200 Series Under Bonnet Dual Battery System

200 Series Under Bonnet Dual Battery System

Hi guys, Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning on the Sunshine Coast. Today we’re just gonna run you through a quick job spotlight of an under bonnet dual battery system that we’ve installed on this 200 series Land Cruiser.

So the Land Cruisers, depending on which model you have, will either come with two starting batteries under the bonnet or one starting battery under the bonnet. This one here had one, so it’s nice and easy to upgrade because there is already space in the engine bay for that second dual battery or auxiliary battery to go in.

So basically, what we’ve done is we’ve put in a second battery in here. We’ve put in a REDARC BCDC1225D, which has great options with solar input for you. And then we’ve also put in some power outlets in the rear of the vehicle.

So, we’ll just take on a quick tour of what’s in here. Under bonnet here, we’ve put in a supercharge allrounder 105 amp power. We’ve kept the existing starting battery that the vehicle had. If you came out with an earlier model 200 series Land Cruiser, you would have had two starting batteries under bonnet. If you have the 200 series with two starting batteries under bonnet from factory, we like to replace both of them. We put a high powered starting battery in there and then the auxiliary battery.

We mounted the REDARC BCDC under this engine cover here and they’ve cut a hole in the engine cover so that you can see all the display and lights on the BCDC and then we’ve run the Anderson plug for the solar input up next to the auxiliary battery for ease of access.

So, in the rear of the car, we’ve mounted all your accessory sockets. So the top one here is the dual USB, they’re a fast port charge and then two cigarette sockets. So this is typically where you’d put your fridge and you can charge it all out of the back with the auxiliary battery.

So if you’re interested in getting an under bonnet dual battery system for your Toyota Land Cruiser or Prado, you can comment below, drop us an email at [email protected] or give us a call on 1300 227 353.

Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Good afternoon everyone, Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics & Air Conditioning on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Today we’re gonna take you through a job that we’ve done on this Ford Everest. We’ve installed a Redarc TowPro Elite and an Anderson plug.

The reason we love the Redarc TowPro Elite is that rather than having a big box that sits under the steering column and you usually knock your knees on it, instead you’ve got a little dial that we’ve mounted really nicely into the dash here next to the gearstick and that way when you need to reach it in an emergency it’s right close and handy.

For all the other reasons that we love the Redarc TowPro Elite, check out one of our other videos that we’ll link in the descriptions below.

So under the bonnet, we’ve got a 50 Amp midi fuse and a 30 Amp circuit breaker. We’re also running 8 B&S cable that goes directly from the battery through to the rear of the car that hooks up to the Anderson plug.

We’ve then got 5 mm cable that goes from the battery into here where it then shoots off to the dial for the Redarc controller and then goes straight to the back again into the trailer plug.

So at the rear of the vehicle here, we’ve got the Anderson plug that we’ve installed.

If you need any help with towing your caravan or trailers, you can give us a call on 1300-227-353, email us at ‘[email protected]’, or comment below.

Product Comparison: Entry Level Electronic Brake Controllers

Product Comparison: Entry Level Electronic Brake Controllers

Hi guys, Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning on the Sunshine Coast. Quite often we get asked what the difference is between the brands and models of electronic brake controllers that are on the market. Today we’re going to run through a few of the entry-level brake controller options.

Tekonsha Voyager

The Tekonsha Voyager may not be the fanciest brake controller in the Tekonsha line up but it is one of the most affordable and effective. Like other electronic brake controllers, the Tekonsha Voyager trailer brake controller senses when you start stopping and applies a steadily increasing amount of the force to the trailer’s brakes.

It is proportional and as such must be mounted horizontally but can be tilted vertically. The best thing about the Voyager is the price. It is Tekonsha’s most affordable brake controller. It is equipped with a colour-changing LED that goes from green to red as the braking force grows.

It will do up to four axles, the Voyager is super easy to use and comes with the brackets you need for fitting. I can tell you how many of these I’ve seen in vehicles over the years. Even though they are Tekonsha’s base model, in my experience they certainly are a quality unit. No frills and not the smoothest, but it won’t let you down.

