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It is in everyone's best interest to be well informed, there are so many myths out there,
and so much misinformation that it's all but impossible for people to make an informed decision.

 Be informed, most salespeople don't have a clue, make sure that you do!

My best advice to anyone is to be well informed, I love to help people as much as possible to this end.
Here you will find free advice, freely given.

Updated I'm really chuffed with the  feedback that I have received from many good folks,
most have commented that they find my 
articles are easy to understand,
and most are non tech folks, and this is of course how I have tried to write these
Considering that I'm almost illiterate I'm very pleased with the way my articles are being received,
so please browse through the articles listed below, I'm still updating and adding to them regularly smiley

The articles below are all Clickable links, please just click on them to open up the article.

Dual Batteries Dual Battery Systems

NewRV Video Tips

New Gas Fridge 12V Power Problems, FIXED!

question Battery Monitoring, the How and Why. amp meter

 question Enerdrive-Xantrex Battery Monitor installation/fitting -- Hints, tips and set-up help

Battery AGM Batteries Check out the advantages.

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

CTEK charger
Smart Battery Chargers...are they really? Xantrex battery charger

Generator Battery charging with a generator? CTEK charger

 folding solar panelsHow many do I need (Batteries, Solar Panels etc.) AGM battery

Battery Batteries and Wiring, more things to think about Wire & cable

  Amps, Amp-hours, Watts !! what's that all about?  Volts

 Did you know?? here are some useful RV electrical related facts!  question mark

Coper wire
Wire and Cable sizing, a must read article by Collyn Rivers. Wire & cable

Gas fridge vent
 Correct Venting of your Gas/Electric Fridge gas fridge venting

Testing, and Myths

solar panel Will solar panels work under street lights?

Battery power consumption comparison
between a household 240 volt 140 litre bar fridge,
and a 12 volt 140 litre Waeco fridge.

I used to sell most items that I mention in my articles, and yes I may well be a little biased towards some of them, and while there may be other products available that do the same or a similar job, the products that I mostly promote are ones that I have hands-on confidence in
, and have found to be reliable, and good value for money.
Disclaimer + 
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, folks often comment that they have found my advice to be both informative and accurate.
Disclaimer + +
I would ask that 'if' folks do follow my advice on how I would accomplish tasks that I've written about, please do not do anything silly and damage yourselves, or your property  wink

Sorry for the scary mug shot folks

    Scary mug shot  My Camper   

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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 on 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.

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