Vehicle recovery on the Canning Stock route?

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 10:58
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not that i'm planning on breaking down ... just getting the facts!!

From discussions with RACWA & RACV it appears that even with their top levels of cover, there is no certainty that they would recover your vehicle from the Canning Stock route. Capricorn Roadhouse (Newman) certainly would for $$$$

So are there any other options i'm not aware of?
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 11:08

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 11:08
Drew,

There are a few vehicles that didn't make the trip. They are still there.

There was an amount posted a few months back about recovery and it was very high.

The best thing is to make sure your vehicle is sound before you go, go with other vehicles and don't rush.

I suppose that is why I have 10 vehicles doing the CSR with me in June. It now become my problem to get them out.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - Drew T (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 11:21

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 11:21
and therefore what is your vehicle recovery plan if they can't be frepaired in situ .. tow them yourself .. get Capricorn Roadhouse to recover .. or what?
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 18:28

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 18:28
Drew,

If it was a major break down ,like a blown motor or gear box then I would be on the Sat Phone to Vic and I would let him do the ringing around and organise the recovery vehicle.

If it was suspension or something simple that has broken I would try and fix it.

The best way is not to break the vehicle. We do this by making sure the vehicle has had a complete check over before they leave.

The other way is not to rush the trip.

Last year we passed a convey going the other way at Well 33. They had two vehicles that had to go to Newman for repairs. A Nissan with a cracked chassis and a Prado with 4 blown shocks.

They were also doing the trip in 10 days, we take 20 days.

At the end of the trip we had only one repair and that was a broken centre pin that was not picked up in the pre trip check. It was fixed on the side of the track and the convey was on the move again.

Wayne
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 12:04

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 12:04
Mechanical breakdown can be expensive to recover a dead vehicle,,,, but dont forget about about your comprehensive insurance in case it is an accident breakdown.....
One time we had a fanbelt break and cooked the engine,,,,admittedly it was a track just outta Birdsville and not The Canning,,, but recovery to Birdsville, transport to Adelaide, rebuilt engine was covered... Excess was $500 but they would'nt cover the fanbelt...
Plenty of people dont even know that.....!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: robak (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 12:28

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 12:28
Voxon,

Just curious as to how a broken fanbelt is an accidental breakdown and not a mechanical one. Did it happen during an accident?

R
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 13:35

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 13:35
Yes ,, the fanbelt breaking was a mechanical breakdown.... BUT, it caused an accident which was the blown engine...
An vehicle accident doesnt have to be a crash between two cars...
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 13:44

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 13:44
And that is one hell of a hillclimb on your rig pictures...
That just takes my breath away...
It must be very steep,, because photos dont do angles much justice and that looks huge...
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Follow Up By: robak (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 13:50

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 13:50
It actually wasn't me but a mate of mine, and that's as far as he got, with a run up, before he started spinning the wheels and had to roll back down. It was at Levuka (4wd park) last year.

Cheers and thanks for the info.

R
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Reply By: flappa - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 12:45

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 12:45
Buy a Lexus.

I believe they will recover you from anywhere.

Other then that , I dont believe there is another option. There was a Remote Recovery Mob a while back (also discused here a while ago) , but they no longer exist.

Its your responsability to get yourself out now.

Normally with these memberships , its only if the Person responsable has access to a 4wd truck will they even consider remote recoveries (also happens with Insurance Issues). There are a few around that do , but , probably due to the Nature of the CSR , they would leave any recoveries to someone else , and let them worry about the $$$.

I believe its several thousand dollars to recover a vehicle from out there.
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Follow Up By: V8troopie - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 14:46

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 14:46
To anybody who has driven the full length of ther CSR it is understandable that a breakdown recovery WILL be expensive. It is not a minor matter to tow a vehicle over a hundred or more dunes if it were towable. If it is a flatbed truck recovery then it might not even possible to get the vehicle out.
So, be prepared to either fix the car, even if it means having parts air dropped, or leave it out there.
I wonder if 'they' are charging those who leave identifiable items ( cars, trailers) at the trackside littering fines by now ?
Klaus
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 15:47

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 15:47
They bloody well should be . . .
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 15:56

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 15:56
I did hear that the 'call out' fee is around $5000.00!
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 15:59

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 15:59
Yeah , I've heard that , but no first hand accounts.
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 16:04

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 16:04
Box of matches
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 18:02

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 18:02
I was thinking along the same lines, although one would have to be careful as to how to start the fire. An appropiate short carefully rigged should do the job.!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 18:28

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 18:28
..... and hope this thread isn't archived!
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Friday, Apr 21, 2006 at 00:58

Friday, Apr 21, 2006 at 00:58
As posted before, there's a sign on the door at the office at the Kunnawarritji Community at Well 33.

It states: "Vehicle Recovery from Kunnawarritji to Port Hedland $5000 inc. GST. 50% up front"

That's to get it from the community NOT from where ever you break it on the Canning. And the bit they are charging $5000 for is the EASY bit.

Don't break it. If you do make sure the plastic is well charged before you leave home. You are going to pay for it for a long time, me thinks.

Begs the question really. We did it in a very well maintained GQ. But the recovery cost could probably be greater than the vehicle value.

The box of matches is an attractive idea but still isn't worth the trouble if they decide it was deliberate or even think it. After all they'll walk away and it'll be up to you to prove otherwise. Anyone doing that will screw the next legitimate person who tries to claim and everyone after that.

And then the bigger issue is that with the amount of gear and food you have to carry on this trip - spreading your load of cargo & people across the remainder of your convoy is going to be difficult. IF you are dumb enough to do it on your own (& the euro tourists are every other day) then you are in real trouble.

Dave

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 17:55

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 17:55
Dave
That's funny I'm not dumb enough to travel on my own

I take the wife and the dog

Richard

ps. your got to die somewhere!
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