Hayman Reese Sentinel 

Now let’s take a look at the Hayman Reese Sentinel. Again, the unit is nothing fancy but it is a no-fuss option for an effective electronic brake controller. Its simple operation, slim design and a wide range of mounting options make it the perfect choice for today’s towing vehicles. Since the Sentinel has no moving parts or pendulums to adjust, it can be mounted in virtually any position.

It comes with the mounting brackets and hardware. It’s a bit slimmer than the Voyager so in some applications, you might find it easier to mount. The Sentinel is a solid state brake controller. Because of this, it has no moving parts. What this means is that it is not proportional like the Voyager. Instead, it has an output thumb wheel on the top of it for the driver to adjust according to the conditions.

Both of these guys have been around for years and anyone who works on cars will tell you they’ve seen heaps of them and all with happy owners. Personally, I’d go the Voyager because of its proportioning capabilities but if you are looking for a budget controller that will probably outlast the car it’s in, then you can’t go wrong with either of them.

If you have any other questions about electronic brake controllers, comment below, give us a call on 1300 227 353 or email [email protected]

Although these entry-level electronic brake controllers are good for those on a budget, we always recommend the Redarc TowPro Elite.

Check out our review video to find out why… > > >

Campsite Review: Booloumba Creek Camping

Campsite Review: Booloumba Creek Camping

Booloumba Creek Camping…Have you been? You totally should!

Numerous friends had mentioned Boolomba Creek Camping but I’d never been. That was until my sister gave me a list of options for a post-Christmas camping spot and I took it as a sign! We booked via Queensland Department of National Parks. We booked into Booloumba Creek 4 Camping Area as it is the only area you can have a camper trailer/caravan.

Getting There

It takes about 1hr 20min to drive from Maroochydore. I’d suggest if you are towing go via Kenilworth as there are long straight stretches of road, if you go via Maleny it is windy and can take longer. Once you turn off Kenilworth-Maleny Road there are two creek crossings and a gravel road – national parks suggest high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Saying that my sister has a Rav4 that got through no problems. There are 3 different camping areas you can stay in…

Campgrounds / Areas

There are 3 camping areas you can stay in… (area 2 – not listed below is a day use area)

  • Booloumba Creek Camping Area 1 – 24 numbered tent sites, vehicle parking spaces next to each site, you may need to carry your tents/gear a short walk. Nice and shady and short walk to creek.
  • Booloumba Creek Camping Area 3 – 20 numbered tent sites, 10 sites along the creek, 10 sites in the rainforest. Sites 1-4 along the creek would get really busy with day visitors as this is the deepest section of the creek and everyone comes for a swim there.  The rainforest sites are secluded and you are camping right in amongst the trees
  • Booloumba Creek Camping Area 4 – Takes a maximum of 120 people. This is an open shady space for camper trailers and caravans, the bulk of the area is on a slant about 6 or so flat spots so try to get in early.

What we loved:

  • Open fires allowed in rings supplied – check national parks website for park alerts
  • Walking tracks – see further info below
  • Creek is so beautiful to swim in, the kids loved exploring, skimming rocks and building dams
  • Flushing toilets 🙂
  • Wildlife is always a hit with the kids, we spotted Goanna’s, Wallabies, Kookaburras, Lots of birds on the walks and Eels & Catfish in the creek

Room for improvement

  • This is a national park and the amenities are basic, no showers but they do have flushing toilets.
  • Summer weekends, school holidays and long weekends can get very busy so be prepared for more noise during these periods.

Walking Tracks

There is a range of walks available at Boolumba Creek and the surrounding Conondale National Park:

  • Boolumba Falls Walk – A must do! To get there you drive the 9.8km track to the Boolumba Falls parking area (you will need a high clearance 4WD to get there). Then its a 1.5km walk down to the falls. There is a small rockpool and falls that you can stop at for a refreshing swim after you check out the view from the lookout.
  • Gold Mine Walk – An easy walk through the rainforest that leaves from the day use area. The entrance of the mine can still be viewed but the mine is closed for public safety.
  • Strangler Cairn – Definitely not something you see on your usual bushwalk… This walking track also leaves from the day area and leads to an impressive 3.7m high Strangler Cairn © sculpture by artist Andy Goldsworthy.
  • Artists Cascades – Walk through dense rainforest along the Booloumba Creek Gorge to Artists Cascades a stunning group of waterfalls.
  • Boolumba Creek to Mount Allan – a decent walk from Booloumba Creek day-use area to Mount Allan. At the end of the walk, you can climb the stairs of the 9.6m tall fire tower for 360-degree views of the Mary Valley and surrounding Conondale Ranges.
  • Conondale Range Great Walk – Most renowned of all the walks at Conondale, this challenging four day, 56km, full circuit walk offers bushwalking enthusiasts an adventure to remember.

