Fraser Island 4x4 access

Hi all,

Only new to owning an xtrail and just started doing some gravel and corrugated roads. Heading up to Fraser Island and want to know if my vehicle and limited experience would be sufficient for me to take the car on to the island?
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 09:30

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 09:30
I would say the limiting factor is your lack of experience.

Join an Xtrail club or 4WD club and do some basic training.

You will need to fit front and rear recovery points, carry a snatch, have deflateors, compressor etc before going there.

My suggestion would be to head up somewhere like Woodgate beach where you have about 8 km of wide beach to play on, drive down on the hard packed sand and see how easy it is then try drive on the loose deep sand up next to the bank and see the difference.
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Follow Up By: Graham S6 - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:26

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:26
Thanks Lyn
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael A (ACT) - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:55

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:55
dont forget to check on tyre pressures. Read all that you can about how they make a difference to all types of surfaces and how they make a difference. As Lyn says carry a compressor, straps, and recovery points.

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Reply By: Barbera72 - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:05

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:05
Graham, I wouldn't be totally comfortable to take the Xtrail on Fraser, especially if you plan to load the vehicle. It'll be fine on beach driving at low tide until you have to go on a heavy trafficked inland track or hit a boggy bypass, then you'll probably struggle with the ground clearance further reduced by lower tire pressure. This is my opinion and is based on a direct experience with that car on sand. You may be lucky and get perfect conditions on the island with tracks and beaches with nicely compacted wet sand and get away with, but you could also arrive and find erosion, forced to drive on soft sand and super boggy tracks then you'll damage the car underneath plastic shields bit 'n pieces and put a big stress on the engine. A bit of experience in sand driving and dealing with salt water issues would help a lot.
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 14:02

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 14:02
Good advice Barbera.
Have had to snatch an xtrail over a fairly small sand dune, due to the coupling that joins the front drive to the rear drive, getting too hot....making it only front wheel drive. It kept going in and out of "4 wheel drive".
Graham will need low tyres pressures, and hope for an easy going, otherwise it will not be an enjoyable time for him.
Brett....
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Reply By: chisel - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 14:29

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 14:29
Just to be sure ... is your x-trail the "4wd" version?

Many of these softroaders including the x-trail now have a 2wd-only option.
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Follow Up By: Graham S6 - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 17:27

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 17:27
Thanks to every one that has provided advice. This has been really valuable thanks again. Graham
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Follow Up By: chisel - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 13:50

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 13:50
I hope you give it a go. People drive x-trails on Fraser every day. You aren't likely to have too many troubles. If you're stuck, someone will push you out.
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