The Tanami Road turns to trucking torture

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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:01

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:01
DW,
the link didn't work so if you don't mind I have posted a new one.

Tanami highway to hell
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Follow Up By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:13

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:13
Thankyou for fixing that.

DW
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Reply By: Member - John - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:03

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:03
G'day, that link doesn't seem to work. Cheers, John
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:34

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:34
Hmmmm, the picture seems in conflict with the story. Perhaps a vested interest here.
Before we first travelled the Tanami in 1990 the goss said dont do it..diabolical..
truth was different..even in a leaf sprung hilux it was comfortable. Repeated the dose
in 07...word was...baaad....but it was much the same...a bit coarser at the WA end.
If that pic is the worst they can come up with I would ignore the whining....and go if
you plan to....a wonderful drive........oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:46

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 12:46
I have to agree with the article, Oldbaz, with some qualification.

In 1994 we went from Halls Creek to Alice via the Tanami. It was rough but bearable. We were in a troopy, not towing anything.

In 2010 we popped out onto the Tanami coming down from Top Springs towing our Bushtracker. We turned left and headed to Alice.

It was as rough as guts. We slowed down to less than 20kph and dropped the tyres to about 20psi. Still rough as guts. We had to carry out maintenance when we got to Tilmouth Wells.

If I was towing anything at all, I would avoid the Tanami. Not towing, I would go if I had never been before, but having driven it, I would never go again, with or without a van. It is damaging.

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Follow Up By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 13:12

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 13:12
But what is comfortable in a hilux, is not so comfy in a truck, especially a triple, with stock crates..
Even some of the triples coming through here need to slow to 20kmh in some sections.

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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 14:04

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 14:04
Well, what a pair of spoilsports....you two have blown away two of my firmly held beliefs in one go....:)))).

I thought Bushtrackers were made for those sort of roads...& I
thought that triples did 20 kph twice on each run...starting &
stopping.
But, seriously, this shows that road conditions vary from season to season. Gone Bush wont drive the Tanami again...I would love to..
based on our individual experiences.
I do hope the Roadhouse is not suggesting the GCR is too rough to
drive, as we were planning to call in late next month after practicing
on the dirt from Bourke to Alice. Please tell us we stand half a chance with our old Jack & dirt road (non Bushtracker) van.
cheers....oldbaz.














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Follow Up By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 14:22

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 14:22
haha OldBaz, no drama at all.. In fact I just recently towed my van in and out for a 2 week holiday.
There was 2 sections that I had to slow done for a few km's to about 20kmh, the rest was 80kmh stuff (towing).

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Follow Up By: Flighty ( WA ) - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 15:08

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 15:08
Al
Glad of that report, be dropping in bout 2 weeks from now.
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Follow Up By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 15:53

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 15:53
good stuff Flighty, we'll see you in a couple of weeks.

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Reply By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 16:34

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 16:34
I'm sure I read somewhere that "the next time you are in a very long line of cars, remember you aren't stuck in traffic, you are traffic".
Is it a possibility that the road trains carting cattle could be part of the problem. It's usually the drive tyres on the prime mover that wear out first in any situation but a hell of a lot quicker pulling road trains over gravel roads.

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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 18:01

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 18:01
When we drove down the Tanami last September we found it alright.
It definitely wasn't the worst road we'd driven on but our Landcruiser is setup pretty well.

The roadtrains we passed were all doing about 25 - 30 kph. we only passed three or four and they all seemed to have gear for the mines.

If it's going to cost too much to truck the cattle out they might consider droving gain.
They'd have a pretty good track to push the catttle down.

Steve
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 20:41

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 at 20:41
we lived and worked up the Tanimi and the fuel trains used to stop at the end of the tar and spend over an hour letting down all the tyres, and even then used to worm all over the road trying to avoid the ruts, it is bad but it is what we all leave home for to seek, and again I rant about how bad roads keep away the mainstream and again I love it so really if one road in a country as big as aussie is REALLY bad then that is a really good report for Australia in general as we have one BIG country out here and it has some crap roads ..... awesome, bring em on, I can drive up it, pull over a couple of hundred klms in and camp up, no "ranger" is gunna bail me up and kick me out, no "idiot" screaming past at midnight and I will not hear another car until 10am the next morning...............
Might go dig some more holes in the road hahahah
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 00:40

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 00:40
thats gold..

must be getting youst to the coil suspension in the 100series now hey joe and mel..
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Follow Up By: Fiona & Paul - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 09:27

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 09:27
Well said Joe and all the best with your move.

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Reply By: Candace S. - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 03:41

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 03:41
"The project for sealing works for 2012-13 will be tendered shortly for sealing between chainages 217km and 221km. Once awarded the works will take between 4-6 months to complete." 4-6 months to seal 4-5 km of road?! Please tell me that is a typo!


BTW, here's what it looked like on 25 May 2008, somewhere between Tanami Mine and Rabbit Flat:

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Follow Up By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 10:24

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 10:24
Well, we are just getting 7km's sealed outside the roadhouse. The sealing itself will only take a week (will be done Tuesday) but the preperation of the surface started months ago. It's not a quick easy job, especially in these remote areas.
The funding was awarded in 2011.

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Reply By: Hunjy100 - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 10:17

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 10:17
If the truckers are damaging their vehicles on this track would it be a cheaper option to drag a sled of some kind behind to knock the tops off the corrugations. If there are many trucking movements on this track then maybe tow it for a 100 kms then pass it on.
If this was dragged up and down the track a few times wouldn't it flatten out the track somewhat to be beneficial to the truckers as the extra fuel for a 100 kms would outweigh the cost of vehicle damage and increase the average speed also.

Maybe this would work in theory but might not in the real world so I thought put it out there and see what is discussed.

I'm only asking a question.

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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:04

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:04
G'day Mal, I think your theory is well worth investigation. I would suggest that heavy mesh may be the ideal tool. I have used this on
particularly cloddy areas of fallow paddocks with some success, &
have seen it used on trotting tracks to take out hoof imprints.
I'm sure it would be beneficial on sandy corros. It is not heavy to
pull, even a 4wd wagon would pull its own width reasonably
easily. Maybe Al at the Roadhouse can do some research as he
waits patiently for us easterners to turn up for the tourist season...
cheers....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:21

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:21
haha have used the heavy mesh set up actually, on rodeo grounds.. Here, I use a set of 3 tractor tyres chained together dragging behind the work vehicle.
Works a treat. maybe i should try it out on the corros.. lol

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Al
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:40

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:40
Well, hop to it ,Al, You have to the end of May before I inspect it..
should get most of it done by then...:)))).....oldbaz.
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Reply By: Mark T6 - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 13:42

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 13:42
I'll be doing this in August after our South to North journey on the CSR.

I'd say this woulld be pretty ordinary if towing a caravan BUT I'm in a well set up Prado, and it can't be much worse than the PDR in Cape York that I did last year...in fact the photo in this thread looks almost the same.

Right tyre pressure, right speed and you'll be fine (oh and tighten everything up along the way)
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 21:46

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 21:46
When we did the Tanami last year, overall it was "pretty good".

I did a tyre about half way along. By the time I realise it was going down the tyre was had it. I was driving on the right hand side to avoid the worst of the corries at the time.

I feel sorry for the trucks but what can anyone do about it. It's a big road to grade. We passed on crew along the entire length of the road.

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