Towing a trailer across the simpson

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 00:00
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Hi there

I have a 100 ser cruiser v8 auto and a trak shak camper trailer.
I am wondering if anybody has towed a similar trailer across the Simpson

Which way did you go?

How much fuel did you use?

I was going to take the rig road rather than the French line

Travelling west to east

With two other vehicles

Any advice would be appreciated

Thanks

steve
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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 02:25

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 02:25
This has been discussed ad nauseam over the last few weeks - try the archives.
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Follow Up By: steve & marg - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:59

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:59
Tried too find the answers to my question, but was unable to find any.
Let me know if you find the answers

steve
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Reply By: Redback - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 07:29

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 07:29
I don't know if a V8 Cruiser would be able to handle the tough going.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: steve & marg - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:50

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:50
thanks Baz
Very helpfull reply
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 07:43

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 07:43
G'day Steve & Marg,

There is a fair bit available here using the search function (already mentioned above) and also have a look at,

Our trip last year

Be mindful that taking a trailer is not advocated by all and it will be expensive to get assistance out there if things don't work out. Also the tracks change all the time and from current information available the tracks are very soft this year.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: steve & marg - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 18:10

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 18:10
thanks for the reply

sounds like a you had a great time!!!

How much fuel did you use?

cheers

steve and marg
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 07:41

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 07:41
We had a ball and it is an experience that will be recalled for a long time. Just had a look at my notes and it was was 168 litres (think I have been saying 181 in previous posts). That's from Mt Dare to Birdsville, towing a heavy trailer, boat and a fully loaded rodeo and trailer over some hills.

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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:42

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 08:42
Somewhere on this site there is also a list of trip reports/notes that people have recorded about how much fuel they used for various trips and includes the type of vehicle they were driving. Stuffed if I can find it now though (didn't look too hard, I must say).
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 10:07

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 10:07
This year there is a lot more sand on the dune crests than previous years. This is due to the southerlies blowing more than the westerlies. Sand has been swept up from the swales in the dune corridors and deposited on top of the dunes. Some of the sand blows are extremely soft. You might, however, experience a better run as travellers before you might have knocked the top off the crests

I towed a 800kg trailer along the French Line and Rig Road recently(beginning of May), west to east, and also did a small offroad excursion into the Northern Territory from there.

Some of the country I went across was pretty rough and I recorded 27/100 fuel consumption in a diesel! I would say that you would probably be looking at between 25/100 and 20/100 for fuel usage along the Rig Road.

I used low range 2nd gear for most dune crests and only the very last, large sand dune on the Rig Road stopped me. There was a 5 metre sand crest over the normal track surface however.

The key to all desert travel with a trailer in tow is tyre pressure. I ran 13psi cold on the Nissan and 10psi cold on the trailer. If you need to run higher tyre pressures you are inviting trouble but ususally it is an individual thing and each driver may have their own opinion on this. I prefer to make life easier for myself as the desert experience is then more enjoyable.

Have fun

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Follow Up By: Rosco - Qld - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 13:44

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 13:44
G'day Will

In July we'll be heading up the Warburton Track and K1 (or possibly Rig Rd/French Line) to Peoppel Corner, then East to B/ville. I'm not familiar with that neck of the woods. Are most of the dunes West of this area, or will we still encounter our fair share?? Will be towing CT so after general advice on what to expect.

Cheers cob

Rosco
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:58

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:58
G'day Rosco

The dunes are generally to the west of the Warburton Track/K1 line.

Now I havent been from the Warburton/K1 intersection to Poeppel Corner as yet but I understand that it is generally an easy run.

If you turn left at the intersection of the Warburton/K1/Rig Road on to the Rig Road you are confronted by a failrly large dune which is easier to negotiate from the east than it is from the west. Once you have negotiated this dune the rerst along the Rig Road are tame as the road was capped with clay all those years ago. There are some washouts but nothing serious.

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Follow Up By: Rosco - Qld - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 18:29

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 18:29
Thanks cobber

Rosco
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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:18

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:18
I vaguely remember someone saying recently that the Warburton had water in it at the bottom of K1, apparently too the inside track is under as well. Think Ruth posted this a while back.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:31

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:31
Dunno Peter

Dry as a bone out there now...Maybe it was last year.....Been no rain for a while.
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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 21:07

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 21:07
It was within the last few weeks Willem since the flood went through Birdsville.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 21:35

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 21:35
Peter

There has been very little rain in the area for a while. Birdsville and environs has had no rain during May ref: Site Link

Not much rain in the north of late either.

Maybe I missed something but I do not recall anything on a flood in Birdsville over the past two weeks.

Did an archive search and found nothing

Dunno mate
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C.- Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 21:51

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 21:51
There was water on the inside track (and rising) when SWMBO & I were out there a few weeks ago... Hadn't reached the Warburton crossing when we crossed there (May 14 from memory).. haven't heard since whether it actually got there or not...

Willem, the water coming down the Diamantina would be from the substantial rains further upstream several weeks ago.. I'd expect it to be on the wane by now...

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 11:55

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 11:55
Thanks for that, Ed

Now I am up to speed....lol I was aware of rains some months ago and yes, the water does take a while to flow into the Eyre Basin.

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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 12:53

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 12:53
Question:

Did the bank give you permisson to borrow that much for fuel..? If so your lucky, though the interest is a killer. I believe the later model V8's with 5 speed Auto are better, I had the first ever GXV V8 4 Speed Auto and it was a pig on fuel. Otherwise they are a great rig.
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Reply By: Davo - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:12

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:12
A mate rom Perth towed a Trakshak to Tassie...on Bitumen
His average fuel economy was 25L/100km
His Worst fuel economy was 32L/100km (head heading back to Perth, I believe)

Bearing in mind that the above figures are not sand driving; tarmac only. Apparently the TS weighed about 1.5T with water, etc onboard.
I think he has a 2000 model 4-speed Auto V8 Cruiser.
Hope this helps.

There are pages on this website which give estimates for petrol/diesel in varying conditions.
If you're towing, I would factor in at least 50% additional fuel usuage.

Cheers,
Davo
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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 02:21

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 02:21
There are many posts about this. Something we found useful when we crossed the Simpson was to ensure the brakes on the Trailer are disabled. Stops constant pounding and stress with the trailer brakes working when they should not. Just take care. The Rig Road should not cause too many problems as long as its dry.
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