Tanami

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 14:04
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Hi
Been looking through the review on towing caravans through the Tanami. But they 2009 threads. Any body been over this in the last couple of years. Thinking only thinking of going in July?? From what was said in 2009 it is not a good idea.
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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 15:31

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 15:31
Hi Maxine, here is a link to a thread from two weeks back;

THREAD 100496 - Caravan on the Tanami

You'll pick up a few more entries if you enter "Tanami Caravan" in the 'search exploroz' window on the top right of the page.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 16:16

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 16:16
Found a video on Youtube as well

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 15:43

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 15:43
The Tanami changes every day.
But it has not changed in the last 20+ years.

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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 16:20

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 16:20
Wouldn't have been a problem when we went through last June.
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Reply By: Member - Bill13 - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 20:29

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 20:29
Maxine A,
My wife and I along with another couple with their van will be in Alice and leaving to cross the Tanami early in July.
Just endorsing other comments in this thread, prepare your car and van, lower tyre pressures and drive to conditions. We took 10 days to cross the Gibb but there probably was a lot more to see on the Gibb.
We intend to take it easy, have a good look and absorb the outback due to the fact that this will probably be a once off trip.
Might see you there.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 20:39

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 at 20:39
Hi Maxine,

Have only driven the Tanami twice and not in the last couple of years. But one time we had it on our itinerary (we were heading for the Kimberley) it rained, just a few mm, but enough to close the track. Options were to either wait in Alice until the track was open or go via the bitumen. We chose the bitumen. My point is that even if the track (its a wide graded road really) is in great condition conditions can change overnight, so you do need to have a plan B.

My other point is that at any one time some people will say its in great condition, while others will say its terrible. What it will be like for you, only you can tell. Unless reports are in universal agreement that its really bad, suggest you give it a go. Reduce tyre pressures and take it gently. If it gets too bad you can always turn round, go back to Alice and go round via the bitumen.

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Val.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 01:19

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 01:19
It also depends on your caravan. Some have to be recovered at a huge cost. What sort of caravan are you talking about?

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Reply By: Member - nick b - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 09:11

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 09:11
It is my understanding that it's rough & badly corrugated A/S the granite mine turnoff
you could call or call in on G&S transport they travel that rd
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Reply By: Maxine A - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 11:03

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 11:03
Hi
thanks for all the info. I am new to the site so all was a great help.
We did the Plenty/Donohue 2012 with an older Off Road Compass van.
Now have a smaller New Age Bilby which has not been off road yet.
Maxine
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