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    John Carter
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    I do a lot of heavy sand work in Zambia, Sioma, Kafue & Liuwa national parks. I also travel a lot of long distances on the tar roads, including the Sesheke to Mongu 750km round trip, and the Mwandi to Lusaka 1200km round trip. I would like to know if all-terrain tires will cut it in heavy sand. I currently run a set of Bridgestone Dueler mudterrain tyres.

    I am also in need of a new auxiliary battery. Is there an advantage to using a battery designed for solar as opposed to a normal 100A/h cranking battery? I want to use solar to charge the battery when I’m not driving.

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    Johan Tyres
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    I would stay with the mud terrain tyres due to the traction they provide and the load rating advantage.

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    Melt de Kock
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    When looking at the new range of Discover batteries distributed by Enertec in SA for the Leisure and Off Road market, you get the best of both worlds. Being classified as AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) they are ideal for solar application as well as offering superb performance in vehicles for the typical dual-battery application.

    Compared to the traditional 100A/h deep-cycle battery, the Discover Range are more suited for the tough African environment because run time is double that of normal lead-acid batteries, recharge rates are much quicker, the battery can be drained down to 20% compared to 50% of a standard leadacid battery, and it can be used as starter battery as well.

    Bear in mind that AGM, Lead Crystal and GEL batteries need a higher charge rate (14.7V) than a standard solenoid set-up can produce. To maximise on battery potential of these new-generation batteries, a smart charging system (like the new CTEK 250SA) would be a good choice as it can distinguish between AGM and standard lead-acid batteries, plus it has a built-in solar regulator to handle solar panels producing up to 300watts.

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    Steve
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    We’ve had experience where ATs work the same and sometimes better than Muds in deep sand. If you drive tar, ATs are a no brainer

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