Thursday 9th January, (Launceston).

My end result of thinking about the caravan park in Hobart is that it is not a bad park after all, it was just that we were put in an area that wasn’t the best as the park was rather full. Up on top of the hill there were some rather good spots with a view over the river, it would have been much nicer if we were placed up there.

We have now moved back to Launceston and camped at the park at Legana. We are on our way back to Beaconsfield for a few days and decided to stay here for a couple of days while I get some maintenance done on the car. Speaking of which, one of these days I might get the car running 100% again, I am at the moment having an intermittent misfiring problem. The car is booked in tomorrow for replacement plug leads, as I believe I have proven that to be the problem. The area in which they are failing is where they cross over the rocker cover and touch the metalwork, I have placed a piece of insulation material under the leads but they eventually broke down through that as well. Taking the leads out of their support brackets and letting them run free got them away from the cover and made a great difference although there is still a minor problem, I think perhaps it may be where the leads actually touch each other. Replacing them tomorrow will reveal if they are in fact the sole reason for the problem. Other than that all the work I have done to the car since being home, maintenance and rearranging the load, has seemed to make a marked difference to the performance while towing, but I guess we will find out when we return the big island.

We were going to go back to Kelso while we visit the Beaconsfield area and then back to Matt’s, but I am now thinking we may stay here for a couple more days and make day trips to Beaky, probably cheaper than carting the van down there.

We will put the solar panels to a full test over the next couple of days as we forgot to switch the van fridge off 12 volts when we arrived today and completely flattened the battery. I guess it has finally getting a full cycle charge-discharge.