4WD Traning!

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:01
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Hi there! I gues I'm the youngest member in this group, so I would need some help on driver training course. I've tried to find it on the page but no luck. I'm Melbourne based. Can someone tell me where can I go for 4WD driving training course and what amount of "blood vessels" (1 blood vessel = $1) am I looking to fork out?
As well, is there any gatherings or smaller trips soon around Melbourne, I would love to get to know some members personally and gather much needed experience!When I grow up, I want to be PATROL TDI - Dragan's Terrano

TAR SUCKS!!!
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Reply By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:14

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:14
Dragan, Training is frequently provided at minimal cost by most 4wd clubs and I strongly recommend you consider it. Check out a number of clubs and find the one that suits you. Most clubs should jump at the chance to attract younger members.
Can't recommend any around Melbourne but I'm sure you will get several replies with invitations
Safe travels.I'd rather have my bum on a beach in Broome
Than be stuck here in this damn room.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:27

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:27
You have a flexi today Mr Lexik or is it lunch time :-)))))))))))))Willem
Out on the Gibber
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexik(SA) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 17:29

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 17:29
The long Lunch Mr K................I'd rather have my bum on a beach in Broome
Than be stuck here in this damn room.
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Reply By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:14

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:14
hi Dragon

there will be a gathering at the end of april round about Anzac day...somewhere close to melb...could be Romsey..could be somewhere else..haven't worked that out yet....can't help with the driver training, though we picked up a pamphlet at the 4wd show on Sunday for PNL 4wdriving number 03 9569 9348 - I have no idea what they're like...Al picked it up coz it's an accredited course..not sure if other's are.....

there is also the weekend trip to the Little Desert Labour Day weekend....

Lyn
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Follow Up By: Phillip from PNL 4WDriving Pty. Ltd. - Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 21:42

Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 21:42
Take a look at www.pnl4wd.com.au they will be able to help you
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Reply By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:30

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:30
sorry Dragan, I spelt your name wrong..didn't mean too...

LynLife - Live it , Love it !





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Reply By: Pauley - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:46

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 13:46
Hello Dragan,
My work sent the lot of us to 4wd training up here in Mt Isa, I didn't think there was much I'd have to learn as I've had 4wds for years on & off. However, the one thing I had never done and intuitively wouldn't have either, was if stalled on a very steep hill whilst going up it is to restart the motor while it is in reverse low range without the clutch depressed.
Paul
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Follow Up By: Synergist - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 19:18

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 19:18
Pauley,

I have read about this before and thought it was a mis-print, if you or anyone has info on this method it would be great.

I was in this situation not so long ago in my mates 85' Rangie and when he stalled the brakes didnt work and he had to rip the hand brake to avoid rolling into large blackboys at bottom of steep hill. He then restarted the car in N and rolled down using the brakes.

Cheers!
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Follow Up By: Brian - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 21:09

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 21:09
Stall start is very useful.... it allows you to re-start the engine in gear and rollling to prevent the vehicle running away in the instant between letting foot off the brake and clutch out etc.... basically it is as follows;
Assuming you have already "stalled" (sometimes you may need to "stall" on purpose!)
A) Handbrake on
B) Footbrake on
C) Select low range reverse (or 1st if you have to re-start forward... it can happen!)
D) Release clutch
E) Release handbrake
F) Release footbrake... vehicle now held still by gear.
G) Turn key to start engine, you are now reversing in low range in complete control, rather than 'running away" down the hill.
Practise it... it's VERY useful!
Cheers
Brian
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Reply By: marcus - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 14:19

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 14:19
Hi Dragan T
The course i did was excellent as it took in the theory of various drivelines including your own explaining hubs in or out etc.After this we dropped tyre pressures to around 30psi and practiced creek crossings,ascents,descents and stall stop procedures.Correct gear choice and low range is second nature now but is critical to get right when on the side of a mountain.After perfecting our new skills it was time to stop for lunch.After lunch it was four wheel driving in convoy on many tracks (many steep)in the international harvester testing ground at the back of Anglesea.This area takes in 120acres and is brilliant,the driving in there was the highlight of the day with our new found skills.The day concluded with many recovery methods being demonstrated then headed home.I did this course about two years ago and it was $250 for the day but you could have passengers and there was enough time spent learning each skill that a second person could learn as well for the same price so you could split the cost with a friend.It was done through 4wd off road driver training 95621001 ,0428312579 or fourwhdr@alphalink.com.au for the e-mail.
cheers mark
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Reply By: dave charlton - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 15:01

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 15:01
Try this website for a list of clubs in your area. www.vafwdc.org.au. they have driver training regularly in the Melbourne area at a nominal cost or possibly free for club members. I am a member of a 4WD club and we do a "Driver Awareness Course" at no cost to members comprising of a theory night followed by practical the following weekend.

Cheers Dave

4.2TDI
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 18:14

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 18:14
Hi Dragan
Best bet is to check out a few Clubs re becoming a member
most do driver awareness, my club TLCCV does 1 night theory & a weekend including a night drive at the club property, cost is included in the joining fee.
There are commercial driver training courses but u wiill find they are not cheap,
and every time you go on a trip you will learn something.
as said earlier check the "vafwdc site" they do training but also not cheap.

CheersPrado TD Auto
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 21:09

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 21:09
Yea same here the Nissan Club of Vic has Driver Training Free as part of membership process..

Well worth doing at the club property, you camp there overnight on a Friday and Saturday night, very easy going at night, but you learn everything from fully accredited instructors with the 4wd Association.

Meetings 1st Wed of the month 7.30pm
This is our moth eaten website, that is in the process of being changed

http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~garaway/nissan4x4/
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Reply By: Member Eric - Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 21:24

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2004 at 21:24
Dragan just mossy on down to Toolangi and do some simple tracks like Rocky ridge and the steps and then maby Devils staircase , no recovery equipment needed lol

Incase you didn't realise I am joking , we usually go on day trips just out of Melbourne every three weeks , your welcome to come along , keep an eye out in the forum we will post oncoming day trips .

Hope to see you on the trackVenus Bay
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 00:20

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 00:20
was it essential to pack a nissan for recovery eric?1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
2 awestruck kids (dads driving!)
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 08:18

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 08:18
even if you go to the milk bar lol Venus Bay
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Reply By: Hero - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 08:59

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2004 at 08:59
Jim Murcotts Driving Centre, run good 1 day courses out of Melbourne, around $250, focussing on all the right points whilst not damaging your vehicle. http://www.murcott.com.au
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Reply By: Big Trev - Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 10:01

Thursday, Feb 19, 2004 at 10:01
Contact Julie at DECA Training in Altona (03) 9318 0044
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