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Reply By: Zippo - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 14:59

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 14:59
Is that a question or a report?
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Follow Up By: gerald c - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:10

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:10
is the Oodnadatta track suitable for caravans.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:12

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:12
What type of caravan? It does make a difference mate.

Phil

PS I hope it's not the same as this one. Even though they took it on some very rough and ready roads.

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Reply By: TomH - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:14

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:14
Depends on what van it is
A sensible title for a thread would be
Is an XXXXX Van suitable to do the Oodnadatta track
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Reply By: Gramps - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:43

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:43
Gerald,

It's time for the "kids" to be wormed again :)

Provide a bit more information regarding your van, tug etc and I'm sure they'll fall over themselves to give you some good info. They're really not that bad.

Regards
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:55

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 15:55
Travelled down it from Oodnadatta to Marree last October, and I thought it was pretty good. Passed 2 vehicles towing 'vans and they were just poking along.

The graders were working near Algebuckna so that part was excellent.

There is SO MUCH to see, that it's best to just cruise along steadily, and smell ALL the roses. Recent couple of rain events may have washed the track out somewhat, but am sure Highways Dept would be onto it smartly.

Suggest you fill up at Lyndhurst if travelling north, as it's much cheaper than further up. Have a look, or camp at Farina, magic place, with plenty of history.

Bob

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 18:53

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 18:53
Agree with Bob, the road is closed fast when rain comes to prevent damage, some gets washed out here and there, but in general it's fixed very fast.
Just check road conditions on the SA Outback Roads website

I'd go as far as to say you could tow most vans up or down the Ood Tk most times, doing the appropriate speed/s, best to have decent tyres (AT's in LT -light truck- grade would be ideal) so you can deflate a little and take out the corros / bumps a little, making it easier on the van and contents.
Also drop vehicle tyre pressures a little for more comfort.
Pack / stow things like glassware well.
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at 09:42

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at 09:42
We took our van from Marla along the Track in 2014 with no problems at all. It is a reasonably well maintained dirt road, subject of course to weather but that is easy to check. It was a great trip. The detour into the Painted Hills and camp at Arckaringa was a highlight. There is a lot to see and do along the way so allow plenty of time. Pick up the mud map from the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta. Take it easy, check your tyre pressures and drive to the conditions and you will have a great trip. Lynne and John
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at 12:51

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at 12:51
All the Ood Roadhouse mud maps are here . . .
Pink Roadhouse mud maps :)

Get one of their Oodnaburgers, hmmmm.
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Reply By: gerald c - Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at 17:22

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at 17:22
gerald c sincerely thanks those who replied to my oodnadatta track condition request.We willl be in a VanCruiser 20' tandem off-roader towed by a GQ Patrol
4.2 EFI manual trans.The rig has done all we have asked of it so far.tare weight 2360kg.Thanks for all your replies.
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Reply By: Member - Blue M - Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 at 15:22

Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 at 15:22
Gerald, I have just traveled towing a 19'6'' van shown in my photo from Innamincka to Lyndhurst, the road is good, with the exception of a couple of dips.
From Lyndhurst to William Creek is all good, couple of dips have a bit of a rough surface.
Nothing to concern you with, just slow down a bit.
Towed around 80 kph most of the way.
Today we travelled from William Creek to Cobber Pedy, best dirt road I have been on ever.

Diesel prices per litre were
Lyndhurst $1.43
Marree. $1.70
William Creek $2.00

Hope this is some help to you.

Cheers
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Reply By: gerald c - Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 at 15:52

Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 at 15:52
thankyou Blue M for your info on the road conditions.A big help
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 at 19:10

Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 at 19:10
We drove the southern end of the Oodnadatta Track the first time in a Mini.
We have been back many times since and it has never been beyond the Mini's capability.

This is Coward Springs during Easter 1970 with the Ghan going past.



Cheers,
Peter
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