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Re: Kungwini 4x4

I'm adding a passenger (so I don't need to fix my own punctures).

1. Jorrie +3. Patrol
2. Juan Leslie + 1. Patrol
3. Albert Owgan. Patrol
4. Rhett van der Stelt +1. Patrol
5. Rob Marussi. Patrol
6. Kobus Pienaar. Patrol
by Rhett
20 Sep 2016 18:03
 
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DIY DRAWER SYSTEM

I had been planning a drawer system for ages, and for our 3 week December haul, I thought I better get off my g@t and start something. Originally wanted everything in aluminum, but had to change plans halfway through. Frame was made up of mild steel 25mm² tube, and the sheeting I used was 3mm aluminium composite.

You can see the toolbox which was installed, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to remove it or work around it. Finally decided to keep it as it also houses the secondary AGM battery.

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First welded up a base frame which everything will fit upon and which I could bolt into the existing brackets.

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The drawers I made up from aluminium composite, riveted onto 25mm aluminium angle. I contemplated screwing / bolting everything together, but went with rivets. If Defenders are still together after 60 years, the drawers should last 6 years at least :biggrin:

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I did screw the sliders on to the drawer though, as I was worried the movement and weight could shear off the rivets. The aluminium drawer using the composite as carcass is super light and very rigid.

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I also contemplated powder-coating the steel, but went for Hammerite instead, mainly because of time constraints. I also cut out a template of the floor and laid a panel of 3mm ABS on top of the carpet so I wouldn't damage it.

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Next step was to weld up and put together the top shelf. This was a tricky one as there was no way we could install it via the rear stable doors, but I wanted all that space... A rare photo of my trusty helper, aka wifey.

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Top shelf fixed in, in hindsight I should have used bolts or self-tappers to fix it in place. The rivets would have to be drilled out if/when I take the system out.

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I know some have hesitations against the Connect-It's, but I have used them many times and the new generation ones are almost unbreakable.

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The Waeco we use is a 40l freezer and sadly I have never found a suitable cover for it, so SWAMBO made this super-duty cover, made from polyurethane / foil insulation, and fitted into denim sleeves, but that's another story!

Ps.. anyone who needs insulation can help themselves to the room-full I have!

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The frame height and storage areas on each side of the contraption were designed to house our camping chairs (right) and solar panel (left), which are usually the first things to come out after the beers.
The bottom drawer we designed to fit two tin cans on top of each other. I used to use ammo boxes and hated the design. Top drawer will hold other things.

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The second row of seats come out (no kidlets) so our thermocooler, and other nonsense we all like to take with, go there. The toolbox gives quick access to the recovery kit.

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There is still another drawer which is almost done, to be installed next week. I tested the design by sitting on the fridge tray, so I'm pretty happy with the end result. I might tweak and add if needed in the future.
by Rhett
22 Sep 2016 20:41
 
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Re: DIY DRAWER SYSTEM

Hi all

Well, I would consider this project complete. I have minor things to do, carpet / rubberize the drawers inside, and fix a few more anchor points for bungee cords. But the final stages were as follows:

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Top drawer complete and handles and drawer locks in...


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Happy with the accessibility...


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Three extra plug points - 2 of them run off the secondary battery, and the third is connected to a power supply. So at a campsite with 220v, I can run a fridge or lighting off that socket...

This is how I mounted it:
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And that is all. I attribute this effort to hard work, hard whiskey, and a hard wife:


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by Rhett
06 Oct 2016 18:44
 
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Re: Front passenger window switch faulty

Quick update, sorry I forgot to post on the weekend..

Stripped the switch, cleaned the contacts up (they were quite dirty) with scotchbrite, put it back together and all good. I'm glad I did it, because I did find a few screws were loose in the door panel,

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by Rhett
11 Oct 2016 17:27
 
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Re: Kifuka beach - Angola

I will have to make a plan to go one day! My dream-holiday list is getting long now..
by Rhett
31 Oct 2016 14:11
 
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Re: Camping trailer

Looking very good Peter!! Very impressed with it, and the best part is that it is customized to your needs. Really looking forward to seeing it done now :thumbup:
by Rhett
21 Nov 2016 11:55
 
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Re: Namakwa Eco Trail to Swakopmund

Our third day on the Eco Trail we headed to Groot Melkboom.

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So far, so good. We had a lekker time there, but were disappointed to find someone's old rubbish bags thrown into the hollows of the poor tree, and left over braai coals strewn all over. Some people should not be allowed out of their own yard!

Our next stop, and easily the most enjoyable drive for me, was from Groot Melkboom to Kamgab. Nice and technical in places and lots of challenging optional routes.

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Temperatures were now hitting high 30's, and all our fridges were battling. Solar panels were out as soon as we stopped. We also realized that the little alternator on the Suzuki was not charging the deep cycle fast enough, and the fridge was shutting down almost as soon as we stopped. We then had to deal with another issue. The radiator reservoir on the 'Zuki disappeared. It snapped the bracket off and got lost on the trail. We now had to improvise with a a coke bottle and lots of cable ties. It worked perfect but unfortunately I forgot to take photos. :doh:

Next leg was to Vioolsdrift border post. I filled up the Patrol again here. 109l used on the Eco Trail (starting at Pofadder) 446km. That gave me a consumption of around 4.4km/l.

We headed to Luderitz via Ai-Ais National Park and Rosh Pinah. Luckily we were staying at a self-catering chalet in Luderitz, so we didn't worry about arriving before sundown. We did spend only one night there but managed to get some washing done as well as sleep in a bed :lol: The following day we rushed to Dias Point as we had booked the Ghost Town tour at Kolmanskop for 11am.

