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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
Unread postPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 7:51 am 
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Thought I knew everything I needed to know about camping until I started chatting on this topic.

The nails and washers with steel hammer, instead of normal tent pegs worked a treat. I just need a bigger head on the hammer to save my poor thumb.

Can one use nails instead of normal straight pegs on ‘guy’ ropes though?. I used normal pegs on my guy ropes in high winds once and had all sorts of troubles. [\quote]I hardly use the pegs that came with my tent these days, only my nails. I use nails for my guys as well, but I haven't had to deal with strong winds in this tent yet. I don't use washers with my nails, I used a brazing torch to bend the heads.

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My cheap R35 hurricane lantern was a real pleasure. It is a small size and after 5 nights stay at Balule, I am still using the original wick. There is still some citronella oil left in the tank after approximately 15 hours of use.

I have finally located the Dietz lamps in Duban, but don’t think it is necessary to replace my existing cheapie.
Mine (Dietz) also uses very little fuel. If you're happy with your cheapie, I wouldn't buy another.

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Now to continue my search for a fridge that is not too heavy.
Me too (and not too big either) :S

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
Unread postPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 2:55 pm 
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TC there are a few threads in the general advice section that give a few hints and tips on camping as well. I know I have posted there once or twice.

You will need to get a blue plug (mentioned in the PM reply to you) if you want to use electricity. Personally, I hardly ever use electricity when I camp in Kruger and even camping in other places, use it only when I cook or to boil water for coffee. (In KNP they have those hydroboils so one has a constant supply of boiling water on tap.

Once done with cooking, I switch off all lights and use only very low gas lighting or candles. :thumbs_up: I may use an electric light (low wattage energy saver) to read a bit in bed before I go to sleep.

Make youself a checklist and use it always when packing to go camping. Make sure before you leave your site, that you have packed everything, including mallet and tent pegs. Nothing irritates more than arriving at your next camp site to recall that you left your pegs at home / on your previous trip some months ago and many miles away / at the previous camp you just left and it is several hundred k's away.

When selecting a camp site, always try to find one that is flatish and shady. if it has a gentle slope, rain water will drain away if it happens to rain. If the site is flat, try to make sure you are not pitching your tent in a hollow on the site. (You'll wake up in a swimming pool.)

If you use an inflatable air matress, put a blanket over it to keep the cold from coming in under the bed. Pump it up only enough to keep your hips and shoulders off the floor. If you inflate it too hard, it's uncomfortable. It is also unlikely to pop if you accidentally stand in it. Make sure you have no stones under where your tent will be pitched. Make sure there are no thorns to puncture the matress.

Camping is logical stuff. Think logically before setting up camp and you'll have many happy camps.

Of course some may not be so happy, like when there is a hectic thunderstorm.

Camping is great. It really is and when you camp in Kruger IT ROCKS.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
Unread postPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 10:18 am 
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ndloti, IIRC, you have a 3-way absorption fridge. How well does it work?

I saw a 3-way 40L Waeco at ODW for R2k yesterday and am thinking of buying it. However, I've been doing some reading this morning about absorption and compressor fridges, and I'm not sure that an absorption fridge is the best option (though I think I'd like the gas versatility, e.g. at Balule next year).

Is there anyone who knows more than me who will comment?

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Does anyone know where you can get a small gas fridge from. I have tried all the camping shops, and they all seem to only have electric fridges.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Outdoor Warehouse definitely have. I saw some yesterday (mentioned in my post above)

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Hi Josh,

Which one, I went to the one in Stoneridge (by Greenstone) and they said there were no longer gas ones. Can the 3 way absorption be used as a cooler box in the car, as I wont have place for a fridge and a cooler box. Can it work only on gas (I dont have a lighter that works).

