Wanted: someone to bring our rig home

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 19:54
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We are about to embark on a trip from the gold coast and end up at either Darwin or Alice Springs. We would like to fly home and have someone bring our Prado Grande and Windsor Rapid (twin axle 17.5 foot) back to the Gold Coast. We want to find a couple of experienced caravaners to bring the rig from either of these two places home to the Gold Coast. We will give the couple a month to come home and stipulate that only bitumen roads be driven on. Ideally we would like to have in return a vehicle to drive whilst the rig is brought home. No payment is offered for this service. The van itself is 2 years old and the prado is four. The van is airconditioned, has a small hot water system in it and a toilet and shower. . It has an awning and a annexe (havent decided if we are taking the annexe). The prado has a Waco freezer in the back. We carry a honda 2kva generator with us for out of the way camps. There is 180 litres of water carrying capacity. The start date for the return journey is the 25th of July so the rig should be returned by the end of August 2008. References are required as are current driver licenses. We had a couple who were going to do it for us but their situation changed. If we cannot find the appropriate couple we will do a return journey. This is a genuine request so only genuine replies are greatly appreciated. If you put your phone number on any replies I will phone you. John.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 20:38

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 20:38
Make sure to inform your insurance Co of all particulars of the person driving your vehicle, There is NO way I would allow a strange person to have my vehicles for any time , all I can say geez your game .

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Follow Up By: Dunaruna - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 20:44

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 20:44
100% agree
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Reply By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 21:26

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 21:26
So I have to drive it back to Gold Coast and stay on bitumen roads. Is the route up to as I have just over a month to get it back? Do you pay for the fuel regardless of the route I take? Will you leave some extra cash in the ash tray to replace the tyres if required at say, Exmouth, and a service at Broome?

Really, drive it home yourself. Take a few more days off. The world will not end if you take another week off but if you think it will and you approve of my conditions, well I'm up for it!!!
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Follow Up By: sweetcaroline - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 21:31

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 21:31
thanks very much for all the advice, but I'm only interested in replies interested in taking the journey.
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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:02

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:02
Just be very careful of who you decide to take responsibility for your 4x4 and van. There are many people in our society who are very adept at conning people and ripping them off. Probably not exactly what you wanted to hear but you have to be realistic in dealing with the unknown these days and 'strangers' with your gear - what say about $80,000 - $100,000 (replacement) ?
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Follow Up By: dedabato (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:23

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:23
I totally agree with Dio. No way I would let ANYBODY to drive my beloved 4x4 and van without me knowing what on earth is going on ??? You must be realy loaded for not caring. In any case Good luck with it and please let us know what has happen with the plan.

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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:39

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:39
John,

I have a proposition for you in respect to your post. Please email me a phone number or email address to contact you at the following mickolsen@hotmail.com.

Cheers. Mick
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Reply By: sweetcaroline - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:49

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:49
Mick,
the photo you have as your signature is going to give me nightmares considering all the entries that have gone before. I will email you however I was looking for another "FOS Queenslander" as the gentleman so eloquently put it in an earlier response.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:58

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:58
Laughing very loudly John. Not me I was thinking of, rather my parents who are totally GNE (Grey Nomad Explorers), reputable and trustworthy. Mum has actually been known to rebuild a 4.2 ltr diesel motor using nothing more than a rubber band, paper clip, a box of matches and a sparkling wit!!! She can also whip up bread at the drop of a hot to attract other GNE's to change tyres for her on the Gibb River Road! It's a long story but think 2KVA generator and a Breville breadmaker! Email me.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 03:29

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 03:29
*Mick,
the photo you have as your signature is going to give me nightmares considering all the entries that have gone before*



LMAO thats a clean swift kick in your hows your fathers LOL




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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 23:48

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 at 23:48
It's kinda nice that this forum would have the 'feel' to it so that such an offer could be made. You hope that most of us are part of a group of trustworthy types....
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Reply By: Ozboc - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 08:03

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 08:03
I actually think its a great idea , for the fact that these guys are willing enough to put faith in fellow members of this forum and secondly they are offering a setup free of charge that someone would have to pay at least $800 + a week for - and then you guys jump on them and even ask for free fuel ? There giving you a month to get back -- not a few days - so its a driving holiday for yourself and family - not just a transport job

Im sure they are clever enough to know what pitfalls there may be , so they do not need to be spoon fed in those matters. Clearly this forum is full of Pessimists that only think of themselves and feel the need to force upon others there views of life

I for one think this is a very Generous offer from sweetcaroline & co and wish them all the best of luck in finding a suitable , responsible couple to take up this excellent opportunity


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Reply By: brushmarx - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 09:20

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 09:20
Hi sweetcarolyn
Can't help you with the return of your rig, but I know of a young guy that will look after your house while you are away, and is guaranteed to look after it like it was his parents place.
His name is Corey, and can be contacted through his manager Max.
Cheers, and good luck.
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Follow Up By: sweetcaroline - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 09:36

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 09:36
Thanks Ian,
House is already sorted though.
John
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 10:10

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 10:10
Just don't leave your Mum's fur coat or plastic sunglasses lying around.

Nice offer Ian ;-)
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Reply By: kinglyn - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 10:10

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2008 at 10:10
Hi, My wife and I are retired and are living near Gold Coast and
experienced caravan travellers . Our mobile number is 0438974610 give us a call if interested.
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