The cost of toys

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 20:58
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Having spare moment with time on my hands I decided to add up what the old truck and all the repairs, add-ons, improvements and toys cost. Click on my Rig Pic to see comprehensive updated list of STUFF...:-)

Bought in 1998(I think I am owner number 5) with 350,000 on the clock. Have done 106,000km since then, of which around 20,000km was towing a 27ft van.

Total cost excluding running costs such as fuel, oil, tyres, repairs, rego.....$18,550

Now where do all you other travellers come in at?

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 21:03

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 21:03
Scared to add it up Willie, lets see, winch, d-tronic, uhf, cb, boxes and bits, inverter, lights, roofrack etc etc etc somewhere $6-$8k, don't mention to Marie OK?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:45

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:45
Bonz.........My little mate just shakes her head at all me toys. The trick is to spend as much for her toys as you do on yours...then there are no complaints! It can be an expensive business though... LOL.
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Follow Up By: Member - Karl - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 15:56

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 15:56
Yeah I agree but the problem I have is the toys that I'd want to by my wife she would give me a slapping!!! LOL
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 17:37

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 17:37
thats no trick Willem its a miracle. I havent added up the cost of the toys in the garage yet, but ...hangon...wait a sec....SWMBO OWNS THE CAR, wait till I tell her all the things she needs for her Patrol now!
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Reply By: Sparkie - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 21:32

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 21:32
Willem

UHF radio with antenna $585.00, new shock front and torsion bar crank up $335.00,Sony MP3 player with new speakers $ 450.00 Garmin 176 GPS $900.00 with Mapsource Metroguide cd $200.00

Total(so far) $2470.00

Holy Crap, My swmbo will kill me if she sees this post.Only bought the car 13th of May.

No Dear, I am telling them what I saaaaaved,

Help, NOOOOOOO I am being beaten up lknohjgl; / 'm/...........

Sparkie(IE not Y) ;-)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:37

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:37
Yeah and my truck only cosy $2950............the rest all toys and add ons!
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Reply By: Greg Harewood - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 21:55

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 21:55
Willem - you are indeed a living legend, I have spent that much, in the same period of time, just thinking about doing what you’ve done. VB aint cheap in West Aus.
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(PS - do they have the same currency in SA as the rest of Aus i.e. what's the exchange rate?. Maybe I've got my sums wrong)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:40

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:40
Hello Greg,

Here in SA the currency is West End though I gave it away some years ago. Still, VB used to be good when I was at it :-)))
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:09

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:09
Mate, I remember watching Alby Mangels first film, the one where they had that little DAF.

Don't reckon they clocked up as many miles as you mate, and the DAF factory bought it off them to put in their main factory showroom.

Now, how cool would it be for the Nissan ( Datsun ) dudes in the land of the rising sun to have your rig as a drawcard. I can just imagine it.... bus loads of Japenese schoolchildren going out on an excursion, to learn about the ways of the wayward...... oops......sorry.
They walk single file into a LARGE room with glass and mirrors and stuff, and there up on a rotating dias......... ROSIE!!!

Video footage of Willie, doing willie things........ children wishing they could leave their cold country, and come out here to explore....... ahhhh....... the romance.........

Mate, out of ALL the rig pics here......YOURS is the ONLY one that sticks out and I remember. There is something so cool about your rig, sort of like Mel Gibson and the 2 door black Ford coupe. Definately stuff of legends.......

Mate........ your rig is priceless...........

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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:13

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:13
Have I got lotsa points now????

LOL

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:42

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:42
You have redeemed your points tally, Wolfie :-))))))))))))
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Reply By: Member - Kim (mr) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:21

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:21
I'm thinking of having my pay put directly into bendigo off roads bank acc. Since we got the patrol last march we have spent $15,000 on addons alone, and I waas just up there thismorning getting a quote on another $9,500 worth of very usefull stuff that we could not do with out.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:26

Saturday, Jul 03, 2004 at 22:26
There would be no change from around 15k+ car
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:06

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:06
And what are you going to spend on the Pathy?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 15:39

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 15:39
So far: tires, cargo barrier, MP3 player, roofracks, and floor mats

Maybes: suspension in 6mths time probably,

Want: Alloybar to mount some....

Coming: 170 lightforces (nothing but the best), Klaxon Horn
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 00:11

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 00:11
What's going on Willem ? I just get back from the Yukon & Alaska and find you are still stirring the pot. You can get a man into a lot of trouble enticing him into revealing what should be secret men's businss. Actuall costs can often be doubled because for every dollar spent on the wagon, the BOSS will want access to an equal amount for her pleasures. I usually talk in terms of "look how much I saved on this little bargain, dear" and the she gets to spend the bit I saved. It seems to work OK so far, but if she reads this revelation I'll have imprints of the Goodyear MTR's across my head.
Might be a good idea for David to pull this post altogether I think.

