Farnham Dave

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    Dave
  • Lexus Model
    RX400h
  • Year of Lexus
    2005
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Surrey

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  1. I'm guessing it was newer at the time, so the hybrid battery was probably less fussy. My RX is nearly 14 years old, which is probably old for any battery technology, so I'm erring on the side of caution.
  2. I am now a very happy bunny. Turns out I picked a really good storage company. They read up on it before receiving the car, and have been doing the correct routine monthly!
  3. Thanks for that. It's very nearly 2 months since it went into storage, and was sitting for a couple of weeks before that. I suppose I should ask the storage people to run through the 30 minutes of READY process to charge up the hybrid battery. I wonder what will happen if the hybrid battery goes completely flat? I'm guessing it will be a non-starter.
  4. Mine is testing in a storage facility. They are running a top up battery conditioner on the 12v battery. However, now I'm thinking about it, I'm a little concerned about the hybrid battery. Does anyone know what happens to it if unused/uncharged for a period of time (months)?
  5. Not doing anything about this at the moment, since I'm sheltering and the car's in storage. But while I can adjust the position of the phone to be compliant, I didn't know about the continuous footage thing. I'm going to read up on this at some point... There are LCD display rear view "mirrors" out there, which are also on all the time. If I find any additional info, I'll post it.
  6. Yes! I'm not doing any more at the moment, because I'm in self isolation. But here's a link to the camera... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reversing-Wireless-Magnetic-Waterproof-Compatible-305-Camera/dp/B07W4FKPTT Don't forget that the magnet in it is only rated to a speed of 60mph, hence my use of extra magnets.
  7. Magnetically mounted external camera (WiFi with rechargeable battery). Instructions say not to exceed 60mph, so there's a thick chunk of neodymium magnets on the inside of the rear door. I've just had a quick fast journey, and checked position... Hasn't moved. I've resurrected my old second generation Motorola phone. Factory reset, downloaded Safety cam app, then removed user account and WiFi connection just to be in safe side. All seems fully functional and correct. Inside magnets are wrapped in a nitrile glove to protect the bodywork, but I need to do something on the outside to stop any grit getting between camera and panel (noticed one small scratch already). Will probably use blank vinyl decal or something. Next step is the barrier behind the front seats.
  8. I might be trying it out today, once I've resurrected my old phone (to be used as a "mirror") I tried a wing mirror extender.... It flew off... Never too be found again. Just glad the motorway was empty.
  9. Yeah, get it on my RX400h... Found it was worse if the tyres were overinflated, if that's any help.
  10. I would use the side mirrors, except that the they don't really tick all the boxes on the motorway if your rear view is blocked. People are expecting a van to not be able to see behind it, but they're not expecting that of a car.
  11. Sorry for upsetting you all. This isn't as bad as it sounds. I need to transport partner's stuff from uni occasionally, and go camping occasionally. While the luggage involved isn't heavy, particularly, it will fill even the RX to the roof with the rear seats folded down. I don't plan to drive around with a dangerous load obscuring my view, or threatening my safety. So this is my plan of action. I don't intend any of these adaptations to be permanent fixtures, to damage the car, or to impede safety. 1. WiFi camera mounted on rear of car via magnet. 2. Old phone to act as pseudo-mirror on windscreen, fed from the camera 3. Roof height barrier behind front seats. I am currently working on (1). I'll post some info when I'm successful... And successful includes being able to drive on fast roads without losing the camera. Plan is that all can be set up our removed in minutes. Comments and suggestions welcome
  12. Had reversing lights like this for a couple of months, now. Have to report it's done the job beautifully.
  13. Have now replaced bulbs with LEDs in reversing lights, and removed the extra deflectors... Whose purpose seemed purely to limit lighting of the reversing light to the lower half. While I was there, LED-ed the interior light on the the rear door trim, too. Haven't tested properly yet, since it's not dark at the moment. Noticed that the light clusters l on the rear seem to be designed so they can be opened up, so might look at those sometime (could do with removing some water ingress).