4 by ready for next adventure season

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:27
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I hardwired the old Engel fridge today with an inline switch on the centre console(re post 66526) and into the firewall mounted fuse board in the engine bay.

Also fitted a new Fire extinguisher as the old one needs refilling.

So far I have:

Fitted 5 x 16ply Rag Tyres
New front shocks
Rewired accessories
Fitted fuse box
Rewired electric winch
Fitted new front bash plate
Fitted new Low Water Alarm and digital engine temp gauge and alarm monitor
Fitted new radiator and hoses
Tightened nuts and bolts along the chassis and checked for leaks and other damage.

Still have to do oil and filter changes

Replaced trailer wheel bearing and checked body and chassis for weld cracks

Done most of the planning, mapping etc

Ready to roll....trouble is.... not leaving till end of May

No doubt I will find something to play with in the intervening time...LOL


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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:32

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:32
Hi Willem,
you think you have travel fever, SWMBO and I don't leave until the end of July. So I will have to be content with a couple od day trips between now and then. How long is your trip?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:10

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:10
Hi Fred

3 months this year. Have to get away from the cold southern winter :-)

Was back in the tropics in 2007 in August but that was too hot again....lol


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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:33

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:33
Hi Willem
I have been reading your threads re your up and comming adventure, I was wondering what sort of arrangement have you made for fuel and water?, or will your trip take you to areas that the above will be readily available.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:14

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:14
Hi Daza

I caeet 240lts diesel in jerrycans and 100lts water in the trailer and 95lts diesel in the Nissan and 40lts water.

This fuel load can see me through lots of byways and up to 1600km including some hard 4x4 stuff.

Last year my worst fuel consumption over a short section of the trip was 27/100....lol


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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:22

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:22
caeet = carry = phat fingers....lol
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:40

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:40
Willem,
You have way too much time on your hands lol.
No seriously,
I believe in the 6 P's

Proper Preparation Prevents P&$$ Poor Performance.

Whats that? about 10- 11 weeks before you head off. Better than leaving everything to the last minute.
And I'm sure you will find something else to play with :)


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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:23

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:23
Jon

Thats the nice tong about being retired...time on my hands...lol


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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:39

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:39
Willem,

Even in retirement time management's important. Any project that comes in 10 weeks early is clearly way off the rails!

Goodonya

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:55

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:55
Willem,
As much as I am envious of you retired folk being able to travel this amazing country of ours. Alas my retirement is some 25 old years away yet, It scares the crap out of me having that much time on my hands. ;)
I get into far too much trouble now with the time I have allocated as' free time'

As John said, Goodonya



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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:48

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 16:48
Gday Willem
Do you need any rubber matting or gasket material for the tool box?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:46

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:46
G'day Muzz

I still have some of the stuff you so kindly donated at the Pyrenees gathering last year. I am using some of it in a Nouveaux Art installation for this years' Art Prize. Will also put some in my tool boxes.


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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 08:46

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 08:46
Good morning
I'll keep an eye on you from afar. If anything is needed , just email or ring.
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Reply By: troopyman - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 17:47

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 17:47
What 4x4 spare parts do you take on your trips . Do you for instance take the old radiator hoses that you replace as backups and belts etc . cheers .
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:21

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:21
Troopyman

Carry new radiator hoses, belts, fuel filter and all the 12v electrical bits and pieces and including a host of bolts, nuts, washers, tek screws and metric tools 6mm to 24mm(and 1 inch) and also a trolley jack, bottle jack and hi lift jack and a bullbag. Carry full spare set of shockabsorbers and a spare mainleaf spring for the trailer. Plus plus plus..........LOL


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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:43

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:43
Here is extended list

Fuel: 95lt main tank. 240lt diesel(12 jerrycans) under false floor in trailer. Long steel hook to get jerry cans out. Home-made Tanami pump for fuel transfers.

