4wd groups

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 20:33
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Hi all

At the risk of offending people, I'm curious to know the extent of 4wd membership in South Australia. My partner and I are keen to join a group of people who just enjoy the bush, camping, drinks around the campfire etc, in the younger age bracket, and who aren't hung up on the whole 'club' issue. Such a group might exist in SA, but we haven't come across it. Anyone else in the same boat?
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 20:36

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 20:36
......... drinks?........... did someone say drinks?.........

I think you may have come to the right place mate!

Seriously, I'm sure the good people here will lokk after you. Now....... South Australia is BIG......let's narrow it down to.........?
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Follow Up By: Circle - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 20:41

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 20:41
I'm in Adelaide...
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 20:45

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 20:45
Okay, I don't personally belong to a club, although I have had the pleasure of being camped next to them whilst awat, always end up having a good time.

This weekend just gone, a few from this very forum went up to Berri, and I'm sure it rocked!

Stick around, someone more knowledgeable than me will give you the good oil!
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Follow Up By: rickwagupatrol - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:12

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:12
we're all more knowledgable than you wolfie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
we dont have sticker mania.....

rick
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:14

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:14
Circle........ this man is a nice man, but don't listen to him......... he's from Western Australia!
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Follow Up By: rickwagupatrol - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:20

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:20
yep thats right,,,,,,,,the state of the mighty " STICKER GOD ".
we who bask in his/her glory have no fear of the lone puppy way out there in th eastern middle, as the " STICKER GOD " is a mighty being, able to protect us from such eastern middle diciples. :)
sorry to highjack your thread mr circle,,,,,,tell the wolfie to go back to his kennel and await a delivery from the greatest state in the country.

rick.

oh and i cant help wi the club thing,,,,sorry.
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Follow Up By: FourbyFour - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:23

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:23
Berri....Rocked??? More like Rocking Chairs...hahahahaha
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:23

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:23
..... see what I mean circle?........
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Follow Up By: rickwagupatrol - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:30

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 21:30
this man is 120kg,,,,,,6'3",,,,,,and wear a wolf coat when greasing his truck.................................:):)
and he has an EO sticker on the back of his "real 4wd"..........LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL :)

rick.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 17:06

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 17:06
Hey FourByFour,
You're not doing a very good job of hiding yourself Willie!!! LOL

Berri may well have "rocked" on Saturday night....but the senior rocker left the younger ones to their own devices on Sunday.......upon return to camp on Sunday evening, most of them couldn't tell the difference between one houseboat and TWO !!!!!! Pesty needs new glasses and so does Des Lexic (I didn't know until yesterday that the disease "DESLEXIA") also stuffed up one's ability to count to TWO !!! LOL

Anyway, it's good to know you're lurking in the shadows, even if your camoflage is "sheet-house".

Cheers mate,

Roachie

(PS: thanx for the almonds)
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 22:22

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 22:22
Circle, there's a great bunch of blokes from SA here, they may not look as belonging to the younger age group but they don't really think much over 20 :) Hang around there's bound to be some more trips coming up
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Reply By: craig - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 23:12

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 23:12
Hi Circle, I'm in Adelaide too. Same boat do the same things and have the same fun. Most times we just plan to do something and then tell everyone, if you make it good, if not there's always next time. Things are normally pretty flexible and it always seems to work quite well.

Craig
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 23:40

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 23:40
Numerous amounts of people from SA.

But you will find most will follow club rules are they are common sense and help keep the places open for people to visit.

What is it about clubs you dont like?

Also theres a Yahoogroup 4wd_out_of_Adelaide too...
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Reply By: betchaboy - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 00:39

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 00:39
Yeah I was curious too.... What IS it about clubs you don't like? (I'm not taking offence at the question, just curious)

Chris
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 07:59

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 07:59
Yeah.... I'm curious too... but not offended..... just curious.
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 09:12

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 09:12
clubs become to regimented and some some in the clubs blown up with there own importance
jmho

steve
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 13:33

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 13:33
Steve,
Have to agree I'm afraid, popularity of some clubs ebbs and flows depending on the committee of the day. Have seen this numerous times and have been put off numerous times. Seems that at times the committee gets hijacked by a few and ruins it for many. Just have to lay low until things balance themselves again, which also inevitably happens.
Rolande
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 17:16

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 17:16
To a certain extent we're in a no-win situation........