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Struben's Valley. They also have a few on their website.
The 3-way fridges can run off a cigarette lighter, 240v mains or gas, so yes, you can use it in your car (but not a good idea of the engine not running)

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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ndloti wrote:
Joshi , the Zero 3 way fr that I have works well on gas , I have never tried it in the other modes .
Thanks.

ndloti wrote:
terry c , I think you will find a few leads in the back pages of Weg! / Go! magazine .
Which I forgot about. You can read them in full online.

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Josh your'e in a frustrating situation, I know that
because I was there. Trying to get the best in exchange for your buck. Always compare apple with apple though I am not experienced with gas powered
refrigeration I wish to comment. Can we mention
brand names on this forum????, otherwise please sweep.
Both Luna and Waeco are powered by the same gas
pump. The electrics and software are the same. Both are electrical only from 220v ac down to 12v dc. Totally
automatic select. All Waeco's run durable plastic models. Luna runs a stainless steel range as well as a
chromadeck range. Both have built in current use
sensors(In other words you are not left stranded with
a flat battery) Both require a reasonable battery to
function properly. Both have a tendency to cut out
before abusing your battery.
Practical experience!?- Load a six pack(of the shelf) into either one at six in the morning(JHB) and on arrival
at Pafuri just when you need that frosty so desperately
it be frozen stiff. Both come at a stiff price!- add gas to that and I am no longer sure. Gas fridges(by the way
you get fridges and you get freezers and a combination of both) Gas works though I have my doubts if it can
freeze. Also look at the schlepp. All our National parks
are plug in and play. I suppose the most expensive model on the market can be regarded as a cooler box.
Enjoy shopping, H.e

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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I have spent weeks looking for a fridge, but all are too heavy.

I think I will just stick with my thermo electric fridge which can sometimes be noisy but works really well. Anything next to the fan freezes. I am not sure it is supposed to do that.

I have sent it in three times to repair the intermittent noisy rattle fault, but no fault can be found when in the workshop. It normally plays up in the dead of night when everyone has gone to sleep.

Anyone have any ideas what the problem could be.?

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Mizzb, it's quite simple. What do the suppliers have on offer. All the more we demand the higher the price. In
most cases a simple cooler box will suffice! Trick is you
must find a purpose for your box and purchase/repair
likewise.

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Hhmm. We had a thermo-electric cooler. It worked brilliantly, but I could use it only when the car was running. Then the Peltier component (the solid-state heat exchanger) packed up.

Not all Sanparks are plug n play, for example Balule (4 nights next year). I've also stayed at other reserves with unpowered campsites.

mizzbee, you might be able to open your unit up yourself. I did mine, it's not too complicated (though obv you might have a different model).

I discussed fridges with my dad this evening. He reckons an absorption fridge is better. Reckons with a compressor-driven, with periods of no use the seals will crack and the gas escape. An absorption is a closed system though.

I'm coming pretty close to a decision to buy it.

Also, out of interest, ODW Struben's Valley had plenty of Dietz lanterns of all sizes.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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joshilewis wrote:
Am now the proud owner a 40l 3-way absorbption Waeco fridge :)
I also bought myself a First Ascent Ultralite self-inflating backpacking mattress :)

Congrats !
I recently bought the 74L double door steel National Luna fridge/freezer. It has 2 sets of controls so that you can run each section independently. i.e a fridge and a freezer, or 2 freezers, or 2 fridges. I used it for the first time camping last weekend and was very impressed with how effective it was and how quiete the compressor is too. The downside is that it is very very heavy and it is a two person job to move anywhere :slap: At least my frostys will be ice cold in the KNP in December and SO can plan salad goodies :thumbs_up: It is also a very expensive option but I am told that it will last us a very long time if looked after and I plan to spend alot of time using it. Perhaps KTP next year too :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Does anyone know where I can get a large gazebo tent? I had a Campgear 10 man gazebo tent bought from Midas, but it was damaged by grass cutters at Malelane camp. The insurers now say they will pay for a replacement at it cannot be repaired, but I cannot find either that one or a similar thing anywhere!

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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This is the advert for the tent when I bought it. It was so useful, although the rain did come in the 'windows' when it was heavy!

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