Tyres for GQ:
5 x MRF Super Lug Crossplies 16ply 7.50x16 split rims
1 x Extra Spare MRF Super Lug 16ply
3 x MRF tubes and 1 x rust cover

Tyres for Trailer:
3 x MRF Super Traction tyres(used) 12ply 7.50x16 on split rims

Polyairs on rear suspension
2x Century 4x4 Overlander 700cca cranking batteries in parallel. Solenoid with dash switch
Gauze for bullbar and gauze for radiator
Low Water Alarm
Temperature Alarm
Digital Temperature Gauge
Blue tongue 3 air compressor
Spare KMart compressor
2 x Air guage
4 x Staun tyre deflators
Hi Lift Jack
Nissan bottle jack
Jacking plate
1.8T Trolley Jack
Mean Green Bull Bag
Clear plastic rear window protectors
Box of nuts, bolts, screws, cold chisel
Box electrical stuff
Multimeter
2 x Wheel studs, 6 x wheel nuts
Welding clamp and cable
Welding rods
Jumper Leads
Spare fuel filter
12 volt drill
Soldering iron
Tyre repair
Handful of gaters
Handful of tyre plugs
Handful of tyre patches
Tyre Pliers bead breaker
Tyre levers
9500lb Brawn electric winch
Snatch block
2 x bow shackles
Tree protector
2 x star pickets
10m spare winch cable
Spare hoses & belts,
Wheel bearing grease
Small grease gun
1lt engine oil
1lt gear oil
Power steer fluid
Brake fluid
Locktite
Coolant
Silicon
100mph tape
Duct tape
Flash Lube engine lubricant
Handwash gel
Rugged Tool Roll(shovel, axe, mallet, etc)
Long handled shovel
Bush rake
Bush broom
HP PDA
Natmap Raster 250k digital maps in Oziexplorer
Hema Desert Trek digital maps
UBD digital maps
Mapsend Aust all states
Hema Road Atlas
RAA State maps
Oziexplorer software
Magellan 330 GPS
Acer Aspire Netbook One
150 watt Pure Sine Wave inverter
Dune pole and flag
Uniden 100 UHF
Spare aerial
Motorola 9500 Satellite phone
Samsung NextG Mobile phone x 2
OzTrail Outlook Tent
Oztent Screen Tent
Coleman Toilet Tent
2 x Self inflating camp beds
2 x pillows
2 x sleeping bags
12 volt shower
12 volt fluoro light 11watt
Coleman Tent light
Camera gear x 2
Clothes
Raincoats
Bush jacket
Bush slippers
2x Beanies
2x bush hats
Binoculars
Medical kit
Reference books
2 x umbrellas
Beach umbrella
Self built rear storage compartments
32 litre Engel fridge
Twozone fridge topper
15 litre plastic Engel
Bread box
2 x Roll up table
2 x fold up chairs
Porta Potti & chemical
Toilet paper
6 plastic tucker boxes(tucker and packaged fluids)
Freestanding BBQ plate
2 dutch ovens
Trivet
Saucepan
Billy
Billy lifter
Fire lighters
Gas stove
2 x 2kg gas bottles
12 volt electric stove
2 fold up buckets
Thermos
140 litres water(4x20lt & 6x10lt) in plastic containers
2 x electric pump
3x small tarps
8x camp interlocking mats
3kg dry fire extinguisher
Ocky Straps
Tie down straps
Metal detector and gear
MP3 FM Player with 3.25 gig music
Dog bed
Dog food
Dog toys
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:55

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:55
Geez Willem, where do you two and the dog fit??????????? LOL

Sounds like a great trip, the time will pass quickly enough.

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 19:07

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 19:07
Hey Willem,
You mention in your extensive list of things that you take
2 x sleeping bags
2 dutch ovens

I would of thought these to be the same thing. :)
Sorry I could help myself.

It is a very comprehensive list of things that one must take.
Taking into account the time and distance you will travel this list would serve others well if they were to travel in similar circumstances.

