Posts Tagged ‘Motorhome’

Emergency Communications for Remote Travel

Monday, 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

Sunday, 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?

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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?

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

Wednesday, 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”

Wednesday, 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)

Friday, 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)

Wednesday, 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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Motorhome and Caravan Toilet Chemicals

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Motorhome and Caravan Toilet Chemicals – which is best? This is an age old question for almost all travelers, motorhomers and caravaners alike. At many gatherings and ‘happy hours’ the conversation invariably turns to “What toilet chemicals do you use?”  There are two main types of toilet treatments for portable and inbuilt motorhome / caravan […]

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Travelling in a Motorhome or Caravan with Pets

Friday, January 1st, 2010

When we took to the road in 2003, we did so with our two Burmese cats.  Some people have dogs and we have met people who travel with a bird. In this article we discuss the benefits and limitations imposed when travelling with pets. We lost one of our cats (she was hit by a […]

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Inverters for Caravans and Motorhomes

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

  Almost every motorhome and many caravans use an inverter. These clever electronic devices take the low voltage direct current (DC) power from our batteries and convert it to the same high voltage alternating current (AC) that our household sockets deliver. This allows us to have 240 volt mains power with us no matter how […]

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Charging from vehicle alternators

Monday, September 28th, 2009

 Every vehicle has an alternator, we know that it is responsible for keeping the starting battery from going flat.  But can we use the alternator to charger our motorhome house batteries too?  What is the best way to do this?   Before we look at the options, let’s look at the issues: Crank batteries differ […]

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What is a solar regulator and what is its job?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Most people who have anything to do with solar power know that a solar regulator is necessary. Not too many of these people understand the exact function of a solar regulator or how it does what it does. For the purpose of this discussion and unless I state otherwise, I will be talking about the […]

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Why are my motorhome / caravan batteries going flat?

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

As we travel, we often meet people who are in caravans and mobile homes. It always surprises me how many people continue to have issues with the electrical systems. In most cases the conversation starts with “why does my fridge cut-out during the night” or perhaps “my caravan lights go very dim by about 10pm”. […]

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How Many Solar Panels Do I need?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

We often get asked “how many solar panels do I need?”. The person asking the question normally expects me to look at the size of their caravan/motorhome then immediately offer a valid technical opinion. To offer any kind of meaningful answer a number of factors must be known:  Average daily power consumption (normally measured in […]

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Selecting Solar Panels for a Motorhome or Caravan

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

For someone wanting to equip their motorhome or caravan with solar panels to collect free power from the sun, there is an almost endless list of technical terms rumours and myths to wade through. Terms like polycrystalline, amorphous and temperature co-efficient to name just a few. Sales pitch aside, how is the average person supposed to […]

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Getting the electrics right

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Setting up a motorhome electrical system for long term travel  Having now lived in our motorhome for over 6 years, and during that time almost constantly tweaked and tuned the electrical system, we feel that we have got it pretty much right.  So what makes a good electrical system in a motorhome?   The answer […]

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Wind Power for travellers

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

For many years there were a number of issues with most wind turbine systems that prevented them from being seriously considered by the average traveller.       The turbines we have seen did nothing to make me want one … they were: Large and heavy They required gale forced winds to have them produce […]

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Maintaining an Old Motorhome

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Our motorhome is a 1968 Bedford bus. At the time of writing that makes it 40 years old. Having a vehicle this old has many advantages and just as many disadvantages. On the plus side I count the fact that the bus was designed and built at a time when the majority of roads were […]

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