Ive Had a Run of Bad Luck with my Car lately

My story started two weeks ago.

My car engine decided to stop while I was in transit.
I had enough forward momentum to get off the main road, and up a side street. After stopping, I got out,  lifted the hood. wiggled a few wires, looked to see if all the electrical connections were still in their correct location, jumped back behind the steering wheel, and as if by magic, the car fired up.

So I started to drive up the road, but only traveled a very short distance, and the motor stopped again.
This time I got my phone out and called the RACV, 20 minutes later, I had a chap looking under the hood for me. He found a break in the wire that goes to the coil pack, which accounted for me getting the motor started earlier, by wiggling a wire or two.

Oh well, had to wait for a tow truck to arrive this time.
In the meantime, I phoned my mechanic, who told me it was OK to bring it to him.
When I went into the office to book my vehicle in, the tow truck driver took off, and left me stranded at the mechanics.
I’m not happy about that.

The mechanic I use employees 5 mechanics in his workshop, and is always very busy.
I waited 4 days to get my car back.

Two days later, a nice large pool of water under the car.
I thought it might have been the overflow from the air conditioner, but I lifted the bonnet just to be safe. Sure enough, the radiator water level was down.

Back to the mechanic yet again:
This time the water pump was thee culprit, another day passes and I’m back on the road.

The saga continues:
A few days later, I have an oil leak from the engine valley cover gasket. dropping oil on my garage floor.
Back to my mechanic, got the valley gasket replaced, and all is good once again.

I haven’t finished my run of bad luck:
A couple more days go by, and I find another oil leak, from somewhere under the car. I’m not certain were its dripping from, so it looks like another trip to my mechanic is looming.

P.S. I think its time to put mt old car up for adoption, its been trouble free for just over 200,000 kilometers, so I really can’t complain, (BUT WHATS THE FUN IN THAT haha.)

Anyway, Safe driving, and I hope you get a laugh out of my misfortune.
I Might go and buy a lotto ticket, want to go halves?

World Record Towing a Caravan Jump

World Record Towing a Caravan Jump shown on the Fifth Gear TV Show.

Wow, what a way to destroy a caravan with style, in order to hold a world record.
For those interested, the previous Longest Caravan Jump Record, was held by Australian Ray Baumann, measured at 157 feet 6 inches to where the tow vehicles front wheels first touched down.
The New World Record. is held by an English Stuntman Derek Lee, at 187 feet 8 inches using a BMW as the tow vehicle.

This video below by Fifth Gear, shows just how crazy some Caravan Drivers really are. haha.
Now the Big Question is, who will be mad enough to try and create a new world record, for the longest caravan jump in history. Not Me that’s for sure.

The Video above is from the Fifth Gear YouTube Channel showing the world record jump in full.
P.S. The channel has quite a few videos available, In Fact, over 300 to be more precise.
So this should keep you entertained on a wet winters day or three.

Me personally, I like my old caravan, and have no intentions on destroying it, especially while trying for a world record.
HMMM On Second Thoughts…. Maybe a caravan manufacturer might offer to replace my Old Van, with a New one if I tried the Jump. haha

Portable Washing Machine Hand Operated

Portable Washing Machine Hand Operated.

Washing Machines that are small and don’t weigh much, will pay for themselves many times over, especially, if you frequent caravan parks to do your laundry.

The Ezywash hand-operated washing machine shown below is an excellent example of an environmentally friendly washing machine, add some bio degradable detergent and a bit of elbow grease and you can do your clothes justice no matter where you are camping

Portable Hand Operated Washing Machine
Portable Hand Operated Washing Machine

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I made the Video above demonstrating the Hand Operated Washing Machine I Own.
It works remarkably well and is easy to use, I was truly amazed at how much dirt was removed from my items of clothing I used in this demo. Make me really think about changing my socks more often haha.

Hitch Locks Help Prevent Theft of Caravans, Boat Trailers, Horse Floats

Trailer Coupling Hitch Locks.

Unfortunately, there are a few deranged people, who think nothing of stealing your hard earned Caravans, Boat Trailers, Horse Floats etc. These are easy targets for criminals, as they are often left unattended for extended periods of time.

Fitting hitch locks or wheel clamps, means your prized possession. should still be where you parked it.

Over the years, I have had a few different coupling Locks, and the latest being the Saracen Ultra, this is by far the best I’ve owned so far.

