What has been your favourite practical tip you have seen on a forum?

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G'day all,
What has been your favourite practical tip you have seen on this or any forum that we all might learn from? Can be on any subject but camping/offroading preferred.

I will start it off with one I posted way back:

When creek crossing place a length of motor bike inner tube over the end of your exhaust pipe to prevent water entry if stalled, I have always carried a length with me 'n used it often but never needed it!
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 13:37

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 13:37
ALWAYS ..... carry cable ties and duct tape :-)
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Reply By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 14:05

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 14:05
Hi Dingo,

The thing that Ive learnt is Dont take life our yourselves too seriously, its all gonna end one day so make the most of it whilst you still can.

God thats deep :)


Cheers Wilko
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:02

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:02
very heavy?
Please keep it to "camping/offroading preferred" thanks
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Reply By: Ozrover - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 15:47

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 15:47
Let your bloody tyre pressures down!!! LOL!

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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 15:58

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 15:58
Don't start a tyre thread on any 4wd forums.LOL
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:39

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:39
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:31

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:31
Oh Dave!! BFG A/ts are the go LOL!!! Michael

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Reply By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:20

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:20
Start your post with "yes I have tried the search function but...."(;-))

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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:03

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:03
Please keep it to "camping/offroading preferred" thanks
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Reply By: petengail - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:41

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 16:41
Use Rectinol hemmoroid cream for insect bites... It actually does work well
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:39

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:39
More important is not to mix up your toothpaste and your Hemorrhoid cream. Otherwise you may end up with shrunken gums and a ring of confidence!!! Michael :))
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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:08

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:08
Don't ever start the Nissan - Toyota war when camped with strangers, it's like politics and religion. They should be banned from all camp fires. lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Gaz@Gove (NT) - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 20:09

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 20:09
Agreed, or start an "Engel v's Waeco" on a forum or at a campsite.
Mmmmmmmm, now where do we go next?

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:48

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 17:48
When coiling up an electrical extension lead, always start with the male (supply) end. This ensures that the supply is disconnected so you don't get a "thrill" when you reach some missing insulation!

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Follow Up By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:07

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:07
also don't use while coiled up as it creates a magnetic field! spread it out
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:21

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 19:21
Of you roll all leads cables and hoses, from the same end and in the same size loops every time they will just about roll themselves.

if ya work in AV, sound and lighting a small pack up may be 30 or 40 cables.

Always from the male end...always the same size....all good.

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 07:25

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 07:25
To reduce the twists in a lead. Roll it out then pull it around a tree a couple of times.
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 10:45

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 10:45
If ya leads cables or hoses are difficult to handle.....or someone has"upset" them....or they are new and all bent up from being packed.

Best thing is to stretch them out straight on some concrete, bitumen or an iron roof on a hot day..leave them there for an hour or so

Then roll them up nice and regular while they are still warm.

a cabe that is laid out strainght will roll better and the twists will fall off the end and you roll.

If a cable or hose is a mess, you have no hope of rolling it up nice untill you lay it out straight and get the twists out.

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 11:31

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 11:31
Bantam,
when you pull it round a tree it spins the twists out of it from rolling it up sideways

Try it sometime. Have you ever tried to lay a lead out flat when the temperature is low. Then you have to wait for the sun to warm it up if there is any.


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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 12:08

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 12:08
We generally do the same thing but lay the cable out straight, pick it up run it thru our hands, or with a rag.

If a cable or hose is straight rolled and properly looked after.....it will contain a fixed number of latent twists......if you roll it from the same end and the same diameter every time it, those twists will reform in a helpfull manner and help you roll the cable.

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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 18:18

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 18:18
Never stall your car in a creek crossing !


Gazz
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 18:34

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 18:34
Rock Apes suggestion about a computer fan for cooling the back of a fridge in a caravan.

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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 12:18

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 12:18
Hey BooBoo...Can you direct me to that particular forum post ???

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 15:35

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 15:35
Wombat 100

If I don't stuff it up the following link is what you want.

Very easy to do, and you can get all the parts from jaycar.

http://www.dreampod.net/boroma/fridgefan.html

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 06:57

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 06:57
Jaycar, Wollongong are no longer selling the thermostat and resister components. Don't know if it is the same with other branches. Bob.
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Reply By: Candace S. - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 22:26

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 22:26
How to reseat a tubeless tyre with butane...

Though I've been reluctant to actually try it myself... :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 20:00

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 20:00
Works a treat,very easy to do,I took the wheel off though i think i will just jack it up next time.

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Reply By: Life Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 06:27

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 06:27
Someone posted about these ARP Hub Stud Upgrade at the cost 0f $159 , I got a set, they were just what I needed.


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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 08:04

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 08:04
Gday
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Follow Up By: ModSquad - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 17:47

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 17:47
How very thoughtful!
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Reply By: steamfire01 - Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 17:54

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 17:54
Dingo;
My favourite, something that has kept me from getting into trouble on a number of occasions.

The Golden Rules of four wheel driving: ask yourself three questions before attempting difficult or dangerous situations;

1 Do I really need to go there?
2 Is my vehicle capable of going there?
3 Am I capable of driving the vehicle there?

Keep safe out there.
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 19:48

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 19:48
The clear plastic cap on a "pump" brand water bottle is a perfect fit for the air outlet on the ARB compressor.. It sort of "clicks" on and won't fall off.

Keeps all the dust and other junk out of the fitting.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nolo (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 17:34

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 17:34
The rubber accessory that fits over a standard steel claw hammer face to use it as a rubber mallet also fits neatly over the ARB air fitting. (Available from Bunnings)
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