After using a Treg coupling on our AS for the last 16 years, we finally changed it to a DO35. The Treg was good, except when trying to line up the pins on uneven ground.
We replaced our single Coleman tent with a Dual room Smartek tent, which is faster to put up and pack up.
We have fitted a CTEK Battery Sense to the camper batteries.
This allows us to monitor the battery form our IOS devices via Bluetooth.
We have replaced the plastic hose thread adaptor with a brass adaptor, as the plastic one was not considered strong enough.
The only source we found was from the UK, so purchased it from there.
As the left spring was sagging, we replaced the springs with the later Aussie2 springs. The Aussie2 springs are slightly firmer to handle the extra weight of the later model campers.
We have replaced the 7 pin trailer plug with a 12 pin plug.
This is to enable us to use more connections in the future.
I finally found time to install power sockets beside the bed.
A USB socket and cigarette lighter socket mount in the corner.
Used for charging phones overnight.
As we no longer require a freezer, we have changed our Waeco CF-80 fridge from a dual zone to a single zone.
It also means we have updated from a series A to series B fridge.
We have installed a fan in the camper. It is a Caframo 807 Sirocco Fan White - 12 Volt. The 807 Sirocco 12 Volt fan is features a unique gimbaled design that allows airflow to be directed in any direction of the cabin - 360° and can be folded flat and out of the way against the bulkhead when not in use. The fan has multiple speeds, timer settings and quiet operation which makes it a good choice for comfortable cabins and salons.The current draw is only0.4 amps (high speed).
It is attached to one of the uprights with a RAM mount on one of the poles.
The round side light inside failed. The fluorescent tube could not be removed a sit is a circular tube and the wiring is hardwired through the centre.
A replacement LED light was ordered to replace it.
The new light also has a blue light setting.
Our gas stove has been playing up for a little while. It would not work at the start of a trip, then would start working, but not very well. The flame did not seem hot enough.
The gas then stopped altogether, so we replaced the regulator and our stove is now as good as new.
We have installed an LED light in the fridge box.
It is turned on via an on/off switch on the side panel, and will only operate when there is power to the fridge.
One of the Waeco fridge latches broke so a replacement was sourced online.
We have recently replaced our Coleman Hot Water On Demand system with a Smarttek6 system. We also purchased a canvas bag to carry, protect and store it.
The trailer has been rewired for solar power. A Redarc BCDC1225 has been fitted to take car of charging from the car and solar panels. The Xantrex 240V charger has been retained to charge from 240v supply. The Powertech 240v inverter has also been retained and is no longer used for charging from the car. A relay allows automatic switching between solar and car charging.
Go to Solar Power Page and new Schematic.
The batteries failed after 9 years use. After researching replacement batteries, I decided to stick with the Gel-Tech batteries from the USA.
Well I have finally purchased solar panels for the Aussie Swag. They are Bosch folding panels, rated at 180W.
The yellow SB50 connector is for regulated 12v, the orange SB50 connector is for unregulated output from the panels.
Now to finish wiring up the Redarc Solar regulator.
One of the lanyards holding the pin locks for the feet rusted and we lost one of the pins.
I sourced 4 new pins and lanyards from Concept Fasteners, sand replaced all pins and lanyards with the new ones.
Replaced battery changeover switch as the old one had broken.
I replaced the generator box with new toolbox. Condensation was forming inside the generator box, so the generator will now reside in the back of the BT-50. We don't use it much, so this will not be a problem.
Fitted mesh flooring to the top of the trailer to enable us to cary extra gear when needed.
As the children have now grown up, we have sold the kids room. The children have their own tents if they decide to come with us. As a result we have rearranged the way we pack the trailer.
The other main strut failed, and it was replaced.
We bought ourselves a B.E.S.T. water filter for filling the tank with nice clean water.
We noticed the floor was getting very heavy to lift, and found the right gas strut had failed. Ordered a replacement from Aussie Swag, and had it replaced very quickly. As good as new again.
In preparation for getting back on the road again, I have made some changes to the wiring of our Aussie Swag camper trailer.
The standard wiring has the fridge plug into one of 2 cigarette lighter sockets, one powered from the trailer battery, the other from the car. After some reliability issues when were away last time, I have replaced the plug and sockets with a switch. Works much better than having to pull the plug in and out.
The other change is moving from a large 7 pin round trailer socket (which includes the power for the fridge) to a standard 7 pin flat trailer connector with a separate 50A Anderson connector for the fridge power. It means an extra connector when connecting the trailer, but I believe it will be a better solution. It also keeps the 7 pin trailer connector standard, and I can wire in reversing lights on the trailer if needed (the reverse light pin was used for fridge power).
The cigarette lighter plug and socket arrangement to change the fridge from trailer batter to car battery, has been replaced with a switch. This was done after we had some intermittent failures of the connections on or last trip, which meant the fridge kept turning off and required the plug to be rebuilt. The switch should be luck more reliable, and easier to use.
After having to change the trailer plug from a large 7 pin round, to 7 pin flat so another car could tow it, I decided to keep the 7 pin flat for compatability, and use a SB50 Anderson plug for the fridge power. Yes, it means three plugs instead of two to connect the trailer, but I think ti is a better solution.
In March 2005 we collected our brand new Aussie Swag Campertrailer from the factory in Brisbane.