Birdsvile buy van

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 11:17
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Hi travelers,
Gearing up ay the moment to camp around Australia, had been thinking of using a van along the lines of the L300 or such so I could overnight with out putting up the tent.
Thought I would do the Birdsvile races but am unsure if the van option is a good choice for this kind of road, Any advice please.
I'm not into spending the big money for the big rig so give me some advise please
whats the choices for the budget travler.
Cant wait to go.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 11:49

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 11:49
When conditions are dry and you were sticking to the Birdsville track, or other "major" dirt tracks/roads the 2WD van would not be a problem and I would say, "go for it".

But, venture off the major routes, or try to travel them in the wet and you will appreciate why the 4WD vehicle with its extra clearance and driving capabilities, including low range gearing, comes into play.

If conditions are wet, it may just mean waiting a while longer before you can travel.
That even happens at times with a 4WD.

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Follow Up By: gottogo2 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 12:49

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 12:49
Thanks Sand man.
I feel better allready,
As an old country boy I relise there are places you cant go but i feel there is still 90% left that could be traveled using ones head.
Hell looked at your rig stats, its a wounder you did not say i was nuts.
thanks
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 12:01

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 12:01
A Van will get there OK. There's no problems with clearance on those main roads. After the races though the corrugations may shake it to bits. Lots of traffic chews the road up pretty bad.
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Follow Up By: gottogo2 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 12:54

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 12:54
Thanks John
as i said to Sand man I dont feel so bad, I guess I'm bleep about fuel cost like most and i cant see things getting cheaper.
I guess I need to seriously think about how much out of the way do you really need to do. I thought I could join up with a tour if it was real tough and leave my unit at base
just a thought.
thanks again
Ross.
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Reply By: brian - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:36

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:36
Dont know where you are but if near sydney drop into the main parking station in kings cross its where backpackers sell all sorts of vans / 4wds/camping equipment they have the fifth floor to camp in and sell their property,there is also a HUGE pile of assorted bullbars for sale at the entrance,Saw a landrover countynew motor new clutch etc looked straight enough asking $6000 prices become very negotiable as departure time approaches.Worth a look.
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Follow Up By: gottogo2 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:55

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:55
Thanks Brian,
Im on the Gold Coast,
I have heard of what you have mentioned of before If I remember rightly it was on TV.
Could be anexcuse to go to Sydney.
Thanks again
Ross
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) 4124 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:00

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:00
Had a few VW kombis in my days, that's what I be looking for. Aircooled and pretty bulletproof. In Sydney and Melbourne easy to find to. Backpackers buy them in Cairns or Darwin and sell them down south.
Good luck hunting

Reiner
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Follow Up By: gottogo2 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:05

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:05
Thanks Reiner,
looks like i'd better do melbourne as well unless some one out there has on in queensland.
thanks
Ross
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Reply By: Alan H (Narangba QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:55

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:55
I would think tyres might be a problem to be contemplated. Most small vans like L300 would come with standard road tyres designed for bitumen. While a 2WD will easily get to Birdsville traction wise the rocks on the road mean you need clearance and tough tyres.

4WDs expect to do occasional tyres so you had better expect a few more and consider carrying an extra spare.
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Follow Up By: gottogo2 - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 10:14

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 10:14
Thanks Alan,
you bring up a good point
I really appreciate all the input from you all. what a great attitude pity one couldn't find that in the city. I am still undecided waying up the pros and cons.
Ross.
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