Perth to Darwin via GRR

Hi All, I am planning to do this solo camping, leave the camper trailer home. I have dual battery and fridge. Getting awning with side walls and floor and putting airbed in that. Anyone done similar and do you have any tips. Going via Karijini. Cheers Ksav
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 16:45

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 16:45
Personally, I would go with a rooftop bed/tent.
Quicker and more convenient. Bed stays made up.
Above the crocs too :)

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Peter
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Follow Up By: ksav - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 18:19

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 18:19
Hi Pete, Crocs?? I can always crash in back of Prado. Looked at RTT but carrying Jerry cans and extra spare up there. Thanks for your comments.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 17:19

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 17:19
Have a look at our blogs for 2008 when we last did the GRR. Why not take the camper? The road is good enough for a camper.

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Follow Up By: ksav - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 18:15

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 18:15
Hi Val, Your blogs are great!! Heard camper may survive GRR but not offshoots so well. Also wasnt sure how it would handle crossings as only semi off roader.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 18:20

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 18:20
There are GRR (and side trips) pics from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 here....
http://tinyurl.com/OKA196xtMotorhome

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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 22:28

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 22:28
I've done the Gibb with and without trailer as per blogs. If no trailer, I would reccomend that a roof top tent would be the way to go.

You should find something amongst this lot of blogs. Trailer adventures were 2006.

Gibb River Road - The Kimberley


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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 23:20

Monday, Feb 04, 2013 at 23:20
Hi ksav

We didn't do the adventure routes like Peter and Margaret, but took our off road caravan through including to Kalumburu. No problems with security leaving it for unsuitable access tracks. Plenty of people were tenting leaving on road caravans at Broome or Kununurra.

You can check my 2008 blogs if by now you are not all blogged out. This trip was the best of the best, and i would recommend the Kimberley with a trip through the GRR, as well as including Geikie Gorge from Fitzroy Crossing, and Purnululu. Which ever way you choose to camp - don't miss it.

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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 01:23

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2013 at 01:23
If you're going to sleep on the ground with an air bed, make sure you take enough shadecloth to fold into several layers underneath the mattress to stop the prickles getting through.

In fact, shadecloth is a terrific addition to any camping situation as the dirt falls through, spilt drinks and rain wash through, and it makes the whole experience a lot better.

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Follow Up By: ksav - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 16:57

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 16:57
Thanks TimHJ61....good tip, Cheers ksav
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Reply By: WayneD - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 16:34

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 16:34
I have used an air bed on a few trips and they are a pain and can be very cold.
I swapped for a foam self inflating mattress and never looked back.
I did the GRR in 2007 with my wife and we used a tent all the way. Only stayed in caravan parks on 2 occasions and because we did not need a powered site we could get in without any trouble.
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Follow Up By: ksav - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:02

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:02
Thanks WayneD. Already decided to go with Self Inflating Bed as so many recommendations silly to ignore it. Also think I will try it in the Avan instead of inner spring. Cheers
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Follow Up By: rainbowprof - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 17:04

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 17:04
other possibilities: swag with self- inflating camp mat under foam mat, and canvas or shade cloth underlay. or Stretcher with simple swag (sheet of thick canvas under/ over bedding) on it for wet or prickly times.
Too many trips where a punctured air bed became a ground sheet. Carry repair kit for self inflating mat.
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Follow Up By: rainbowprof - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 17:06

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 17:06
I have to agree no trailer is convenient.
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