Just a question Willem, What kinda of fuel economy are you looking at on avg?



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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 19:19

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 19:19
Jon

>I would of thought these to be the same thing. :)
Sorry I could help myself. <

Not quite sure what you are on about. Please elaborate

Happy with fuel consumption20/100 but 15/100 is better


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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 19:28

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 19:28
Hi Deanna

Plenty of space. We even sleep in the wagon for overnight camps.

It LOOKS like a lot of gear but our GQ comes in under GVM.....the weight is in the trailer....lol

Its all small stuff and very well packed....has taken 40 years of camping to get this far :-)


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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:08

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:08
Willem,
A dutch oven Is were you break wind and pull the covers over yours/partners head.(maybe a generational thing)
A sleeping bag would make for the perfect Dutch oven on a cold night.

I know a Dutch is used for cooking.

Sorry, just my sense of humor.


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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:15

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:15
Jon

Yeah, I guess you lost me there. Never heard of it. Then again I am a few generations ahead of you, maybe :-)

My old camp over I know as a Dutch oven. Maybe the Dutch used something similar. Not being Dutch, I wouldn't know.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 00:44

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 00:44
Theres another type of "Dutch Oven" that I find interesting.

Its in the shape of a Beehive and was a brick furnace with very thick walls and a small opening. A good fire would heat it up inside, then coals etc were removed and the heat stored in the walls would provide enough heat to cook for a day or two, so you could cook meat, bread, cakes etc etc one after another. It was used in the 1700's and 1800's.

there's a great example of one at Old Paney Station in the Gawler Ranges in South Australia.

The following link and photo gives you an idea of what they were:
Dutch Oven House Link.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 09:07

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 09:07
Phil

You are a minefield of information :-)

Thanks for the link. Oven is not unlike a pizza oven
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 10:45

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 10:45
I can be just a minefield too :-))

Old Paney Station is the National Parks HQ at Gawler ranges NP. I have a friend who is a camp host there. If he hadn't explained it, I would be none the wiser - from inside its just a hole in the wall, but from outside its a very large brick/stone structure. And you're right - its a 300+ year old design that is trendy now for wood fired pizzas!

Theres a good pizza oven as well at Lindsay Bookie's camp in the north Simpson. We used it a few years back - its iron though, just heat it up with Gidgee and away you go.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 08:58

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 08:58
Willem,
Just a correction - the dutch oven was at Paney Homestead, not Old paney Station. Here's a photo from the outside - just looks like a stone wall.
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 01:25

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 01:25
"has taken 40 years of camping to get this far :-) "

I'ts no wonder you know so much about this land of ours, half your luck Willem, I only hope that Bevan and I live long enough to do a fraction of what you have done. Enjoy your trip.

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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 10:58

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 10:58
G'day old fella, I notice one very important item missing from your list. DUNNY PAPER even if you dont use it you might need it to hand out. LOL (just in case you have that affect on people)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 11:01

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 11:01
Dasher Des

Welcome to the Senior Cits brigade. I heard that you were travelling away from known tracks in celebration thereof.

Yeah, there are a few things I don't mention for obvious reasons. Trust your warped sense of humour to pick up on that.
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Reply By: Steve Ellis - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 14:52

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 14:52
Willem.
I sounds as if you are all dressed up with nowhere to go. I know that is not the case as nobody I know does as much planning and preparation as you. When you do get away have a great time.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 17:36

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 17:36
Steve

Yeah, I got a bit ahead of myself this time. But I like proper preparation and research when doing out of the way treks. This year will take in some cross country stuff and we are going to be out for close on 30 days for the first section without being able to get supplies anywhere.

It is good to be prepared but there is always the chance of trouble. Last year went well but had two hitches. Took a nosedive into a camouflaged gutter and the trailer canopy collapsed(my bad welding...lol) later in th trip but we had a very good two weeks in a most remote area of this vast land.


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