Lakefield to Bathurst Bay

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 22:41
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Could someone advise on the approx time it would take to go from Lakefield to Bathurst Bay. Just trying to finalise itinerary for my cape trip in June.

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Anthony
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 01:10

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 01:10
The track from Kalpower(Lakefield) has had a major upgrade last year and was still in the construction stage when I went through in Sept. last year.It has taken a lot of time off the trip to Bathurst Bay and I would say you would do it easily in 41/2 hrs.If you have never been there before be prepared for a very sandy section about 30kms(from memory) before Bathurst bay where most people get bogged so remember to let your tyres right down(18lbs).H ope this helps and enjoy the trip as it is a lovely spot but beware of crocs.
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Follow Up By: Member - xrdave (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:09

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:09
I agree dry soft sand :-)

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 09:00

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 09:00
G'day Ant,

Have a look at my blog,

Cape Melville

Took us about 8 hours but less coming back. And if the track has been upgraded maybe less still. The real problem is in the sand bits where the usual sand driving rules apply AND use the diversion tracks.

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Follow Up By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 13:35

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 13:35
Another pic. of the sandy section where Igot bogged but drove out after letting out more air.There is a diversion track alongside as Beatit said but last year that was pretty churned up as well but I used it on the way out and got through first go.Image Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 22:45

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 22:45
Hi Rambler,

Is that your pioneer camper? If so have you worked out a way to stop water leaking into the front box?

I've tried different locks (they leak like a sieve) and a new seal but still have dramas in heavy rain.
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Follow Up By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 23:22

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 23:22
Austravel,
Sorry to hear about water getting into the front box of your camper.Yes I have the Argyle SE Pioneer camper and have never had any leaks in the front box and it has been in hevy rain numerous times.The only place I get water n is in the bottom toolboxes which can be under water in deep creek crossings.Iwould suggest you contact Robin at the perth factory on 0893022500 or 0400022500 and I am sure he will be of some help.
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Follow Up By: Austravel - Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 18:30

Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 18:30
Thanks for that, you must have one of the better ones or relatively new. They changed the locks to Southco as the elcheapo ones (chrome plated) leaked badly. I've also had leaks where the brackets come through the floor for the canvas hoop connections. Also where the rear bumper joins to the sides of the camper and now the front box. Actually the worst one was when the sealant cracked where the inner wheel guard is joined to the rest of the camper. Never really knew about the leak until the carpet started to turn very dirty about half way up the camper. When I tore up the carpet the floor was pretty badly rusted from front to back.

I've spoken to Robin a few times to try and solve leaks but generally it's left up to me to source them. To be fair they've given me ideas but it's pretty hard when they are across the country and no agent here. I'd never buy another camper or van unless there was a good strong dealership close by.

I'll have all the problems ironed out just before I sell it, just like you do with a vehicle.
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Reply By: ant80 - Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 09:50

Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 at 09:50
Thanks for the info.
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