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.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
I’m a bit ahead of myself, I’ve just brought a 24v Webasto air / air heater, I don’t yet know the model number. I’m wondering is there anything I should consider with its installation / positioning ? I plan on installing it under the rear bed area, where I have easy access to the rear body air vent.
Now I can convert it to 12v but been told this is expensive, as I have 2 batteries I presume I can use the 24v or should I look to use a step up from 12v to 24v….
Any advise on the subject very welcome, needless to say its second hand and cheap… the car is a HJ75
OK, your vehicle has 2 batteries. Are they in series or parallel? IOW, is it 12V or 24V? It is unclear from your post. If you don't know, you should have found out before deciding what kind of Webasto to buy.
Assuming the car is 12V, use a 12V-24V convertor on a switch so it isn't constantly working. Make sure it has lots of surplus capacity.
You may not have gotten much of a bargain buying an electrical device of incorrect voltage.
Using the vehicle cranking batteries for running heaters/fridges is a recipe for stuck in the middle of nowhere without a crank in sight.
Ideally you should have 24V (2 x 12V) leisure batteries with sufficient capacity to run the heater for however long you think you'll need it to run. Size your leisure batteries to suit the Amp Hours being drawn by the heater (and lights/fridge/etc). realistically you need to start at batteries with a minimum rating of 80Amp Hours - that gives you about 40AH to use before damaging the batteries. There is a simple way to recharge the 2 x12V batteries but requires two or maybe three relays - a weblookup might be better for diagrams - I think the SBMCC website has some schematics.
I'd put the heater as far away from the sleeping area as possible, the exhaust and intake as well, run the heater flex hoses to the places you want the outlets at floor level and near to bed and shower cubicle (see I'm a sook) are a good start. You can wrap insulation around the flex hoses if they have to be run under the floor for any length. I'd put the controller at hand or foot reach to turn on/off. Use the timer as much as possible.
Cab footwells are good spots for the air intake, if you are taking warmish air into the heater it takes less to heat it up and the heater will cycle on/off using less battery power. You should have a permanently open bottom vent to allow fresh air to circulate.
Exhaust has to be away from intake, windows or vents - if you must put the exhaust under a window make sure you fit an interlock switch so that the heater turns off the moment the window opens. You can buy smallish diameter steel flex hose joined to steel pipe and run the exhaust well away.
You need a permanently open roof vent (for gas cookers and fridges as well) in case the heater leaks CO into the flex hoses.
Your quite busy A google search gives this Webasto installation manual. Your type may be in the list but the principles are all the same. I have one installed in my LC on 24 V but mine is 24V. your HJ is 12V so you need a step up converter but that is indeed a big one as the start-up power of the unit is considerable.
In addition to what the others have said (your installation is 12V, only the starter motor is 24V; using starter batteries for running camping equipment is asking for trouble), please mind that by using a step-up converter you only increase the load on these batteries (converters are NOT 100% efficient).
While an extra deep cyle battery (or two) is always a good idea, the rest of your project looks like a non-starter, because 12V and 24V loads do not mix well on one bank of 12V batteries. Even if you fitted two extra batteries, you still should not not use just one to power 12V loads while both are connected in series to produce 24V.
IMHO, the only way to save your heater project is by adding a large capacity deep cycle battery (wired through a split charger) and a properly rated, high efficiency step-up converter.
Well, goodwoodweirdo, roman seems to know more about your vehicle than you do; you haven't answered my question as to the voltage of your vehicle.
Actually, HJ75s come in different battery/voltage configurations for different markets.
IF your vehicle is as described by him, I agree 100% with his suggestion: get a deep cycle leisure battery and a HD 12V-24V convertor.
Additionally: the electronic installation of a Webasto is not trivial. Likewise, the proper installation of air intake and exhaust is critical. Do you have the necessary technical skills?
I would not think it is worth the trouble of a converter as others have said it needs to be massive they draw at least 20 amps at start up. I would sell it and buy a 12v one. probably cheaper in the long run.
Thanks for the feedback and sorry for the late reply, yep got side tracked with work.... Indeed I should have been clearer in my initial post.
So it’s a 1988 HJ75 12v electrics...(not a 24v starter) there is a second 12v Deep Cycle battery for the accessories…it was all converted when new by Trakka back in the 80’s. I will need to further research the split charging system that’s installed.
I’ll take on board your comments and let you know of the outcome. Don’t hold your breath though… could take some time.
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.