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)

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.

My Website has been offline for Five Days.

Why cant things go right for me the first time.

We changed our service provider twic,e in less than a week, and reset the name servers accordingly, then something went wrong.
My Blog was no longer visible, I contacted our domain name provider, and they said all was right their end.

It has taken us 5 days to convince them, my site isn’t view-able online.

My Website small snapshot above

They finally accepted what we were saying, after my domain name was parked, and it was pointing to the wrong server.
They kindly reset their end, and guess what” IT WAS STILL WRONG.

More emails and more frustration, they had another look at it, and did something their end, and my site was correctly pointing to their Parked Domain Page. WooHoo

So we pointed the name servers once again to my site, it this time it took only a few minutes and my site was correctly propagating on the Internet, and I’m now back online, after 5 days of waiting. (I wonder if I should be GRUMPY)

Anyway I convinced the other half to pop a link from his website to mine.

Feel free to comment below.

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Australian Census Missed the Date Letter

I just received an Australian Census Missed the Date Letter.

What the….


Now it seems this onlibne system has another major hiccup. (How many of you are in the same boat as me.?)

On Census night, I filled in the online form using one of the supplied codes.
I didn’t log out of the Census website, and log back into it with the secondary resident code.
Why would you need to? The first form allows for multiple people, but it now seems the system doesn’t recognize that.

So now what happens?

  • Do I get another follow up letter, asking me to complete the Census.
  • Do I ignore it, knowing its already been done?
  • Should I simply fill it out and and say nothing?
  • Perhaps I should simply wait for the fine and then point out I have already completed my obligation and laugh at all this bureaucratic nonsense?
Australian Census Reminder Letter
Small Extract of my Australian Census Reminder Letter

The funny part about all of this, is I really didn’t want to fill the form in anyway, and in a quirk of fate, my original thought about this new cattle muster OOOPPPS  I mean Census, seems to be correct.
You are now all carrying a hidden micro chip with you, its called a failed Australia Card. (All possible information about you shared between government agency’s)
Now, do I have an official record about my private life, with an addendum on it saying late Census form filler? haha.

As another side note:
I know of a couple, who are still waiting for the original pin numbers, so they can complete the Compulsory Australian Census Form.
Do they get a fine, for not completing the Census on the night?

So many decisions, Its really a big mess that someone should loose there highly paid government position for. (Do you agree?)

Or am I being paranoid and a cynic at the same time?

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Well: the 2016 Australian Census has been already been hacked

Australian 2016 Census hacked?

Or was it?

According to our Minister, Michael McCormack, who is in charge of the Census (Flop) I mean Slight Hiccup said due to a ddos attack from another friendly country. or was it a foreign government hacking agency? The online form was taken down for a short time.

Well whoever they were, they proved what I already thought about this New Online Census System.

I’m not against using the internet as a way of gathering information, BUT I AM AGAINST THE NEW INFORMATION RETENTION Law that has been put in place by the Australian government. I’m sure I didn’t vote for this change in the recent elections.

This Minor hack, or ddos that inconvenienced all our Australian Populous, stands as a warning as to how insecure, any database connected to the internet, really is.

Australian Census Online Form
Australian Census Online Form

Australian Census Online Form

Personally I didn’t like the new questions that were added in the Census form, nor do I believe the Australian Government intentions with what they will do with all the information gathered. and why signal out Torres Island indigenous people in this online form. And why is the Government interested in my father and mothers nationality?

Why not ask: What type of toilet paper I use, and how often I need to re-supply the cupboard with it, and while were on a roll (ha ha), which grocery chain I buy the paper from, and how much I pay for it.

I mean, what is the next set of questions on the Census going to entail.
What may seem irrelevant today, will eventually add up to a complete dossier on you. your lifestyle and family habits.

What happens if, and when, a question is added along the lines of:
Health: Do you or your family suffer from this disease, or have had these symptoms in the past.
To me, its like a hidden agenda, supplying information for the Australia Card, Or should I say Drivers License!

Information is now going to be shared more readily, amongst the various government departments.
Our freedom is slowly being taken away a small piece at a time.

Read what the News.com.au has to say about it.

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My Dealings with getting a Magazine Subscription, through MagStore

If you want to get your Blood Boiling, then you should deal with this crowd.

I subscribe to a Caravan Magazine, and always use Magstore, as the place to buy my online subscription from, generally the transactions go quite smoothly, and with any bonus items they include, are dispatched without any problems.

Magstore Website

WELL! You guessed it, Things are not going as expected at the moment.

Nearly a month has passed, and still no bonus product arrived at my place. (On a bright note, the 1st magazine has arrived)
I did the right thing, and emailed magstore customer service, NO RESPONSE after waiting 4 Days.
So I decided to call them directly, using the 1800 number provided on their website.

It seems they must be having lots of problems at the time.

I had difficulty getting a line through to them (Constantly engaged) and when I did finally get my call to connect, I was placed back in a Que and forgotten.

