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Touring Australia

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by Rosscoe, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    I consider a small flexible roof mounted solar panel worthwhile.
    Something 80+ depending on budget.
    It is nearly always giving something.
    Even 15W under marginal conditions is probably offsetting hourly consumption of the average Waeco.
    Extends battery life and less times the folding ones need to come out.

    Only big ticket spare I would consider advantageous would be a spare generator due to the need to run engine fan.
    Even a non functioning one to act as a shaft .

    Other than that the usual cables and fluids.
    Electrical hot wiring bits.
    Most switches can be bypassed to get you to civilisation.

    CVs normally give a fair warning.
    Carry a spare and a few bolts if you wish.
    Definately check that ALL existing bolts on CVs are not damages and are torqued to 25ftlb.
    Carry a 1/2" drive quality drive bit to suit the bolt heads.
    I get theimpact ones from trade tools. A out $9 EA.
    Plus use quality socket and 18"+ breaker bar for wheel nuts. Also torque wrench for same.
    95ftlb.
    One front bearing kit in case one stuffs up in a water crossing?
    Spare upper bolt for rear shocks.
    Not a common thread and can suddenly get lost
    Maybe X2.
    1 to recut a stuffed thread and one for repair.
    I carry a number of common parts taps.

    Spare checked/ timed dissy, coil, leads, points, condenser.
    Spare oil n filter in case you get a sump full of fuel.

    Basic recovery gear for stuck off track.
    Snatch, tow, cheap hand winch and a few D shackles.
    Suitable road tyres get you a lot of places.
    I often carry snow chains for off road use.
    Easier than multiple spares or mud tyres when only occasionally needed.
    Slightly bigger tyres are good.
    Your motor if pushing stock 1600 gearing should handle common upgrade of 668mm (vs 650 stock)
    This gives 195 R 14, 205.75.14. for starters on 14"X 5.5" rims.

    Mainly made roads you will be fine.

    Corrugated can play havoc with carbs so if an issue check these.

    Nearly forgot..
    Only reason for unreliability is years of neglect or crap mechanic.
    Once brought back to well maintained condition it's only scheduled maintainence pretty much.
    Plus rustproof with lanolin or similar everywhere possible.;)

    3000w inverter seems big?
    Is it for any particular reason?
    Is it only " on" for a particular use or low standby load?
     
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  2. old grey

    old grey Well-Known Member

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    And dont forget beer, and surfboards.
     
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  3. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    .......and lots of ‘em!
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  4. tillis

    tillis Well-Known Member

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    Geez...leave the Kombi and go on the Harley!
     
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  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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  6. Rosscoe

    Rosscoe Member

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    Yes that is going to be an issue that we will need to keep a very close eye on, we may have to do what Tintop has done
     
  7. Rosscoe

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  8. Voltwagen

    Voltwagen Member

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    Very true
     
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  9. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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    Have a great trip. I did about 300,000km all told in my '82 Camper and my '89 Syncro. Both of them towed a tradies trailer with my spares and camping gear. We decided on the trailer as it meant the bed could be left made up. Before that decision I would unpack a stack of gear from the floor of the kombi before making up the bed and then reverse the procedure before we moved on. Both vehicles had no issue in towing the trailer to all the places we visited.

    One thing I did which let me down at Winjana Gorge in the Kimberlies, is I replaced the points with an EMPI points replacement module and then forgot to pack the spare points. The EMPI failed 7,500km in to that trip.

    Ian
     
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  10. Rosscoe

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    Gday mate, all great advice thank you. Yeah we went big with the inverter "Just in case" it is big enough to run a 2000 watt Dyson heater cooler, it can handle a toaster a kettle and a microwave when we are parked up for any length of time, not that all these will be used at the same time of course. We didnt want to be caught out with a too small an inverter. We took out NRMA Plus just in case we break down somewhere, we can at least be towed to a caravan park so we can either fix it ourselves or get it to a workshop, we dont intend doing 1000klm days, she will not be pushed, we have absolutely no time constraints, we dont have to be anywhere at any particular time or day, she will just chug along in a relaxed state.
     
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  11. Rosscoe

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    Well done mate, yeah there is always something that we forget, I have no doubt we will too lol. I would like a syncro when we have had enough of our Bay, how capable off road are they??
     
  12. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi Rosscoe,
    Had a Kombi (76 2lt) for 40 yrs. Find out how reliable yours is before you go travelling. That will tell you what's next on the maintenance schedule. Nice to carry some 'spare bits' that NRMA doesn't.
    Cheers & good travels.
    BTW. I've carried no spares for 40 years but now I do. Must be getting paranoid;). Just maintained every 5,K & know what needs doing next. Aside from all the cables etc a spare ignition switch could be worth the investment;).
     
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  13. Rosscoe

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    Thanks mate, yeah we will be doing some short shake down trips to check her out, we are very lucky, we have access to my nephews friend who was his Formula V race car mechanic, this guy has helped us a lot, we dont always have to take it to him. He is able to diagnose and offer a solution over the phone, and has not yet been wrong. As mentioned earlier we have to have a specific event to occur before we can up roots and head off, but believe me we are so looking forward to hitting the road. It will definitely happen.....
     
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  14. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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    All I can say is that they are extremely capable. I never had an issue of being held up anywhere. In fact I had fitted a Lockrite diff to the '82 Camper and raised it to the height of a Syncro and thought that was pretty good and capable. When the Syncro arrived I was amazed at the capability compared to the '82. The 4WD and crawler gear could take me to any place I liked.

    Ian
     
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  15. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    You must have had a lot of faith in your bus Dave :eek:.
    As for me i hate the thought of getting half way across the hay plain then breaking down:mad: , $50 worth of spares in the back is a good investment and could save a whole lot of heartache......................:D
     
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  16. Rosscoe

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    Thanks mate, sounds like something we may be interested in the future.
     
  17. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    I did Chris. I lucked onto a 76 F/I (in 87), after 8 years in a carb 2lt, that taught me about Kombis. Old Boy (32yrs) has never let me down because he gets maintained;). I can hear which wheel bearing is next on the list:rolleyes:. But now days I do carry spare "bloody everything" after seeing what can go wrong from the clubs collective knowledge.
    Half a Kombi under my back seat now:p. Now I've got it I'm sure the past will continue & I won't need it:rolleyes:.
    Cheers
     
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  18. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Lol mobile vw parts parts supply van for those that need it.
     
  19. Rosscoe

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    We have decided to mount the solar panels to the roof but only for carrying purposes, they will be mounted in such a way that they can be removed very easily once we are parked, however can be left on the roof as we can run the cable through the sliding door once the awning and tent are erected. I dont want to drill through the roof or side to have the cable permanently attached to the second battery. This way they can be used in both ways, just wont be charging whilst we are driving as I had originally planned.
     
  20. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    If travelling times are short then you're not loosing much charge time.

    But if it was an advantage then ,if convenient position for cable run, a hole through side with a covered plug in socket or even inner skin of engine air intake with grommet wouldn't be an issue.

    Avoid resistive heating loads with the inverter to lessen battery drain.

    Boiling water is hugely wasteful on battery capacity .
    Gas does it much more effectively.

    A mate is completing a more substantial camper on 2.5 tonne truck cab/ chassis.
    Biggest loads are air con and 280 litre? fridge
    All running off a 300w inverter with management priority governing loads.
    Both are inverter types so no big start up or running loads.
    System is working well off solar.
    Can't remember sizing.
     
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