A New Addition…..

Disclaimer:
There’s a cuteness overload in this video – if it doesn’t make you go, “Awwwwww”, well, my friends, that is your fault, not mine!


I’d like to introduce the latest addition to Dolphin Marine Magic’s Australian Sea Lion family – this is “Storm” and he is only 6 weeks old. He’s already making an impression on the staff at Dolphin Marine Magic – here’s a little video of “Storm” at play:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOJ4nrpTv1M

A buyer’s guide to tyres

Do you wonder what is getting your car’s engine motion down to the ground once it leaves the transmission??? That’s right – it’s your tyres! Here are a few things to remember when it comes to those big black rubber rings on your rims:

  1. Buy the best brand you can afford – for me, the tyre of choice is the Hankook Optimo K415 in 205/65R15 99H. The Optimo range is also available in a H426 pattern but the H426 does not come in a 15″ size – having had the K415’s before, I opted to stick with them.
  2. Ring around for pricing and availability – it helps to ring a few tyre shops and get prices to compare and ensure they have them in stock. When I got my new Optimo K415’s, I rang two shops in Dubbo: Hannaford Tyre and Suspension ($105 each and would need to be ordered in) and Dubbo Tyres and Batteries ($88 each and in stock). I stuck with Dubbo Tyres as they had done a good job on the previous set and always hold stock (being a Hankook Masters dealer, that helps a lot!)
  3. Ensure your wheels are in alignment – it’s very important to make sure that you have a wheel alignment carried out when your new tyres are fitted. When we had our previous set of tyres on, we had to have the lower control arm bushes replaced – the alignment was severely out but it did not affect the wear on that set.
  4. Keep an eye on your pressures – monitoring your pressure ensures that the tyres wear evenly. It’s also important to check them when they are cold – checking them when they are hot will mean they are higher than when they are cold.

These little tips are provided by me on the basis that you are a everyday motorist and would like help to understand.

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Hankook Optimo K415 205/65R15 99H

Reading your tyre info on the sidewall:
Do you know how to interpret the sizing info on your tyres? Here’s a breakdown on what those series of numbers means:
205 – tread width in millimetres65 – aspect ratio (ie. the height of the tyre off the rim)
R – radial (steel belted)
15 – the rim size for the tyre in inches
99 – load index (99 is 775kg or 1709lb per tyre in a single tyre format as seen above)
H – speed index (H is 210km/h or 130mph)

Other information on the tyre can be interpreted as follows:
M&S – Mud and snow
Extra Load – indicates that a tyre is capable of sustaining high loads
And many more….

Welcome to 2017!

Well – the new year is here at long last! With it, it brings me to some little items of high importance…

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Bring on Saturday March 18, 2017!

I will be travelling to Brisbane in March to spend a week relaxing and see this amazing duo from Ireland in concert – this trip will complete the trifecta of capital cities on the east coast of Australia.

I still have a few little things to sort out for this trip – going to visit Sea World on the Gold Coast and do one of their amazing Animal Adventures…. I have not chosen which one as yet as they are all amazing! Then I have to book my flights – will be flying with Jetgo Australia again.

Aviation Passenger Experience

I was inspired to share my passenger experience in aircraft – here it is as follows:

Name: Joseph Hupp
Location: Dubbo, NSW, Australia

Aviation Experience (Passenger): I have experience in many different aircraft types (rotary wing/helicopter and fixed wing) – aircraft I have flown in as a passenger are as follows:

Rotary Wing (Helicopter):
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III

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Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III – the JetRanger III was the first helicopter I had ever flown in….. the smell of burnt Aviation Turbine Fuel (AvTur) is one thing I will always remember!

Robinson R22/R44

TIF in a Robinson R22 – it is harder than it looks!
Robinson R44 Raven II VH-RIZ. This helicopter is the helicopter that keeps me in the air!

Eurocopter EC120B

Fixed Wing:
Bombardier Dash 8 (Q300/Q400)

QantasLink Bombardier Q400 VH-QOK

Embraer ERJ-135LR/ERJ190-100IGW

Embraer ERJ-135LR VH-JZG
Jetgo Australia Embraer ERJ-135LR VH-JZG

Boeing 737-800

Which aircraft is my favourite? If I had to choose one aircraft out of the above, I would have to say the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 is my favourite…. quiet, fast and fuel efficient, the Q400 is the best choice from a passenger’s viewpoint!

A review of the Great Whites 220mm 18 diode round LED driving lights

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Great Whites 220mm 18 diode round LED driving lights in action…. Denning Decker TV5580

I recently had the opportunity to see a set of Great Whites 220mm round 18 diode LED driving lights in action – to say I’m really impressed is an absolutely true understatement! I truly like how quick these lights start up – almost instantaneously unlike a HID light which takes time to start…. another plus with these is that they use relatively little power on the circuit so they will not flatten your battery/ies if your alternator decides to cark it!

The light emitted from these is a crisp, white light which virtually mimics daylight – this allows you to see a wider view of any animals on the side of the road and can take appropriate action where possible as evidenced on this trip…

I would highly recommend these lights as they are the best! They may not be cheap (at $660 including GST per light – see Great Whites 18 LED Wide Angle Round Light for more info) but the extra initial expense gives you added safety!

Hej.

I’d love to introduce my blog followers to a lovely friend of mine, Sarah Hansen (nee Langley). Sarah has only just started this blog so I’d appreciate it (as would Sarah) if you could give it a follow…..

Sarah Hansen

Hello there.
Today, I decided to start a blog. I’ve thought about it for a while, started one a few years ago, but didn’t do much with it. But today, I’m going to start, and I’m going to keep going… (fingers crossed)

I’ve mainly started it to keep a track of my life.. I guess the reason most people start it. I want to share pieces of our life.. not that it is extremely interesting, of things we are doing and where we are going.

I am one who finds an amazing recipe, makes it once, looses the recipe then never makes it again, but dreams about it until I find something similar.

Here, I will put these recipes so I don’t ever forget them. Share photos, recipes, whatever I feel like really.

A little about me. I am 25 years old. Grew up in Dubbo, moved to Sydney, fell in…

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