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Final Preparations

May 2013

We completed a few last minute jobs on the Fiver in preparation for going away. Our Trip to Port Arthur identified a fault with the DVD player in our TV so we decided to buy a Blu-Ray/DVD player and installed it in the van. Another issue identified at Port Arthur was the Satellite TV dish, which is difficult to keep tuned in strong winds and in fact blew over several times. So we ordered another dish with a folding stand that will be easier to set up and can be easily fixed to the ground with a couple of tent pegs. Two other items were a changeover switch for our batteries so the we can charge either or both batteries together. Last year we had noticed that often one battery was fully charged while the other was not. We also installed an ammeter so as to be able to monitor the charge going into or coming out of the battery.

As for the Navara, it was new tyres and a final service. After getting quotes on a range of tyres we settled on a set of Cooper Discoverer AT3s at $320 each. Provided they are regularly rotated and balanced they are guaranteed for 80,000 kms. By the time we took the Navara in for its final service we were having serious problems - no power on hills. A trip over one of Hobart's steepest hills had us at 2,500 revs doing 40 kms per hour and unable to go any faster. The Nissan would not pull skin of a custard, let alone tow a 3 tonne van over Constitution Hill on the way to Devonport. DJ Nissan eventually identified the problem as an almost fully blocked fuel filter that was starving the engine of fuel. It seems that we probably got a load of dodgy fuel somewhere - perhaps somewhere on our trip last year.

Now that both the van and the Nissan were in good working order we brought the van home for a final wash and clean before loading up the pantry and the fridge with our food stocks for our trip. We returned the van to the caravan park to leave it on a powered site to get the fridge cold for our trip north.

Posted by TwoAces 17:27

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