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Submitted: Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:02
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Just wondering, has anyone ever tried to tow a caravan across the Simpson?
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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:06

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:06
The only ones who would try would be brain dead and grossly irresponsible. Don't even consider it!!!!
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:07

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:07
How heavy is it, I have heard of 1.2 - 1.5 tonne C/Trailers making it across. So a VERY WELL constructed 10 or 12ft caravan could possibly be in this weight range and therefore, theoretically do the same.
I got a feeling this is not reccomended by any of the seasoned simpson travellers though.

Trevor.
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Reply By: Footloose - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:16

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:16
Sure ! The original drilling crews. They did have a bit more hp to drag em with than your average 4x4. And it was done at a speed of around 3k/h. Plenty of men and machinery to get them over the dunes.

Don't even consider it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 21:12

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 21:12
Footy,
I thought they also had the benefit of a new clay road (Rig Road) which was built to take semi trailers!!! Unfair advantage I reckon :-))

And yes, no one should consider it!
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 00:43

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 00:43
A good site to have a read

www.simpsondesert.fl.net.au/sitemap/

simpsondesert

Richard
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Reply By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:37

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:37
As footloose said, yes the CGG crews did, but have a look at the caravans they used. Plus they towed them with bulldozers and big trucks.

The first person to successfully tow a road going modern day caravan across the Simpson would probably be lynched on arrival in Birdsville or Mt Dare assuming he/she ever made it. :-)

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Reply By: chips59 - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:09

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:09
I do not want to but was just wondering as there is a lot of negatives about trailers.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L- Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:48

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:48
Hi chips59
no problems with a caravan in the Simpson providing that they have 4 legs and are called camels.

Stephen
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 22:21

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 22:21
Nup! but I look forward to your experience/s in attempting to do so.
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Reply By: Redback - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 08:49

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 08:49
I was under the impression that your not allowd to tow a caravan in the Simpson, only campertrailers, and that is frowned on too, they recommend that if you have to, you should use the Rig Rd.

Baz.
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 11:47

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 11:47
Yes people have tried to tow caravans. Eventually the Friends of the Simpson carted away the remains (of the caravan). In a couple of other cases you could probably still find what's left of the wrecks.
The Rig Road (when it was built) was built like the K1 so drilling rigs could get their water in and out of the Desert - that was in the 60's. The Rig Road now (2006) is not so much a clay topped road anymore but another track over the Simpson like the French Line. I cannot stress enough that each year is different and this year (like last year) the eastern end of the Rig Road has enormous tops on the dunes and is difficult.
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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 18:56

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 18:56
Would you like me to post a photo of my mate's Kimberley Kamper on top of Big Red? West to East crossing. Tyres at 12psi on the #100 and 18 on the KK.
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Reply By: mkthomp - Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 21:13

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 21:13
hi
towed a Tvan with no problems
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