After visiting a VW California meet couple of weekend ago, several people asked how I load my kayak onto the roof of the California.
I’m not the tallest of people so and probably wouldn’t be able to reach a Kari-Tek system with our something to stand on and like to keep things simple, so i use a small work platform.
After putting on the roof rack and the straps on, I lift the kayak up and stand it on its nose or tail on the work platform, I then step up onto the platform and then lift the kayak onto the roof from there.
The work platform also often doubles up as a spare seat, Cobb BBQ cooking platform, table or drying rack.
Don’t forget you can raise the roof with up to 50kg of weight on the roof.
Our first trip away this year in the van, for a long weekend of paddling on the River Dart with Friends from Whitewater Action Medway. This was Bo’s first over night trip away from home so it’s been a bit of a learning curve for us and her, luckily the club were staying in a bunkhouse and we were fortunate enough to be able to park the van in the car park and share the bunkhouse facilities.
Friday and Saturday were very wet, due to this the river levels were really good so I took the opportunity to go squirt boating on the Dart Webburn seam.
Sunday we woke to a frost, when its cold like this I reach over and turn the night heater on to warm things up before I get out of my sleeping bag, once the temperature had climbed to more comfortable level got up and dressed to take Bo out for a quick walk. Once back in the van Bo quickly found an novel way to enjoy the lovely warm air coming out of the Cali’s night heater while I fixed breakfast.
I’ve had a Qnap TS 469L for a while now, the standard 1GB physical RAM has always hovered around 80% used with a 400-500Mb Swap file in use, in order to try and speed up the responsiveness of the unit I looked into upgrading the RAM from 1GB to 3GB for the claimed 48% improvement in speed.
Qnap TS-469L Cover removed
The best price I could find for official Qnap ram was £89. this was a bit expensive for me so I looked into alternatives. Kingston 2GB DDR3 KVR1333D3S8S9/2G appeared to have worked so I purchased a stick from eBay
The upgrade is really easy to do, just remove 3 screws, slide the cover off, pop in the new ram into the slot and turn it on. http://www.qnap.com/index.php?sn=4605 On powering up with the Kingston RAM installed all I got was the HDD lights flashing slowly red, I removed the Kingston RAM and lucky no damage had been done and every thing power back up fine.
After a bit of digging on Google if found a blog by Cyconet who had also experienced problems with the kingston RAM it turns out there are 2 different designs of ram it seems essentially that the module has a 8-chip design. The Kingston module has only 8 memory chips, but the design is a 16 chip chip both using the same part number and only the 8 chip version works with the Qnap NAS, so I ordered a Samsung M471B5773DH0-CH9