Yamaha Generators Toowoomba

As caravan accessory specialists, we regularly guide customers in choosing the correct generator for their caravan air conditioner. With a variety of air conditioners and Yamaha generators in stock, we can demonstrate their capabilities and even test your existing air conditioner for compatibility.

 

Check out all the specs at http://www.generatoryamaha.com.au/

 

Cavan Solar Experts Toowoomba

If you want to venture away from caravan parks and the familiarity of the power pole, solar is the answer!

A suitably designed caravan solar system can run everything from your lights to your microwave. But beware! Specifying the right solar system for your rig takes some detailed analysis, including all appliances and fittings in your van, along with travel locations, times and tow vehicle alternator specifications.

We have designed in-house modeling software that tracks your planned journey, time of year, sunlight available, your tow vehicles alternator capacity, and total load requirements to calculate required battery capacity, solar panel type and size, cable sizes and vehicle wiring.

This comprehensive analysis ensures you will have a complete and successful independent power setup.

One of the most commonly overlooked components of independent solar power system currently is the use of a dual mode solar regulator and dc-dc charger. Due to the charging requirements of AGM batteries, charging directly from an Andersen plug on your tow vehicle is a pretty poor solution. If you are considering a solar install, it is imperative you upgrade to a dual mode regulator (which is very small cost difference) as part of the system. This device ensures 100% battery charge and overcomes limitations with common rail diesel engine’s smart/variable voltage alternators.

If you’d like more information about how to ensure the solar system you are considering is right for you, contact the caravan solar system experts in Toowoomba – RV Service Centre.

New Floor in Horsefloat

 

 

 

When its time to replace the floor in you horse float, talk to the experts at RV Service Centre Toowoomba QLD. We offer a range of flooring options in horse floats to replace or upgrade rotten, broken, damaged or old floors. We also offer steel and chassis repairs.

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There are a number of options for coating the new floor including rubber matting, spray on surfaces and more. Talk to us about your preferred option today.

Cassette Toilet SOG Kits

SOG Kits

SOG Kits

We stock a full range of the SOG toilet vent kits.

These allow you to eliminate chemicals in your caravan cassette toilet.

We offer a full fitting service in our Toowoomba workshop.

  • Thetford C2
  • Thetford C4
  • Thetford C200
  • Thetford C400
  • Thetford C250
  • Dometic CTS3110 / CTS4110

Caravan Hail Damage & Repairs

Having your caravan struck by hail can be disheartening event, especially if your van is close to new! And a scary thing too if you are inside during the storm!

We understand how it feels, and know that you need your van back to new condition asap. RV Service Centre Toowoomba specialises in hail repairs to caravans, motorhomes and 5th wheelers. We stock a huge range of emergency parts including hatches, skylights, doors, vents and sealants to get your van watertight asap.

We also carry out insurance repairs for all major insurers including Suncorp, APIA, CIL, Ken Tame, Youi, GIO, Wesfarmers and more.

Contact us today to get your RV repaired and backed up by our 100% guarantee.

Caravan Fridge Venting, Overheating and Other Common Problems

It’s that time of year again. The mercury is rising, the sun is shining and the coast beckons. Time to pull out the van, and get the beers chilled. But, uh-oh, what’s happening… the fridge isn’t getting cold!

3-way fridges (the ones that run on gas, along with 240v and 12v) can be temperamental devices, and cause no end of frustration for many caravanners. The good news is that most issues can be fixed easily, although perhaps not always as expected. There is plenty of caravan park chatter about fridge improvements, but so many of these good intentioned nuggets can lead you astray very quickly.

Here’s a list of some of the things that are causing fridge problems:

  • that shade cloth you put over the side of the van
  • the installation of the fridge by the manufacturer
  • the cable size
  • the level / alignment
  • any fridge older than about 8 years
  • the vents on the side of your van
  • the gas regulator

First up, I hear a lot of comments about people wanting to keep their fridge cool – by providing shade for it. This can be completely counter-productive. The main reason, is that 3-way fridges require heat to operate – that’s why there is a gas flame, and the electric elements that heat up at the back of the fridge.

The main problem is that the heat doesn’t ESCAPE from the back of the fridge adequately. This is normally due to the way the unit has been installed. There are a few main issues here:

  • cavities / empty space around the sides, and especially above the fridges – simply fill up with very hot air which can’t escape
  • vents not large enough
  • vents not high enough – hot air rises, and if your top vent is at the same height as the top of your fridge, the hot air will struggle to escape effectively. The best venting is to have the top vent actually on the roof of the van, and a ducted space all the way up.
  • completely air tight fitting between the rear of the fridge, and the fridge cavity – there should be no way that air that passes through the back of the fridge, can enter the living cabin of your van – this creates better circulation for the cooling unit – and eliminates the issues with unburnt LPG entering the cabin, or the LPG flame consuming oxygen from inside the cabin.

If running on 12v – is huge area for improvement – we can generally get a fridge to run about twice as effectively as installed from the manufacturer.

So, if you’re having troubles getting your caravan 3-way fridge to cool effectively, have a chat to us today, about how to optimise it for your van.

Get cool this summer with caravan air conditioning

Get ready for the heat of Queensland summer holidays! Sun, surf and cricket are on the way!