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We left Luderitz and headed for Aus where we stayed at Klein Aus Vista. We stayed at camp site number 6, in the shade of a Sociable Weaver nest:
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Now, to all my fellow campers, a word of advice. If you ever decide that it might be a great idea to keep the tent packed away, and instead set up your stretcher underneath a Sociable Weaver nest for the night, immediately give up that idea and move far away. I woke up the following morning, painted the colour of weaver excrement. Fellow campers (including my wife) who had slept in safer areas, had a good laugh as I scrubbed myself and bedding clean the next morning.

End of Part 2

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by Rhett
10 Jan 2017 21:04
 
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Re: Namakwa Eco Trail to Swakopmund

Continuing Part 4:

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund. Wife and I decided to leave Tsauchab early on the 31st Dec and head to Sossusvlei for the morning, meeting the rest at Swakop that afternoon.

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My camera battery died halfway up Dune 45, so you will have to take my word that I climbed it :lol:

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It was satisfying to see all the other '4x4's' getting stuck in the deep sand while we powered past them :thumbup:

Anyway the sand did take a toll on my fuel consumption as I again dropped below 6km/l (5.85km/l). We hit the road again through Solitaire for Swakop, and everything was going absolutely perfectly, when... :doh:

As we came through the end of Kuiseb Pass, we noticed two vehicles driving towards us: A rolled Hilux, and a Suzuki SJ140...

The two Landies had passed the Hilux a few km's after the Pass, heading the opposite direction, and all was well. The Suzuki, about 5km behind the Landies, came across the Hilux, on all four wheels, but clearly had just rolled. The single driver of the Toyota, a lady from Zambia, had lost control on one of the corners and flipped the Hilux 360 degrees, landing it on it's wheels again. It was fitted with a rooftop tent and that had obviously taken a lot of the brunt. They immediately checked the lady for injuries, but apart from a few scratches, she was ok. The vehicle had not spilled a drop of oil, and after a few calls to the insurance company, they authorised Charles to drive it to the nearest safe zone. We met them about 3km's from the scene on their way to a nearby camp.

We saw the scene on our way out of the pass and immediately deciphered what had happened. The Toyota had come around a negative camber right bend. The rear left tyre had clipped the soft outside sand and the over-correction skid marks zipped across the road to the opposite sand bank where the car had ramped into a Nitro Circus stunt deserving of an award. The scariest part was that a few more meters and the car would have rolled down into the Kuiseb Canyon!

We eventually made it through to Swakopmund, to Gecko Ridge. Being the 31st (still) and quite late in the afternoon, the few other campers at the resort were already out partying and enjoying the last few hours of 2016. We set up our tent, lit the braai, and were fast asleep by 11pm.

2017 awoke us, and we went to visit some friends in Walvis Bay for a quick morning coffee, which turned out to be lunch and a delicious braai. We got back to camp at 4pm and chilled with a few whiskey's before bed time.

On the 2nd January 2017, we went adventuring:

Quad bike riding on the dunes followed by sand boarding and go-karts,

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We then ended the afternoon with the fascinating Living Desert Tour.

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Finally we saw the horse and mule graveyard, from the early 1900's.... Over 1600 horses and 900 mules were shot and buried due to an unknown disease, which was eventually diagnosed as malnutrition. They were all shot in the skull and buried with their saddles and the rest of their gear. This is just one grave site:

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The wind had uncovered all the bones as the dunes migrated over them..

End of part 4

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by Rhett
11 Jan 2017 21:13
 
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Re: INFO Day. 18 February 2017

Sharp Oompie, book me for 2 persons please :thumbup: We'll be there
by Rhett
19 Jan 2017 19:00
 
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Re: Sandwani: Saturday 18 March 2017

1. George Britnell _ Patrol
2. Jorrie Jordaan - Patrol
3. Juan Leslie - Patrol
4. Douw Reinders - Patrol
5. Paul Grebe - Pajero
6. Rhett vd Stelt - Patrol
by Rhett
09 Feb 2017 15:36
 
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Re: 3 door GQ for sale on OLX

Congratulations! :clap: Many many happy km's!
by Rhett
12 Feb 2017 09:06
 
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Re: DeWildt 26 Feb 2017

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by Rhett
26 Feb 2017 18:38
 
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Hardbody Overlander - Autotrader

Here is an interesting buy, for anyone looking for another holiday van:


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by Rhett
11 Apr 2017 15:43
 
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Re: Awning Restoration

So it's good for another 3 Patrol owners again? nicely done!
by Rhett
18 Apr 2017 12:40
 
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Re: 27 May 2017: Thaba Nkwe - Hekpoort

Thanks for organizing a great day George, we had a lot of fun. It was a good turnout and lovely to meet a few other club members.
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by Rhett
27 May 2017 17:27
 
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Re: 4.8 fuel consumption

Thanks for the feedback Noel, and that goes to prove a point! The best consumption I got was also around 7,8km/l, at also 90 - 100km/h (230km's)
by Rhett
03 Jul 2017 14:46
 
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Re: (9-13) Augustus 2017 RIVER TRIP

Absolutely going to make this one. Will not miss it for anything
by Rhett
18 Jul 2017 12:08
 
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Re: End-of-life report - Bridgestone M/T (D673)

So I saw these tyres at ATT yesterday, never heard of them (Landvigator I think)

They salesman mentioned that they're being fitted to South Africa 4x4 Rental vehicles, and so far good results. I didn't take a picture of the A/T's unfortunately.

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by Rhett
06 Oct 2017 10:44
 
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Re: Is this allowed in South Africa?

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by Rhett
12 Oct 2017 09:18
 
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