Tanami track

Hi all,
I'm new to this so will see how I go, we're heading to Broome near the end of May traveling along the Tanami track. Just wondering if our 3.5t off road van (davadison built Phoenix ) will be suitable.
Cheers
Lucky
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Reply By: Mick O - Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 21:47

Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 21:47
3.5 Tonnes!!! Sheesh what a monster. I'm presuming that your van is suitably shod with good quality heavy duty tyres (that aren't too old). The Tanami is a well maintained and yet well used outback road. It suffers from heavy traffic use but in many areas, but often has more maintenance than a lot of outback roads. You can expect the whole route to be fairly stony, punctuated by sand and of course there will be corrugations. Appropriate tyre pressures, taking your time and driving to the condition will see you through (and I'm presuming you are driving an F350 or RAM 3500 equivalent to be towing that sucker).

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Follow Up By: Ted H2 - Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 22:17

Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 22:17
Thanks for the replays will be towing with a 2500 Dodge ram, and I'm not one any real time line. Have new rubber on wheels any suggestion on tyre pressure.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 22:54

Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 22:54
Standard wisdom is 10-15% less than you run on bitumen. Personally I tend to drop a bit more, particularly if heavily corrugated or sandy.

On bitumen I'm running the Toyo's at 40psi. On a dirt road like the Giles-Mulga Park or the Tanami, I'm running at 30-32 on the rears and and 26 on the steers dependent on load. If towing I'll stick a little higher on the rears due to the towbar weight.

Badly corrugated track like the Anne Beadell, Canning or Gunbarrel, I'll be lower again remembering that heat is the trade off. I've also got my shocks tuned down so there is bugger all damper.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 21:55

Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 at 21:55
Anything can be wrecked on the Tanami Road if you don't treat it properly.
The Phoenix is a good tough van and will be fine if it is in good nick and you drive at speeds appropriate to the varying conditions.
If you are travelling to deadlines, it will bite.

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Peter
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Follow Up By: Member Boroma 604 - Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 08:31

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 08:31
Gooday,
Did it 3 years ago was really badly corrugated, you just need to drive according to conditions, some of the time I was down to 25Km per hour where the corrugations from road Trains were about 2 ft across and 6 inches deep, Was towing a 3 ton Caravan with Jeep Commander Diesel and did not have any trouble.
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