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If you’ve been thinking about installing an air conditioner in your caravan, there’s never been a better time. We offer a range of caravan air conditioners from small roof mounted units that suit campers and pop-tops, through to large full reverse-cycle units capable of cooling and heating even the largest vans.

Even if your van is not pre-wired for an air conditioner, we can install a suitable unit from scratch.

 

Household VS RV Air Conditioners

Household (domestic) style air conditioners are only suitable for use on caravans if the van is being used as permanent on-site accommodation and rarely moves. They are simply not designed to take the bumps and impacts imposed during travelling. The extreme conditions will quickly break internal components and cause leaks around the installation interface.

 

Roof Top VS Built-In

For most (full-height) caravans and motorhomes, a roof mounted air conditioner is the way to go. It doesn’t take up any valuable cupboard / storage space, and works efficiently due to cold air dropping from the ceiling.
For pop-tops, campers & expandas, you have the option of either roof mounted, or built-in style units. Some lift-up roofs simply can’t take the weight of even the smaller roof mounted air conditioners. For most of these types of vans, you will need to use an external H frame to support the weight of the air conditioner. You will probably also need to increase the pressure in your gas struts to counter balance the added weight on the roof.

Reverse Cycle VS Heating Elements

Many people call air conditioners “Reverse Cycle” if they both heat AND cool – however there is a technical difference.
A TRUE “Reverse Cycle” air conditioner runs the compressor in BOTH heating and cooling modes. They are the most efficient at heating. However, they can suffer from the cooling fins icing up in very cold weather, causing the heater to stop functioning.
A “Heating Element” style air conditioner simply uses a resistance element (like a blow heater) and will work in very cold temperatures as they don’t suffer the icing up issue.

Capacity – Air Con Sizing

Most air conditioners are rated in kW and this is the easiest way to compare the cooling capacity.
Generally there are two categories of air conditioner sizes
3+ kW: Suitable for caravans / motorhomes up to 24′
2-2.5kW: Suitable for vans up to 16′

 

Generators and Amperage

All generators are specified with a certain amperage – the current they take while operating.
Ensuring you select the correct size generator for your air conditioner is imperative, however it is not simple.
Generally, the specifications will tell you most large 3.2kW air conditioners require a 2.8kVA generator minimum.
However, many people have good success using a Yamaha or Honda 2.0kVa generator to run large 3.2kW air conditioners. They do struggle in more extreme ambient temperatures and if the air con is cycling on and off regularly. These generators are a nice, portable, handlable size.
The Yamaha 2.4kVa generator has been a popular choice as it will run most air cons, most of the time, but is physically larger than the 2kVa units.
Caravan 12V Air Conditioner
12V/24V DC Air Conditioners

Basically forget about it for any real world application.
There are some evaporative style air conditioners used for truck cabs, but these cabs are tiny compared to most vans

Air Conditioner Brand Comparison

We stock and repair all major caravan air conditioner brands including
Dometic
Truma
Coleman
AirCommand
The choice is dependent on your budget and style.
All air conditioners we sell come with Australian warranties and service networks.
Caravan Air Conditioner Opening Size
Opening Size: 360mm or 400mm
This is the size of the opening in the roof.
These are the two common sizes.
The 360mm size is based on the common 14″ American style roof vent.
The 400mm size is for European style air conditioners
If you have an existing opening if the roof of your van, it is easiest to get the correct size air conditioner to fit this opening, rather than try to modify it.

Fiamma F45 Parts and Fitting

We stock a large range of parts and fittings for the Fiamma F45 wind-out awnings including the Fiamma F45S and Fiamma F45L.

Popular on a wide range of RVs including European vans, motorhomes, campervans, and horse floats, the Fiamma wall mounted system is a fantastic compact design that doesn’t require vertical legs installed on the wall of the van. The support legs are housed inside the roll out tube, and fold down into place once the awning is wound out.

Common issues with the Fiamma awnings are broken components, like legs, winches, split vinyl, lack of tension and impact damage. We are able to repair most Fiamma awnings.

We offer installation of Fiamma awnings onto all types of vehicles.

Raptor Ute Linings

RV Service Centre Toowoomba is your local authorised applicator for U-POL Raptor linings. Popular for ute bed linings, underbody spray, caravan stone guards, off-road applications, flooring and more.

Raptor linings applied by RV Service Centre are a suitable repair / upgrade option for Jayco owners wanting to renew or repair the stipple coating on the front of their caravans.

We recommend our Raptor lining product for all owners for style side utes, as it protects the surface of the tray, and provides a non-slip surface for carrying goods. A much better alternative than drop in plastic ute tub liners because the Raptor coating is applied directly to the metal surface. The issue we commonly see with the plastic drop in liners is that water accumulates between the liner and the steel tray, causing rust and degradation to the body.

Especially great for 5th wheeler owners, we offer Raptor linings as part of our hitch installation procedure.

 

 

5th Wheeler Hijacker Hitches

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RV Service Centre are now your local authorised installer for Hijacker (Demco) 5th wheel hitches. Popular for American style 5th wheelers, these units have full Australian compliance and can be fitted to most popular tow vehicles like:

  • Ford Ranger
  • Mazda BT-50
  • Holden Colorado
  • Nissan Navara
  • Toyota LandCruiser
  • Toyota Hilux

We offer a range of 5th wheel Hijacker hitches including:

  • Single Pivot
  • Double Pivot
  • Slider
  • Low profile