Simpson in Sept

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 14:40
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We are a family of 4 going solo from west to east probably in the school holidays, so wanted to see if there any many others planning a similar trip - that we may catch up with.

The site here has great SD info but I was looking for ideas on the quickest route to Mt Dare from Kurrajong. Since we have been to William Creek and Oodnadatta a few times I thought the highway round to Kulgera, but what do you guys think?? Just planning for my husband as he usually drives where I suggest!!

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Reply By: Peter 2 - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 15:21

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 15:21
We usually go round to Coober Pedy on the bitumen, then Oodnadatta to Dalhousie, don't usually bother going to Mt Dare.
fuel supplies at Mt Dare can/have been unreliable during peak times(school hols) so better to take it from Oodna.
You could ring Mt Dare or the Pink roadhouse at Oodna re the fuel situation.
Buy most of your fuel at OME at CB, cheapest in town.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 15:53

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 15:53
Hi Peter 2,

Not on the topic but what do you think of that Humvee of yours?

What's it like on and off the road?

Just curious.

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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 18:28

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 18:28
I would just so much love to have one of those......

I watch CSI Miami cause they got one........ and because Emily Proctor is...... well......... let's just say.........

Whoa!......... I'm okay....... just had to beat myself around the head........ now where were we?......... oh........ Hummer.........

Yeah........ Hummer, I so much would like one!


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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 19:32

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 19:32
I've had Toyota's since 1974, 40 series, Hilux 4wd, FJ45 troopy, HJ47 troopy, HJ75 troopy and a HZJ75 troopy, travelled all over Oz and have become dissollusioned (sp) with the way 4wd's are heading.
The old 40 series were damn near indestructible on outback trips, the later ones tend to crack up body wise and wear out mechanically far quicker. As most 4wd's are overladen (exceeding GVM) when loaded for a long trip in remote areas I looked around for a vehicle that was tough, rode well and didn't have all the frippery (plastic) that most modern ones do.
I wanted a vehicle that was basic, could be modified body wise in the future and was comfortable to travel in outback.
The Humvee fits the bill so far, while it is slowish on the highway it will cruise all day at 90-95 kph, gets similar economy to the HZJ75 troopy travelling at the same speed but it all comes together when you get on the dirt, has a superb ride due to the large diameter tyres, long wheel base (130") and fully independant suspension. It's got over a tonne payload and is rated to carry it continuously on a 60% slope and 40% sideslope. It will never be as quiet as a late model 4wd wagon but when owners of late model cruisers and patrols come for aride they are amazed at how well it covers rough terrain.
Contrary to popular opinion it does fit down firetrails (only 200mm wider than a 100 series), parts are freely available either locally or from overseas ( 5 day delivery to the door) and are also quite cheap.
In the 15 months since I got it registered it's done approx 16,000 k's with only a few minor problems like seals that have required replacement, not bad for a 16 y/o vehicle that has spent all it's life outside.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 19:40

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 19:40
I just so much am going to get one when I grow up!


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Follow Up By: Utemad - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:28

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:28
Sounds awesome.

Although on the width issue. My work runs two F-250s as I have said before around here. I often get asked how they could possibly fit on a normal track. Well they do. However with metallic paint you need to have a good supply of that scratch removing polish for bush tracks!
Don't go down the wrong track either as you won't do a u-turn on a bush track. You will be reversing out.

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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:39

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:39
Due to the very high sideslope and climb capabilty I can back up the bank/side of the hill or stick two wheels over the edge, people have been amazed where I can turn around ;-))
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Follow Up By: greyemu - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 20:25

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 20:25
Dear Northonorms
A group of mountain men & women are leaving from around your area at the start of the school holls. We hope to go across the simpson,the big rock,kings canyon,william creek,maree,innaminka,white cliffs then unfortunately back home.We are having a get together august 1 & 2 at hill end to have a good time & workout what we are actually doing, at the moment we have 2 troopies, 1 patrol & a pajero & we plan on going for 3 weeks.regards from greyemu.
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 19:03

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 19:03
I'll be doing the Simpson about that time. Just look out for the Orange can't miss it! :-)
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Reply By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 18:28

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 18:28
I'm running a club trip then, hope to go the long way round (Rig and Warburton) may see you there Look out for the sticker on the back of a white GU
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 20:31

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 20:31
you will enjoy the rig road... we just went through there and the clay and mud was fun....
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Reply By: Member - Russell S - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 20:04

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 20:04
A friend and I are going the same way and same time. Leaving Melb 18 Sep, getting back 3 weeks later. Can talk more off line if you want.
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