How you been keeping anyhow ? I think I might have missed you by a few days up at Ruths a couple of months back, we were in a bit of a hurry on that trip.
SWMBO and I are just finalising our trip to the Coburg Pen & western gulf country in Aug/Sept. We will probably head up through Hungerford & the channel country - can't wait to get out bush again.
Kindest regards - hope our paths cross soon on a desert track.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:49

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:49
Cocka,

I had wondered where you had got to? Hope Alaska was warmer than the Flinders! We get that wind off the Antarctic and it cuts right through you. Yes I am still here after a short break when I spat the dummy fior a few weeks. Temperamental...or just mental...hahahahaha

Nice spot Cobourg....went there in late '87 and had the whole place to ourselves.

Might catch up with you somewhere along the traps....you never know.

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Reply By: Member Eric - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 00:24

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 00:24
Just look at my rig pic willem . I thing I have listed most gadgets ,

you do the math lol
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:52

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:52
Like I said before, Eric

HAIL ERIC !!!!!........KING of TOYS..............:-)))))
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 01:35

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 01:35
Willem,

Up to a total ownership of 80 plus vehicles over the years (including motorbikes) at this stage. Should own (and be collecting rent) from a shopping mall by now.

Oh well, at least I've had fun. Becoming too much of grown-up now and it sucks when I look at it. Don't think about it. HAVE FUN! Remember, it's better to regret something you've done, than something you haven't. You can't hit the rewind button at the end.

Dribbling on a bit....apologies
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:59

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:59
V8Diesel,

I regret selling a FJ Holden, a Lancia Fulvia and a Morris Cooper S........

Still, I haven't had anything really flash but have enjoyed every minute of spending a million dollars or more in my 40 years of motoring.

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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 13:06

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 13:06
Willem, had a couple of nice Dodge Phoenix's, a Ducati 900, HQ Monaro, Kawasaki Z1, 308 4 speed Sandman ute, 360 Chrysler by Chrysler, LTD's, F100's....ahhh well.

Got a HJ75 with a 6.5 Chev and a Detroit Locker in it as a toy now.

Not clever, but good fun.
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:18

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:18
308 HQ been gone 22 yrs but still my favorite
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Reply By: Vinnie - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 02:32

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 02:32
Willem
First 4x I bought was a G60 and went a lot of places in it. When I sold it I had clocked up 280,000 K's in 6-1/2 years, absolute terrific old beast and some times I wish I still had it. The only major expense was fuel over the years as they do chew a bit. The current Maverick 4.2 diesel has had about 4 grand spent on it and swmbo hasn't screeched once until I mentioned getting a Safari snorkel (the straw & camel theory). Thanks to EO some posts recommend it as a must and these posts I show her for aid in getting one. A few more "must have a snorkel" posts would help....please......
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Follow Up By: Bluegeorge - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 03:43

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 03:43
Absolutely positively can't live without a snorkel... I believe modern 4bies will suffocate without them... Get a quote on supply & fit Safari Snorkel and a quote to rebuild a slightly damp diesel engine. Leave them on the kitchen table for a couple of days... It worked for me.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:02

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:02
Vinnie,

You must have snorkle if you want your vehicle to last a while as it helps the engine to breathe. True..........
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Reply By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 03:40

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 03:40
Methinks that Willem is talking total cost INCLUDING the vehicle.

For me.... I am now at $63,000 and rising.

Cheers
Muddy
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:04

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:04
Muddy,

I need a job at your place of work!!!!
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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 08:13

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 08:13
Dont this I should have read this forum,

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:05

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 12:05
Hello @arolyn

What are the missing words ??????
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Follow Up By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 14:16

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 14:16
missing words????? I am speechless reading the costs of these toys!!!!!! Looks like I can put in an order for lots of fly aways, lol.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 20:05

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 20:05
@arolÿn,

What does "Don't this I should have read this forum" mean in plain English?
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Follow Up By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 06:51

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 06:51
ooooh dear, Willem gremlins at work, replace "this" for "think" sometimes the keyboard sticks and the fingers "send" before the eyes check for typos, LOL. Well I am only a female after all, pmsl.

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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 09:06

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 09:06
There'd be 15k just in motor and turbo on mine

Lockers, storage, radios, suspension, tyres, rust repairs, seats, repairs, repairs, Cv joints(ssss) I'd say another 10k (at least) and it's a 16 year old truck

Doh!
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 09:35

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 09:35
Willem,

I made sense of this post when it was much smaller and I referred to your TCO or Total Coast of Ownership. The firewall said I could not post it so you didn't get it.