I'm the pres' of the YP 4WD Club and I think I'd be correct in saying that all (around 20) of our members enjoy the "laid-back" style of the club. Some members also belong to another (Adelaide-based club with a manufacture's name....go figure??) who say it is nigh-on impossible to get onto a club trip and if you do, there are unlikely to be any members on the trip that you may have met before.....if you see what I mean?

However, her's the rub............with the bigger (ie: more formal) clubs, everything is done strictly by the book.... trip itineries are posted out weeks in advance.....morning tea stops are documented and adhered to rigidly etc etc.

Some people like to know that they can "set their clock" by the schedule provided by the trip leader.

We don't work like that in our little outfit; we just "go with the flow" and it works okay for most......

I wouldn't say we're a young group, but some of our most lively members are the "oldies"......

All I can suggest is that you try a few out and see if they appeal to your individual likes/needs/wants. Most clubs will welcome visitors for both meetings and/or trips.

Just my opinion.

Cheers,

Roachie
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Follow Up By: ross - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 17:46

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 17:46
It not always easy finding a club that will suit you and vice versa.
The 1st club I looked at seemed to have 2-3 people in the club that dominated all thought ,particuarly vehicle maintenance and modifications and any difference of opinion would incur their wrath.
I also noticed they were directing much work from the club to a mechanic I consider a crook.When I related my experiences with this mechanic to some of the members it didnt go down too well.

The 2nd had evolved into more of a touring and camping club as the membership aged.

The 3rd I looked at wanted very high levels of commitment,but fair enough its their club.

I havent give up and there are 3 more clubs that sound interesting
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Reply By: Rod W - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 09:50

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 09:50
Circle, Here in WA, with the help of other people we have created what is probably what you're looking for and may wish to set up in SA. We enjoy everything as you have stated but there is no age bracket. The group is called Bush Camping and has a link through this site under Club Listings - WA Coast. Since inception in September 2003 we have a mailing list of 75 and growing all the time.

Good Luck

Rod
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Reply By: Brew69 - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 13:29

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 13:29
Hi there mate. How old is old lol. I am 35 with 4 kids and we are doing the rounds trying out a few clubs, and some places i have felt like the young one but all are friendly. I enjoy a beer as much as the next guy and was a bit worried they were all tea and biscuits, but not what i've seen yet. Still haven't chosen our club yet. What area are you in???? There is a club north of adelaide called The Northern 4WD club which has a few younger members,

The Brewman
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 15:45

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 15:45
Yeah/.. I joined Northern club recently and they seem like great dudes and dudettes...
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Reply By: Member - Frank - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 15:43

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 15:43
I just watch for advents and decide, after asking, if this is what I want, this forum does look good for that I dont drink myself but have no biased against it

I am going to birdsville this year and it seems there will be a few up there from this forum but it is a long drive four only a short stay going via inaminka and comming back down the track

My brother and a mate are going with me and they said they will drink enough to cover me

Clubs tend to be committee orianted to a set group in relation to activities being and old fart myself I have no intention on going on trips where I have to dig mud all day do enough of that when young and fitter

frank sa
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Reply By: Sparky Kev & Sea - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 17:09

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 17:09
Well Circle I am knew to this forum, but was more worried that it was all younguns, lol, we fit in with most age groups and find that some that are young in years are old in out look and visa versa. For those not sure I was "C" and have now hoping to get a "sticker" in the mail, but am not sure if I will be allowed to put it on the Troopy.I am trying to get the MOTH to join in as he is more into the technical stuff than I am.

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Reply By: Andrew - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 19:09

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 19:09
Like Roachie I'm also the pres of a country SA 4WD club. Our club trips are as laid back or as regimented as the person leading the trip. Im sure city clubs are no different. Some rules are required to travel safety and ensure everyone enjoys themselves.

The 4WD out of Adelaide is a free Yahoo group which was set up for those who are looking for info and sharing ideas on places to go in SA and has over 300 members, many of whom are members of SAAFWDC Clubs.

Join up here:
4WD out of Adelaide
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Reply By: Circle - Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 20:34

Monday, Jun 14, 2004 at 20:34
Hey all...thanks for the response and lively discussion. While I don't have an issue with clubs as such, I guess we were more looking for a group of people who enjoy camping and 4wding but without the regimented sense of clubs...I don't think all clubs are like this, in fact I'm sure they're not, but I guess I prefer people's company without the need for detailed morning tea stops, a 'leader' or the need to do things as a club. The Perth idea sounds like a good one too...as does some of the 4wd clubs mentioned...I will need to look them up!
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