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Hi all.

Have just become a member of this great site, have visited it regularly and have gleaned heaps of good information.

I live in a 23ft Burstner caravan towed by a fabulous 1992 tubo diesel landcruiser, this is the sahara model and never ceases to amaze me with its capabilities, it is the most comfortable and reliable vehicle I have ever owned, it has now done 400,000 kays and is running as good as the day I bought it 6years ago.

I am in Sth Oz at the moment but will be heading for Tassie shortly, love the cold, I have most of the gear to make life comfortable so if anybody has questions regarding vehicle, caravan, and anything else please ask as only too willing to contribute.

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Reply By: Member - Neil G (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 14:47

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 14:47
Welcome Warren!
It's a good thing you like the cold if you are going to Tassie at this time of year.
It's a great place. All the best for your travels.
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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:01

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:01
Thanks for the welcome,

I do like the cold and I do not find it hard to get warm but sure as hell find it hard to cool down. If you are active I dont think cold is problem but if for whatever reason this is not possible, there is nothing worse than the chill that gets right into your bones!!

I have had nothing but glowiing reports about Tassie, apart from the cold, and am looking forward to my next adventure.

Cheers Warren
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Reply By: Grubby - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:25

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:25
Hi Warren

Welcome. I am new as of yesterday also. I am yet to start my journey, but this looks like a good place to start. I am gathering information about the best caravan/tow vehicle or motor home etc. to get to enable me to travel indefinitely when I start. I have one kid to get rid of first, this should be somewhere in the vicinity of up to two years at the most. Then hopefully I will know what I want and be off for good.

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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:43

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:43
Hi Robin,

Thanks for the welcome.

I have been through what you are now doing. I have had a few different set ups, motor home, offroad motorhome, coach converted to motor home, and my current set up 4wheeldrive and 23ft caravan. Feell free to ask any questions, I have a bit of knowledge and each rig has its pros and cons.

Cheers Warren.
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Follow Up By: Grubby - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:08

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 21:08
Hi again,

I think my biggest hurdle will be what sort of vehicle to buy. I am rather set on a caravan, despite loving motor homes, as like I said I want to be travelling more than not. Not on the road all the time - but rarely ever back home here. So therefore having the separatable vehicle from van I think will be the way to go. I did the same from age 17 until 21 many years ago (prior to these pesky children I gathered since then) and found the van was good as I could go off and work where I wanted. I am not sure I want to be towing a car behind a motorhome and I don't do motorbikes. When I was 17 I had a 22ft Viscount and XC falcon. Obviously this time I will go for a 4WD, but I have no idea where to start with these. I have thought about 5th wheelers also. It is good I have this amount of time to think about it all and really try to get it right. I just need to also get back up with the technologies that abound now. Things were pretty basic then.
The other thing that concerns me these days is security. Back then you didn't have to think about it as much I think. Not only personal security as a female travelling alone, but van security when you are not with it.
Anyways, hope you have fun in Tassie. We are sure to catch up somewhere along the line on here - I have just spent ALL DAY (lazy thing I am) reading all sorts on the site.

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Reply By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:39

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:39
Welcome Warren,
You can have your southern cold weather, I hate cold. Any where south of Ingham is too cold for me, except outback of course, but thats different ay.

Love the bush

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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:29

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:29
Hi Damian,

Thanks for the welcome. I suppose I should qualify what I mean by cold, I dont want to live in siberias minus 40 but I really do not find Aussie winters that bad.I am phyisically very active and have worked in the construction industry most of my life, I am 62 and still work as a brickys laborer and am sweating by 7am and by contrast die in the summer, Adelaide gets hot. I see you are from cairns The humidity you get would drive me crazy, dont people go troppo up there?

I suppose its what you get used to, but like you love the bush!

cheers Warren
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Follow Up By: Member - Damien L (Cairns) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:41

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:41
G'day Warren, I have lived in Cairns for nearly 50 years and people don't go tropo don't go tropo don't go tropo don't go tropo.

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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:44

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:44
Howdy Warren and welcome to the site.
We've got a 91 80 GXL with 312000k's on the clock. she might be a little smoky at times, but she runs real well. Gotta Love ya 80 With the right Tyre pressures they will go just about anywhere. Has yours got the factory Lockers? cause that will make a big difference.
I will presume it is the 1HDT, have you had your Big End Bearings changed recently? I just had mine done at a cost of $300 + oil & filter. cheap insurance.
Also, if you haven't, put a 3" mandrel bent exhaust on her,(about 500 bucks off eBay, Scotts Rods) it will make a big difference to how she tows & fuel economy.
Become a member of Lcool they are a great bunch of blokes that know their 80's.

You'll have to put some pictures in your profile and other details about your rig and setup.
Happy trails Warren and again welcome.

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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:06

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:06
Thanks for the welcome, there seems to be a lot of great people on this site.

The landcruiser is booked in for the bottom end bearings next week, I am aware of the problems which can arise but I am not sure if this is an on going problem or not. I have asked the mechanic for a report on the condition of the bearings so shall post a report.

The vehicle has all the good gear, the guy I bought it from spent a fortune on it preparing it for a cape york trip which never eventuated and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time when he decided to sell. It has a mandrel bent exhaust and being a Sahara diff locks front and back which were standard on that model. I am pleased with the way it performs, it goes like the clappers and pulls like a train. She is a little bit smokey on idle but once under way soon clears.

There is a couple of pictures on my profile and as soon as I get to know my way around this site will post a full profile.

Once again thanks for the kind words.

Cheers Warren

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:27

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 19:27
I've been led to believe that the Big Ends should be done every 100 000k's.
I can only see in my records/log book that that they have been done twice. The first time was at 150 000 under warranty from Toyota and the second about three weeks ago when I had them done. The mechanic said that they were in pretty good condition and may have gotten another 40 thousand or more out of her. I just figure for the price of 400 bucks all up, it's pretty cheap peace of mind. The smoky bit at idle, I have just recently put an Oil Catch Can on her. This seems to of cut down on the idle smoke, although I figure that an injector replacement or service would help, with the amount of K's that she has done.

Mate, she sounds like she has all the fruit on her and a good colour too, well done.


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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:47

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:47
Thanks for the quick response Jon.

Miy bearings were done by the guy I bought it from 120,000 kays ago, having read up a lot of info on this model learnt about the problems with the bearings but thought it was a one off thing with a bad batch, anyway I am like you and believe prevention is better than cure, so they are being done next week, whats 400 bucks compared to a engine rebuild.

The injectors were done 2 weeks ago and the fuel pump a month before, she is running like a dream but still has the bit of smoke, I think it is something peculiar to these older design diesels.

Yes I love the colour but she now has black flares they were looking a bit tatty so rather than try and match up the burgandy went for the black, anyway the GXLs came out looking like this.

Cheers Warren
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Reply By: Member - Wayne B (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:48

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 17:48
Great to Have another 80 series owner with us.

I have 1HZ not the fastest but it is still going strong after 480,000km.

Wayne B
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Follow Up By: Member - warren h (SA) - Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:52

Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 20:52
Thanks for the welcome wayne,

As I said in my original post I am wrapped in this vehicle, I have had heaps of different cars over the years and this thing tops the lot.

Cheers Warren
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