Not on the subject of 4x4 Bans

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 16:22
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Enought of the parking ban crap. This is a question for all of the crusty drivers out there.
I have looked in the Treck notes and the Archives and have, after many calculations come up with the fuel requirnments to do a West to East crossing of the SD in July.
The Fronteria has a 3lt petrol donk and I have used all my past fuel usage figs and added 50%. This tells me I will need 145 lt to do the French Line.
The question is, is a fuel load of 200 lt enought for a safety margin?
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Reply By: pmacks - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 16:45

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 16:45
G day vince,
thankfully some thing else to talk about. Yes i think a safety margin of around 30% is fine if you figure that you will need 145 lt to take 200 is plenty even alowing for bad weather.
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Reply By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 17:16

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 17:16
When we went (I have a LC100TD) I used an estimate of fuel consumption across the desert section (Dalhousie to Birdsville) of nearly twice my usual consumption. Usual 17l/100k I used 30l/100k. I used closer to normal consumption between Mt Dare & Dalhousie. I calculated I needed 138ltrs, used 131Ltrs and carried 180Ltrs. We took the french line.

You need to consider the possiblity of having to return or double back for any reason. When we were there the tracks were closed at the Dalhousie end due to rain - some people coming in from birdsville were turning back - It can happen so consider your plan B.

I hope you have a fantastic time.

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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 21:24

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 21:24
In really adverse conditions my truck may use 5km litre or 20/100. I have never come down that low but the possibility is always there. I carry 170lts which should give me a range of 850km. Averaging things out I should get 1000km from that fuel load. In most cases you have to work out what your vehicle uses normally and then double that usage..that is rule of thumb in desert areas. Carry enoiugh fuel for that event.
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