F250 2wd to Cape York

Submitted: Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 16:06
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G'day everyone, been a member for a while, and have learned quite a bit from all of the learned members, by just sitting on the side lines, this is my first post.
We are heading up to the Cape next month no real adventurous stuff, via the Bloomfield track, in a Ranger towing a camper and a Patrol, another mate would like to join us, but has reservations as to whether his 2wd 2002 F250 crew cab would handle the trip. Also towing the camper on the Bloomfield. We thought it should do the job, but am throwing it over to you guys for your thoughts on the matter!
Ron
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Reply By: Member - Granty55 - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 16:22

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 16:22
Sorry need to clarify a bit. The F250 won't be towing a camper trailer. I also just wanted some thoughts on the Ranger towing the camper trailer on the Bloomfield.
Ron
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 16:47

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 16:47
If you bypass the OTL the F250 would be fine.
Re the Bloomfield track, also shouldn't be a problem, but there is a very steep climb up heading North. It's concrete but quite hellishly steep so the Ranger may struggle towing the camper (I don't know the vehicle). We had trouble in the Landy last time, but mainly because I stuffed up a gear change and we ran out of boost, which can spell disaster for small capacity turbo engines.
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Follow Up By: Chris_K - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 17:02

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 17:02
Hi Guys

We travelled to the Cape last year and Rosco is right - you won't have any problems on the Development Rd just bypass the Telegraph track. You would need to take care with a 2wd though - it can get a bit "slidy" on the edges. Re the Bloomfield track - I wouldn't do it in a 2wd vehicle even though the tops of the hills are concrete there are a couple of creek crossings that are a bit rocky, and the hill climbs would be "interesting" in a 2wd. Call me a chicken.

Chris
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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 17:02

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 17:02
Hi Ron

I towed a Kimberley Karavan through the Bloomfield and up to Loyalty Beach, via the Development Road, with a Mazda Bravo 4wd.

I climbed the concrete section on the Bloomfield in Low Range 2wd as it was locking up the front wheels in 4wd. No problems.

I have also been through with a Mazda BT 50 with the Kimberley Karavan on and it had showered. I had very ordinary AT tyres and had to get a short tow by another 4wd to get up a not so steep bit.

You should have no problems at all especially if it is dry.

Cheers
DW
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Reply By: Bruce-n-Bundi - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 17:57

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 17:57
I would suggest that you have some weight in the back of the F250 to stop it bouncing around and give you some traction.
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Reply By: LIFE MEMBER-snailbait - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 17:57

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 17:57
hi
What Type of F250 Is It a late model or an early model
MY F250 Is a 2004 5. 4 AUTO petrol if it is a carberty engine it will have probs
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Follow Up By: Bruce-n-Bundi - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 19:46

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 19:46
'2wd 2002 F250 crew cab"

That seems to be pretty specific.
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Follow Up By: Member - Granty55 - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 19:51

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 19:51
Hi Terry, Yeah it is a 5.4 auto petrol.
Thanks everyone for your helpful replies.
Ron
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Reply By: steved58 - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 20:13

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 20:13
The locals were overtaking me on the bloomfield in falcons old ones too you should have no problems as long as its dry
Steve
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Reply By: steved58 - Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 20:13

Thursday, May 09, 2013 at 20:13
The locals were overtaking me on the bloomfield in falcons old ones too you should have no problems as long as its dry
Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Friday, May 10, 2013 at 21:26

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 21:26
I remember years ago, just after the Bloomfield Track was pushed through, we saw an RACQ ute being towed south by one of the local Falcons.

They were running Falcons up and down there before the concrete and bitumen went in.

I wouldn't worry about the creek crossings too much unless it's been raining hard just before. You can check at Cape Trib by phone if you're not sure and head up through Mt Molloy if you have to.

It's still a great little drive once you past Cape Trib and the bitumen.

Steve.
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Reply By: Smouch - Friday, May 10, 2013 at 21:57

Friday, May 10, 2013 at 21:57
No probs. You will make it. In both vehicles. Been up the bloomfield a couple of times in a high clearance 2WD ute. Even done the Creb in a high clearance 2WD ute when dry but forget the OTT. In fact forget it in any vehicle you will just bugger it.
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