this is now a regularly updated information only website, sorry
no retail sales at all.
retired, but I will continue to support & update my
information articles, and write new ones. I am passionate
about helping folks out, and passing on correct, and
easy to understand no BS information, on RV electrics and
other RV related things.
My easy to read and
understand, RV Technical and not so technical information'
articles, these articles have become very popular! (I'm real chuffed, and I
thank all you good folks for your kind words and encouragement)
Side note, Val is now selling his much loved 1978 Camaro 2nd Gen Rally Sport. Click on the photo for more details.
for the scary mug shot folks Click
the above photo of my camper to see a larger one :-)
introduction about me (Val Rigoli) Since
childhood I've always had a keen
interest in the great outdoors, camping etc, being a
of the Scouting movement for over 15 years probably had a lot to do
with this, so I guess a natural progression for me was to extend this
camping and outdoors thing to caravanning, motorhoming and boating etc.
Work wise I
started out in the
caravan industry on
the Gold Coast back in 1975, working for the original Gold Coast
Caravan Repairs, repairing and renovating caravans, after this I had a
job building new caravans for a while.
the early 80's I discovered computers, and then later still
the Internet, where I became very
involved with the Motorhomes
Australia forum (1998), devoting
much of my spare time to chatting
socially on the forum, and giving advice where I could to people with
caravans and motorhomes and the likes, soon after I was handed the
reins to the Motorhomes
Australia website, I still
look after it to this day. Later
on in life I
opened up my own business building Slide-on Pop Top campers
(Stronglight Campers), this business was progressing very well until I
put on staff,
realised that this was not going to work for me!
Put bluntly, I simply
could not find staff that were keen/passionate enough, or paid enough
detail, I guess I'm just too darn picky, so after 6 years I chose to
just close the business down.
2002 I started the business Fridge
shop front in Labrador on Queensland's Gold Coast, also building an
associated website, selling goods on-line, also writing
information and how-to articles.
After a few years this business became too busy for me to handle alone
(I knew that staff would NOT be a good option for me) so I
closed the shop front, packed up, went home and took the business
on-line to the Internet
But again it became far too busy for me to handle (just not
hours in the day), so feeling a bit (lot) burnt out, I closed up the
on-line selling and hung a "Gone
Fishing" sign on the website for a
However I continued to write and update my information and
how-to articles on this website, and
I love helping out folks out as much as I can, so I continue to write and update my articles, and still post regularly on some of the
and camping forums and FaceBook, please keep an eye out for
note:- My articles are
written in good faith from
in-excess of 45 years of practical hands-on
experience, learned skills, and industry knowledge, so while
I have no
formal qualifications most folks comment that they have found my advice
to be both informative and accurate.
information below is to help search engines find us, but it also may
give some insight to just some of the products and articles I cover on
this website. We have information here on Dual battery systems,
Enerdrive/Xantrex Dual Battery Monitors, Boats and Caravans, Motorhomes
too, portable fridges, gas and electric fridges, solar energy, solar
panels, solar power systems, deep cycle batteries, AGM batteries, 12v +
24v systems, we also talk about amps and solar regulator, Kyocera solar
panels, Dometic/Electrolux, and Waeco fridges and their other products,
and other refrigeration products, as well as smart battery chargers,
Redarc battery isolators, and of course my special MEGA fuses, MEGA
fuse holders and mounting blocks, and heaps more.
located on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia