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  1. Thread: Cuppa’s Blog

    by Cuppa
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    Our time in the Daintree is coming to an end...

    Our time in the Daintree is coming to an end sadly, but we are looking forward to February up on Cape York.

    http://cuppa500.com/Blog/2020/01/23/last-few-weeks-in-the-rainforest/
  2. Thanks folks we are getting there..... a big...

    Thanks folks we are getting there..... a big improvement using heat & paper towels. Now using sodium bicarbonate sprinkled on which also seems to work well. Vacuuming it up was not such a good...
  3. Need suggestions on how to clean up the mess I've made.

    We went shopping & among all the usual stuff we bought was a block of butter. Carried back to where we are staying in the car fridge. Unloaded the fridge but somehow left the block of butter sitting...
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    If you haven't changed all the oils in one hit...

    If you haven't changed all the oils in one hit previously the cost of the oils is a real eye opener, or at least it was for me! Not a cheap exercise. Getting the oils into the diffs, gearbox &...
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    I am astonished! Much as I like Wanaaring it is a...

    I am astonished! Much as I like Wanaaring it is a tiny place with a tiny population & very little there. Hard to justify the cost on the basis of need. Doubtful it will increase tourism by any great...
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    Doesn't sound good, but fingers crossed.

    Doesn't sound good, but fingers crossed.
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    Looks like a great initiative.

    Looks like a great initiative.
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    I wonder if it might take them a while to get the...

    I wonder if it might take them a while to get the yellow colouring when the river stops running. The Paroo was definitely not running when I caught them, in fact we had been told when in White Cliffs...
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    We camped on a waterhole on the southern side of...

    We camped on a waterhole on the southern side of Wanaaring, about 10'ish kms out of town. Didn't try for yabbies but got a good feed of 'Yellowbelly, which contrary to their name are all white in the...
  10. Thread: Second car?

    by Cuppa
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    We gave the wife's car away when we headed off...

    We gave the wife's car away when we headed off into the blue yonder back in June '18. It was a little mitsubishi mirage two door hatchback. Bought it with 80K on it & ran it without any major issue...
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    Good thinking batman!

    Good thinking batman!
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    Is that your video Cradoka? I enjoyed seeing the...

    Is that your video Cradoka? I enjoyed seeing the place again, especially from the air.

    Top spot, certainly within the top 10 places we've enjoyed around Australia. Would happily go back there &...
  13. Although the monsoon trough is yet to reach us we...

    Although the monsoon trough is yet to reach us we think the wet season has begun. Since 1st January we have had 428.9mm or rain (as of this morning 10/1/20), including one overnight dump of 146.5 mm...
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    Splicing would be a handy skill to have.

    Splicing would be a handy skill to have.
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    I was about to hang sh*t on those blade type...

    I was about to hang sh*t on those blade type circuit breakers, but noticed in time that they are manually re-settable.

    I had some auto reset circuit breakers of similar type, but would never...
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    No worries MR. Your thinking about 'shared...

    No worries MR. Your thinking about 'shared storage' makes sense. It is actually the normal way to charge multiple batteries - to have them connected together in a battery bank. Essentially two ways...
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    The Victron MPPT 100/30 should keep you happy &...

    The Victron MPPT 100/30 should keep you happy & at reasonable price on ebay. (Around $250) ...
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    It sounds like you know what you are getting into...

    It sounds like you know what you are getting into PeeBee,

    The issue which concerned me, the over 20% charging current with possible shortened battery lifespan is a matter of choice. Fair enough....
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    So are you saying that the alternator has some...

    So are you saying that the alternator has some sort of 'smarts' built in? If so it sounds like a good thing & my concern is unwarranted.

    However if the current input into the batteries relies upon...
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    My expectation of the solar matches yours MR, I...

    My expectation of the solar matches yours MR, I only mentioned it as a 'clunky alternative to re-charging a 400Ah battery bank if it had been severely depleted by winching use, if the 300A...
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    That is the bit I am unsure about. Not saying...

    That is the bit I am unsure about. Not saying it's wrong, just that I am not certain it's correct. Reason is that lead based batteries are generally recommended to be charged at around a max 20% of...
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    I suspect it depends upon the intended usage....

    I suspect it depends upon the intended usage. Knowing your love of winching I suspect yours is setup to allow for extended winching, which seems to make sense for me too although it might depend upon...
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    What batteries are you charging with such a...

    What batteries are you charging with such a powerful alternator? I cant imagine needing 300A for anthing other than a large Lithium battery bank. This might make interesting reading for you if...
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    Geez PeeBee, What are you like? You never...

    Geez PeeBee, What are you like?

    You never considered that connecting a 300A output to a 120A max input ctek smartpass to be a tad unwise. I am shaking my head slowly from side to side in...
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    No local wreckers options. Bought one off ebay...

    No local wreckers options.

    Bought one off ebay - a cheapie (if $64 for a plastic mirror can be considered cheap - Nissan's price was something like $470!) - arrived today. Came with door mounting...
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