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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:48 pm 
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I had a roll / tube of waterproof sealant in my peg bag which was totally dried out. It was about twenty years old.

I will check out what the local camping shops stock. I guess nothing lasts forever, even canvas.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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My Jim Greens also parted at the sole when I hiked to Assvoel Cave some time back. I used my shoe laces to keep shoe and sole together.


I also had to do that with my last pair of boots.....much more expensive than the current ones, but I do not remember what they were now (something I got at a camping shop in the UK and did not use much until I got back to SA).

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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mizzbee wrote:
Ndloti, those boots of yours look as if they need a good dusting. I say a good hike should sort that out.
My Jim Greens also parted at the sole when I hiked to Assvoel Cave some time back. I used my shoe laces to keep shoe and sole together.

If you could choose only one pair of boots, which would they be?.


The dust clings to a well polished pair of boots , and yes , just as I am , they are longing to follow a dusty path of cushioning dry rhino and elephant dung ... of which both the Trailbusters and the Jim Greens have had remnants between the tread blocks on many occasions .

mizzbee , the Jim Greens win by a short head , but both usually accompany me to the wilderness , where they are at their happiest .
I saw the Jim Green shop near Nottingham road when passing by one Sunday in April , though I imagine the technical expert would not have been on duty , and my boots were at home .

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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I still use good old DUBBIN to restore my leathers, those old timers really knew what they were doing with most of their inventions. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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I bought a 45 liter compressor camping fridge/freezer early November last year. We used it on our camping trip in Kgalagadi this December. Let me tell you, this thing is amazing! We had ice and cold drinks, frozen meat in 40 plus heat. That was amazing when the shop at Mata Mata ran out of ice for a few days! We would freeze a 2 liter bottle of water overnight and had ice cold water all day long! I really was amazed at how well it worked in that heat.

The fridge did give hassles every now and then though, but that was my fault. I didn't strap it down properly in the back of our bakkie and that combined with the very very corrugated roads was not a good thing. It seems a wire came loose somewhere, so it would not work once in a while. Luckily it is still under guarantee and is being fixed. I have also arranged a fridge slide (for free from a member of a 4x4 forum) but it is a bit too narrow. I'm busy widening it. Once done it will hold the fridge down firmly and we should have no further problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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I used my Waeco 40l 3-way for the first time in December on a trip to Venda/Punda Maria. The fridge worked great in the car, and on gas. I had a fair amount of issues with running it on mains electricity, but I'm sure this was more to do with the dodgy supply at Punda Maria camp site than with the fridge, as I've run it at home for days without a problem.

As a result, we had to toss some meat when we got home, (I took too much anyway). The meat was kept frozen for a number of days nonetheless.

The experience was anyway much more pleasant than the usual coolbox-with-ice all the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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I used dry ice this last Dec in Letaba, still had frozen meat on fourth day. Could have even gone for longer, but had some peeps (will not go further into that) using cooler box to keep their ice from shops frozen, so I think their opening and closing regulalry also affected it. :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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Our Waeco very good, have been using it for about 4 years, never a bit of trouble.

Even used it where there is no electricity, topped up from cigarette lighter of my ISUZU and everything was kept nice and cold/frozen = well insulated with its blanket.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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These little fridge/freezers seem more effective
than the big brother! They come at a price and
understandably so. Fiesty little boxes they are,
both plastic and chromadeck. I believe the innards
all to be the same manufacturer yet casing design
taken to task by others.

Please do compare your 500litre deep freezer at
home, stodgified and totally dependant on 220 V.
with one of these not only dependant on 220 V but
also 24 and 12 volt, without you having to even think
about.

Fact is we are comparing mini with maxi but do not
take power supply in consideration! Maxi just sits there
at home turning hot air into cold air totally and only
dependant on 220 in constant supply! Spoilt brat!!

Little mini gives 3 choises 220, 24 and 12 volt with no
need to even switch! It gives a long range of temperature
to choose from, -20 to + 20 degrees. Fully affective in no
time!

But unfortunately everything comes at a price!! What you
put in, you will get out, that includes battery power supply!
Little mini has a very short range in which to prove a point,
that be 13.8 v used down to I believe 10.8 v before the built
in power supply overuse kicks in. A very good reason for that!

To simplify, ever think of sitting on a red hot sand dune, with
a box full of frosties, but can't get your vehicle started cause
your battery is flat! These boxes are very sensitive but should
also be seen like that. If your battery or alternator do not live
up to those expectations from mini then it just will not perform!

I believe a way around this is to wire ones car with a double up
battery supply meaning volts/amps/quality power!!! Cigarette
lighters work but preferably direct power from both batteries
seems better. Just think, the yachting industry use them big time!

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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While driving or where there is no 220 v my fridge runs off a second battery which is part of a dual battery system. The main battery cannot get discharged. At Kgalagadi it ran on 12 V at night when the generator was off at Mata Mata and Nossob. The battery was charged back to 100 % after a 2-3 hour drive. It would be a problem if I had to stand somewhere for a few days without 220 V and without driving around. But we generally don't go to places where the vehicle just stands. But one can get solar panels that can top up batteries in that case. By the way I have a high cycle battery which charges much faster than a deep cycle, although the high cycle cannot be discharged too much.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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That's why I specifically went for a 3-way, so I could use gas when there's no power. It doesn't happen very often, but often enough, and I've already had to use it on gas. Some people have todl me that it even works better/is more efficient on gas. (I'm just concerned about running it off gas inside the tent).

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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That's why I specifically went for a 3-way, so I could use gas when there's no power.


Joshi, I had a 2-way, worked on power or gas. Worked well in coolish weather. In very hot weather, it strugges, it only goes 20-30 below ambient, at 40 ambient that doesn't cut it. And you had to get it 100% level. I sold the thing. Compressor fridges are able to freeze up to -18 in temperatures up to 50 degrees.

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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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Hi all

Does anybody maybe have a detailed camping checklist / list of everything to take for camping with tents? Or know of one somewhere on the forum. We will be camping in Satara and Lower Sabie in April this year, and althought we've camped / camped in Kruger before (for shorter periods), we are not confident that we will think of every thing to be packed. :pray: :pray: :pray:

We are not taking a caravan. Only a large tent with the kitchen-thingie attached, a gazebo and two small tents.

Thanx and enjoy your trips. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Camping hints and tips
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Hi all

have two lists one for tent camping/one for caravan camping. Do you want me to put them on the board or rather send a PM or go via a MOD?.

Lists are flexible , its the basics, i.e. if you have small children, some extras will be required.

also if you have special dietary requirements food may differ.

Happy camping :D :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Camping Equipment Owned By Serious Outdoor Wildlife Lovers
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hi all

used to have A zero 3 way fridge/freezer that worked fine no matter where or when, now have a Waeco also compressor driven 3 way, only works 100% when complete level, difficult when you are camping have had to resort to carrying rubber door stops, sometimes no suitable stones.

will try and post pic of safari tent setup

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