road to wiepa nth qld.

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 19:11
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hi all
can any one tell me if you can take a normal on road caravan to weipa with out shaking it a part. i was there 6 years a go and for the life of me can not remember what the road was like. i have checked the archives but nothing current.
while i have your attention i have about 7 wires connected to the + battery terminal it is very messy there has got to be a better way. how do others connect.
thanks in advance
al
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 19:59

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 19:59
Unless that road has changed a lot, I wouldn't be attempting it. AFAIRbThe dips and creeks had sharp and steep crossings, and the corros weren't the best. OK for h/d offroad stuff, but not onroad stuff.
Much worse at the end of the tourist season, probably Ok when just graded like most Cape roads.

There are aux power boxes that you can buy...not sure where but I've seen them with 6 fused outlets in a plastic box from one battery lead

No doubt others will be more specific.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 20:29

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 20:29
Footy,

AFAIRb = As far as I remember??? Do we have a list of phrasole (I just made that word up I think!) acronyms for posting use lol? IGNBIWPATAS (I've got no bloody idea what people are talking about sometimes).

Cheers. Mick :-)



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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:38

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:38
Mick, at the bottom of each thread there is an "abbreviations" tab. Click this tab for a list of frequently used abrreviations.

Cheers, Trevor.
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Reply By: Off-track - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:16

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:16
When we travelled it several years ago it was like a highway and would have been no dramas at all for any vehicle.

Probably depends year to year and how much traffic has been through since the last grader run.
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:27

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:27
I was up there in Sep (not towing) and don't remember much about the road so it must have been ok. I probably averaged about 80 kph in the Troopy. Many km of road works and the new work was really first class to drive on. The road is used by road trains so it has lots of wide sweeping corners etc.

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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:49

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:49
al

In answer to your wiring question....go have a read of post 65144...where I have just tidied up a real mess.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:41

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:41
hahahahahahahahahaha

Now Willie's giving advice about neat wiring!!!!

That'd be same as me giving people ideas on how to lessen the weight of their rig..... hahahahaha

Sorry Willie; couldn't resist.... all TIC......

Cheers mate

Roachie
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Reply By: 4x4shrek - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:14

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:14
we were up there in august last year the road was very good. there is a lot more black staf then there was 2 years ago. if you take your time you could get to the weipa. they are geting caravan to the top now.
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 07:43

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 07:43
New roads ? Tar ? The trip to the Cape certainly isn't what I remember. Might as well stay at home !!
After 6 trips up there over 10 years, I'm horrified to hear of these developments. The Cape was one of the few truly 4wd trips left for the average bloke and his family. Enough adventure without having to bare the hairy chest, and yet safe enough to take the kids.

Vale CY ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 17:05

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 17:05
Footy - More and More Tar each year, wont be long and it will be Black to Laura. The Cape is not much of a 4x4 trip anymore, except for the telegraph track. Even the road into Lockhart River is becoming a highway. Most of the year you can drive up in a 2wd. Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 18:50

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 18:50
Footy, The biggest problem that I had was the idiots doing 100 + (usually towing!) showering me with stones as they went by.

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Reply By: ddr - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:29

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:29
I too was there in Aug/Sept last year, & no way would I take a normal onroad van there.

Dads "offroad" Jayco broke his suspension twice on that road alone.
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Reply By: Member - RobnJane(VIC) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 15:17

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 15:17
G'day Al,
Can't help on the Weipa question, however with the wiring, Piranha supply 4,6 and 8 pin fused fuse boxes which work well. I've used a 6 pin to accomodate fridge, driving light and 'spare' wiring points.
Rgds,
Rob.
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