Simpson Desert - how much fuel

Submitted: Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 12:48
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I am planning to cross the Simpson in my 80 Series manual TD. It has the original standard fuel tanks 90L + 45L. Typically I average 13.5 L/100k for a mix of highway and track driving - fully loaded, roof-rack (no trailer). I'd like to hear from anyone who has crossed the Simpson Desert with similar truck/set-up to advise what fuel economy they got, how much fuel they took, which way they went and how long it took.
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Reply By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 13:46

Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 13:46
have a look under "Trip planning/fuel consumption" at the top of this page.
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Reply By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 13:46

Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 13:46
have a look under "Trip planning/fuel consumption" at the top of this page.
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Reply By: Bat - Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 15:05

Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 15:05
From oodnadtta to birdville used a 115 litres heavly loaded with 4 persons.Bat
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 15:38

Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 15:38
Birdsville to New Crown... same unit.. loaded !! 100 litres ...approx 660 kms all slow ones ...
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Reply By: dock - Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 21:53

Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 21:53
Crossed from Birdsville to Oodnadatta at the end of June going on various tracks and used 113Litres.Worked out at approx,16L/100k. Took 20 Litres spare.Took 4 days but should have taken a couple more. This was in N/A 80's series not that overloaded,still managed to wreck the back shockers.Only real problem we had was crossing Spring Creek Delta as it had rained the night before and was pretty slippery.Would do it again tomorrow if I could.
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Reply By: Member - Al Symers (SA) - Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 21:57

Monday, Oct 06, 2003 at 21:57
G,day Gordon, The fuel usage is about what the other have said but you need to allow for the prevailing conditions, your driving style etc. Don't drive straight across the French Line but take a number of the tracks. You'll find it more interesting anyway. As for the time it takes, plan on spending as long as you can to do the crossing. I planned on a 3 night camping crossing and spent five nights and could of taken longer. The slower you go, the more you will see and it is surprising how much there is to see. Go for walks along the dunes and it is surprising to see the variety of plants and animals out there. There is even a resident koala at the lone gum tree.
Enjoy your trip.Nil Taurus Excretus
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 07:55

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 07:55
Mt Dare to Birdsville via F line in grossly overloaded Pajeros (took recommended amount of fuel) 90L each.Bob
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Reply By: Member - Larry (Blue Mtns) - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 10:10

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 10:10
Most of the experts recommend taking 200l. However this allows for emrgency detours etc.

We have just completed the west-east crossing. Unfortunately it was during the recent heatwave (about 50C at Poeppels) & ended up with horrendous winds & a sandstorm. We didn't stop very much & took 2.5 days.

Surprisingly (to me anyway) we did most of it in 2WD (you could do even more but I'm a bit of a novice) & no aircon. We were in a loaded Pajero 3.5 with 3 adults. We were on a tagalong & our leader was a conservative driver. His advice was to gun it up the dunes in 2WD unless there was bad sand at the top (sometimes he forgot to warn us). Since returning somebody else told me they used 4WD & walked it up the dunes. No idea which is correct - as I said, I'm a novice.

From Mt Dare to Birdsville we travelled just under 600kms & used 125l.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 11:15

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 11:15
Larry,

Your leader was a conservative "bleep". When traversing sand dunes the correct method is to have deflated tyres, (about 15 to 20psi) select 4WD and travel moderately slowly up the dune in full control. As you approach the top be looking for an escape route as there maybe one of yourbleepleaders mates gunning up the other side not in full control or worse a trail bike airborne. This way you don't bugger up the track, stay safe, conserve your vehicle and fuel and get to appreciate the desert.

Those soap boxes seem to be gettimg higher all the time.

Regards,
Mal T.
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Follow Up By: Member - Larry (Blue Mtns) - Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 16:31

Tuesday, Oct 07, 2003 at 16:31
Mal

My choice of words was unfortunate. Gunning was not what he suggested. In fact his advice was to always keep the revs below 2000.

We did deflate to about 20 when we got to Lone Gum Tree (just before actually as that's where we camped the first night). A big problem reinflating them in those temperatures & those winds!!

As he was always at the front a collision on the top of a sand dune, for the rest of us, was quite remote.

Regards
Larry

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Reply By: Member - Stephen (Broken Hill) - Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 23:49

Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 23:49
Earlier this week - we crossed the Simpson by the French, WAA, Rig and QAA tracks, 650km from Mt Dare to Birdsville - used 113 litres of diesel in a 100 series manual (with aftermarket turbo).

Realised at Birdsville that I had enough for a return journey to Mt Dare without filling up (was tempted - but had other things to do).

Cheers
Stephen J.Simpson in September.......
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