Bathurst to Ilford via Sofala.

Submitted: Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 12:43
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Hi I was wondering if this road is suitable for a caravan?as a short cut to Mudgee.Thanks John.
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Reply By: Notso - Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 13:36

Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 13:36
I've towed my van through there several times. A couple of steepish hills but no problems for any reasonable set up.
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Follow Up By: 2517. - Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 16:26

Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 16:26
Thanks for that.
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Reply By: Slow one - Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 14:03

Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 14:03
It is a good run through there with no problems for a van at all. Been through there there many times towing.
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Follow Up By: 2517. - Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 16:27

Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 16:27
Thanks off to Tamworth.
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Reply By: B1B2 - Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 14:08

Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 14:08
John,
Did Bathurst, Limekilns, Sofala, Ilford to Mudgee last year towing the van, no problems. Stop and have a good look around Sofala, what an interesting place. Limekilns was an old Cobb&Co Staging Post.

Cheers,

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Follow Up By: 2517. - Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 16:27

Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 16:27
thanks we will.
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Reply By: Gronk - Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 20:09

Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 20:09
Hill coming down into Sofala is a steep one but no probs normally.
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Follow Up By: axle - Sunday, Jan 10, 2016 at 11:28

Sunday, Jan 10, 2016 at 11:28
So is the one going out of Sofala!..lol, Depends on the tow rig and weight of van, governs how easy it is.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jan 10, 2016 at 12:31

Sunday, Jan 10, 2016 at 12:31
There is nothing particularly difficult for those who don't overload their rig. It does diesel motors to be given a little work to do on uphill gradients occasionally. Select a low gear, stick the slipper in and blow some cob webs out of the system. Your motor will possibly run a bit better after if you are one of those who baby it too much.

I don't know why people worry too much about those bits of hills. Learn to live with them or you are going to miss a lot of nice country in the eastern ranges. If that route worries you then I suggest there is something lacking in your driving competence/confidence. Go out and drive a few more of these types of hills and build up your competence. We all learn by trial and error, go forth and increase your skills.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 23:35

Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 23:35
Fire up Google maps. Use the street view function to look up and down the road in many spots. That will show you the quality of the road. Look particularly at the creek crossings to see how many single lane bridges there are.
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