Rex & Joy
We thought we had taken our car & caravan to people who we though understood 12v… How wrong we were. Upon reading an article in a monthly caravan magazine a couple had taken their caravan to JTS “Jamie’s Touring Solutions”.
So I thought; we should give them a call, we booked both the can & van in and asked it all to be sorted. All done now, working extremely perfect on both (actually we can now free camp and do not have to worry about out generator). I cannot recommend JTS high enough in their quality of knowledge and workmanship.
Thanks JTS, Rex & Joy
Darrell & Wendie Hume
We just wanted to say thankyou to you, Shane and all your staff for giving great service with quality workmanship. Our first experience with DSS was with our camper trailer we had just put it up for the first time at a camper trailer meet and couldn’t get things to work properly. Shane was at this meet and went out of his way to help us and gave us a lot of tips something we will always appreciate, subsequently anything further we needed for our camper trailer we bought from you guys. So when we upgraded to a caravan and bought our new Navara we automatically came to you guys for advice and installation of all our solar, batteries and charging needs. Again we had a very positive experience, not only did we come to you thinking we knew what we wanted/needed your staff gave unbiased opinions, didnt try to sell us things we didnt need and offered things we did need. We were very impressed with the way we were asked how we were going to be using the caravan and then options were offered you didnt just try to sell us things for the sake of a sale.
We had a budget estimate of what we thought we were going to spend and unfortunately every time I walked into the shop I added something else to the bill (hence the joke our round Australia trip started and ended at DSS) so you can say I was a bit nervous when it was time to get the invoice at the end all 3 pages and I have to say I was quite surprised at the charges very reasonable indeed.
So as we head off on our big trip around Oz we are confident that we are fully setup and prepared thanks to you guys and will be referring you to everyone we meet along the way.We highly recommend Dynamic Solar Solutions for all 12 volt, LED lighting, solar, and touring needs. Your staff show great knowledge of your products, offer great ideas, are extremely professional, reliable and very well priced also the quality of workmanship is unbelievable. You dont often come across businesses that have all these qualities but you have them all something you should be very proud of. Once again thankyou for your help.
Darrell & Wendie Hume
Mike Pavey - The Dirt 4WD
In preparation for a 12month trip around Australia with a four-wheel drive and off-road van in tow, I contacted Jamie Hazelden from Dynamic Solar Solutions to get his input on solar, batteries and battery management. Jamie came highly recommended as a whiz on everything 12v and a regular guest speaker and member of the popular Camper Trailersgroup (www.campertrailers.org)
The first of Jamie’s recommendations was to install a Redarc Battery Management system (BMS1215). The BMS keeps the batteries in top condition, controlling the incoming current from 240v, solar, or 12v (Anderson plug), without overcharging. Unlike normal alternator charging via the Anderson plug, the Redarc system uses a multi-stage charger to safely top up the batteries to 100%, giving much better utilisation than would otherwise be achievable (65-70% charge). Similar advancements in the solar and 240v charging systems provide the same gains. An isolator protects the vehicle battery from being drained and a state of charge display shows inputs and outputs in real time and battery reserves for each hour and day over the last 30 days. You can check out the full list of features and benefits of the Redarc BMS1215 at www.redarc.com.au.
Secondly, Jamie recommended a pair of deep cycle Fullriver 105Ah batteries from R&J Batteries, leaders in recreational battery supplies. These only just fit within the battery storage compartment, maximising battery storage potential within the available space. Fullriver are very popular within the recreational market for their performance and value.
As far as solar requirements, Jamie recommendedmounting a pair of PVL68 (68w) amorphous solar panels permanently to the roof of the Topaz. These light weight panels work well in low light and high temperature conditions, making them better for touring through the tropical zone. Permanently mounted and with a slim profile, they can be put to work during the day around camp, charging the batteries without fear of theft.
To supplement the roof-mounted panels, Jamie suggested the purchase of an 110w portable bi-fold multi-crystalline Solawatt panel with inbuilt regulators, secured by a stainless steel cable locked to the van. Jamie added an external Clipsal T-socket to the van, plumbed directly to the batteries. The external socket is positioned close to the batteries using commercial grade cable, to minimise any losses. A 10m power cable of appropriate thickness gives a manageable length to help follow the sun. The portable panel at least provides an option to park the van in part or full shade.
Finally, Jamie audited our electrics and found some issues with the way some of our other optional accessories had been wired. These were rewired appropriately. An additional 10m power lead with alligator clips was provided for our other bi-fold 80w panel used for topping up the dual battery on the car, improving on the original short and thin cable supplied.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with our new and improved electrical system, optimising self-sufficiency and current storage. With the increasing number of national parks prohibiting the use of generators, it’s good to know you can still camp under your own steam without disturbing those that come to the park to enjoy nature, without the hum of a generator. Monitoring inputs and outputs with the Redarc Battery Management System is another big advantage, whilst also supporting another great Australian company.Happy campers, you bet!
