The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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Have just installed an Engel fridge, however the cable it comes with has a cigarette lighter type connection.
Not happy with that as it will get knocked out etc. Therefore thinking along the lines of putting a standard automotive DIN plug on the end. Only problem with this is that it would mean no heat sensitive fuse which is housed in the cigaretter lighter plug which is currently on the end.
A heat sensitive fuse which is housed in the cigaretter lighter plug? Doesn't make much sense to me. What does it protect that can't be protected with a fuse before or after the plug? What a heat sensitive fuse can do than a standard automotive fuse can't?
I wouldn't worry abut this fuse at all. Just wire the fridge from the battery through a separate 25A fuse using 39 amp automotive wire (4 sq. mm). You should remember that the surge current when the compressor is switched on can be well in excess of 50A. DIN connectors are rated at 10A cont., so it'd be a good idea to use an uprated connector. Have a look at this: http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.c.../battisol.html (item Ref: PP50R or Ref: PP50S)
I'd use a 39 amp thinwall cable (56/0.30mm, 4mm2, (item Ref:39) to keep resistance low.
Re plugs falling out, you're a lucky man. I own a 110 where the sockets are fitted either side of the gearstick, by the time you have done a couple of gear changes or bumped around a bit you'll have lost connection on them both. All part of the beautiful and thoughtfully engineered dashboard!
Originally posted by Bundubasher: ... well in excess of 50A. If this is so, why do Engel only request a 15A fuse on a direct 12V DC feed?
A turn-on current surge lasts several miliseconds, a fast acting quick blow fuse withstands 300% overcurent for 0.15 - 5 sec.
Originally posted by Bundubasher: "A special thermal 10A fuse that is to protect against the application of reverse polarity" - it can damage the inverter it seems.
Protection against thermal overload and reverse current are two completely different things; the former requires a thermistor or bimetalic fuse/circuit breaker, the latter a rectifier diode. One cannot do both, and frankly there's no need for it.
Still doesn't make sense as the above was quoted from my Engel "manual". I understand your cautionary advice but what I don't understand is circumventing Engel's recomended procedures (if you decide to use the OE lighter socket fitment) - surely this will make any claim you make, under warranty, invalid? If you are direct wiring your fridge to the battery they still only advise using a 15V fuse (on the pos line).
By way of general explanation of vehicle electrics - fuses are there to protect the wiring, not the devices connected to it. Hence, the fuse value needs to correspond to the current rating of the wires used to connect the device(s) to the battery, not the rated power of the device(s).
If you don't feel comfortable with wiring your own electrical circuits, better follow manufacturer's advice. It not always works the way you'd want it to, but at least it's safe.
Well if I pay over £600 for a fridge unit then I am not about to start playing silly buggers with the wiring and thereby voiding my warranty - manufacturers usually like any legal reason, such as custom wiring solutions, to wriggle out of their "care of duty" to us customers.
Hell, I don't have that much money to play with, so when it's out of warranty fine - wire it up however you see fit - but until then I'd stick to manufacturers guidelines.
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