CSR and Camper Trailers

Hi All,am planning a trip along the canning and will be taking my elderly dad.Have a td5 disco and idealy the trip would be easier for me with a offroad trailer.I would like any feedback if its possible with a trailer and also anyone who has don this trip in a disco how it was set up.I plan to do it next june(2010) as I will have 4weeks off.Any help would be great and if this timing suits anyone its just us at the moment.
Cheers Bullet2deadly.
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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:59

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:59
Unless conditions are particually difficult during that year, a good quality trailer kept light should not cause too many extra problems.
Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: howie - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:59

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:59
i think the trip would be easier without the trailer if there is only 2 of you IMHO
what size trailer?
which direction?
is your dad energetic?
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Follow Up By: Bullet2Deadly - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 23:18

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 23:18
Plan to head north to south.Dad is a healthy 70 and mobile.Havent got a trailer yet but am looking at getting 1 this year so would have it available.
Cheers
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Reply By: PatrolSTL04 - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 00:35

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 00:35
I came North to South in August last year and came across a couple in a GU Patrol and a Tvan.

Apart from lower tyre pressures and 22l per 100, they had no problems at all.....I averaged 15 but fully loaded with 3 passengers.

Dunes seemed a little steeper, but were shorter and less flip floppy (cant think of the right word for it) then heading North.

Would definately be comfortable at nights....but keep it light.

Have fun.

Brett.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 14:22

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 14:22
G'day Brett

I'm not 100% sure if the Nissan and Tvan you are refering to are the one and the same.

But in August of last year an eastern states rego'd Nissan towing aTvan destroyed the clutch. The van was abandoned at well 36, while the Nissan was flat towed into Newman.

The Tvan was retrieved acouple of days later, with a hire 4wd from Thrifty rentals.

The repairs to the Nissan took about 10 days to complete.

I'm not saying you should'nt tow anything on the CSR but weigh up the possible consequences.

Cheers : Joe
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Follow Up By: SteveL (WA) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 16:28

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 16:28
In 2007 a series 2 td5 disco had computer problems near well 41 which could not be fixed, even though they had a mechanic on site. It was retrieved by 4x4 flatbed truck on the second attempt at cost of $15,000.
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Follow Up By: PatrolSTL04 - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 19:34

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 19:34
Hi Joe,

This couple made it all the way through.....the were from Vic and Patrol was bog standard. We saw them the day after we arrived at Wiluna.

The couple you are referring to looks as though they may not have known what they were doing. I would think if you travel in the right gear, and have pressures right, you should not burn the clutch out.

Brett......
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Reply By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 10:50

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 10:50
Bullet2Deadly

Keep in mind the restrictions with trailers on the southern end of the CSR.
Remember also you have a lot of dunes to cross.
Last season the CSR was very corrugated. Make sure you take your time or you will break something.

Regards ans have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Bullet2Deadly - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:12

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:12
Thanks for the replys, my thinking was using a good trailer would distribute the load over more area thus reducing the load on the disco's suspension.I realise that the load will be more when crossing the dunes, but have been told best time to tackle them is early morning before the sand heats up.
Thanks and Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 12:30

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 12:30
If you do get a trailer see if you can use the same wheels as you have on your vehicle. Peace of mind having have two spares that can fit on either vehicle or trailer.

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Reply By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 04:37

Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 04:37
Bullet
We are doing the CSR with our camper, this July.

I expect low k's per lt, but apart from that everything is ready
Well 5 is the turn out point for trailers, must exit, ot enter there from Granit Peak.

Cheers
Bucky
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 07:45

Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 07:45
Bucky,

Which way are you going in July?

I have to do the Canning again this year but will not be leaving until mid June and heading north. Should be back in Alice Springs mid July.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Bullet2Deadly - Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 22:06

Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 22:06
Hi Bucky, thanks for the response would love to hear how it goes when your back and have some time 2 spare.I know each year is different but would still like the feedback..What type of trailer do you have?
Hope you have a great trouble free trip.
Cheers Bullet
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 06:54

Sunday, Feb 01, 2009 at 06:54
Bullet
No doubt a BLOG will be posted.

We have a Trak Shak . Tough as hell, ( Aussie made )
Cheers
Bucky
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Reply By: Dave & Shelley (NT) - Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 17:04

Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 17:04
Hi mate,

I did the CSR South to North last year. I saw a group with camper trailers (Kimberly and a few TVANS who didn't have any problems at well 33. That being siad, I did see a bucket load of abandond trailers along the track. They must be of the highest quality to get through. I did run into a party of 3 series 1 disco's going Norh to South and their story was tragic. All shockies replaced by half way and one had the roof caving in from the roof rack. The had also had to tow one back to Halls creek to replace a head. They certainly had an adventure!!!

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Follow Up By: Bullet2Deadly - Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 22:16

Saturday, Jan 31, 2009 at 22:16
G,day Dave & Shirley,noticed the NT im in Darwin,Hot and not real wet here but proberly flooding in the next suburb..Thanks for the response,I had a series 1 and the head and headgaskets are common, the roof collapse is abit worrying! Thats why I thought a trailer may be an option just to distribute the weight more. The td5 is a far better car in my opinion and I,m confident it will be ok,our 4wd club done the csr about 4yrs ago and all 5 cars had shockie failure of some degree, I can find heaps of excusses not to go but its on the top of Dads bucket list so were going.
Thanks again Cheers Bullet
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