What have I not thought of!!!

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 17:52
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Hi all,
I'm 10 days away from my 1st every tour. I'm heading to Cape York over a 5 week period starting from Sydney and first port of call is Karumba. Im towing a boat and have planned this for the last 6 months. My question is to all you seasoned travellers, is any there anything besides the normal tools and camping equipment that you wouldnt leave home without that I might have overseen.
Regards
Brad
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Reply By: Jackolux - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:02

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:02
Probably not Mate
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:13

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:13
Hi Brad

You're a bit vague on details.

To get a better response provide info such as:
What vehicle do you have - age etc ?
Has it been regularly maintained ie water pump, fuel pump, radiator, battery cradles etc?
Shocks and springs- make sure they are up to scratch
How much real off roading are you doing ie low range stuff?
etc etc

The above will have a bearing on what tools and spares you need. better to fix/replace it a home than be stranded on the track.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:38

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:38
Hi Phil
I'm driving a 2010 Hilux TD SR5 with 73000 km's, as for mechanically the vehicle has had a complete check over new shocks and springs, all oils and fluids replaced, new transmission cooler, EGR and inlet removed and cleaned, new optima batteries and new tyres. As for the boat new 15ft quintrex with new 60 4 stroke, a specially built trailer for the trip with new tyres. As for low range driving not intending to do anything to risky will be travelling by myself.
Thanks
Brad
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Reply By: Raider28 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:36

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:36
Yep , you've forgotten the bait.(hehe) I would only say make sure you have a spare wheel for the boat and that you don't overload said boat. Enjoy !
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:45

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 18:45
Hi Raider
Dam !! Bait I didn't think of that bugger. Oh the soft plastics and cast net will have to do. As for overloading the trailer nothing in it bar the fishing gear, I have a brand new hub and bearing with new tyre and wheel ready to bolt on if needed
I will do my best to enjoy myself
Thanks
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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:36

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:36
Dunno ... got a few bites right here! ;)
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:38

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:38
I would take another set of trailer bearings, for some reason, they crap themselves at the most inappropriate times. As you don't seem to be travelling to remote areas, in this day and age you are not to far from assistance. Even on the Cape these days you will have someone come by in a few hours at the worst, and a couple of 120 lbs handlines will come in handy.
Enjoy your trip and do your best to indulge in some of the history of the Cape and the Gulf.
Cheers and drive safe.
Tony F8.
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Reply By: craigandej - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:45

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:45
Hi,

Without a doubt we wouldn't travel without our SAT phone.

Cheers
Craig & EJ
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Reply By: gbc - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:53

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:53
Make sure you have Japanese (nsk) bearings in the trailer, not cheap chinese ones.
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Reply By: BunderDog - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:55

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 19:55
Karumba is on the Gulf and your first port of call, how are you then going to get to the Cape, It's a long way back to Atherton and Mareeba to get to the development road, not too sure if the short cut through Dunbar or even Gamboola would be suitable for towing a boat unless it's an purpose built trailer. This late in the season the road will be corrugated with patches of bull dust.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:06

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:06
Hi Bunder dog
I intend to cut through Dunbar Koolatah, it's a purpose built trailer which has more clearance then my Toyota, had to cut the hand brake lever right down so I can put the tail gate down. But I will be asking questions when leaving Karumba on road conditions
Thanks
Brad
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Follow Up By: BunderDog - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:10

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:10
Presuming then that your trailer has independent suspension with shocks.
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Reply By: Emerging I.T. - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:16

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:16
Wheel bearings for the trailer.? Charging gear, spare propeller? First Aid kit. Phone numbers for all the relevant places important to your trip. Comm's gear all tested and ready to go? Fuel Filter for the Lux.? There's no doubt you will have forgotten something but given your time in planning I doubt nothing important. Have fun.,.,
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Reply By: freedomseeka - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:19

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:19
After indulging us with your up coming trip I feel it's only right that you should post up a pic of your truck and boat setup.... Please?
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:30

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:30
Hi Freedomseeka
Only have a picture of the boat this was taken before it even hit the water last month. I will post at a later date when I have both connected .
I hope this photo turns out, never posted a pic before
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:01

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:01
Beautiful looking boat mate, do you have good stone protection as they get a bit of a hammering on the dirt roads
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:08

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:08
I had a full canvas custom cover made, with double layers up front and covers down to the bottom of the hull, with a full Suzuki padded motor cover from the prop to the top.
Hopefully this gives some protection!!
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:26

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:26
Mate just get in your Hilux and go, you sound like you have it all covered. It is a pretty straight forward trip if you are not doing the OTT

Enjoy
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Follow Up By: freedomseeka - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:37

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:37
That's a great looking tinnie. Along the way make sure you check the bolts on the keel rollers and the beds. They may loosen on some of the rougher roads. Look forward to seeing pics of the truck and trailer ready to hit the tracks.
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Follow Up By: Keith H7 - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:21

