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  1. grantw

    Grant 'n' Sarah

    Very simply for us ... as we have Australian passports as well. Iran was a massive highlight for us. I would highly recommend visiting even with these restrictions!
  2. grantw

    Grant 'n' Sarah

    Thanks for the concern mate ... I don’t make it on here as much as I should anymore. As Clive said we are in an apartment in Bulgaria right now hiding from the cold for a bit and hoping this second European wave of corona eases soon. I’m glad you found us
  3. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    Amazing - thanks. I’ll let you know. DHL and other companies have stopped shipping here all together now.
  4. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    Even into Iran? We have a friend who requires some medicine.
  5. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    Easier said than done atm. I’m currently on a farm in Iran where solar panels aren’t so popular due to very low electric prices. We never really planned on staying stationary for this long so it’s not normally a problem. They are high on the list for when we get moving again though just in...
  6. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    If it was that bad of times is put the gas heater underneath :) we just try and avoid super cold weather camping now :) The biggest problem now is battery consumption from the fridge during 43degree days.
  7. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    We’ve had a -10 night so far but thankfully the inside of the trailer stayed just above zero. I have the batter located between the two 70l water tanks so when they are full it takes quite a bit of cold to drop them to feeezing point. Which then of course I have two problems!
  8. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    That’s a nice amount of battery:) you should be able to run that inverter quite comfortably!
  9. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    I’m using 8x 100ah winston prismatic cells. With the. 123SmartBMS looking after them.
  10. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    It’s hard to find concrete information on but my bms Comes preconfigured to -20c for the min temp. They are rated at -45 for discharge.
  11. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    Not really late - look at the date of the origins post
  12. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    Shouldn’t you be able to quite comfortably charge that at .5c (or60 amps )? I’ve read a blog on ev-powers website (where I bought my cells) that says they can charge at well below freezing but also didn’t offer anything to really back it up on their product info pages. I won’t be taking this...
  13. grantw

    Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries

    I finally have this setup in a position where I’m happy with it. It’s taken a lot of work and experimentation to get charge rates I’m happy with. The biggest change I’ve had tk make is using two victron 12 to 24v converters. Each of these is rated at 20amps on the 24v side. They are putting a...
  14. grantw

    Wiring/Starter/12V conversion help

    This post just saved me many more hours searching for the cause. I had a dodgy connection extending the fusible link. Replaced it with a crimp connector and fired straight away. Thanks!
  15. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Last night ... after our big day walking, we found a book store that served wine and cheese, a local craft beer bar and a great local restaurant. What a way to end a great week exploring with Sean & Tianna! Cha cha time!!!!
  16. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Fast forwarding this timeline a bit to two days ago ... planning on replacing the whole thing as soon as possible. I think this is now going to be in Pakistan though. Assuming our visas are approved one day. Had some more fun yesterday! We had a strange vibration for a few days and couldn’t...
  17. grantw

    Replacement shock absorbers

    That is pretty toasty!
  18. grantw

    Replacement shock absorbers

    Sorry screen shooter the +5 inches there but they have +4 in both too.
  19. grantw

    Replacement shock absorbers

    Oh that's annoying. They currently have them on their website so not sure if that has changed or if their website is inaccurate.
  20. grantw

    Replacement shock absorbers

    You can buy both EFS and Iron man pro from mp4x4 in Poland. I've placed three orders with them now and their service has always been great. They have shipped orders to UK, Slovenia and Romania for me always within a week at reasonable costs. EFS...
  21. grantw

    Georgia 2021

    A taster
  22. grantw

    Interesting (Damaged Repairable)

