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Tallebudgera Creek - Days 10 to 13

7 June to 10 June 2014

On Sunday we spent the day finishing the weekend papers and enjoying the sun. The park is chock-a-block with families enjoying the long weekend break.

On Monday morning all the families were packing up to make their way home, and the regulars started making their way into the park for their winter sojourn in warmer climes. Colin and Merle that we met last year arrived and set up on the site across the road from us for about six weeks. They are retired farmers from the Western Districts of Victoria and have been doing this for about 14 years. The are also Geelong supporters so we have something to talk about.

On Tuesday we bit the bullet and took our batteries to Battery World to have them tested - they are both slowly dying and need to be replaced. Because of the small size of the battery compartment, we were somewhat limited with battery capacity for replacements. Two 85 amp hour batteries was the most that we could accommodate. We decided to go for 2 high capacity 6 volt batteries and connect them in series, this would give us 216 amp hours, which is better than 170 AH from two 12 volt batteries.

We also decided to buy a new brake controller as our old one has being doing a few strange things on occasions. For no reason the controller would turn on the brake lights even when parked with the ignition turned off. A visit to Auto-Barn allowed us to buy an exact replacement - a Tekonsha IQ Primus, which could be plugged into the existing wiring harness.

On Wednesday David spent the afternoon installing an LED strip light in the bathroom - Di can see all the wrinkles now! Having allowed our new batteries to reach full charge we decided to turn off the C-Tec battery charger and simulate free camping. The TV and a couple of lights have been drawing about 3 amps, and after 5 hours the voltage has only dropped to 12.3 volts. A good result!

No photos today.

Posted by TwoAces 17:54

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