Heine's Ramblings and Rumblings

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Batteries and charging

I had 5 Optima Yellow Tops from the Disco and the trailer . I decided to use 4 as auxiliary batteries and also replaced the starting battery with one . I used a National Luna battery management system and a Link 10 for monitoring . As I had already removed the camper to have the load bay rubberised , it was quite easy to get to everything .


Two batteries each side of the camper. They are accessible through the hatches in the bed . I wanted to put them as far forward as possible and also balance the load , as the 4 come in at over 120 kg .


Left pair . The solenoid for the battery management system can be seen on the right hand side .


Right pair . The shunt for the Link 10 and the fuse box for both the Link 10 and the additional pumps for the fuel tanks (that are still to be added) can be seen on the right hand side

Below are some of the Link 10 display values


Current voltage on aux batteries (system not charging)


Current amp draw from aux batteries Shows as positive when the batteries are charging


Amps used to date . (Shows as zero when batteries are fully recharged )


Estimated hours left before user specified percentage of discharge is reached , based on Peukert’s Law


Battery in engine bay . It’s a tight fit but it makes it

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Firestone Air Helpers

Yup also sourced through Bud Morris , I needed these because even with the heavy duty springs and shocks , the back of the car is still a bit low. Also it helps firm up the handling for tar driving , and you can deflate them once you’re off road , to allow for more articulation




I didn’t want the fancy inflation system , so I just had the bags fitted and had the valves run to under the driver’s seat , where they are out of the way .

I did not cross link the bags , because now I can inflate them separately to best level the car .

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Escape Gear Seat Covers

I ordered the cotton ones through Bud Morris  as he does everything at cost plus 10 and it also takes the hassle out of shopping around


They come in quite a nice bag


Seat front . The holes at the top are for the head rest


The complete set . The hole in the top left cover is at the back where on earlier models there used to be a bump stop . It is possible to order the back covers off a 76 SW which comes without the hole , but I’m not that anal (sorry Charl  Winking smile)


Fitted which took about half an hour (Mandy – not me – I don’t have the patience )