Gunbarrel Highway

Is it possible to travel the Gunbarrel Highway towing an offroad caravan?

Our travel companions have a Troupie and want to travel this route.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 03:37

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 03:37
Some will probably say yes you can. I wouldn't in a million years, its badly corrugated especially between Hunt Oil Rd turn off and Heather Hwy.

Here is a pic of a CUB Drover Off road camper - on the Gunbarrel - shaken to bits - wrecked due to corros.


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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 08:42

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 08:42
Do you know it was "shaken to bits", or are you just guessing? It may well have been as a result of stupid driving or a tyre failure.
We travelled the Gunbarrel on the way to do the Canning towing Pioneer Argyle & friends were towing an AOR Odyssey & a Track Eagle, all with no problems.

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Follow Up By: Member - Sheryl M - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 09:16

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 09:16
Thank you for your information
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 19:27

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 19:27
Can't say exactly Shaker (good name that) - we could clearly see that some of the suspension assembly was torn off the chassis. Maybe it was poor driving, tyre pressures etc.

I use a tent a lot maybe that influences my thinking here but personally I wouldn't tow my Off Road CUB Drover (yes I have one) over such a road.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 19:30

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 19:30
If we stayed there another day we could have rebuilt that Phil :-)


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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 19:36

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 19:36
Rebuilt it - LOL.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 21:29

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 21:29
Hey Phil

You were game getting close to that wild dark skinny dingo.....lol

Where was equinox.......


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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 00:04

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 00:04
HI Stephen,
You're right about the skinny dog - but the owner he was mean and downright dangerous, he was thinner than a match with the wood scraped off and being so hungry and starving he was getting around on all fours, I just made it back to the cruiser and locked myself in.

I thought I was a goner!.






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Reply By: 671 - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 08:52

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 08:52
A lot will depend on what type of van it is, the physical size of it and the type of springs in it.

It is the 100% serious type of off road van like a Kedron or Bushtracker? Many are sold as “off road” but leave a lot to be desired when the going gets tough.

There are some sections of the Gunbarrel that are so hopelessly washed out that people have made their own tracks bedside it. In heavily wooded areas these tracks are narrow and winding. They could present overhead clearance problems for big vans.

A lot of vans do shake themselves to pieces on rough roads. This is one of the reasons why.http://caravanersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8614&p=426874#p426874
Read the forth post up from the bottom. He said in other posts that he was a Chrysler suspension development engineer back in the days of the Valiant.

Do you know anything about the suspension design of your van?
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Follow Up By: Member - Sheryl M - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 09:22

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 09:22
We have a 20' Bushtracker.
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Follow Up By: 671 - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 12:00

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 12:00
We have a 20' Bushtracker.
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In that case the road surface should not be a problem for it. I would imagine it has also been designed to cope with a few branches scraping down the sides.

If you allow plenty of time and have something to cut the occasional large branch off then you should have a good trip.
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Reply By: AlanTH - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 10:13

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 10:13
The section between the Carnegie track and Everard Junction was fine back last July but it looked to deteriorate after that. The Gary was a bone shaker all the way to the Talawana. Nice to have all the comforts of home with you I suppose but personally I like the freedom of a camper or tent.
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 10:33

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 10:33
As already written there are a lot of sections that will have vegation scrapping both sides of your car, I remember at times seeing quite large branches wizz by!

We did the Heather, Anne Beadell, Connie Sue and Garry highways towing a Vista, others had TVAN's they all received bush pin stripping. The corrigations are servere and unless the van has a good suspension and is well put together it will most likely receive some damage. We had one vehicle break a leaf spring, another the rear tyre carrier fatigued, and I had an antenna base mounting nut shake loose and it had a lock nut on it, both were still done up tight but had unscrewed together on the bolt!

Personnally I would not attempt it with anything larger than these vans, ie wider than the track of the average 4X4 unless your not worried if it incurrs some damage.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 17:51

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 17:51
Funny you mention the lock nut, I was watching a friend of mine putting a 'lock nut' on last weekend. Like a lot of people he only really put on a second nut as he failed to lock it by using 2 spanners in opposite rotation!

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Reply By: Member - Sheryl M - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 19:59

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 19:59
I have a suspicion that our friends might have to make this journey without us. I don't want to ruin our van. In the pre-van days of Toyota and roof top tent we wouldn't have hesitated. Thank you all for your advice.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 20:44

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 20:44
That's a shame, you bought an extremely capable off road van, obviously with off road travel in mind. If it was me, I would take it & enjoy it!

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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 22:35

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 22:35
Hi Sheryl

If you ask on the Bushtracker Owner's Group you may find if others have done this, or not doen so and why. I recall Grumblebum and Dragon did (19' BT), but can't find anything on it so I may be remembering wrong. On another thread someone said they did it without their BT and there were areas that scratched the Landcruiser that the BT would not have fitted through.

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Reply By: Bushed-Tracker - Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 09:47

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 09:47
We took our 19' Bushtracker over the Gunbarrel in 2010 - tyres down to 22 psi cold and drove to the conditions. No problems. We had no problems with vegetation brushing the van - couple of places that were a bit 'closed up' it was just the soft ends of new growth Mulga - just push through slowly.

Fantastic trip

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