Roadside assist NT?

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 17:02
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Hi all,
My parents are planning a trip to the NT and would like to know who would be the best to use for roadside assitance.
Col
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 17:38

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 17:38
If you are with RAC just get the Pluss (top cover whatever it iscalled these days) and that is all you need
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Follow Up By: Member - Colin (WA) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 19:40

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 19:40
Thanks Davoe, wil pass that onto them
Col
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 07:45

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 07:45
Yea i used my RACpluss cover 2wice in the Northern Territory once for a 106km free trip on the back of a flatbed from Arltunga to Alice and for accomadation in Yulara after a breakdown. All the states AA service honour other states without question
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 19:29

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 19:29
Col

I would also check mobile phone coverage. ( GSM and CDMA) . Not much good if you cannot call the roadside assistance. ( Perhaps a hired satphone may be needed).

If they are traveling on the major routes during tourist season there will also be plenty of other traffic.

Regards

Paul
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Follow Up By: Member - Colin (WA) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 19:47

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 19:47
Hi paul,
They have CDMA phone and will only be doing main tourist destinations. They will be leaving the end of May along with all the other grey nomads. Very valid point about the sat phone.

Col
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 11:17

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 11:17
We lived in and travelled the NT for a couple of years.

There isn't anyone else apart from AANT and they recognise all motoring clubs, etc. But don' expect a bloke in his van to turn up in a hurry. As mentioned you will not get ANY type of mobile coverage along most roads in the NT apart from the vicinity of the main towns and then only CDMA.

If you are really worried get a SATPHONE or at least a UHF to call the many road trains that travel out there which generally help out with getting a message to someone.

Don't just rely on road side assistance. Best insurance is to carry a good tool kit and basic spares (fan belts, radiator hoses) and water. You may never use them but remember that damned Murphy......Unless you have some means of getting yourself moving again you have to wait. Even in the dry season it is very uncomfortable out there...Coming from WA I assume you know all that..

But be prepared to wait a very, very, very long time.

Wizard

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Follow Up By: Member - Colin (WA) - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 19:10

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 19:10
Hi Wizard,
They have just had the cruiser checked from top to bottom and everything is fine. They have been to Perth to Broome a couple of times so they are use to traveling long distance's. This time they are going to cross the top end and then decide as they go where to next.
Thanks for your reply I will pass it on to them.
Col
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