Caravan to Chambers Pillar

Submitted: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 13:03
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I have a 17' Royal Flair off-road caravan towed by a non-turbo 100s Landcruiser. I was seeking learned opinions as to the possibility of towing it to Chambers Pillar via the Old Ghan track from Alice Springs then on to Lambert's Centre.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 13:45

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 13:45
Hi Mikee

While I cannot comment on the road south of Maryvale, I know owners of top brand off road caravans who have done this. We went from Alice Springs to Chambers Pillar and returned to the Stuart Highway via the Hugh Stock Road. The road into Chambers Pillar was one of the roughest, with an area of sand, a stretch with bad corrugations, and single car width dunes. The dunes had been capped and were firm. My Blogs 2008 outline this trip.

With the opening of a new campground at Chamber Pillar in December 2011, some improvements were made to the access road, but they specify however the track is still considered as suitable only for four wheel drive vehicles and dedicated off road trailers or caravans. Crossing the Charlotte Ranges puts some people off towing a caravan in. Be sure to use UHF Channel 10 to announce on the dune section.

I cannot vouch for your caravan, but when in Alice Springs, we met someone with a large Royal Flair which he had taken to Chambers Pillar.

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Follow Up By: Mikee5 - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:32

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:32
Thank you. I appreciate the detailed reply. It will help with the final decision.
Mike.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:56

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:56
Thanks Mike :)

I can send you more detail on Alice Springs to Chambers Pillar if you like; email me if you do.

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Reply By: philip t jones - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 13:48

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 13:48
Mike

We took a 14' Off rd van towed with a prado to chambers pillar and the lamberts centre last year, should be no real problems into chambers pillar though there is one steep pinch coming out, but into the lamberts centre it was very narrow with some quite deep ruts and took us 40 min to get into there, my van is only narrow and got some paintwork damage, I am not sure how you would go but there again this year might be totally different.

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Follow Up By: Mikee5 - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:35

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:35
Thanks Phil. Lambert's Centre doesn't look far off the track - your advice about the time taken is appreciated.
Mike.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 06:40

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 06:40
Looking down the "steep pinch" going in.



Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: Member - BUSH CAMPER - Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:54

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:54
We towed a 17' off road Elite van along the tracks, except lambert's centre, this was very narrow and we were advised not to take the van there.
Lower tyre pressure all road and travel at speed to suit conditions.
have fun, Hugh
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