I have met Rosie and I know the toys you have bought have been recent like the GPS as you have always known where you were.

Willem, I reckon those who decide to tow a trailer decide to take more gear with them but am sure the gear we take is just as expansive. Heather likes to cook sometimes and gets more than just a couple of dishes dirty. Have not counted mate but it weighs a lot, the short list is with the rig pic. The long list I can email.
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Reply By: Michael - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 10:18

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 10:18
Hey Willem, $18,500, not too bad.. Imagine if you had stayed in motels all the nights that you have out and about camping, you wouldn't be able to jump over the bill... Michael
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:55

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 11:55
Michael...........I did that once on a 4x4 trip in West Africa. I was rich in those days and it still cost a tidy packet.
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Reply By: Diesel Do - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 19:54

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 19:54
G'day all,

A good friend of mine bought a 2nd hand ex-Govt troopy at auction in Alice a few years ago, and rigged it out with shelving, roof top tent and water tanks. It had a winch, spots and high lift jack points already. Apparently he's also put a mapping gps into it since I last saw it. Still runs the original split rims. It was a cheap vehicle to buy, and still travels where most of us wouldn't..

I just got an email from him and his wife from Dalanzadgad in the Gobi desert. Travelling across Russia this time. They've already travelled through Africa and the Middle East.

They've wandered all over in that troopy with very few problems, and it looks like they're just going to keep going.

If you're interested, web site is:

http://overland.dreamers1.com

Regards,
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 20:43

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 20:43
Diesel Do,

Thanks for posting that.

I have read some of their travel journal..............Green with envy I am.....that is something I would have liked to have done but the opportunity never availed itself...now it may be too late. I did however relate to their Southern Africa adventures as I have been to many of the places that they visited. Their travels definitly make our inland travel here look like chickenfeed :-)
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Follow Up By: Diesel Do - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 11:05

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 11:05
Willem,

He's one of the most practical individuals you'd ever come across though he's not a mechanic. Comes from a farming family. I'm sure that he would never have considered taking on this sort of travel in a vehicle that had computer controlled everything (or anything!). I travelled with him in the US and England, and it was an eye opener on how to make do.

I think it's a pity that the latest Oz designed "4wd" isn't the tough simple practical type of vehicle that bush travel demands. IMHO we should be leading the world in 4wd design. Strange that Japan, England, US are doing it. Maybe that's why it's all getting a bit pear shaped?

Rosie is a proper 4wd. No offence - but I think we need an equivalent for this century that doesn't cost $60K. It would probably be a real challenge to do it without ANY computers and still comply with all the rules - but we're the "smart country" or somesuch - aren't we?

As for travelling - from reading through your exploits Willem, it seems that you've given it a damn good shake - and still doing it. Most people wouldn't come close. It's never too late, just too expensive ;-)

Regards,
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 11:27

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 11:27
Diesel Do,

I read all of the travel journal last night and was transported to a world away. In the end I sen your mate an email saying that I was looking forward to the next installment. We have also lived in Alice Springs and so we have something in common there.

Yes, it is a pity that we in Australia can't come up with a decent bush vehicle. The blokes at OKA tried but I think that they over-engineered it. I am ready for an upgrade to another bush vehicle and have toyed with the idea of dropping a diesel donk in to the old G60 but it seems like too much work at my age plus the G60 is a bit worn. So I am weighing up the pros and cons of the last of the uncomputerised Troopies or a GQ or GU Nissan. There are so many issues with the latest 4x4's that I do not want to venture down that road. In essence I must still be able to repair the truck myself out beyond Sandy Blight Junction.

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Follow Up By: Diesel Do - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 14:17

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 14:17
Willem,

The troopy seems to be the only one left - and you need an older model even then. They're the latest craze amongst my old crowd in Alice.

We lived in Alice for 11.5 years as well - first in Memorial drive and then out at the golf course. Wishing I could see some red dirt again right now. Plan to drag the boat up to the top end for a month or two at the end of July, so not long now...

Time to pack up the tent again.

Cheers,
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Reply By: Member Eric - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:43

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:43
lol Willem , i think I am stil winning hahahahah , I didnt even have to add the Patrol into the equasion lol
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Reply By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:25

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:25
Willem,

You've done well mate!

On existing truck, GQ Patrol including all toys but not price of car, around 15k. For new GU, already spent 4k on toys to be fitted to Nissan, then lots more to come...

Lucky I type this all at work, best place to do it so the Missus doesn't see the figures, that's alot of renovations...

Cheers

Chris.
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Reply By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:16

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:16
$78000, But still need lockers & cruise control but don't ask what gumnut has wanted so I can have my toys
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