FUEL/WATER CONSUMPTION/SIMPSON DESERT

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 10, 2001 at 01:00
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IN SEPTEMBER 2001 OUR FAMILY OF 4 WISH TO CROSS THE SIMPSON DESERT FROM WEST TO EST IN APPROX. 4/5 DAYS IN OUR NL PAJERO T/D LWB TOWING OUR CUSTOM BUILT OFF ROAD TRAILER WEIGHING APPROX. 1000-1150 Kgs AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW OF ANYONE WHO HAS TRANVERSED THE DESERT IN A SIMILAR CAR TO HOW MUCH FUEL AND WATER THEY CONSUMED
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Reply By: Paul Mery - Tuesday, Feb 13, 2001 at 01:00

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2001 at 01:00
We crossed in a landcruiser 4.2L straight diesel in August 1998. Used about 90L of fuel (probably 20 trying to get over big red) and about 30L of water, but there was only two of us. We showered at Dalhousie and Purni Bore, but not again until Birdsville. It wasnt hot so water consumption was not a great issue. In the end had 50L of water left and 100 L of diesel, but didnt tow a trailer...
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Reply By: sally & matt - Wednesday, Feb 14, 2001 at 01:00

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2001 at 01:00
Tim, were also crossing the Simpson in August 2001 in a convoy of 4 cars. Recently, it has been brought to our attention that it may not be advisable to tow a trailer (as we were planning)across the Simpson. We are currently in the process of attempting to find out if the NT Gov/Parks has banned the towing of trailers across the Simpson. You may like to look into it too. Have a great trip. Sally & Matt.
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Reply By: bob - Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 00:00
Hi Tim
We crossed the desert in a troopy in1999 we found it hard going in places i would no way toe a trailer some of the dune are very high and long and i think you will hard pressed to get passed the dune
All the best
bob
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Reply By: wendy - Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 00:00

Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 00:00
Most unwise to tow anything across Simpson. Dunes are big - even if you manage to get over, will put much extra stress on your vehicle and use more fuel. In turn, this extra fuel is extra weight on your vehicle ....etc Also, costs of retrieval if trailer breaks are astronomical! The towball/coupling section drags in the sand as you cross dunes and then breaks. Most important, it is environmentally unfriendly to tow - damages the tracks, makes it harder for others where you have to dig the trailer out on the dune slopes.
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