Best option: comfort versus off road

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 23:47
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Hi everyone,

two months ago I opened my first thread. Now we have the following options remaining.

Because we want to run also 4WD Areas/Tracks, e.g. Fraser Island, GRR incl. Mitchell Falls, Cape York, Oodnadatta Track, the Pilbaras and the Kimberly's, we are looking for the best compromise between comfort and off road ability.

1. Landcruiser HDJ plus Aussie Swag/Kimberley
2. Landcruiser HZJ plus Slide On Palomino/Wedge tail/North star

First time, most of you preferred option 1. But I think, that option 2. has the better handling on corrugations and on narrow tracks. Both are similar in pricing (budget approx. 60T) and reselling. Any other considerations?

Many thanks in advance!

Herby56
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Reply By: Richard and jem - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 01:59

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 01:59
Hi Herby56
My wife and I are in the same vote we are geting a tracktrailer topaz series 2 but as for tow car I want a lc70 4door td ute and the wiffe wants a lc 200ttd for a trip around oz for 12 months. All thee best for your holidays and options hard one to decide.
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 07:00

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 07:00
Sorry to be a PIA but it is the Pilbara & the Kimberely......
Have a great trip..... I did it with a 200 series & a Kedron
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Follow Up By: Mikee5 - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 10:58

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 10:58
KIMBERLEY!!!
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 07:34

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 07:34
As was said in your first query replies the I think the large slideon's are too big and heavy for a Landcruiser when all laden and would seriously compromise the off road ability and the handling in general, nevermind possibly being over or very close to GVM.
You would reckon a full size slideon would do some serious track clearing on narrow overgrown tracks.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 07:52

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 07:52
I agree. I also have concerns that the slides-ons are not sufficiently robust enough to cope with the harsher tracks and consistent vibration and pounding associated with even the most benign of Outback Highways (I am the previous owner of a Palomino Real lite slide on. Great units but built to purpose and that's touring about the continental United States. Your average yank would faint with the outback road conditions we call "normal" ;-)

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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:13

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:13
Number 1 will be the best choice for 20% of the trip, Number 2 will be the best choice for 20% and they both will be the best for 55% of the trip and no matter what you use it will not be the best for 5% of the trip.

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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 14:18

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 14:18
Hey olcoolone - which 5% misses out and why? And how can they both be best? - surely one must be better for 55% of the trip, even if it's only by 1%.

Personally I hate towing (but we have a camper trailer to keep the missus happy) so I'd say the towing option is the least preferable.

Herby's facing a situation where he's looking for the best compromise -as you've pointed out he just isn't going to find a solution that'll satisfy him all the time. Decisions, decisions!

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Reply By: whackywombat - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 16:29

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 16:29
Don't forget about a more suitable Aussie slide on. Love our Trayon
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 07:32

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 07:32
Yep good call -Trayon or Travelander. Both great units.

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Reply By: Member - wicket - Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 18:05

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 18:05
No2 with the Wedgetail, forget about the other two, not robust or versatile enough
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Reply By: Andrew D. - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 14:00

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2013 at 14:00
If you are going to do any form of extended travelling wouldn't go past a Cub Supavan or Cub Spacevan. The ease and virtually instant setting up and quick fold away beats the hell out of a soft floor camper. http://www.cubcampers.com.au/
Our Spacevan is fitted with 110l compressor fridge, hot water, diesel heater and 120l water.

Had a slideon, never again. To limiting, top heavy couldn't carry sufficient gear. With tray back and Spacevan can carry extra 2 x 100l water and roof full of solar panels to keep everything ticking over with no generator
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