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:21
Sounds like the tug is OK and I cannot comment on your personals... but hear are a few comments on the tinnie.
I agree.... nice tinnie. I notice there does not appear to be a tie down strap. May be you have brackets on the transom, if not I would definitely tie it down. I would also recommend a motor support bracket. The Y type that mounts on the trailer and goes at the back of the skeg. Someone else also mentioned Japanese bearings....these are a must. Do you have bearing buddies? I would fit these and take a small grease gun. Make sure the plastic petrol tank in the boat is sitting on a nice thick piece of rubber and has no rubbing edges. I would take a spare fuel line and priming bulb. Make sure your wheel brace fits the trailer and you have a bottle jack...this is not just for the trailer...but a 2.5 tonne bottle jack is a must. Don;t forget a couple of good size timber blocks. I see you have an electric motor..... you must take a battery charger....or even better a charger and a jumper pack.
Have a great trip
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Reply By: Member - Barnray (NSW) - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:23

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:23
Mate if you have left the gas on then go back, if not its too late and you don't need it. Keep going. barnary
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Follow Up By: Member - Barnray (NSW) - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:25

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:25
Typo barnray
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:29

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:29
Went through Inkerman and Dunbar station tracks in May this year and came out at well 3, ( Bourke Dev Road was closed) northwest of Chiilagoe. The track conditions were good, I would not hesitate taking a trailer on them.
Just a quick question: independent with shocks ??? what are the benefits, many vehicles have travelled these tracks with leaf front and rear, and a trailer properly set up with leaf should not have any problems.
Cheers.
Tony F8
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:52

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:52
Hi Tony
I asked to have shocks put on the trailer but after discussing with the trailer company and others that have travelled with boats many times. It was recommended to go fixed leaf springs (not the ones that slide at the rear) with a tyre that has some height in the side wall. Reasons being shocks will take a beating from rocks and sand, because of the height of the tyres (27x8.5R14) I have a lot room to move with pressures to suit the conditions
That's a very brief reason behind it
Regards
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Reply By: Derek Jones - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:51

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:51
We always pack a cheap 6 X 4 poly tarp. Many uses - ground sheet for crawling under car, wind break, rain shelter, water catcher, shelter in the boat if required and so on.
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Follow Up By: Derek Jones - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:52

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:52
Don't forget some tie wire and let air out of your tyres.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:55

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 20:55
Hi Derek

That's one thing I haven't purchased
Good idea
Thank you
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Follow Up By: Tony F8 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:18

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:18
Brad.
My remark was directed at bunderdog, not yourself. Leaf springs in general are more user servicable than independent, and yes shocks are a great idea to reduce the rebound from leaf set ups. The big issue in collateral damage is being able to drive to conditions.
Cheers.
Tony F8.
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:12

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:12
Tyres...
I would be making sure they were new or near new, on both car and trailer.
Stuff to fix them with if you get a flat.
Spare fuel filter for both car and boat.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:34

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:34
Hi Stu
Brand new tyres on both fresh from the factory, have spare fuel filter for car but not for boat, the boat only has 11 hours on it from new. it has a water seperater but have a Mr Funnel just as a back up hope this is enough
Cheers
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Reply By: BunderDog - Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:43

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:43
Good Luck!
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Reply By: OBJ - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:04

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:04
Mate, you are only going to Karumba and Cape York. You are not going to the moon! If you've forgotten something, do what I do, and buy it along the way. Just enjoy the trip, esp the fresh seafood Karumba.

OBJ
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:31

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:31
Hi Brad,

Cash....

Accurate tyre pressure gauge....

Compressor....

Tyre repair kit....

Workshop manual for your vehicle...

Top cover road side assistance...

Have a great time.

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.
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Reply By: Freshstart - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:12

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:12
Not exactly sure of this as it didn't impact us when we went there.

What about any permits or access approvals for where you intend or may want to go?
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Reply By: Keith H7 - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:29

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:29
Every man must have his supply of cable ties.
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Reply By: Hunjy100 - Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:42

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:42
Brad
If your travelling alone don't forget the dog to keep you warm at night and to sidetrack the crocs while your launching the boat on your own!!
Maybe a set of max trax if your launching on a dirt bank which maybe slippery.

Cheers Mal
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Reply By: Jos - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 09:21

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 09:21
Gaffa tape and zip ties. Never travel without them.
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Reply By: Mazzy1 - Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 21:10

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 21:10
Hi I have just returned from the cape with boat in tow road has started to break up the other side of the jar dine with some large holes in places but if you drive to the conditions you should not have to many problems my main damage was broken welds on trailer even though it was specialy built off the trip it was towed from Victoria be sure to cover the water intake area as this is where a lot of dust gate in
Regards mazzy1
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Follow Up By: Member - Brad S7 - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 14:15

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 14:15
Hi Mazzy1
Thanks for the update and tip for water intake, just curious what size boat did you have in tow? and weight if known
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Reply By: Mazzy1 - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 16:13

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 16:13
Hi
I was towing a 14ft boat with a total weight of around 450 kg as. I had extra fuel on the boat that added to the weight
Mazzy1
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