What Gadgets or mods have you carried out?

Grazza

New Member
Hi All

Just ordered my off road GIC CT and am currently contemplating all the improvements or additions I can add prior to loading it up ready for first use.

What gadgets or improvements have other CT owners made to their pride and joy?

Grazza
 

frosty

4x4 Earth Contributer
I've got a HUGE battery, Engal voltage meter and cut off. (10.5V) Heaps of low votage, cig and narva plug outlets and LED lights. Fixed trickle charger.
 

Walkabout

Moderator
Copper gas lines with isolation valves at appliance's, 4 burner stainless gas cook top mounted in sliding draw and a bayonet fitting on the front to run the BB:D, Stainess caravan style smeg sink with pressured cold water.
 

knot_gillty

Active Member
I've got a HUGE battery, Engal voltage meter and cut off. (10.5V) Heaps of low votage, cig and narva plug outlets and LED lights. Fixed trickle charger.

You wouldn't need a battery mate! Just run everything off Yobbo's trailer......;);):D:D:cool::rolleyes::eek:
 

Grazza

New Member
Thanks

Thanks for the ideas all. I read an article by Drifta on his web site at DRIFTA - Camping Kitchens Start here... about his trailer set up and didnt think I'd get any more ideas than from that article. Take a look it's pretty comprehensive.

DRIFTA Camping Kitchens - My Trailer Setup

His kitchen units look awesome too.

Grumpy, I've been thinking of electric brakes having read a horror story of a trailer pushing a car off a muddy road. I'll look into this as I have no appreciation (yet) whats involved. I'm gussing a major change to wheels/hubs and some form of 12v feed from the car in addition to the basic towing hook up. Thanks.

Copper gas lines to the cooker unit Walkabout, that sounds like you are completely happy with cooker location etc. I'm still debating if I want a mobile kitchen so i'm not always cooking in the tent on a nice day. Guess I'll suck it and se for a while but this sounds like a good idea rather than replacing o rings so often (and risking not having them).

Frosty, thanks. I'm ordering today a battery and charger ready for the delivery of the CT on Monday. I too want LED lighting (but not too much more). So I've plumbed for an AGM 100AH battery which weighs about the most I would like to place in my a frame toolbox. I'm thinking with careful management that this will be plenty big enough for lighting for a decent length of stay between powered locations. I'm interested about the trickle charging though, Solar? if so what do you run and how large a panel does for you? My battery condition meter is going to be one of those powered battery boxes which have a push button meter on the top.

Knot Guilty, unsure of who Yobbo is but feel if I stick around long enough I might find out

Thanks again all really helpful

Barry
 

chris_stoffa

4x4 Earth Contributer
Grazza,

Change any / all lights in the camper ( not your tail lights) to LED's, worth the effort for better lighting, less current draw.

Strips of LED's in clear plastic tubing work a treat, just seal them in with a little silicone at each end, drill through the tube and silicon then wire or thread a hook onto them - Or Velcro them where you want them around your camper /annex

Make up a distribution box ( pic attached, its an electrical box, got it from a tame Sparky ) to run the lights off, hang/place it where you need it and run your LEDs out from there. Saves having a tangle of wires all over the place. Mine has 5 mts of cable on it, red/green LED, fused and on/off switch - took about an hour to make up.

Distribution Box is also handy when you need to shift the Fridge / TV / Radio / whatever out into the annex or outside or run a spot light / work light around or under your vehicle and trailer for breakdowns etc.

Then run a cable to the farthest corner of your trailer from your battery box so that you can plug the Distribution box into there for extra distance, Oh and put a plug for it in your vehicle, under the bonnet is real handy :)

Found it to be really useful little setup

Cheers
 

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croozza

Active Member
Can anyone please let me know where you can purchase strips of LED lights thanks?

if you want the best quality and range go to an auto electrical wholesale store, if you want the best price but not the best quality or range go to autobarn or supacheap
 

knot_gillty

Active Member
if you want the best quality and range go to an auto electrical wholesale store, if you want the best price but not the best quality or range go to autobarn or supacheap

Or eBay! Always good for some cheap and nasty stuff. You can get some good stuff cheap on there too sometimes!
 
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