I am quite impressed with this Saracen Ultra Trailer Hitch Lock by Purple Line.

Using it on your Caravan, Boat, Horse Float etc, is quick and functional. Another great advantage, is you can now leave your trailer attached to your car, and drive without the need to remove the device first.

Saracen Ultra Trailer Hitch Lock by Purple Line
This photo above shows my Saracen Ultra Trailer Hitch Lock attached to my work trailer.

This Australian made Caravan and Trailer Hitch Lock, is constructed from a high strength composite metal, making it difficult to cut with any conventional hand tools.

Here is a YouTube Video Demo I made of the Saracen Ultra Trailer Hitch Lock by Purple Line

If you scroll to the 4.07 minute mark in this video, you will see a split screen on-road demo i did, showing two different viewpoints, with my car and trailer hitched while driving on the road. I also drove up and down driveways, to show the articulation of the coupling lock in action.

While nothing will stop a determined thief, this lock will make it difficult for the opportunistic ones out there.

Wheel Clamps are an Aid to Deter Thieves

Wheel Clamps to Deter Thieves

Wheel Clamps offer a visual aid to let would be thieves know its going to be rather difficult, to pinch you van.
So the brighter colour they are the better.

Hmm. I wonder if they make them with a glow in the dark paint job?

I once owned a cheap wheel clamp, similar to the one below, and I was not impressed with it at all.

Cheap Wheel Clamp
Cheap Wheel Clamp

 

My Cheap Chinese Wheel Clamp looked great, but it was constructed of a very thin metal, and was in reality, next to useless for the job at hand. (BUT it did look pretty on the van)

NOW for my Reality Call.

I forgot one day I had it clamped on the wheel of my caravan, and I started to drive off with it still attached to my van.
This cheap lock, simply crumbled, and fell apart.
So if you wanted to steal any van, or trailer using this cheap lock, you simply drive with it still attached to the wheel, and it will crumble and drop off.

You will hardly notice it was attached, apart from a small bump while driving when it drops off.

If only I had a camera at the time, I would have taken a video to show easily this cheap lock fell apart. (Don’t waste your money and buy a cheap one.)
The only good thing about this heap of junk, is it did no damage to my caravan, not a single scratch.

So needless to say, I have not bothered getting another cheap Chinese one to replace it.

I may buy a better one later, but not really sure just yet.

I do advise placing a cheap mobile phone with GPS hidden inside your van as additional security.
There are several cheap mobile plans that last for one year, and if your caravan did get stolen there is a very good chance of tracking and finding it.

Wheel Clamps are a Visual Deterrent
Wheel Clamps are a Visual Aid, to let thieves know this will be harder to steal, as well as a physical Deterrent to the process of nicking your van or trailer.

I strongly advise you based on my personal experience with a cheap wheel clamp.

Save yourself a headache in the making: pay a bit more, and get a heavy duty wheel clamp, from a reputable manufacturer.

High Pressure Tyre Pump 12volt Thumper MKII

Thumper MKII High Pressure Tyre Pump 12volt.

We all need a good High Pressure Tyre Pump, especially if you intend to go off road in your 4×4 or SUV.

My personal preference is to use 12 volt battery power, as I’m getting a bit long in the tooth for manually pumping up BIG 4×4 Tyre’s.
P.S. I have a High Pressure Hand Pump (and YES I do use it now and then to keep fit) plus an Old Foot Pump that’s long past its use-by date..

The photo below is of my own personal 12 volt high pressure pump I bought online. I also did a video showing it in action pumping up a 4×4 Tyre for those interested.

High Pressure Tyre Pump
A 12 Volt High Pressure Tyre Pump is shown in the photo above.

The Demo Video Below, is my 12v Thumper Air Compressor in action.

The Tyre I used in this video is from a Mitsubishi Pajero 4×4. (For those interested)

IMPORTANT VIDEO NOTE:
I should have had the car motor running for this video, when I was using the 12v pump, (It can drain your battery, if you pump up several Tyre’s in one session) for me, having the car motor running wasn’t necessary, as I had a second vehicle on hand, if I needed a jump start.

The 12v powered High Pressure Pumps, make life so much easier, and really aren’t that expensive to buy. I really recommend them over manual ones, any day of the week.

If you intend to do beach driving, you will need to regulate your Tyre pressures, by lowering them for the sand condition, and then re-inflating them for dirt, and normal on road use. This is a lot of hard work, if you have a hand, or foot operated pump only.