The repairs after a hard trip........................

Submitted: Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 19:54
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Well, the truck and trailer are sorted and ready for the next trip, which comes up in 25 days time

Repairs:
3 inside patches to 2 staked tyres
Fusiblelink replaced(sourced from wreckers)
HF tap wire replaced
Broken roofrack removed
Spare Radius arm nut ordered(one fell off in desert)
Lucas Oil additive in gearboxes
Oil change, filters, grease, airfilter cleaned
Belts tightened
Dodgy old spottie wiring removed(headlight fuse kept on blowing)
General engine maintenance to see that wires aren't rubbing through
Repaired all four mudflaps and flares

New:
Polyairs fitted
Low Water Alarm fitted
Twozone fridge extension

Laptop desk built in cabin and rearranged where phones etc go
Portable DVD player with FM surround sound

Trailer:
Jockey wheel repaired(busted in desert)
Rubber stone guard repaired
Wheelbearings tightened

As I will not refit the the roof rack I have had to repack the truck and trailer to accommodate all the stuff that may have had to travel on top. Not carrying an extra spare this time.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:07

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:07
Been a busy boy Willem, Ok ready to go, Where to next, I'm envious and i don't even know where you are going!! :) Michael
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:27

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:27
Hi Michael

Upcoming trip:

North up the Stuart Hwy, Anne Beadell track, David Carnegie track, Eagle track, Talawana Track, CSR to Calvert Ranges and back to Georgia Bore, Talawana again, Newman, Nullagine, Carawine Gorge, Punmu, Wapet(Kidson) Road, Great Northern Highway.

Then back to Marble Bar and a few places inland and along the coast I have missed out on in the past.

Will be away 10 weeks or so. SWMBO say she has to be home by end August.

This will probably be my last BIG trip. But next year I do hope to avoid the winter all together and go somewhere for 5 months( 1 May to 30 September) where the temperature is more amenable.

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:43

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:43
Sounds great, I'm even more envious now!! Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:16

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:16
You comen up for a visit next year Willem . LOL
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:49

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:49
Nick

I think that K is going to be the right place for me. Might even pick up a lazy job there to supplement the pension...lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian S (NT) - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 23:00

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 23:00
Willem,

Enjoy those corrugations on the Anne Beadell uptill Emu, don't envy you that. Pilbara sounds fun, we missed out this year because of an expensive fuel pump repair. We had to go back to work at Mt Dare to earn $.

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Ian at Mt Dare
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 08:36

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 08:36
Hello Ian and Pat - just to hijack Willem's thread. Just wanted to tell you that we miss you and lots and lots of people who normally visit that other place ask where you are and why aren't you at work. Other people no longer work there either.
Hello Willem - you have been busy. You mustn't keep talking about it being your last big trip like that, it's not good for you. Just think on this trip you'll have Judith along for company (and to do the hard work for you. ha ha ha - rolling on floor - and not at the thought that Judith doesn't work hard, far from it - it's the thought of you allowing your precious flower to do anything other than rest and relax under the trees with paintbrush in hand). Don't mind me - I feel good this morning, must be the cold chilly desert air. Have other news for you as well, next week.
Weather is really nice - been very chillybong though.
Ian - some nice fish coming out of Jardines at the moment. We went fishing Friday night - had the world's warmest campfire - big pot of pumpkin soup, very large boiler of lamb chop stew (with everything I could find in the pantry) and then, after some fish were caught, we made pancakes with maple syrup and fresh cream. Boys went down yesterday afternoon for a couple of hours only to find some "tourists" had stolen the rest of our wood pile and carted it all the way back to their camp up the other side of the windmill!! Nothing's sacred anymore - least of all the fish hole!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 09:14

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 09:14
Ruth

Yep, this trip is supposed to be a slow one. Paint brush in hand....we even have a screen tent now.....and DVD player to watch painting lessons by.....good grief!!!

Unless I sell the house(I can see Jude glaring at me), funding for Big Trips comes to an end in 2006. But, apart from Cape York and Tassie, I have been to so many places over the years. A number of short trips are envisaged especially to the High Country in Vic/NSW and further north along the Great Divide

Bloody tourists stealing the wood pile. How about a star picket with a notice on it such as...........................lol

Ian

I was at Mt Dare just a couple of weeks ago.

Yep I heard the corrugations were bad along the AB but not sure if they can beat those on the Talawana or the Gunbarrel for that matter :-) Anyway it is the route we have to take to get to the other places of interest.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 11:23

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 11:23
Hey Willem you ever thought of doing a sort of tagalong thing? I reckon it would be something to behold.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian S (NT) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 13:27

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 13:27
Willem,

The Anne Beadell had nasty little 100mm high corrugations just like railway line (felt about the same) every foot for about 300kms up to Emu and, with the track being the same width of the vehicle, no way of avoiding them. Great trip just the same.
The Gunbarrel was rough, washed out and a different experience entirely and since last year graded from 180km east of Carneige Station.

Yet to do the Talawana!!

have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 16:25

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 16:25
Bonz

It has crossed my mind. How about XTREME TREKS.........here you can break your vehicle without even trying!!!!

Way back, starting in the late 70's I owned a compnay by the name of Adventure Unlimited. I ran tours into Kakadu and the Alligator Rivers area. Did this for 3 years and got sick of it. I have been into Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls 120 times. Enough.........

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:09

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:09
Hi Willem

The list doesnt sound too bad for were you went

sounds like the mudflaps and flares are a pain in to bum?

I've always removed my jockey wheel and put it in the trailer whenever i tow

Hope the next trip is good

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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:29

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:29
Richard

Mudflaps, flares and electrics give me the bleeps

I now think that I should go and buy another G60 Patrol, HJ Troopy or FJ55 LC after this trip....lol
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Reply By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:55

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 20:55
Wiilem, just had a quick squiz at your'e profile you need a 30ft bus not a troll or yota how the f do you fit it all in even with a trailer, i have no hope in the BUBBLE. LOL,Bob.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:12

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:12
Bob,

It has taken 40 years of doing this camping thing to finally get it right...lol

And I can still see out the back via the rear view mirror :-)

I have just updated my profile. Took some out and added some more...lol
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Reply By: Old Scalyback & denny - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:13

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:13
goodday willem
well i guess that finishes coffee in july ?????lolol

how many legs did your pack rack have 6 or 8 as i will be putting mine on for our trip across the simpson in late july
will have 4 jerry cans, 2 water 2 deisel 2 tyres (not wheel & tyre)and maybe our tent + shovel

steve
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:29

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:29
Steve

Yeah, we will be somewhere near the CSR...lol

My roofrack was a 3/4 or 2metres in elngth with 3 legs each side welded on to a gutter mount.

You weight will be around 100 to 120kgs up top. Most roofracks are stated to carry up to 160kgs. I only bought the roodrack to cart stuff around town etc and never intended carrying too much stuff on trips. It has come in handy on trips but the extra weight and the wind drag factor counts against it. I will repair it and sell it.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:59

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 21:59
I did hear of a Paj I think it was that had a wobbly top as the weights had been too much and the fatigue hd taken it.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 08:38

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 08:38
Hello JR - need to talk later in the week - will you be around or swanning in big smoke?
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 08:44

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 08:44
Hi Ruthie, some of the time I will be swanning as you put it. Best Wednesday or Thursday unless you want to call while I am in the car hands free.
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