arkaroola rd

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 16:37
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Can I use hi 4wd on the road from. Copley to arkaroola
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 16:58

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 16:58
Mike

There are two ways to get to Arkaroola from Copley. You can use hi 4wd on both. Most of the time on the track through Yankaninna you will have to take it easy but I doubt if you will need low range. But it depends on what it is like now. It's been a few years since we went through there. However on the way through Nepabunna I would be very surprised if you have to go to low range.

I find that your question tells me, and I may ve wrong, that you have minimal 4WD experience. Please do a 4WD course, before you go anywhere remote, especially on your own.

Please take this as some friendly advice. Okay mate.

Phil
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Follow Up By: dustmike12 - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 17:23

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 17:23
Thanks for your response , I think iam worried about diff lock up on that surface
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 17:31

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 17:31
Why use 4wd then. Just use 2wd. Surely you won't be in a rally or anything where you need maximum grip while drifting around the corners. Just drive normally in 2wd.

I only use 4wd when it is needed.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 17:35

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 17:35
Yeah what Phil says or alternative if the surface is loose gravel then go into high 4x4. I do the latter for most off road work and it has worked well for both my Patrol and Navara.
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Follow Up By: dustmike12 - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 17:55

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 17:55
Thanks guys
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 18:27

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 18:27
We towed our heavy caravan with a Nissan Patrol and never engaged 4wd. The only hazards, particularly for towing, were the dips, some of which could be rough. Take it slowly.

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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Di T (SA) - Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 21:02

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 21:02
We've travelled several times from Copley to Arkaroola through Nepabunna and never used 4WD at all. Basically it is a gravel road. We towed an off road caravan and a camper trailer. Never had a problem.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 16:03

Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 16:03
While you don't need 4wd, sometimes it is good to do so - several wise old heads have told me in the past that they think it reduces the chances of rollovers on these outback loose gravel roads. Wind-up won't be a problem on gravel.

And don't drive too fast! I knew one guy who wrote off two Landcruisers on his first 2 trips to the Flinders - rolled them both. Know another people who drove too fast on the first trips and destroyed 2 or 3 tyres. Reducing your pressures to about 30 psi helps as well.
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