Further Question Re: Chambers Pillar

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:38
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Hi

We're considering Chambers Pillar mid - late May. How would I go towing a camper trailer in there.

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Reply By: Warrie - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:56

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 21:56
Depends what the tow vehicle is! And a lot of other factors.Anyway see my replies to Tim's post and enjoy the pix. Cheers
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 22:18

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 22:18
Before you get to Chambers Pillar you have to cross the Hugh River. It is sandy and can be a problem sometimes.

Like with anything you do in sand. Keep your tyre pressures down (20psi or less on tow vehicle and 15psi or less on trailer) and you shouldnt have hassles. If you attempt sand driving and towing with higher tyre pressures you may give yourself some grief.

As mentioned above. What sort of tow vehicle? That could make or break the trip.
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Follow Up By: Bartz4b - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 22:26

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 22:26
Thanks Willem

We have a 4.2td GU Patrol and will be towing a Kimberley Camper trailer. Both vehicles are shod with BF Goodrich AT's.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 22:39

Sunday, Apr 02, 2006 at 22:39
Yeah mate, no worries with that one. Too easy...lol
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Reply By: Blaze - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 00:57

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 00:57
Hi Bartz,

Chambers is a walk in the park, used to be a bit tough with the sand but its now nearly a highway, corrigation is your worse enemy. If you want the easiest way in, go have a look at Rainbow Valley, stay overnight to get the sunset (magic) then drive down the Stuart Highway to the Hugh River Stock Route 24.24.084 133.23.564 This is a very smooth track in, just a few gates is the only bother. Lots of Camels through here so be aware.
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Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 09:28

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 09:28
or take the short cut from the valley across to the ghan rail line then turn right down to the Maryvale rd then left and on to the pillar. Cuts backtracking and is a fun trip. See the trecknotes. No problem with a trailer.

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Reply By: Toytruck - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 20:47

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 20:47
Bart,
why not leave it a couple of weeks and have a sticky at the Finke Desert Race. Not sure if this is your scene but if you enjoy a bit of motor sport its worth a look.

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Reply By: Graham & Ann - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 13:12

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 13:12
Bart
In 2004 we towed our 17ft Evernew van into Maryvale and left it at the station shop while we visited Chambers Pillar, towing a camper trialer right into the pillar shouldn't be a problem though as long as you reduce tyre pressures, the sand hills are smallish. For anyone towing a large/heavy van and wanting to stay in close in to the pillar no problem towing into within 10km of the pillar, (just before the sand hills start there is a steep rocky hill to climb, camp just before that hill in the scrub) get permission from the station to camp in the scrub and do sunup/sundown trip in to get the piccies with the colors on the pillar.

Enjoy the trip
cya
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