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Yes i have ordered the nav unit .
it has a master and slave . The master is the rear camera and when i plug in the transporter it supplies 12 v to the rear camera . The slave then senses the input and changes until the 12v is removed . I will post details when i get it installed . Currently working on the tft in the territory so i assume it should work
I will post a how to when i get it installed . Thanks for the figures . THe transporter is 2.5 t loaded but is a bit of a box on wheels so if its under 15 i will be stoaked

Hi TurboTaxi how did you go connecting the camera on the back of the trailer to the centre screen in the JGC . Thanks Denis
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I have read that people are happy with how their trucks tow. After a lot of research and lots of caravan shows we (my wife and I) are seriously looking at 20'0" Spinifex NomadiX with air bag cruise master suspension at 3.2 tonn fully loaded completely capable of free camping. I have a JGC Overland CRD and would like some input will the truck be too close to the towing limit or will it be no problem. I will hopefully get to talk to someone who is towing one but if this falls through are there any comments. I would be thankful for your comments as this is a big investment.

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I have read that people are happy with how their trucks tow. After a lot of research and lots of caravan shows we (my wife and I) are seriously looking at 20'0" Spinifex NomadiX with air bag cruise master suspension at 3.2 tonn fully loaded completely capable of free camping. I have a JGC Overland CRD and would like some input will the truck be too close to the towing limit or will it be no problem. I will hopefully get to talk to someone who is towing one but if this falls through are there any comments. I would be thankful for your comments as this is a big investment.

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Fantastic caravan great choice
Your jeep will tow it easily
Some pictures of the van would be nice
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Fantastic caravan great choice
Your jeep will tow it easily
Some pictures of the van would be nice
Thanks for that
It gives me more confidence to order this caravan
I will send progress photos
Have been told if I put an order in now for the caravan
It would be ready in Feb 2014
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Re: The Towing thread

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I have read that people are happy with how their trucks tow. After a lot of research and lots of caravan shows we (my wife and I) are seriously looking at 20'0" Spinifex NomadiX with air bag cruise master suspension at 3.2 tonn fully loaded completely capable of free camping. I have a JGC Overland CRD and would like some input will the truck be too close to the towing limit or will it be no problem. I will hopefully get to talk to someone who is towing one but if this falls through are there any comments. I would be thankful for your comments as this is a big investment.

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How do you know the fully loaded weight if the van is yet to be delivered? Mine is just about to be delivered, and when weighed (empty) came to 3 Tonne. I 'expect' another 200-300 kilo on top when loaded, which is getting very close to that red zone.
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Thanks for that
It gives me more confidence to order this caravan
I will send progress photos
Have been told if I put an order in now for the caravan
It would be ready in Feb 2014
No doubt you are aware that caravan builds never drop in weight between order and delivery - and you'll generally load and carry more than you thought you might.
At 3200kg loaded you don't have a lot to spare to your limit - is water, gas, awning and solar panels included in that weight? A clause in your contract requiring the weight to be as you specified and verified by a weigh bridge ticket at delivery could be worthwhile, to make sure your new rig doesn't get into your buffer area.
Jeep also recommend use of a weight distributing hitch when towing more than 2268 kg regardless of the vehicle suspension. MY WDH weighs 30 odd kg alone.
Your CRD will do the job no worries - although our off roader only goes 2200kg packed.
John
edit: looks like Allypally and I had the same thoughts at the same time…...
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Re: The Towing thread

I have just taken delivery of a new age caravan we are currently on our first trip from Melbourne to mt gambia. The overland CRD handles it very well, loaded I'm 3060kgs and averaged 17L/Kms, we struck a head wind from Geelong to mt gambia, I'm happy with that
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I have just taken delivery of a new age caravan we are currently on our first trip from Melbourne to mt gambia. The overland CRD handles it very well, loaded I'm 3060kgs and averaged 17L/Kms, we struck a head wind from Geelong to mt gambia, I'm happy with that
How is your water and oil temperature when hill climbing?
Also, does your WDH grind and send that noise through the car? Mine does and it didn't when I had the Prado.
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No doubt you are aware that caravan builds never drop in weight between order and delivery - and you'll generally load and carry more than you thought you might.
At 3200kg loaded you don't have a lot to spare to your limit - is water, gas, awning and solar panels included in that weight? A clause in your contract requiring the weight to be as you specified and verified by a weigh bridge ticket at delivery could be worthwhile, to make sure your new rig doesn't get into your buffer area.
Jeep also recommend use of a weight distributing hitch when towing more than 2268 kg regardless of the vehicle suspension. MY WDH weighs 30 odd kg alone.
Your CRD will do the job no worries - although our off roader only goes 2200kg packed.
John
edit: looks like Allypally and I had the same thoughts at the same time…...
Hi allypally and John47

Thanks for your input yes it will have 3 x 135 watt solar panels 3 x 120 amp battery 4 x 80 L water tanks 2x 9kg gas bottles and I was going by the experience they have building these vans. They did tell me to go to weigh bridge to check when loaded but I had to start somewhere. I am also going to talk to a Jeep owner with similar van. They were also of the opinion that Jeep with air bags did not need WDH as extra weight pushing down will confuse the computer??? Is this true. I see Jeep recommends a hitch over 2268 kg.
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Should pick this van up today.
Weights 3Tonne, and built for offroad. Has Cruisemaster suspension, 3 x 150w solar panels, 2 x 100ah Lithium batteries, 2 water tanks, Satellite connections and Mobile phone connections.
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Hi allypally and John47

Thanks for your input yes it will have 3 x 135 watt solar panels 3 x 120 amp battery 4 x 80 L water tanks 2x 9kg gas bottles and I was going by the experience they have building these vans. They did tell me to go to weigh bridge to check when loaded but I had to start somewhere. I am also going to talk to a Jeep owner with similar van. They were also of the opinion that Jeep with air bags did not need WDH as extra weight pushing down will confuse the computer??? Is this true. I see Jeep recommends a hitch over 2268 kg.
Rough calculations give 400kg of water and batteries alone, before you add anything……..my gut feeling is that you will push well over your initial thoughts of 3200kg loaded for that van, but anyway, doing your homework now will ensure that at least you are able to make informed decisions….

My van loaded puts 270kg on the ball - by weigh bridge figures.
Our Jeep and van combination has now clocked around 30,000k of towing over all sorts of surfaces, always with the WDH fitted unless we are slow moving on deep undulating tracks, in which case I drop it off due to the extreme forces that can be generated.
I've had nil issues with the QL - Jeep say to use one, and I'm well aware of the laws of physics and have had towed various vans over the last 40 years. No question of whether to use one for me. A bonus with the Jeep is when camped for an overnighter I regularly level fore and aft by raising or lowering the suspension.

You didn't state who "they" were of the opinion that use of a WDH would confuse the QL computer on the Jeep. Hopefully it didn't come from the same person you are dealing with on the van order…..
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Should pick this van up today.
Weights 3Tonne, and built for offroad. Has Cruisemaster suspension, 3 x 150w solar panels, 2 x 100ah Lithium batteries, 2 water tanks, Satellite connections and Mobile phone connections.
Certainly looks the part - you'll be keen to pack it up and get it dirty!!
How the LIfepo4 batteries will perform will be interesting - definitely a weight saving there too.
We are away next week on a 5K loop with the van to Vic and the far south coast of NSW - after a 40K service for the Jeep this week.
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