A little story about how awesome kombiclub members are. My daughter, her friend and myself went to the Falls Festival in Byron Bay in buttercup which ran beautifully on the trip down. Through the forum I found out that Kai was also going and we arranged to meet to talk about our kombis and other important stuff. Because of constant mobile phone charging and occasional stereo use of course buttercup ended up with a flat battery on day 3 of 4. I did have jumper leads and a young lady in a Yaris was conveniently parked right behind us but for the same reason as us it also had a flat battery. Because we were hemmed in the middle of a campground you cannot move any vehicles for the 4 days. So I called up Kai who was camped a fair distance away and he offered one of his 3 batteries to get us going. Anyway I was looking for a wheelbarrow to cart the 20+kg battery and in doing so found someone two camps down who offered their loose battery so we ended up getting both cars started off that. This morning when it was all over buttercup refused to start but we could jump off the Yaris so we ended up in the line to leave that went for miles. Greta accidentally stalled so we needed a jumpstart again! Luckily a fellow behind us obliged and Kai was a few cars in front in the line that wasn't moving and diagnosed a dead battery with his multimeter after half an hour of idling. We discovered that an old kombi will keep running even with a stuffed battery but in knowing that we had to stop for fuel on the way home Kai kindly lent us his spare deep cycle battery that we could jumpstart off if we stopped anywhere. Another problem we had on the way out was that because we were idling for at least an hour the worn out carby was playing up and the engine was running very rough and puffing smoke when revving. It must have been excessive fuel of something because after a couple of miles it was running sweet again and the battery gained charge again once we were cruising and in the end we didn't need a jumpstart at the servo but it was nice to know that a fellow kombiclub member did everything he could to help us get home! So a big thanks to Kai (and his sister) for the help and good company on the long haul to get out of Byron parklands.