heading off around OZ

My wife and are hoping to set off around OZ on a working holiday in the next few months.WE have a Nissan patrol wagon and a Coromal Capri van. What we are trying to work out is what to take with the main problem as I am a fitter and turner my tool boxes [3] have a total weight of approx 400kgs this does not include my in car tool box. Do I take them to open up my options for jobs while travelling,or will there be enough work without doing my trade.
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 10:50

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 10:50
Have a look at this site.

Where are you leaving from? Barry will be conducting info seminars at the Sydney Caravan, Camping show over the Anzac weekend.

I went last year and found it quite good.

Good luck with it all.

Fred.
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Follow Up By: carlj - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:08

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:08
We are leaving from Brisbane and heading north as far as Proserpine to see the grandchildren them taking a left turn west
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:36

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:36
I too have wondered if we head off what tool boxes to take.If I took them all they'd be no room for anything else in the camper.So, I am still undecided but heading along the line of taking one tool box with the most commonly used tools.......and of coarse the first tool I need would be the one I left behind.
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Follow Up By: carlj - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 12:32

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 12:32
So true
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Follow Up By: harryopal - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 13:07

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 13:07
Take a packet of screws. They will not be what you are looking for but you can take comfort from knowing, `Well, anyway. I've got a packet of screws."

On the other hand if you do need a screw the first rule of screws is that no matter how many you have, you have not got the size you need.

Four hundred kilos is a thumping big weight to have jumping around on a corrugated road. Whatever you decide. Have a great trip
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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 14:19

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 14:19
One possibility would be to take the basics,have the rest pre packaged for shipment. If you get a job where the cost of delivery (possibly few hundred$)was worth it have them road/rail freighted on to you. From my observations work is not a problem for those that want it & are prepared to do something different.Fortunately I'm in the position where I can enjoy the travels on the benefits of many previous working days.
Enjoy your trip.
Mike.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 14:24

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 14:24
Well depending on your van you have this to consider.

A single axle van generally has a 300kg payload allowance,

A dual axle has 400kg

Your tug may allow up to 640kg (As in a 100ser Croozer)

Cant remember the Patrol allowance and it depends if its a 3 lt auto or manual

This includes the ball weight of the van, you and mum, fuel and any gear.


So work out what you leave at home The tools or Mum.

Or run seriously overloaded.


Have a good one I couldnt even get a small welder in.
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Reply By: Earvin - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:59

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:59
Hi Carlj

We are thinking about heading off in September of this year and are hoping to work on the Harvest Trail and any other work that pops up. If you have a trade obviously your ability to find work will be greatly increased.

Enjoy your travels.
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