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    Queensland road trip July

    if you can find someone with - or get a copy of - the Camps book there used to be some great free/cheap campsites on your route - Balgal beach north of Townsville and the waterfalls near Henrietta creek on the road from Innisfail up to the Atherton tablelands are definitely memorable. Paronella...
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    Bolts for skidplates - anything better than ordinary hex bolts?

    decent quality bolt extractor. At least with the allen head you have the start of a central pilot hole....and if you are really paranoid helicoil the threads so that you have 2 layers that can unscrew
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    Positional: Simple GPS App w/ Coords, Elevation, Speed, Bearing

    Love the new sunset feature - i'm seldom up early enough to worry about sunrise - and while i didn't initially think about the measures of how long dusk would last, it did prove useful tonight (13 degrees south, north east Brasil coast) to know how dark it would get so fast. Excellent work...
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    Evacuation Insurance/International Medical Insurance

    not a medivac case, but when we were stuck in Guatemala not able to move past Nicaragua due to the political unrest, World Nomads were of no help whatsoever and left us high and dry. I changed to another UK insurer for the rest of my trip. Won't give WN any more of my money....
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    home made tie downs - spring strength?

    thanks - its a similar idea to put the load through the compression spring, and has the advantage of dual springs and off the shelf components....
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    home made tie downs - spring strength?

    thanks - good to know how much movement to expect to judge the length of springs required. Tension springs would probably be easier, but i've not found anything on ebay UK that looks like it would be small enough to be neat yet strong enough to take the tension. The compression springs they sell...
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    home made tie downs - spring strength?

    In preparation for my camper build, I'm thinking of making my own tie downs - I like the happijac tie downs as a neat looking system but to get some shipped to the UK more than doubles the online price with shipping and import taxes, and I hate giving the government any more money than I have...
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    High Altitude Capable - Double glazed glass - Insulated Glass Units - High altitude windows

    Sorry, I'm still not sure what the benefit of valves is over just holes that allow the air inside to expand and contract. Do you mean something like a schraeder tyre valve? Personally I would just have something to hold the desiccant over the holes on the outside of the spacer so it can easily...
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    High Altitude Capable - Double glazed glass - Insulated Glass Units - High altitude windows

    Do you need to keep them sealed? i would be more inclined to allow the pressure to equalise and build in a way to hold some desiccated silica gel in the breather hole to remove any moisture that could cause condensation.
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    Composite Interior Wall Panels

    Another general issue with pultruded FRP angles for this type of use, or especially if you want to put a vertical load on it, is that most of the fibres and therefore strength runs along the length of the section as it is pulled through the mould to make it. Personally I would make some out of...
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    Vehicle Cabinetry Construction Materials

    Counter top i'll probably go with the thinnest Corian or equivalent domestic kitchen counter I can get. Lots of finishes, easy to work with so you can make matched covers for sink, cooker etc, completely water and mould resistant. not sure what the density is but I know it can be thin so lightweight
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    Vehicle Cabinetry Construction Materials

    Clearance for opening doors is one key consideration, the other is that i've had hinged doors pop their latches and drop items out before now on rough roads, so you end up having to double secure them and its more of a pain to live with. Coroplast is pretty resilient to bumps from things falling...
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    Vehicle Cabinetry Construction Materials

    I'm planning sliding doors rather than hinged where feasible, running in aluminium channels. I might make them out of fibreglass covered foam core material, or I might go the easy way and just use a couple of layers of 4mm coroplast stuck together. If I black anodise the frames and buy primary...
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    Positional: Simple GPS App w/ Coords, Elevation, Speed, Bearing

    At that altitude an oxygen bottle or compressor would have been nice, but probably beyond even the latest iPhone..... I like things simple so like the app just the way it is, but the other thing I use in another app is local sunrise and sunset times to know how much daylight we have left. And...
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    home made camper jacks - 12v motor suggestions needed

    also saw some on ebay.co.uk, but I suspect they may be a bit heavy and slow RPM rate on the gearing for what I need.....
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