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Submitted: Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 08:45
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Hi all. going north this year for a few months with wife and two small kids towing poptop van. my question is would it be a bad idea to take my work ute which is a crewman cross 6 awd. I would prefer to take a set up 4wd but that means trading the ute and would probably lose too much money. i have always wanted to go up the oodnadatta and a bit of outback nsw and qld. travelling from vic. so was wondering if i could still do a bit exploring without 4wdriving. the car seems very capable on dirt roads so far. thanks for any input.
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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 08:52

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 08:52
Luke
Having done the Oodnadatta track on a few occasions, depending on its condition you should be able to do it with a crewman and provided you drove to the conditions you shouldn't have any problems.
Have a good trip.
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Reply By: pmk03 - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 09:57

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 09:57
Hi Luke,

Have travelled the full length of the Oodnadatta track in a Holden commodore with no probs as long as it's dry & you drive to the conditions you should have no probs.

Have fun.......

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Reply By: splits - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:03

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:03
Luke

You will see plenty of 2WDs on the popular outback roads. Check the link below. If a Mini can do it then a Crewman should have no trouble. There is more information on that Mini / Austin 1800 trip on the net if you go looking.
http://www.miniworld.com.au/prod33.htm
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 23:49

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 23:49
Thats so reminiscent of my wife and her Mother. They used to drive a mini in the Redex trials and other rallys in NSW.

We ar so soft these days.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 12:29

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 12:29
when the crewman first came out one of the mags took a crewman, kluger and something else over those roads and had no probs except stone damage to fuel and brake lines underneath. If you cable tied garden hose over any pipes exposed underneath and took a second spare tyre and drive to the conditions you should be ok.
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Reply By: olddigger - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:27

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 13:27
... wife and two small kids towing poptop van ...
Gee, they must get tired after about 20 klms!
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Reply By: JustT - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 16:38

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 16:38
In Sep 2006 I did brisbane to Alice via the Plenty/Donohue, then home via the oodnadatta and strzelecki tracks, through merty-merty/cameron corner.

2 of us travelled in a Holden Cross6 (Single Cab)

The only issue we had was a flat tyre (caused by a cattle grid) near hungerford.

If the roads are dry, you'll have no issues.

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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 22:39

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 22:39
If you stay on the major roads you shouldn't have many problems, IF you take it easy. You may need some tougher tyres though, if you have some low profile road tyres I'm not sure how long they would last.

As someone else said give the underneath some more protection, maybe one of those car bras too. You will get stone chips.
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