traveling fulltime ..a bit of info for newbies

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 09:00
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In our first twelve months (of 5yrs)on the road, in our F250 and Van we have,
• Taken 1889 photos
• Dumped the loo 66 times
• Stayed at 68 free campsites (and 4 caravan parks) with an average of stay of 3.4 days
• Paid $2390.12 in accommodation costs including a $1114 trip on the Spirit of Tasmania and an extended stay in a caravan park at Port Augusta
• Fuelled up 44 times
• Travelled 29,261 kms
• Chewed up 6,052.47 litres of diesel at a cost of $7,279.58
• Paid an average cost of 127.46 c/per litre for diesel
• Spent $651.98 on unleaded fuel(generator) and gas refills
• Purchased our most expensive diesel for $1.77 per litre at Maree,(7/09)
• Purchased our least expensive diesel for $1.06 per litre, Brisbane (4/09)
• Our overall fuel consumption rate was 20.68 litres per 100kms
• Spent $61 at laundromats
• Paid $40.25 on souvenir stickers for the caravan
• Travelled in 5 States and 0 Territories,Qld,Nsw,Sa,Vic,Tas..
. 60% on dirt and unformed roads
.Average speed 47.92kph (cruising speed 80kph)
• Were bogged 1 time and 1 accident (resulting in that extended stay in Port Augusta) and had 1 blown tyre (on the bitumen highway as we were leaving Port Augusta) and 5 punctures
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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 09:10

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 09:10
Thank you for the info. will come in handy when Teena and i decide to do the same.
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Reply By: landseka - Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 10:33

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 10:33
This sounds fine on first read until one looks at the figures, which I have a bad habit of doing...heh heh.

I see that on your trip with 72 camps (68 free & 4 CP's) with an average stay of 3.4 days leaves only 114 days traveling in the "first 12 months" to cover 29,261kms which is a staggering 236km per day (1652km per week).

Not much time for sightseeing there whilst driving.

I am sure there is an error in the calculations or there would have been no time for taking nearly 2000 photos.

I hope the accident in Pt Augusta was not too serious, it is not the place I would like to be confined too long without a vehicle.

Cheers Neil
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 11:06

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 11:06
You dont stay still in the car while staying at camps.

We did nearly 600k one day at Kalgoorlie and the van didnt go anywhere.

Took quite a few photos as well

Lots of times we stayed in a camp for a week but went travelling every day on sightseeing trips.

Some days we did 500k between stops EG Coober Pedy to Erldunda.

There is a lot of nothing out there in places.


Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Leave_enough_space - Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 19:28

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 19:28
Another take on the stats, with a request for clarification.
72 camps with an average of 3.4 days gives a total number of camped days of 249 (rounded up). Where were you for the other days?
Regards
LES
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Follow Up By: On the Run - Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 08:56

Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 08:56
Landseka..The stats come from the exel spred sheet and it works out at only around 80kms per day over 365days you seem to complicate the process.
We hit a small stump near Innaminka on the Old Strez track and broke the right front uni joint hence 4weeks in Pt Agutter.Insurance company provided the lastest fairlane ghia (didnt have anything else available) bugger..
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 15:56

Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 15:56
Similar stats to ours. 2yrs on the road 2005 & 2006 60k = 82km day. It's a nice pace if you can hold around the 80km avg a day on an extended trip. When not on the road full time we try to avg. below 100km on 3 mth trips which isn't bad, but if its to far away places from Melb. like WA the Cape or Darwin 3mth trip avg is usually around 125, while the same trips to closer states SA & NSW we can get down lower around the 50-80km.
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Reply By: goddosglory - Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 11:39

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 11:39
hi folks....i found a lot of similarities with your stats..only my tug is std diesel landcruiser...are you travelling with kids...when you go west or nt your fuel stats will go up...1 tyre on the caravan seperated in alice springs...no punctures so far
been right around once..inc all the popular sights..gravel roads...hope you are enjoying your trip as much as we are
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Follow Up By: On the Run - Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 08:58

Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 08:58
goddosglory..
No kids van was only built for two and I took out the rear seat and put in a
80lt engel to store the wine
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 15:14

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 15:14
your're a bit low on the photo count I reckon!
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 16:11

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 16:11
Agreed - we clocked up nearly 10,000 shots over 4 months in WA last year - a large percentage of them were flowers, which are not just quick point and shoot affairs either!!

What surprises me is that you have covered so much territory so far. Is this something of a recce and you plan to return to some areas later on?

Cheers,

Val
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Follow Up By: On the Run - Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 09:03

Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 09:03
john and val
first part of the trip was to see Lake Eyre then had to come backhome for family reasons the off again(kids mucking up at home and annoying neighbours with toooo many late nights)and not keeping place tidy as asked.
Ps all good now..
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Reply By: deserter - Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 18:12

Thursday, Jul 01, 2010 at 18:12
Just wondering what caused the 5 punctures. And how old and what brand of tyre?

Cheers

Peter
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Follow Up By: On the Run - Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 09:08

Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 09:08
deserter... all of the punctures and even the blow out have been on sealed roads and all have been pieces of metal

Tyres are about 2years old and are 265/75/R16 GOODYEARS 4WD and Van

Just bad luck i think touch wood
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Follow Up By: deserter - Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 18:58

Friday, Jul 02, 2010 at 18:58
Ta for that. I run Goodyear Silent Armour on the Prado and they are the ants pants. Done 80k so far.
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