fix for the sway but will need another thread or perhaps a PM if you need further info.

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Hi Brian, Thanx for your reply, as I am new to forum not sure how to PM  or which thread to use for QQ's.. I jus click on reply n all posts..As much info about my Hino would be much appreciated..thanx.



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To stop my clothes in the wardrobe from fallen off the hangers, while travelling I have that stretch curtain wire strung across the hangers attached by eyelet at each end of the wardrobe and I have never had my clothes fall in a heap since

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We also have a little battery box containing 2 x 7v batteries with cig lighter plug, which is used to recharge my phone and Ipod and when using the shower. Rob has made a handle on top of box to make it easy to carry to the shower tent. Very handy little box for me!

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Hi Val do you have a pic you could post. I like the idea of a carry box.

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Jayco Gypsy wrote:

Hi Val do you have a pic you could post. I like the idea of a carry box.


 I have a 7.2 amp battery that comes within its own carry bag prewired with a cigarette lighter plug, ready for use.

Not too expensive at about $45 but not as cheap as Val's little carry box which sounds like a great idea also.

Will take a pic of it and post if anyone is interested.



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Rama 60 wrote:

 not sure how to PM  or which thread to use for QQ's.. 

 

Hi Jenny.  To PM some-one, Click on the name in their Avatar, and you'll get their Profile.  At the bottom, you'll see "Send Message".  Click on that, and there you are.  Simple when you know how.    What are QQ's ?

Cheers,

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This is the battery box. Hope I've added these pics ok. Sorry they are on their side. Not sure how to turn them around. - Val



-- Edited by valnrob on Sunday 18th of December 2011 01:19:13 PM

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I bought som batteries from ebay
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ALARM-BATTERY-7AH-AMP-HOUR-SPOTLIGHT-AGM-SLA-UPS-12-VOLT-12V-BONUS-/290647064148?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item43abea3e54
I have bought stuff from this supplier befor and found thier delivery to be very fast, I need the bateries for my UPS and they are the same size as the ones in there already the price includes shipping

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I have a plastic bowl that fits in my sink. I wash up in this & it gives me the choice of either pouring the water down the sink drain into my grey water tank or walking out of the motorhome & giving the washing up water to a needy tree or shrub. As we know lots of places in oz where the plants could do with a drink,

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Got the same thing Kandagal. But I like to put the dish on top of the draining board to make it higher as I'm tall and get a backache bending over the low sink.

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valnrob wrote:

This is the battery box. Hope I've added these pics ok. Sorry they are on their side. Not sure how to turn them around. - Val



-- Edited by valnrob on Sunday 18th of December 2011 01:19:13 PM


 fixed the pics, and that lady is still sticking her fingers up at me biggrin



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Gee thanks Womby, I haven't got the hang of adding attachments yet, not up the right way anyway !! I've spoken to the Lady but she won't take any notice !!

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For all those things like water hose, power cable ,drainage hose and many other things we use Adjusta-Ties which are like an electricians cable tie but they are re-usable over and over they are made by Moss and come in a variety of sizes you can look them up on the web at www.mossproducts.com.au, we bought ours at bunnings but have seen them at some nurseries.
When the main awning support bracket on the van broke we were able to use them to hold the arm till we could get to repairs, very versatile and cheap

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aussietraveller wrote:

For all those things like water hose, power cable ,drainage hose and many other things we use Adjusta-Ties which are like an electricians cable tie but they are re-usable over and over they are made by Moss and come in a variety of sizes you can look them up on the web at www.mossproducts.com.au, we bought ours at bunnings but have seen them at some nurseries.
When the main awning support bracket on the van broke we were able to use them to hold the arm till we could get to repairs, very versatile and cheap


 That'd be www.mossproducts.com.au  Though not sure where you find them here



-- Edited by Boroma577 on Tuesday 27th of December 2011 10:35:44 PM

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Just had a look, couldn't find them.
I have Occy straps but someone said they can be dangerous if the spring back and hit someone. Would be interested in what the Adjusta Ties look like.

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Happywanderer wrote:

Just had a look, couldn't find them.
I have Occy straps but someone said they can be dangerous if the spring back and hit someone. Would be interested in what the Adjusta Ties look like.


 I figured they were a reusable cable tie HW. Maybe aussietraveller can post a pic of some.



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Thanks for the tips & photo's on the battery boxes. Have added that to my list. Another tip I picked up was to put a solar light on the A Frame of the van. Stops walking into it in the dark or anyone else walking past it at night hitting shins or falling over it.



-- Edited by Jayco Gypsy on Wednesday 28th of December 2011 02:34:55 AM

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Looks like they only have them in 300mm and 180mm

http://www.mossproducts.com.au/WateringSystems/productrange/g450.htm



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Thanks for that 03-troopy.
I have used something similiar in the garden but not been reusable. Will check those out at Bunnings.

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Hi Jayco Gypsy, I've seen those solar lights on some peoples vans, good idea. I brought a couple on this trip and they are handy.

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valnrob wrote:

Hi Jayco Gypsy, I've seen those solar lights on some peoples vans, good idea. I brought a couple on this trip and they are handy.


 I also use them on the tie downs (ropes) on my awning so that no one trips over them.



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I have one for the group. Most of us have a variety of keys for the van - door, boot, ball lock, etc, I have about 8 for various things. I colour coded them by painting one side of each key with a different colour (nail polish) and then painted a small area on the outside of each lock to identify which key goes where. The nail polish stands up well to the elements and it is easy to paint on using the small brush. Happy travels - Alan

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