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Old 09-05-2012, 05:36 AM
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

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Thanks allypally. Will give the alternative reset method a go. I did ask the dealers when I picked up my GC, whether there was a radio code (and could they write it in the book), but they advised there isn't one.

I did toss up heading off to one of the rest stops, but with the high winds, thought it best to stick where I know there are others. Also, I'm running low on water and although Nullarbor Roadhouse is not a watered site (just powered), at least there's an amenities block to use. I've added a little water to the tanks from a 10-litre box of water, and will add another before heading off...just in case I decide to stop overnight somewhere before reaching Border Town or Eucla. Definitely planning to head off to see the old telegraph station...by the time I get there the nasty weather should have passed - tired of being sand blasted every time I step outside the van! Wendy
Hi Wendy if you get the chance to post some fuel/mileage figures as we are intending to do the same route Jan 2013 with the same vehicle and setup. As for the QL the vehicle was already fitted with it. I had intended to order a GC without the QL but glad that it came with it as it is not primarly used for 4wding but for everyday driving as well, if you put anything heavy in the back it auto adjust the vehicle so that it remains level and not saggy, also love the park feature of the QL lowers the vehicle down to an easy exit level when you park
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:00 AM
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Wendy! Wendy! Wendy!
Where are you?
Where are the latest pics?
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Hi Wendy, I have attached some photo's of the Redarc brake unit fitted in the cabin it is in the towing thread of this site if you want to see what it looks like fitted, very handy and easy to use when towing
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Hi Wendy, the photo's are actually in the thread "Towbars in Australia" post 93
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:28 AM
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Just did a trip from Sydeny to Foster NSW for a week's getaway.
Towed a 21ft Jayco, which weighed in excess of 2.4Tonne.
The CRD pulled it effortlessly and averaged 11.5 L/100 which I considered fantastic.
I found the best cruising speed under load to be around 100 kph.

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Hi Allypally, just checked the site and saw your picture we are heading off in late Jan for a trip around Oz with pretty much the same setup. I noticed that your van seemed a bit low at the back do you have the QL or standard suspension and did you use a WDH when towing as I not sure what to do with my setup as there is so many conflicting scenerios in regards to towing a large van, we have the QL and some people say that Jeep Aust recommends use of the WDH with the QL though I can't find any correspondence regarding this. And other JGC diesel owners I have meet towing similar setups have said that you don't need the WDH with the QL. I have towed my van short distances in both setups and find no difference in handling what I worry about is if I use the WDH on a long trip how will it effect my suspension with the QL setting itself whilst driving. I recently read an article in a motoring mag regarding the landrover discovery with air suspension and the author of the article said not to use a WDH with this system as it will damage it and I thought the Jeep and landrover had similar systems, any feedback would be much appreciated and I love the nose protector on the front of your rig was it sourced locally or did you make it yourself.
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

The van was a rental, and that is why it was not level. I didn't bother to setup the ball height as the level was not that bad and the distance being travelled was not that far. My Jeep does have QL, and that is why the car is level.
I did not use a WDH. However, you should read the following thread, at around post 6 for further discussion on WDH.
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The Bra came from Melbourne. I liked it because they do various colours. It is also a heavier cut than some others.
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FWIW, my take on WDHs. Firstly, from an insurance but more importantly, a safety perspective, one would be unwise not to comply exactly with the manufacturer's recommendations. Secondly, if you don't have to have one, don't use one. By design, the WDH partly resists articulation in the hitch particularly vertically upwards that is to say like a closing book. With a WDH I would be taking it very easy down dips and creek crossings to alleviate undue torsional stress on the tow bar. Also, I would choose a well engineered WDH with strong yet springy tangs to take up some of the torsional stress.
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Dasher - as Allpally referred you to the previous topic you should be able to get enough information there to be able to make an informed decision - the Jeep bulletin recommending a WDH when towing an ATM above 2268kg that i posted is quite clear and relates to all available suspension systems.
You will definitely encounter people who will advise you that "you don't need a WDH" because the vehicle self levels - immediately you can tell that information is worthless because they don't understand what a WDH does i.e. transfers weight from the towball forward.
You will also have people say "a WDH will damage the suspension", and likely their information is influenced by the fact that Land Rover and other manufacturers don't recommend a WDH - Jeep does. And after around 20k towing with one we've had absolutely no issues with the suspension.
I drop the bars off (ours is HR) only when in extreme lumpy stuff....the main situation I am wary of is the little dip shaped concrete creek causeways with sharp entry and exit we come across on the sorts of roads we travel - usually you come across these carrying a bit of speed. They cause the suspension to compress, as the vehicle nose comes up going through the dip and the nose of the van goes down. This is the biggest test of components I have come across......
Make sure you understand how to correctly set up the hitch (talk to the supplier and also turn the QL off) - and once fitted you will find your rig better balanced, and even more of a pleasure to tow. What's more you will have potentially contributed to your own safety as Bob mentioned above, and what value can you put on that?
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Hi everyone! Just popped back in and noticed you have all been chatting away. Interesting to read all the comments that have followed since my last visit. While I still consider myself a newbie after almost 6 months on the road, I've picked up some really useful info. Best tip I can offer is not to be shy...ask other caravanners and those who work on vans, for their thoughts - they all have invaluable tips they're happy to pass along! One piece of advice I rec'd when I was trying to work out whether I should remove the WDH or adjust it, was that not only is the vehicle to be level (with the usual distance between top of tyre and arch whether van is hitched or not), but the van should be level as well (although van can also be tilted slightly lower at the front than the back if not absolutely level, but definitely not higher at the front). While I haven't towed without the WDC, I wouldn't in any case. I want to be sure of passing some of the weight from the van to the vehicle as it is better for the vehicle to be the heavier of the two. Also, to my mind, the WDC provides some additional strength and stability to the single point of connection between the vehicle and van. While I've rarely seen anyone remove the WDH before parking in tight spots, I've heard the grating/crunching caused by those incredibly tight turns and dips, and logic would suggest that removal is best in these circumstances. Well, that's my layman's understanding/experience, for what it's worth. Happy camping guys! WWW.
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Hi Wendy, the photo's are actually in the thread "Towbars in Australia" post 93

Hey Dasher! I finally checked out your pics . Just wondering, what's the red button for on the flat in front of your gearshift? Also, can't quite work out where the brake unit is fitted - sorry, must be looking at pic the wrong way! Could you enlighten me? Cheers, WWW.
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That red button would be his Redarc Electronic Brake Controller.
Redarc make n Electronic Brake Controller which can have the control located away from the main unit. Electric Trailer Brake Controller (EB) - REDARC
I am still undecided whether to go this way or install a Prodigy.
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