Straddie Tyre Inflation

Submitted: Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 11:15
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Be grateful for suggestions with regards to necessity of tyre deflation on Stradbroke Island and, if so, where I could go to re-inflate them when heading home (don't have a compressor in the fourby yet).

Cheers

Gascoigne
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Reply By: Rosco - Qld - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:05

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 13:05
Depends upon prevailing conditions, as they can vary quite a bit. Usually it's a good idea though.

Tyres can be re-inflated at store near Adder Rock beach access towards the Point or a Dunwich and I think at Amity.

Adder Rock would be your best bet and then come back via the black stuff.

Cheers
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Reply By: BBB - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:12

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:12
If traveling on the sand let them down to 18Psi but take it easy if on the road. This what I run on my Nissan when ever on the sand your car will travel so mutch beter.

Have a good trip

BBB
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:20

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:20
A compressor is almost an essential if going near sand. These days they are fairly cheap. I run 18-20 on sand, but have gone as far as 12 when really stuck.
I paid for air to reinflate my tyres years ago. I had been on the beach and let em down, stood around with an el cheapo comp that did nothing. After that I swore I'd buy a decent one and I did. Now use it on all our cars, the sit on mower etc. Good gear.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:54

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 14:54
I run around 18-20 when on the eastern side the sand is pretty soft when you have to cut arcross the dunes to the camp spots

Enjoy your trip
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Reply By: Sea-Dog - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 15:04

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 15:04
Straddie has a mixture of sand tracks and bitumen... I would not let my tyres below 25 to start with as it is still ok to drive on the hard stuff at a semi descent speed... If it gets to hard at some point you can let them down more... 18 would be the minimum I would let them down to unless you are totally stuck!

Cheers
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 16:13

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 16:13
Absolutely essential to have a compresssor. Have you given any thought to the fact that you might bump a bead off your rim at the lower tyre pressures required to drive on sand???? Twice???????????????

Another good purchase is an exhaust driven jack. Makes changing a tyre in sand a heck of a lot easier than using a normal jack and base plate (got one of those??)

There is a bit more preparation required in driving on sand than just letting down your tyres. There is a general expectation that you should be able to look after yourself to a large degree on your own or with a group, and have most of the equipment required to do so. This would include a basic recovery kit (strap, shackles, gloves), decent air compressor (capable of reseating a tyre), decent sized base plate for your jack (300mm x 300mm minimum) or exhaust jack, and a shovel (long handled and full sized head).

It is a good idea to go in a small group (3-5 cars) so you can get each other out of trouble when it happens (and it will...).
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Reply By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 21:40

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 21:40
Hi Gascoigne,

Depending on what vehicle you have, if it's around the 2-2.5 tonne then 20psi will handle most sand situations and you can travel quite a few km's on bituman as long as you keep your speed to under 80kph. There's a few spots on the island (mentioned above) to re-inflate, if you can't get to them or the line is too long then go to the nearest servo in Cleveland when you get off the barge.
Don't forget to take a shovel and a snatch strap, just in case.

Avagoodn
Pezza
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Reply By: Gascoigne - Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:00

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006 at 09:00
Thanks, gentlemen. All good.

Cheers
Gascoigne
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