Boulia to Alice Springs

Submitted: Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 20:26
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has anyone done this road with a caravan please??? Im getting mixed reports from information centers and the travellers on cb radio as they pass by...mine is a offroad van but i dont want to tear it to pieces just to say ive done it... Rod
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 20:33

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 20:33
That road is a formed and maintained road. It does vary in quality depending on when the grader went through last. If you have an off road van it should handle it without any trouble if you change your speed to suit the conditions. Usual caveats apply regarding dust and stones if the van is net "experienced".

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Reply By: John E - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 20:56

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 20:56
Did that trip June last year with kedron van and L/cruiser.
Could probably have done it with any high clearance van.
Grader had been through about a month prior.
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Reply By: rredbeak - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:00

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 21:00
TY,ill start making plans to do the trip. Both car and van have really high clearance so i should be fine. Cheers,happy Trails... Rod
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Follow Up By: mfewster - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 22:45

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 22:45
Conditions on that road can very greatly, especially if there has been any rain and depending on when the grader last went through. If going to give it a go, I'd suggest getting info as close as possible to departure and being prepared to call it off if in doubt. Any advice apart from the latest could be expensively misleading. If you do it, be prepared to travel very slowly if you catch it as rough (or wet) as sometimes it can be.
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Reply By: Bill13 - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 08:03

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 08:03
I was going to go that way in about 2 weeks and I rang the Shire Council and luckily got on to the foreman who was working in that area. Currently they have 3 crews working on the road. The road he said was quite good but very very dusty as they have had no rain at all. There are a lot of road trains moving cattle out for adjistment. Corrugations in the road is 'not bad' ,his words, which can be a bit rough for travellers not used to it. There is no fuel for available from Boulia to Jervis as the station (forgot name ) that used to sell fuel is now closed.

Post a road report if you go that way please.
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Follow Up By: rredbeak - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 13:49

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 13:49
we're in our current van park for a further 3 weeks yet. but i will ph the local council as you suggest before we set out..rod
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Reply By: marq - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:19

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:19
Should be fine - make sure you let your tyres down to 28psi for the 4wd and 20-22psi for the caravan. Keep your speed down to below 80kph and slow down on the rougher stuff.
(ie let your tyres do the work - make sure you have good LT tyres on the caravan)

I saw heaps of trailers and a few caravans last year on it - one was flying along and passed me (qld side). The next day (NT side) he was underneath the caravan trying to fix it - gee wizz I wonder why (I did not stop - considering the day before - as far as I was concerned he stay there).
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Follow Up By: rredbeak - Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:31

Saturday, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:31
yes,ive got A/T'Radials all round,van too...cheers Rod
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