OKAY: Time for a Deep Breath or two, and listen to some background noise on the phone.
After a few minutes I Finally got to talk to someone, but for only a few seconds, the moment I mentioned I had a problem, and offered my Invoice number. I was PUT BACK ON HOLD. (It seems the girl I spoke to, didn’t want to know me.)

All I wanted was a time frame for delivery, so I can make sure someone will be around to be able to take delivery.

So Now Out Of Frustration: I have put together this short rant, to let others know if things go wrong with your magazine subscription with Magstore, you are in for a hard time getting any reconciliation from them.

So now trying a different kind of approach:  I sent another email, this time direct to the magazine publisher, in the hope that they will get an answer for me.

Jazmin, one of the journalists got back within an hour of me contacting the publisher, and passed my details onto the head of customer service. I now will wait to see what happens next.

P.S. I ALWAYS Use PAYPAL in these sorts of transactions, its a bit of a guarantee in case you need to open a dispute.

Happy Ending:
Today: August 22nd I finally got the missing Cup Holders (Nearly two month have passed, from my initial order.)

Moral of the Story:
Don’t accept being ignored, no matter how small the amount.

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My Experience with Online Overseas Shopping V’s Local Products

Online Overseas Shopping V’s Local Products

I thought I’d be smart, and buy a few things online locally, thinking that the delivery times would be much faster, compared to the shopping overseas using cheaper competitors.

Here are my findings.

I bought two items located in Melbourne Australia, One direct from a retail store, and the other via ebay.

  • The retail store is located approx 36 kilometres from my home, OVER THREE WEEKS have now gone by, and still nothing, also non existent email customer service. Item Cost: AU $124.50
    What really annoys me most, is the fact they are a prominent Australian retail outlet, with a strong online presence.
  • Melbourne Ebay store, Fast Postage, Fast Communications, although No Tracking supplied, 5 days to delivery (Weekend included in time needed for delivery). (I Will deal with them again.) Item Cost: AU $88.50

Next Australian Items I bought, both were located in Sydney

I bought two items located in Sydney from the online offerings of Ebay.

  • First store was as expected, Fast to Post (Same Day), and excellent communications, complete with full Australia Post tracking of my parcel. (I have dealt with them before, and will again in the future) Item Cost: AU $21.95
  • Second store, Not So Good, took 5 days to get my item ready to post, unknown delivery time, NO POSTAL TRACKING, even though I paid for it. Item Cost: AU $8.99 + AU $3.50 postage

Next Australian Ebay Item I bought was located in South Australia

  • This online ebay store, gave no postage choices on checkout. So I was surprised to see they supplied me with a tracking number. My camera lens arrived 9 days after my weekend order was placed, it was well packaged and not a bad product for the price, So as you can imagine, I will be dealing with this company again. Item Cost: AU $19.95

    • Postal details below:

Paid 2nd July (Saturday)
Posted 6th July (Monday)
In transit Processed through Australia Post facility 9:26am Wed 6 Jul Netley, SA
In transit With Australia Post for delivery today 9:23am Mon 11 Jul Dandenong South, VIC
Delivered 3:15pm Mon 11 July, VIC

Now to Ebay Stores located in China.

I purchased another camera lens the same day as my South Australia purchase.

  • This ebay store gave my the choice of tracking and expedited postal service, So I opted to pay the extra. Three weeks have gone by with item awaiting packaging, according to HK tracking ID supplied. I contacted the seller, who said item was already posted. Miraculously the Supplied Tracking Number on the same day suddenly jumped  to say the Item has been Received by overseas carrier. H’mmm Wonders will never cease. Item Cost: AU $23.95 + AU $3.50 postage
    Paid 2nd July
    Posted 5th July (No they didn’t) Real Postal date 19th July

And now onto the last item on my list from China.

  • I bought a camera Monopod from a different Chinese store, Fast Postage, (Next Day, with full Toll Tracking number) Amazingly fast service. I have popped a snippet from the transport company website, to show you just how fast they are.) AND THIS WAS THE CHEAPEST JY0506 Aluminum Monopod I could find, coming in at AU $153.28

Paid 17th July
Shipped 18th July

Monopod Delivered 8 Days from Payment

25 Jul 16
Endeavour Hills – AUSTRALIA
25 Jul 16
Port Melbourne (MEL) – AUSTRALIA
Out for Delivery
25 Jul 16
Melbourne – Australia
In Transit to Destination
25 Jul 16
Melbourne – Australia
Arrived Hub
21 Jul 16
Guangzhou (guangdong) – CHINA
In Transit to Destination
21 Jul 16
Shenzhen (guangdong) – CHINA
In Transit to Destination
20 Jul 16
Shenzhen (guangdong) – CHINA
Arrived Hub
20 Jul 16
Shenzhen (guangdong) – CHINA

My Personal Conclusion:

You defiantly Don’t Get What You Pay For, when it comes to handling and shipping costs.

The level of service offered by current online stores, swings wildly, with the CHEAPEST EBAY STORES, WINNING HANDS DOWN. Both in Australia, and China.

Well, that’s my personal findings so far.

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