Fraser Island.

Submitted: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 15:28
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Hi All, off to Fraser Isl. in september, will be towing a Jayco Swan off road camper (around 1700 kg's loaded). Other than tyre presure, any other problems i might come across? Tow vehicle is a STR Navara V6. Any tips or info will be greatly appreciated.

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Reply By: Of Mice & Men - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 16:32

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 16:32
Hi Geoff,
We towed a trailer on there as well, around 1200kg's fully loaded. You have hit the nail on the head with tyre pressure, we dropped ours to about 18psi whilst towing. The only other tip I can give you is pick your tides, travelling at low tide on the hard sand you can easily sit on 80k's, just be careful at that speed with the wash-outs (fresh water creeks running out to sea) that come up very quickly, also with the lower tyre pressures you should not corner to quickly. Have a great trip, we hope to be getting back there some time soon as well.
Regards OM&M.
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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 18:57

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 18:57
Hi Geoff - Where do you intend to camp? This is important. Once camped, the Navara without the camper will have no problems. If you plan on towing the camper to Waddy Point, there may be a few challenges.
We towed the Coromal camper to Waddy a few years back - similar weight. Great trip - but had turned back at one stage due to v/soft, long, uphill sand tracks.
Finally got there (needed a tow through one stretch), but an interesting drive.
Depends on the condition of the sand (and any recent rain).
If dry and powdery, get tyres down 14 - 16 psi for sandy tracks around headlands.
Wish I was going.....again.....................Keith
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Follow Up By: gba1063 - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:02

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:02
Thanks Keith, I don't know the camping arangements I will be travelling with my brother he has been to Fraser 3 or 4 times, so I have to wait & find out. September seems soooooooo loonngg away Lol I'm really looking forward to the trip.
Thank for the replys everyone, all help/advice is greatley appreciated. Geoff
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Reply By: Member - Mal B - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:37

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:37
make sure you pick low tide when you load at insip point as the first 4to 5 ks when you get off the barge can be soft. the beach is hwy driveing just be carefull when you exit beach as sand is soft .RD RULES APPLY KEEP LEFT INDECATE LEFT TO ONCUMEING TRAFFIC, WATCH YOUR SPEED POLICE BASED ON ISLAND east side best side. have a good trip been twice and going back next year safe driveing mal
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Reply By: brian - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:34

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:34
After your trip if you have hayman reece type tow barr remove the square sectiontube and clean sand and rust,,i didnt an now cannot remove mine have tried oxytorch,sledge hanner ,penetrating oil etc still wont move.
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Follow Up By: gba1063 - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:07

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:07
Thanks Brian that would be one that not many would think of doing,great advise.
Thannks agian Geoff
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Reply By: Sea-Dog - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 12:08

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 12:08
I drive a cruiser which makes the fourbying that little bit easier but I have no hesitation in heading up to Fraser or Inskip / Rainbow Beach for a weekend etc... The sand driving we have is nothing to be afraid of... just follow the basics of sand driving and you will be fine..

Fraser Island is a big place and for 90% of the time you will be on low tide driving on sand as hard and flat as a highway.. the other times in the sand is soft cuttings or wash outs.. (obviously not taking the inland tracks into account here)

If you have your tyres at the right pressure before you get into a cutting and keep some sort of momentum (please don't read this as GO FLAT OUT!) you will be fine!

You will know the set up of your car better than the rest of us but in short on the hard stuff you can be at full road pressure no probs.. soft cuttings I would say run at about 18psi in both car and trailer.... if the car is loaded right up I would run the pressure at the point where the sidewalls have bellied out but not bottoming out..

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Reply By: Member - Mal B - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:58

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:58
dont forget to use the under body car wash at emerald beach was about 10 bucks last time i used it mal
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Follow Up By: gba1063 - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:05

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:05
Thanks Mal that is on the plans the Navara is only 8 month old, want it to last a while yet (at least till its paid for LOl) Thanks Geoff
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