To Birdsville or not?

Submitted: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:48
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In a motorhome towing small 4x4 on a Gypsie trailer from Brisbane. I see thr only problem would be i any is the last 2-300 ks & would be either early July or late August to beat the flies,any hints/idea's would be invaluable. Thank's in advance, Bob.
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:16

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:16
Bob, from experience it's only the last 300k thats a worry. Hmm...yep, but some of them can be pretty rough, depending on when the grader is working I guess.
I know Ruth will have something to say on this one. I've seen plenty of 2wds in B'ville from time to time, but that doesn't mean it's recommended. I've seen that track like a super highway around race time , and also seen it pretty cut up at other times. I'd say that with a motorhome you'd be gambling on the former, and on it not raining.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:20

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:20
Thank's Footy', that last 300k's was my little worry also,seeing as other motor home have been before should be ok,cheer's Bob.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:27

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:27
Take it easy and you'll be fine (provided it doesn't rain) :-)))
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Follow Up By: Toytruck - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:07

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:07
Phil G,
youre not kidding about the rain. My wife and I spent 2 days stuck halfway between Birdsville and Windorah a few years back. We were in my old 60 series fully kitted with ARB Difflocks etc etc etc and were just plainly and simply flooded in. In one sense it was great to see the Diamantina catchment like this.....on the other hand my missus was very peeeeeeed off after a couple of days in the MUD.

Great fun for me though.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:24

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:24
Tank's Phil,rain shouldn't be a concern that's why i will take the car so i can play in the mud lol'cheer's Bob.

Toytruck did you & the wife not get to know each other better then? cheer's Bob.
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Follow Up By: Toytruck - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 21:52

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 21:52
Bob,
funny you should ask.......we were on our honeymoon. Shared the back of the 60 with my red cattle dog also. We had beer and wine, what else could you ask for, I knew from then that if she could put up with that, she could put up with anything........not bad for a city girl.

Cheers
Toytruck
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:37

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:37
If you plan to invite a friend along, that has a Nissan, I'm sure you will be fine. Worst case, he could help pull you out.
HINT HINT.

Cheers mate.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross H (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:54

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:54
I think you should re think that trev as we have photos that would sugest that a 110 would be better ha ha ha ha
regards ross
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:04

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:04
That WILL haunt me forever won't it.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:06

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:06
I won't let it haunt you mate . Can this friend cook, wash up & stay outa my bed? If so you may come along. Bob.
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:08

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:08
Winnebago themselves took a rally of 'homes through there a couple of years back up from the south.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:08

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:08
Yes i was reading that the other day that's why i thought i would pose the Q from this end of oz Thank you. Bob.
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Reply By: Marc - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:20

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:20
just drop some air from the tryes, carry 2 spares etc, normal outback prep and have fun. Take enough food water for if it rains
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:11

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:11
Thank's Marc , if it rained would just catch water off the roof, food no prob's alway's have plenty of that as wife is on a diet!Bob.
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 07:30

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 07:30
Hi there, well Winnebago did bring some Motorhomes here in 2003 (I think) but I can tell you that the same group will be bringing 50 (Fifty) Motorhomes here arriving on 11 July this year and staying for three days. They will be coming up the Birdsville Track which is approximately 600 klms dirt.
So if coming from Brisbane there will be not quite 300 klms of dirt for you - you can travel anywhere in Australia in 2wd towing anything you like - you just have to drive according to the conditions on the day. And, if it rained - so what - you have a motorhome with everything in it - you would just be bush camping (but in the mud). Don't try and beat the flies - it doesn't work. Cold weather usually knocks them around and as it's 8 degrees at the moment and will be colder in the next few weeks. July is a great time to visit. Travel slowly and enjoy the changing scenery - see you when you get here.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:16

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 17:16
Thank's Ruth for you're response, main concern probably was the stone's with dual wheel's but if other's have done it no reason we can't if we are careful as you stated,Cheer's bob.
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:08

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 09:08
Amen to Ruth's advice - rain aside, it sounds a great trip but can I add to some emphasis on tyres from some ? - they can be such a disappointment in that country - so easy to bugger up and can be a pain to change at times. Suggest you get into tyre pressure management as you go (softed for the stony parts - compressor required for the back-ups therefore) ..... and slow down on those stones - tyres love slower speeds, and you will be rewarded ! Oh.... and in my view.......whatever spare numbers you normally carry for the sealed, you should have one extra for the gravel.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 14:49

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 14:49
Thank's for you'rs good advice Darian.Bob.
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