Camper Trailers to the Tip

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 16:59
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Am new to this site (packed full of great info!) I would like to know opinions on towing an off road camper trailer to Tip of Cape York. There are three in our group and all towing trailers. We are heading off on 25th June and are taking the bypass road up and camping at Loyalty Beach. On the way back calling into Captain Billy's Landing and Chilli Beach.
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 17:19

Sunday, Apr 04, 2004 at 17:19
As long as they have good suspension you will be fine. the corogations on the bypass are killers so take it easy & use appropriate tyre pressure. do a forum search & you will find moe info than you can digest.
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Reply By: Member - Ross (ACT) - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 14:09

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 14:09
Have towed a trak shak trailer twice to the Cape. Bypass roads are badly corrugated. We drove the telegraph track on both occassions. Its slower but much more enjoyable.

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Reply By: Graham - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 19:07

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 19:07
The OTL is the way to go, but I would bypass Cannibal Ck Northbound (a bit gnarley on the Northern bank esp. with a trailer) pick it up on your way back South, as you can idle down the decent. Seen a few dead trailers last August up there due to suspension failure.
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Reply By: Roachie - Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 22:19

Monday, Apr 05, 2004 at 22:19
I'd have to agree with the others,

We did it in 2002 with our probs. Went up the by-pass and back the OTT. We're going again in September/October (hopefully it'll be a late wet season start). This time we'll have 2 other vehicles in the convoy, both with campers.


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Reply By: Shep - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 17:17

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 17:17
Stoodsam , Trailers are no problems although you will need a good off road hitch like Treg and it would be advisable to ensure you have shocks on your trailers Nth of Morton Station I witnessed plenty of broken axles and springs etc on trailers with out shockies.
One other tip would be to have a trailer that would weigh as less as possible an off road camper that was fully load under the ton mark would be favourable for this trip.
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Follow Up By: stoodsam - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 21:16

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 21:16
Hey Everyone,
Thanks for the info. It was interesting to hear the comments about the OTT. Nearly everyone you talk to says keep away from the OTT when towing a trailer although it sounds as if coming south is ok. We live in Cairns and have had a lot of rain this wet season so most of the creeks will be fairly running and make for interesting crossing!! We have a Wakeman Camper Trailer with treg hitch and have had it serviced, so hopefully it will serve us well. It has up until now but have heard so many horror stories about the Cape road. Anyway that is another trip - tomorrow we are off bush for Easter - can't wait.
Happy Easter
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