Back from the Simpson Desert

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Well my little Pathfinder made it back from the Simpson Desert with only minor damage ( Cracked window (minor) and broken spot light mounts). The trip was great, the was a lot of over the air traffic but not to much in the way of vehicles. We did the combination route which included the French line down, WAA line, QAA and all those in between. The WAA line was just about over grown and slow going and the French line was also slow going average speed was <17kms in most places. The detour at Eyre Creek had been opened up and the crossing was only 200m south of the original crossing water was about 700mm deep and the crossing was rather easy. The by pass track from Big Red ( Pathy made it over) to Birdsville was extremely rough and again very slow going until you meet up with the main road. Once in Birdsville we had a great meal and a few beers and stayed in the park for the night and over night it rained and the Birdsville track was closed and as we could not hang around we headed east to Quilpie and headed south from there.Don't believe the locals we they say yeah that development road is all bitumen as we found 40ks of mud at 3am and we where down to 3rd gear low range to keep us going forward. This was all due to the over night rain. Some areas had upto 66mm over night.
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Reply By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 16:29

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 16:29
Thanks for the feedback.

Any fuel consumptions for the vehicles.

Interested in diesel, 4 & 6 cylinder.

We will be sticking to the French Line.
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Follow Up By: Vernp - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:04

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:04
Prickle

I used 98lts of fuel going across the desert in my Nissan pathfinder which gave me 16.5lts per 100.
Nissan Navara same as above
V6 Rodeo used 18.9 lts per 100 and 130lts cross the desert
Petrol 80Series used 170 lts and 28.9 lts per 100
Petrol Maverick about the same as the 80series

The French Line was a good track and if I ever do it again it will be the French line East to West
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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:25

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:25
Thanks.

Anyone got current fuel consumption for 4.2l TD. Expecting about 18l/100.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 22:54

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 22:54
loaded up 105 series cruiser (2 adults and 2 kids), 4.2 ltr with aftermarket turbo and intercooler.
got back from the Simpson a few weeks ago, coming from the West to the East...we did French Line to Colsons track before heading over to the Rig Road. out to Lonely Gum Tree and then back to French Line, onto Poeppel Cnr, Eyre Creek and a short play on Big Red before hitting Birdsville.
i used 130ltrs of fuel...i'll also add i've been getting pretty ordinary fuel milage along the trip before crossing the desert (not air filter or fuel filter related), was only getting high 700 klms (at best) out of 130 odd litres of fuel on highway. didn't matter if i was doing 95 or 115 - 120 klms/hr (we were in the N.T with 130 klm /hr limit) still got same fuel milage.

similar size vehicles in my trip...there were 2 other 3 ltr Patrols in my group, they used 134 and 144 ltrs each (this last vehicle was really loaded up and had alot of weight though, more then all the others)
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Follow Up By: Hopper51 - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 11:41

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 11:41
We have just got back from crossing the Simpson. Our 100 series TD auto used 104 litres for the 699km travelled from Mt. Dare to Birdsville. This worked out at 14.9 litres/100km. The other vehicle in the party - a 80 series 4.2 with aftermarket turbo and heavily loaded roof rack, used 34 litres more (19.7 litres/100km).
Our tojo did the whole crossing in high range with 1st gear locked out to prevent excessive wheel spin. Only once did we have to reverse down a sand hill for a second shot. It rained while we were camped at Poeppel Corner and constantly on the last day travelling to Birdsville which made the going quite difficult.
Chris W
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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 19:43

Sunday, Jul 18, 2010 at 19:43
Thanks Chris,

This was what I was hoping that I would get, around this mark. Time will tell, but that helps.

Not used the lock out feature before, so will read up and give it a try.
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Reply By: Member - Allan W (VIC) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:29

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:29
Sounds like you had a great trip...we are hoping to cross from East to West in August, was there much traffic going that way? We crossed it the other way in '99 with our 3 kids...this time just us old people!!!

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Follow Up By: Vernp - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:39

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:39
We would have passed about 3 sets of 4x4s going east to west.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ozzie Nomad (VIC) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 20:11

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 20:11
We crossed west to east on the french line in june 08. The old TDI Landy was chockers an heavy. We used 83ltrs from Mt Dare to Birdsville. We only saw a couple of cars heading west, but about a gazillion bikes heading to Finke for the races. Lucky to get out as the weather closed the track the next morning, and we were stuck in Birdsville for three days till the roads out were opened back up. We didn't get out of low range from about Purnee Bore till after big red. East to west is hard work. The few people we spoke to coming from the east all had stories of recoveries and drama.
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Reply By: mechpete - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 18:17

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 18:17
don,t forget to give way to the right at peoppels cnr , cos wer,e coming
down the hay river trk
cheers mechpete
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan W (VIC) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 16:24

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 16:24
No worries, we will watch out for you guys at the corner!!!!Image Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan W (VIC) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 16:25

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 16:25
Sorry about the GIANT photo!!!!! Didn't quite get the uploading right.!!!!!
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Reply By:- Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 19:46

Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 at 19:46
We got back on Thursday from our trip

200 series diesel used 150L towing a Kimberely Kamper East to West. From Birdsville to Mt Dare

We also had a late night pack up after we got heavy rain in the middle of the night when we bushed camped 100k west of Windorah..........all part of the adventure
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