    Yep that is a lot of money for something that looks like it's been really abused.
  23. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Tbilisi walking tour - always a great way to be introduced to a place, we spent the morning exploring Tbilisi and learning more about its history, often accompanied by one of the local stray dogs
  24. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    A night out in Tbilisi ... took ourselves across the river, on a tour of the old town and visited a gallery with some beautiful stained glass windows
  25. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Dinner #2 - bbq pork, khachapuri & lobiani, khinkali ... sooooo tasty
  26. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Los crayfish hermanos - we were so excited to find a crayfish restaurant, unfortunately they didn’t have the big boys anymore so we had to settle for the little ones, our first crustaceans in a long time. Tasty!
  27. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Dogs of Ushguli - unfortunately so many stray dogs living here, talking us on walks around town, following us up and down the roads and hills, waiting for scraps at our dinner table. We wished we could take them all with us. We had heard of one dog who follows you out of town - he escorted us...
  28. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Tskaltubo - once a grand spa town, it is now known for its many abandoned buildings, some of which house refugees and displaced persons from the Abkhazian war. Some of the spas and hotels have been restored, but there are still so many abandoned buildings that can be explored, we wish we had...
  29. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Wild camping in a meadow, we set up and we’re ready to relax then realised there was actually a fair bit of traffic through this area - some people waved hi, some just ignored us and went on their way, some were cows ... then a surprise visitor with a large jug of his homemade wine arrived!! We...
  30. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    More dogs!! This farm had 3 gorgeous dogs (one with different coloured eyes!), 2 pigs and lots of cows ... so much animal entertainment!
  31. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Woodwork of Ushguli - amazing, detailed, beautiful carvings, used for door handles, furniture or decorations. Just beautiful.
  32. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Ushguli - a UNESCO heritage listed village, the highest permanent settlement in Europe (2100m), at the foot of the Shkhara summit (5193m). We were lucky enough for some beautiful (although very cold) weather to visit, as Ushguli can often be inaccessible during the winter months. Not many...
  33. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Searching for a wild camp and it was getting late so we headed back into town to find a hotel, passing a farm with a camping sign, so we knocked on the door to see if we could stay on their land ... not only were they the friendliest family (also letting us use their bathroom!), they had 3 dogs...
  34. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    in the morning and started driving west ... a little later, we heard a pop! Grant knew this was the inter cooler hose (which if not fixed straight away can damage the engine) and we pulled over straight away into a quiet side street ... which ended up being the busiest street ever. Grant...
  35. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Our first Georgian meal - this kubdari is a local Svaneti specialty which our waiter recommended and the ladies ordered one each ... we could have easily sharedone between us they were huge!!! But it was a delicious meat and onion filled bread and with the guys helping we managed to finish it all!
  36. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Thanks mate - the comments and likes give me motivation to keep posting here
  37. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    That little dog just kept following and following ... we thought we lost him several times in quicker sections of the track. But no ... sure enough when we slowed down there he was. I wish we had some food to give him. the nutter on the full road bike with skinny tyres was a Chinese Guy. We...
  38. grantw

    Wow - so clean hdj81

    https://www.drivermotorsports.com/inventory/220/1993-toyota-turbo-diesel-land-cruiser
  39. grantw

    Romania - Clive's House and Excursions

    Sorry to hear that mate - our thoughts are with you and family.
  40. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    That video is fixed now mate.
  41. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Huh - so much for that. You tube won't allow it as it was too long apparently
  42. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Here is a version at 2x mate ... 18 minutes long. Unfortunately the microphone from this camera doesn't work .. so it's mostly silent.
  43. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Cheers mate - I'll see if I can make slower version and upload it. It's about 40 minutes of footage in all from the 5 hour drive down. We have a rear camera setup now too so the next adventurous road we end up on will have some shots out the back too :)
  44. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Ushguli to Lentekhi - This was around 100kms of off road driving reaching a max height of around 2600m. We had a puppy keep us company for the first 11kms!
  45. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    We are thanks mate.
  46. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    This is a little bit of flash back to Turkey. We spent 4 great nights at this campsite.
  47. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    On our way to Mestia we passed this amazing coloured river, horses by the roadside and beautiful snow capped mountains; it’s getting colder now
  48. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Who’s been sitting in my chair?! We often have animals keen to take advantage of our comfy seats This cow was totally giving us the evil eye but we stayed strong
  49. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    Camping inside a 17th century castle .... we were given this wild camping spot from a fellow overlander and it was amazing! Way to set the bar high on our friends’ first night camping with us evening fire, dumplings for dinner, bacon and eggs for brekkie and animal watching - what more could...
  50. grantw

    To Destinations Unknown

    After a day of chores in Tbilisi, we picked up our guests from the airport first thing in the morning and started driving west ... a little later, we heard a pop! Grant knew this was the inter cooler hose (which if not fixed straight away can damage the engine) and we pulled over straight away...
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