Towing A Camper Trailer Across the Simpson

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 13:42
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Goodaye All,

In a month or so we are planning a trip East to West croosing of the Simpson via the French Line towing specialist offroad camper trailers.

Has anyone out there had recent experience doing this/

There are 2 vehicles, a 100 Series TD Auto and 3L Patrol Manual with crawlers both towing with both drivers with 20 plus years experince each.

Any thoughts will be appreciated.


Steve Hedges
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 14:03

Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 14:03
Check the "Archives" Steve been lots of discussion on this both for & against.

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Reply By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 16:47

Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 16:47
It's up to you Steve but S.A Parks says no trailers
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Reply By: Eric Experience. - Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 22:07

Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 at 22:07
It is possible to do it but it chops the track up for those that follow, so its a matter of consideration for others. Eric.
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 17:00

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 17:00
Speaking of "chopping up the track for those that follow", and "consideration for others",
I would (very much) prefer to be following a vehicle/trailer combo. running on appropriate (read LOW) TYRE PRESSURES (sorry for shouting), than to be following an overloaded, top-heavy troopy/patrol/'cruiser (or whatever) on too-high tyre pressures..... These are the folk (and there are plenty of them) who are "chopping up the track", & making it difficult for everyone (including themselves)....
I am personally acquainted with a few so-called "experienced outback travellers" who sincerely believe that 30psi is "low tyre pressure"....(I have been doing my level best to "educate" them.. by example).. It is my belief that far too many people are simply not willing/game to deflate below 20-25 psi on sand (or mud)...

I believe that if more attention was paid to the matter of TYRE PRESSURES (sorry, shouting again), then the issue of towing trailers in the SD (& elsewhere) would not be such a contentious one....
The "structural integrity" of said trailers is another matter altogether, of course...

That's my "rant" for the day, I'll get down off the soapbox now....

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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 18:03

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 18:03
Well done. BRAVO - (sorry for shouting also) but TYRE PRESSURES are the most important issue. Out here there is no such thing as a 'specialist off-road trailer' in any case, sorry but there isn't.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 21:09

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 21:09
Sorry, but I gotta disagree with you on that last point. My trailer will go anywhere my truck has the power to pull it. It has more ground clearance that all 4x4 (except Unimogs and Oka's etc). As already stated, tyre pressures are the most critical aspect of all this, closely followed by driver "attitude" and common sense.
Just my 3 cents worth.

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Reply By: Member - Steve- Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 18:44

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 18:44
Thanks for the advice lads, as per some of your comments I wouldn't dream of attempting the trip without low tyre pressures. How low I will determine out there once I see how the loads effect the tyres which are 285x75x16 BFG Muddies.

As for clearance it will never be a problem.


Steve Hedges
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