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Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 18:29
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Hi all,
Have been a member of Explore Aus for a month or more so thought it about time i submitted a post.
There is certainly some characters get on here but a lot of good info to be picked up as well. My wife and i get on the boat and head for the Nth. Island in 2wks. Will be on the road for 6mths going up as far as Cooktown via Lawn Hill.
Question for all you Sparkies, The service manager from Jayco in Hobart informed me 2wks. ago that Jayco Melb. sent out a notice to inform all owners that the Honda EU 20i was unsuitable as it would kill the converter in the van if it was used to power the van.Real handy as i purchased one about a month ago.
Any info or thoughts would be much appreciated,
DUKE
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 19:03

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 19:03
Duke,
Welcome to the mad house mate.....why has it taken you sooooo long to post something??? hahaha

Anyway, I'm sure why the Jayco service manager would tell you that. When you say.....quote: "the Honda EU 20i was unsuitable as it would kill the converter in the van".........; do you mean the "inverter"? (not "converter"). If so, I'm not sure what the 2 things have to do with one another????

If you are powering the van with the Honda (which has more 'pure' power output than your home 240 volt supply in all liklihood), then you won't be needing to operate your inverter at the same time. The inverter will only be required to power 240 volt appliances using a 12volt power source (your battery), at times when you can't use the Honda. If he meant that you should not have the Honda going and have the 12volt output from it going to the inverter as a power source, so that you can run 240volt appliances off the inverter, (why would you even consider this???), then I'd have to agree with him. The 12volt output on the Honda should ONLY be used to charge car/deep cycle batteries etc. Even then, I don't believe that is the best option for charging large batteries....far better to have a good quality (say 15amp 3 stage) battery charger to run off the 240volt side of the Honda.

Cheers
Roachie
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Reply By: Member - Duke (TAS) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 19:11

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 19:11
Roachie
Yes i meant Converter.When one is connected to 240 volt on site it converts 240volt back to 12volt to run the lights in the Van and to charge the 100amp deep cycle battery.
DUKE
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 19:18

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 19:18
Okay mate, sorry....I hadn't heard that term before....would have called it a "transformer" myself.

Anyway, I still fail to understand why he would have said that about the Honda. The only thing I'd be making sure of when using the Honda would be to not start it up with the 240 cord plugged in as this could see the converter getting a wobbly voltage for a few seconds from the time you pull the starter cord until the output becomes full 240v.

I think I'd be seeking a second opinion from a relaible sparkie....(which I certainly am not!!!! hahaha).

PS: it was only by chance that I saw your response to my response.......If you want the responder to see what you have said, you need to click on the small tab immediately under the response, rather than hit the button at the bottom to submit a new response.....chit, that sounds complicated...hahaha
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Reply By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 19:49

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 19:49
Duke,

I like your modification of exploroz to Explore Aus.

I've never been a fan of this "Oz" horse manure.

We are Aussies, not Ozzies.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Bros 1 - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:17

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:17
Duke,
Welcome aboard. Like the bit about the NORTH ISLAND.
Cheers,
Bros.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 00:38

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 00:38
Bring your cozzies; the Nth Island is a bit warmer ;)
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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:33

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:33
Mate if you're coming up the Coast Road, when you cross the NSW/QLD border, do me a favour. Remember you're driving. We have soo many of those funny plates all over the road, trying to go here and have a look at that. It's a well known fact that the most dangerous touros come from....err...where is it ? Oh yes...Tas MANIA.
Apart from that, welcome :))))))))
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Follow Up By: Member - Duke (TAS) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:55

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:55
Footloose
You are not going to suck me in with your comment on Mexicans from down sth. Had a couple of years in Qld when we came back from the NT in 2000 and know how you Qld's drive so one has to keep there wits about them when getting close to the border. Ha! Ha! DUKE
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:09

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 21:09
Yeah ? So how come when I met a young lass from there she pulls the shirt from over one shoulder and says, "see, no scar". She had to explain that one to me :)
The only queenslanders who drive badly, always in a rush and outta my way are the ex mexicans. We needed a sign at the border, "leave your attitude at home", but its too late now. No difference between here and any other capital city.
I have been almost wiped out twice in the last 2 years, and both of em came from you know where. One didnt see the red light and one did a u turn across 3 lanes of oncoming traffic. Scary stuff. Now when I see THOSE plates I am vewwwy wary.
Mind you the other mex vizzies wander around like browns cows. God help you if you do the same where they come from.
Its a jungle out there.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 23:56

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 23:56
Footloose,

You are kidding. Queenslanders criticizing other drivers LOLOLOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 00:43

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 00:43
Footy mate, next time I leave Murmillumbah and cross the border I'll remember it must be other NSW drivers cutting across from the 3rd lane to to take the next exit LOL
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Reply By: On Patrol - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:33

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 20:33
Hey Duke,
enjoy your visit to the Nth Island. Welcome to ExploreOz.

Is it you selling the cargo barrier on e-bay?. If it is, you seem to be doing well, i last saw around $210 or so with a day to go. I gave up looking at $200. Good luck with your trip and sale.
On Patrol. (CSP0000)
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Follow Up By: On Patrol - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 17:54

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 17:54
Hey Duke.
If that is you selling that cargo barrier it has topped $300, with a few hours to go, well done. Thats about what you pay for a new one (some clowns need to research their new prices ). Thats 2 FULL tanks full of cheaper Qld fuel in your magnificent Patrol.
Enjoy your trip on the (Big Island) Nth Island.
On Patrol.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 08:30

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 08:30
Can't help on the gennie, but have a good trip in the north.
Remember the Qld border is half way to the top, and where the fuel gets cheaper (but not cheap).
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Follow Up By: Member - Duke (TAS) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 17:03

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 17:03
Hi On Patrol and Sandman,
Thanks for the Info am now going to try and put it into practice. I am only a learner driver as far as Computer's are concerned but have been plugging away at it for 18Mths. Can get by with most things but never tried this Cut, Copy and Paste caper so here goes.
Duke.
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Reply By: Wombat - Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 10:24

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 at 10:24
The Duke, eh! Welcome
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