I have no hesitation in recommending Jamie and the team at Dynamic Solar Solutions for any 12v requirements.
My name is Michael Butler and I am a film producer on the Sunshine Coast Queensland, Australia, I own a 50 year old ex-army Land Rover ambulance dubbed: The Message Stick, that has well over 200 Aboriginal artists who have left their mark on the vehicle including Nelson Mandela and Gough Whitlam and has now been exhibited in five major museums in Australia.
The vehicle is about to travel around Australia again for the next 12 months filming a 13 part episode with the host, Samantha Martin, a local Aboriginal woman titled A Kimberley Woman for NITV broadcasting on FOX and AUSTAR.
This amazing 1961 ex army ambulance Land Rover has been sponsored by a large number of Australian businesses for our production.
The Message Stick Vehicle is now being rebuilt as a state of the art vehicle with 3x solar power panels, 4x Ritar batteries, Sinergex 1000 watt inverter, 40 amp Purecharge Charger, Baintech dual battery controller, Glind hot water shower system with a Flojet pump which were fitted by Jamie at Dynamic Solar Solutions also known as Jamie's 12 Volt Solar Shop to run an editing room in the vehicle.
This will be an extremely important part of Sacred Oz Productions 13 part series, to be "Eco Green" while using the sun in the outback to charge the solar panels and use our editing facility to broadcast our documentary, bringing this 50 year old Land Rover into a modern hi tech vehicle.
All the work has been done by Jamie and Shane in Caloundra at Dynamic Solar Solutions at 8 Allen St, Moffat Beach, QLD.
I own and operate OzRoamer Camper Trailers and have worked extensively with Jamie Hazelden from Jamie's 12Volt and Solar and couldn't be happier.
When I first came across Jamie a few years ago I was both frustrated and disillusioned with all the “words of advice” I was receiving from the 12volt and solar industry guru's. With my head still spinning with everybody's different ideas I was close to giving up on ever finding the right solutions and the best options available as everybody had such a vastly different idea of what we should use in our range of camper trailers.
Jamie had such a vast knowledge of all the main products on the market and their benefits and pitfalls that he made sense and put together a cost effective 12volt package that handles our AGM battery requirements, our battery charging and management, switch and fuse box setup and heavy duty wiring.
We were so impressed (and relieved) that we invited Jamie to attend our regular Tag-A-Long tours that we arrange for both new and prospective buyers and Jamie to advise our customers of the most effective way to utilise their power supply efficiently.
I have since invited Jamie to attend and speak at the camper trailer weekends regularly held by 'The Australian Campertrailers Group' www.campertrailers.org who are the largest group of its type in Australia, to display the many power alternatives to its members and advise how best to get what they desire from their battery capacity.
OzRoamer Camper Trailers in Noosa Heads, Qld manufactures a range of hard floor camper trailers that are renowned as the toughest in Australia and our customers demand a system that lets them remain away from civilization for long periods and Jamie's 12Volt and Solar has been instrumental in designing a system that delivers.
Bob & Julie Kettle
My wife and I have been travelling quite extensively over the last few years in an off road camper trailer towed by a 4x4. We generally camp in national parks, state forests or free camp, where we never have access to mains power. The longest time we have not been able to purchase any sort of fresh food was one month.
To enable us to survive with frozen meat, fresh dairy products, fruit and vegies, was to utilise a reliable solar system and deep cycle batteries. Jamie at "Dynamic Solar Solutions" provided us with expert advice and a cost effective option. He fully installed two solar panels and three 120amp deep cycle batteries. This enabled us to be completely self sufficient while running a huge 110 litre fridge/freezer, three lights, water pump and shower every day. The real bonus was that we had cold wine and 'tinnies' every night and this was in the middle of the Simpson Desert.
Every couple of days we would run our laptop through an inverter supplied by DSS which also powdered our cry-o-vac machine for meat, poultry, etc. On the rare occasions we went into a caravan park we didn't need to pay for a powered site.
Rob & Carol Sanderson
In appreciation to Jamie from Dynamic Solar Solutions for presenting the solar, battery & 12volt workshop at the recent Australian CamperTrailers Groups 3rd national get together held at Copeton Waters State Park near Inverell in northern NSW in October 2007.
Thanks for the free help you provided to members during the week long event. Thanks also for the donation of two major prizes.
Your unbiased input into the group is much appreciated.
Rob & Carol Sanderson
Co-owners Australian CamperTrailers Group
I found Jamie and Jason to be very helpful in understanding my particular dual battery requirements for the car fridge I purchased. I was en route to Fraser Island, having never been there before and they knew exactly what would suit my needs.
Both Jamie and Jason are seasoned off road explorers and both have their cars fitted out for big trips. They know what they are talking about in other words.
They were also able to provide me with some quality lighting and the wiring and battery hook up was very professional.
I have no hesitation in recommending them!