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While I (Val) have decided to semi-retire,
and stop selling on eBay & elsewhere.
I will however keep this website alive,
and I will continue to support & update
my information articles, and write new ones.
I am passionate about helping folks out,
and passing on correct,
easy to understand & no BS information,
on RV electrics and other related things.

My easy to read and understand,
RV Technical and not so technical information'
these articles have become very
(I'm real chuffed, and I thank you good folks for all your kind words and encouragement) smiley

Here are some of the articles also found on my
'RV Technical and not so technical information' Page

Our most popular page 
Dual Battery Systems
Our most popular page

NEWRV Video Tips
 Battery Monitoring, the How and Why. 

  Enerdrive-Xantrex Battery Monitor installation/fitting -->

 Gas Fridge 12V Power Problems, FIXED!

 AGM Batteries Check out the advantages.

  Installing a power socket in your car for a portable fridge.

 Smart Battery Chargers...are they really? 

Battery charging with a generator? 

 Batteries and Wiring, more things to think about 

 How many do I need (Batteries, maybe Solar Panels etc.) 
  Amps, Amp-hours, Watts !! what's that all about?  
 Did you know?? here are some useful RV electrical related facts!  
Wire and Cable sizing, a must read article by Collyn Rivers. 
 Correct Venting of your Gas/Electric Fridge 

Testing, and Myths
Battery power consumption comparison between a household 240 volt 140 litre bar fridge, and a 12 volt 140 litre Waeco fridge.
 Will solar panels work under street lights?

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Sorry for the scary mug shot folks
Scary mug shot           My Colorado Camper
Click the above photo of the camper to see a larger one :-) 
New G'day Folks,  just a brief introduction about me (Val Rigoli)

Since my early childhood I've always had a keen interest in the great outdoors, camping etc,  being a member 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.

In 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 had to put on staff, I soon 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 attention to detail, I guess I'm just too darn picky, so after 6 years I chose to just close the business down.

So in 2002 I started the business Fridge & Solar, opening a 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 only.

But again it became far too busy for me to handle (just not enough 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 while.

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 motorhoming and camping forums and FaceBook, please keep an eye out for MrVal smile

Please note:-
My articles are written in good faith from in-excess of 40 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.
Val's hot tip...
If you need a hands-on helping hand in South East Queensland? Please check out the services my good friend Brett
offers at  >>Brett's Camper Care (click here)<<
The 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.
We are located on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia

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