AnswerID: 484586 Submitted: Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 00:55
Belfastgirl - Well, the first thing I would do is find out the repair and towing facilities business names at each major town along your route, and keep their names and phone numbers handy.
Most travellers in the remote areas are willing enough to stop and assist you to some degree, if you've had a breakdown - but if they haven't got the tools, parts or expertise to get you going again - you're reliant on these businesses in these remote towns, that specialise in towing and repair in remote regions.
assist" service from the State Automobile Club, or other organisation, usually doesn't extend to these more remote regions.
All I can recommend is to ensure you have your cooling system maintained with a flush out and fresh coolant - carry spare radiator hoses - and carry a few basic tools, such as pliers, an adjustable spanner, and screwdrivers.
Overheating is a common problem when towing at highway speeds, and cooling systems are the greatest source of problems with most vehicles once they get over about 6 yrs old.
Make sure also, that you keep your radiator free of bugs, such as grasshoppers and locusts, as these are often a big problem in country areas and remote regions. They will block radiators rapidly if allowed to accumulate. If you carry a mesh screen that can be affixed to the front of your vehicle, this will prevent the problem.
Cheers - Ron.
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Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:24
Many thanks very useful information.
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