OTT may 2014 video

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 10:23
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There has been a few questions on the OTT, conditions etc.
Here is a short May 2014 video to show what its like.

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Reply By: Hoyks - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 11:22

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 11:22
20 days and counting....
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Reply By: DBN05 (tas) - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 13:45

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 13:45
Bludge,

JUST TOPS, thanks great 8 minutes of video.

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 13:56

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 13:56
Well done Bludge. The water was still well up.
Clearly, no one was taken by a croc at the crossings. Or was that edited out? LOL
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 15:10

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 15:10
Looks like you had a great time with all the smiles in the video. We hope to go in 12 months time in a Pajero towing a heavy camper trailer. Would be good to hear from you in several months time to see how your vehicle mechanicals stood up to all that water. Apart from a snorkel, good AT tyres and a rear diff locker our vehicle will be bog standard
We can protect our engines from water ingress but gearboxes, diffs, Unis, CVs, water splashing of electicals are another thing and often the damage takes time to become apparent to us.
I'm trying to work out how much of the OTT track tackle we do vs PDR.
Hope you can MM me early next year Bludge.
Thanks again for the teaser!

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Follow Up By: Hunjy100 - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 16:51

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 16:51
Hi Mark
We took our adventure camper to the cape in2012 and left it at bramwell station undercover and did the OTT without the stress of a trailer as we were by ourselves. It took an afternoon to retrieve it via the PDR and return to virility a point turnoff. Just take a small tent for a couple of nights.

By the look of it the water in Nolan's in late July 2012 was higher than May 2014. It looked quite an easy crossing in the video. Memory recalls about 60 vehicles written off in Nolan's in 2012.

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Reply By: Member - Terry W4 - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 16:57

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 16:57
Loved the sound track - as well as the video. Well done.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 17:37

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 17:37
Was going to say the same thing. Music suited the video.

Well done.
Picking the right line at Nolans makes it look easy and no very wet boggings either.

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Reply By: Bludge - Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 18:12

Saturday, Jun 07, 2014 at 18:12
Sorry guys and just to be clear, the video is from "daw02" and not mine, I had no intention to claim the video as my own. With so much interest in the OTT I though it would interest people, it did.
I was last up there in September 2013 may be up in August, was going to be in Weipa this weekend for the fishing contest but circumstances etc..
Weipa Fishing Comp

May still get to Bramwell Station for the races 4th - 5th and 6th July Bramwell Station Races they open up quite a bit of the station to 4WDers.
I have a few groups of freinds from down south who will be going up and I may tag along with them will see.

The Cape is as hard as you want it to be, on you and your vehicle. Remember you have to get home, that you are there to enjoy yourself, do not sucumb to peer pressure and walk every crossing, especially Nolans, the sandy bottom changes every 3 or so cars when busy and get softer. Take your time and winch if needed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tom and Trish - Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 21:35

Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 21:35
Hey Bludge,
Some good advice there mate. People need to make their own decisions at each crossing. If you're in a Cruiser, use a car bra to prevent fan in the radiator. Darn good video though, got to get a mate to have a look at that. Were heading up first week in July/last weekend June. Cheers for the video, will have to check out more from daw02.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 21:47

Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 21:47
Fan into the radiator can be a real issue.
On our last trip we encountered a chap who had done just that, did not notice that he had lost the coolant and blew his engine.
Apart from repair cost he was up for a couple of thou to ship it back to Brisbane!

Even a bra will not save you if you lose forward motion in deep water. I am now more careful in the deep stuff and let the thermodynamic fan hub cool down a bit to the freewheel state then drop a restraining strap over a blade.
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