at Glen Innes 2014
Redarc's Stuart Peddle presented a
workshop giving everyone an overview of Redarc's products. Based in Lonsdale,
South Australia, Redarc has over 30 years experience in the research, design,
development and manufacture of a range of electronics including, voltage
converters, inverters, power supplies, battery chargers, CANBus modules, turbo
timers, glow plug timers, trailer braking & customised electronic modules.
He spoke about items most 4wd & camper trailers use or have seen around like the
popular SBI12 dual battery isolator, BMS battery management system & DC-DC
battery chargers, including the recently released unique Tow-Pro brake
controller which incorporates both the pendulum & delay brake controller
operations built into the one unit.
Stuart also showed members the thin film
amorphous solar modules which are the latest in solar technology & designed to
provide high efficiency, particularly at high ambient temperatures. They are
constructed using heavy duty canvas materials & fold into a convenient storage
kids biscuit decorating
Alice Chaffey & Michael Wookey held the
very popular kids biscuit decorating workshop again this year. As you can see by
the photos this activity was a big hit with the kids putting their young
imaginations into the designs.
Shane Adam's from Jamie's Touring
Solutions hosted a practical workshop for the DIY'ers showing a few ticks of the
trade to those who were keen to install a dual battery system in their vehicle
or camper trailer. First up he explained what the various tools were used for
including wire cutters, strippers & different types of crimpers.
He then demonstrated how to connect a
multimeter to a 12volt battery to check the voltage. He then went on to show how
a multimeter could be used to check a fuse without taking it out & also in series to
check the amp draw of a light. Alternately a clamp meter can be used to also
check the amp draw.
Crimping & soldering were covered as well
as heat shrink & taping. Members then had a go themselves getting a hands on
feel of how to do the job.
setup towing & touring
John Heath hosted a workshop on how to
go about setting up a vehicle for touring & towing. He started off talking
about how to approach the choice of vehicle for the intended job by matching
the tow weights & ball weights of the camper trailer or caravan to the
vehicle. He then spoke about towbar ratings & weight distribution hitches &
shackles. John encouraged input from the group attending & never got through
what he had intended covering. Needless to say there is always next year to
continue the discussion.
Jill Skinner showed how the popular Cobb
Cooker can be used as an alternative for cooking a range of food as she prepared
the evenings meal instead of using a camp oven or pots & pans on a gas stove.
The Cobb uses heat beads as a heat source
& can be used as an oven, a barbecue, a smoker or a stove. Jill showed have meat
roasts, chicken & baked vegies can be cooked along with even sponge cakes.
Dave & Jan Cook with Dave & Joy Wilkinson held a trivia night in the Glen Innes
showground pavilion. The popular event was well attended & once again a great
success with plenty of friendly rivalry between the tables as teams sort the
perpetual winners trophy which was donated by Jamie Hazelden of Jamie's Touring
Solutions which was won by Jason Cox, Sue Christie-Cox, Barry & Margaret Pierce,
Ed & Donna Zwerus, Keith & Jenny
McCarron and Keith & Carol Brown. The gold coin entry raised $380 for the Glen Innes Men's Shed.
Also drawn on the night was a raffle in aid of the Showground Trust with a
beautiful wood inlaid table made by Bill
donated by the Men's Shed as a prize. The winning ticket was held by
kids movie night
Colin & Natalie Hopgood
provided a projector to entertain the kids with a movie in the
committee room under the grandstand.