Diagnosing issues with your satellite TV system

September 24th, 2010

Launching a satellite into space and receiving a television signal from it, is one of man’s great achievements of the 20th century. Sometimes getting a picture to appear on your television can seem almost as technical and challenging. If you are not receiving a picture from your satellite TV system, follow the steps below to […]

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What is a Shunt and why do I need one?

September 15th, 2010

A shunt is often listed as an optional extra when you buy your solar regulator. Plasmatronics sell theirs in two parts – the shunt and something called the shunt adapter.  In my experience very few people understand the function of this device and more importantly why it is an important part of your motorhome or […]

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VAST Satellite service to take Aurora’s Place

August 18th, 2010

(Updated 6/01/2011) You might want to read the most recent article on VAST at http://hobohome.com/news/?p=593 V.A.S.T. (Viewer Access Satellite Television) is set replace the existing “Aurora” satellite television system used by many travellers. So what does this mean for those of us currently receiving our television from Aurora? Some background Aurora RABS (remote area broadcast […]

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Getting Started – Long Term Travelling

August 8th, 2010

Taking to the road and seeing Australia in a converted bus has been a great experience – one we intend to continue for some time. Lots of people ask us how this came about and what we did to prepare for life on the road. In this article we will look at what is involved […]

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Basic Electrics for Motorhome and Caravan Owners (Part 2)

July 6th, 2010

This is the second (and final) part of my introduction to basic electrical theory – for owners of motorhomes and caravans.  In this section we will look at watts (and we all know that solar panels are rated in watts) and also the connection of batteries in both series and parallel. But before we launch […]

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Basic Electrics for Motorhome and Caravan Owners (Part 1)

July 1st, 2010

Presented here, in a very easy to understand format, is basic electrical theory. This is the stuff that I learned in my first year as an apprentice electrician (and that was just after they invented digital watches). This basic knowledge is an absolutely essential grounding if you are to have any hope of installing, repairing […]

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Installing Solar Panels on a Motorhome or Caravan

June 25th, 2010

Installing Solar Panels Correctly on your Motorhome or Caravan So you have decided to install solar panels onto your caravan or motorhome – great! Here are some important tips that will help you to get the most out of your expensive solar panels. Wiring size Take care with the size of the wiring. Using cable […]

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Free Satellite TV Guide for Australian Aurora

June 18th, 2010

The Optus Aurora satellite television system provides TV services to both travellers and people living in remote locations. If, like us you like to watch a bit of TV to see what is going on in the world or how your favourite team is performing, the satellite based system is fantastic. The one major drawback […]

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Building a Motorhome

June 6th, 2010

We receive several emails every week from people who enjoy reading our blog and who have questions about how they too can begin to enjoy the lifestyle that we live. We enjoy reading these emails and like the feedback, there are always a number of questions about building a motorhome. In this article I would […]

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Emergency Communications for Remote Travel

May 17th, 2010

Getting Help When You Need It Most We love to take our motorhome to some of the remotest places in Australia, we like the solitude and the feeling of isolation. I realise that this type of exploration is not for everyone, but the reason most people travel in motorhomes and caravans is to explore Australia […]

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240v vs 12v fridge in a motorhome or caravan

May 2nd, 2010

240v fridge or a low voltage fridge for your  motorhome or caravan. Yesterday I was asked for my advice on the purchase of a refrigerator for a motorhome. Under consideration were a 240v 220ltr household fridge and a 12/24v 220ltr Danfoss compressor based unit (Waeco). I was asked to comment on the economics of each […]

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Shade Tolerant Solar Panels?

April 24th, 2010

Shade Tolerant Solar Panels? I have heard a number of travelers repeat the great “shade tolerant” sales pitch given them, when selecting solar panels for their motorhome or caravan. Much of this is just that – sales pitch. Firstly, nobody in their right mind is going to intentionally locate their expensive solar panel in the […]

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How to test your motorhome/caravan solar power system

April 2nd, 2010

Not sure if your expensive solar panels are doing their job?  Here is some simple tests that you can do to determine how your solar panels are performing. A solar panels currency is current (measured in amps) – so you are going to need some method of measuring current. Some solar regulators have a display […]

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How Charged are my Motorhome/Caravan Batteries?

March 25th, 2010

No matter whether you are a “The glass is half full” kind of person or a “The glass is half empty” type, you will agree that one advantage of drinking from a glass is that you can see just how much of the liquid remains. Sadly our motorhome and caravan batteries are not like that […]

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Australian Aurora TV Facts and Fiction

March 20th, 2010

Australian Aurora TV Facts and Fiction There seems to be no shortage of rumors and misinformation about the Optus Aurora satellite broadcasting platform (and about satellite broadcasting in general). A general description of the system The Aurora television system is broadcast from the Optus C1/D3 satellites located at 156 degrees, 35,000km above Papua New Guinea. […]

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Why is my solar not working properly?

March 11th, 2010

This is a question we get asked often. Once fellow travellers discover that I have an electrical background and training, I am regularly asked to examine their solar installation to determine why it is not working. Here is a list of the top 5 causes for Solar that does not perform on caravans and motorhomes […]

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Low Cost Inverters for sale on eBay – a good investment?

March 3rd, 2010

My brother-in-law recently purchased a pure sine wave inverter via eBay. In the supplied information the inverter looked like the perfect replacement for his modified sine wave “Xantrex” brand inverter (that has performed flawlessly for a number of years). The inverter purchased is currently selling (on ebay) for $579 plus $135 shipping When the inverter […]

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Top Questions about our “Hobohome Lifestyle”

February 17th, 2010

A list of some of the questions we often get asked about our Hobohome lifestyle… Where do you get your drinking water from? In most part of the country, drinking water is not difficult to obtain. Many parks and public toilet blocks have taps. If you ask at a petrol station (normally when buying fuel) […]

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How to Find Free Camps in Australia – (Part 2)

January 8th, 2010

 This is Part two of  How to Find Free Camps in Australia. Part 1 can be found here. In part one we looked at places where you might just find a spot to camp for a night or two, in this the second part we take a look at some places to avoid and some security and […]

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How to Find Free Camps in Australia (Part 1)

January 6th, 2010

How to find Free Camps in Australia This is part one of a two part article discussing how to find “Free” camps in Australia. Those of you that regularly read our travel blog will know that as we travel Australia in our motorhome, we spend much of our time staying in free and nearly-free camps. […]

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