border track

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thinking of doing the border track do i need to carry a flag and also thinking of towing a trailer and would i need to carry fuel
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 19:39

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 19:39
John, the SA / Vic Border Tk ?
If so, it depends what part as you can do it from the Murray R at Customs House, right through a fair way south of Serviceton.
The only part where it is wise to carry and use a sand flag is south of the one way section (2 way traffic starts at Centre Tk) to the road out at Pine Rd North.
Even on the one way section, probably best to run it too, as some vehicles, maybe you too, might use the bypass tracks in places to come around for another go at some dunes.
Other than that, once you head past the main dunes south of Red Bluff, you can just run headlights for visibility with the 2 way traffic.
A flag will very likely get some tree action though, loads of scrub encroaching . . . if this is an issue, just take it down and run the lights, crest slowly, and keep a sharp lookout, scan UHF (ch 10 is the official parks ch).
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 19:50

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 19:50
thanks les you were very helpful
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 19:58

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 19:58
No worries John.
If you have the Meridian 'Victorias Deserts 4WD Touring Map', it is very helpful with POI and nav, showing the tracks all the way through the areas great parks, including the main section most travelled between Mallee Hwy and Dukes Hwy . . . the one way section is from the northern Ngarkat CP entry to Centre Track is North to South only.
Very few facilities in the SA Park, fees payable for park entry and camping, only a few camps down the track, some have fire rings, nothing else for your $.
Red Bluff in the Vic side down south is usually roomy, free, drop toilet should be ok (after fires through there a couple of years back).
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Reply By: Been-Everywhereman - Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 21:23

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 21:23
9 days ago we entered 4 kms before Pinnaroo on the Adelaide side (Rosy Pine Rd) or something like that. We picked up the border track from that road. One of the dunes along the one way section was quite hard to get up because it was as soft as beach sand and had almost knee deep ruts with quite deep offset holes near the top. Probably a headache for towing a trailer but it was only that one so live on the edge and have a go.
When we got to the two way part there were one way tracks over the dunes and some even had rubber matting for traction. A sand flag didn't seem required.
We were driving our wives cars for a laugh (Prados and FJ Cruisers) so didn't really know how to drive them well but we were worried about the twig strength front drive shafts so we were quite scared to break those dainty little shopping trolleys.
No extra fuel required.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 16:46

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 16:46
Why were you driving your wive's cars, had your Patrols blown up?

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Follow Up By: john m85 - Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 17:30

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 17:30
sounds like you had a good time
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Follow Up By: Been-Everywhereman - Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at 07:24

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at 07:24
Hi Shakey good question and great point!
We have not really owned Patrols since Nissan made their critical error back in the early 2000s and put a terrorist's delight (bomb-hand grenade) into the GU and stopped putting in the 4.2litre. Anyone with any sense jumped across to Landcruiser and just accepted the weak drive train but loved the great interior comfort. Then when Toyota made their change away from the 4.2litre we were already hooked and went with the flow.
The rest of the field went to Jeep, Haval, Mahindra, Landrover and those sort of manufacturers and got lost in the factory recalls and current affairs programs regarding lemon laws etc etc. This keeps the second hand market booming and allows people into cheap cars.
But to answer your question about why the wive's cars????? Because we could!!
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