Desert Tyre pressures with trailer

Submitted: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 07:59
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Out in the Gibson Desert which is a Green Desert i.e with lots of foliage but still with soft red desert sands, I ran my Nissan tyres at 15psi cold and the trailer tyres at 20psi cold.

In the soft sand of the Simpson I ran the Nissan at 13psi cold and the trailer at 10psi cold.

Nissan shod with 265/75/16 Cooper STT's and trailer with 265/75/16 Eldorado's. Trailer also has spring-over conversion to give it more clearance.

Must've crossed close on 1000 dunes/sandhills in our travels and only had one bog, the last big dune in the Simpson on the Rig Road.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - uncle - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:06

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:06
Morning Willem, sounds like a great trip,any pics you can share? Just been looking thru some high country pics on Pajero forum,great stuff.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:28

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:28
Hi uncle

I took around 500pics but the process of naming them all is going to take a while and there is too much else on the agenda for this week. I should have a story up on my website within a month or so and there should be some pics there.

Cheers
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:07

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:07
You are home safe and sound then? Wim must have gone the other way. No sign of him. Few EO's here at the moment. Looking forward to pictures. XXXX
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:26

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:26
Hi Ruth

You were next on my list of emails but here goes anyway...lol

Yes Wim left us yestrday at Claytons Bore and headed out for Maree, Lyndhurst and Cameron Corner and beyond. He wanted to be back in Brissy by Sunday.

He certainly enjoyed himself and the OFFROAD bit was a steep learning curve for him. The Landcruiser 100TD IFS performed very well and did not miss a beat in the incredibly rough conditions.

Pictures? Yes But probably not for a week or so. Too much to sort out. Enjoy the GG today. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Follow Up By: Mike - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 09:48

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 09:48
Woo-hoo! Time for a progressive dinner??

Hope you are both well mate and looking forward to a busy season.

happy trails, Mike.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 20:51

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 20:51
Hello Happy Trails - only problem with the Progressive Dinner is being the cook, ha ha. He's having Diamantina Barra breakfast with us Sunday a.m.!!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 21:31

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 21:31
Hmmmmm....after Sunday....will youi still be speaking with us mere mortals....lol
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 18:41

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 18:41
Always talk to you Willem - other fella is just a 'bloke' sleeping in his swag up the Birdsville Track this week.!!!!
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:45

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 08:45
Willem,

Most advice I've read is that you should have trailer at lower pressure than vehicle. You had lower pressure in Simpson but higher in Gibson. Was Simpson that much softer than Gibson?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 09:06

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 09:06
Hi Al

I made the decision to keep trailer pressures higher in the Gibson as there was a lot of grass, mulga, turpentine stakes, rocks etc etc.

The Simpson sands were extremely soft and even powdery in places

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 16:35

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 16:35
Aaahh I see. Even though you stated clearly enough re the vegetation in the Gibson, this silly bugger at home just continued on with the mental association of desert and sand LOL

Thanks for that.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 18:41

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 18:41
Gramps, desert = <200mm of rain AFIK. Gibson is a "green" desert (it's rained) at the moment. The biggest difference I could see, in general, was the Gibson has sand and some vegetation (scrub and spinifex...some "trees" eg desert oaks but clumps not huge areas of em) while the Simpson has sand , sand and more sand :)) (actually has vegetation but very little high vegetation.)
Our deserts are quite different to many others in the world in this regard.
I'm sure to have someone disagree with me, but they are my observations.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:34

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 00:34
Thanks Footy. That's what I love about this site, everyone's more than willing to help and explain things.
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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 09:40

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 09:40
Hi Willem, Do you run with tubes ?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:17

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:17
No mate...tubeless. Took some spare tubes just in case
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 09:41

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 09:41
Glad to see you didn't need the splitz, although you haven't got to those razor sharp rocks in WA yet :))
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:15

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:15
Ahhh Footy, we did some rock hopping in the Gibson. All that looks like desert is not sand....lol
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:53

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:53
And don't I know it :)) My first off track excursion years ago resulted in a flat within 3m ! LOL
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Reply By: Moose - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 13:19

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 13:19
Welcome back Willem
You mentioned one bog but didn't say anything about punctures?? I trust those STTs didn't disappoint.
And which of you got bogged?
Cheers from the Moose.
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Follow Up By: Moose - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 13:21

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 13:21
Sorry Willem - was working down through the posts and after submitting I continued only to find a more detailed post from you. Maybe I should start at bottome and work up in future!
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 16:35

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 16:35
Welcome back ,,
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:25

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 17:25
Thanks mate
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Reply By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 21:21

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 21:21
Eric M asked for information on ULP & Diesel prices
hi Eric
i run my tyres pressure as the vehicle manufacture plaque says except on sand
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