Check out the full map here

We only managed to cover a small portion of the walks on this trip but overall, we loved Boolumba Creek Camping and will be back to explore more of the park again soon.

Have you stayed at Booloomba Creek before? If so, let us know what you thought.

View our Top 10 Places to Camp Within 1hr of the Sunshine Coast

Guide to Trailer Plugs: Towing and Charging Solutions

Guide to Trailer Plugs: Towing and Charging Solutions

Confused about what trailer plugs you need? Our simple explanation explains all. Hi, I’m Briohny from Accelerate Auto Electrics & Air Conditioning on the Sunshine Coast. Some of the most common questions we get asked as auto electricians are, what the different types of trailer plugs are, and what each one is used for.

Today we’re gonna take a look at the most common options for trailer plugs, the five pin, seven pin, twelve pin, and also the Anderson plug. They’re called five, seven, and twelve pin plugs because they connect five, seven, or twelve wires on your car to your caravan or trailer.  So, if you turn the indicator on in your car, the first pin connects the signal in the car to the trailer indicator and makes the trailer indicator work. So let’s take a look at each plug.

5 Pin Trailer Plug

First up we have the five pin, which only comes in the round. In Andrew’s twenty years of being an auto electrician on the Sunshine Coast, he hasn’t actually ever seen one of these. They are definitely the least common, but they do connect very basic things. They connect the left-hand indicator, the right-hand indicator, a return to earth, your brake lights, and your taillights, including clearance and sidelights.

7 Pin Trailer Plugs

Next up is the seven pin trailer plug, which comes in flat or round. In the round, you can get a big size, or a small size. Usually the big is used on trucks or heavy machinery. These vehicles have a lot more lights and require more power to be fed through the plug. The seven pin connects all of the things that we mention with the five pin, plus reverse lights, and an electronic brake controller. We prefer using the flat over the round because in our experience, the wiring is more likely to get damaged in the round.

Also, you can plug a seven pin flat into a twelve pin flat, making it more versatile. On the tow vehicle, our preference is to mount a twelve pin flat. If you tow a trailer or caravan that has either a seven pin flat or twelve pin flat, both of these can plug into the twelve pin on your car.

12 Pin Trailer Plugs

Next up, we have the twelve pin plug. You get everything that you connected on the five and seven, plus you now have five extra pins to wire up various accessories. This could include:

  • A fridge ignition feed to power the fridge in your caravan or trailer while you’re driving.
  • A breakaway battery monitor. This allows the voltage of the battery on your breakaway unit to be displayed on the dash of your vehicle.
  • ESC, which is Electronic Stability Control, if your caravan has it.
  • Or a heavy earth return.

Each caravan and trailer manufacturer wires up their plugs differently. We always request a wiring diagram from the caravan or trailer manufacturer to confirm what needs to be wired to what pin.

Anderson Plugs

Lastly, we have the Anderson plugs. The Anderson plug is most commonly used to charge the batteries in your trailer or caravan when you are driving. You can do this via a twelve pin plug, but we don’t recommend it. The power that is fed into the plug to charge the batteries is generally more than a twelve pin plug can handle.

We regularly see melted twelve pin plugs when people charge the batteries via them. You can get the Anderson plugs in grey, red, or blue. Each coloured plug does not physically fit into the other colour, so you use a different colour to ensure that you plug them into the right device.

When it comes to getting your vehicle wired up to tow a trailer or caravan, there are few things we recommend. If you plan to tow a caravan, we usually suggest getting an Anderson plug installed, especially if you want to charge your caravan’s battery from your vehicle. Twelve pin trailer plugs are not designed to hold a charge feed and will usually melt when exposed to that much current.

If you have any other questions about the plugs, your car, caravan, or trailer needs, comment below, or call us at 1300 227 353, or email [email protected]