anne beadell track with small of road van

hi anyone out there done the anne beadell hwy with a camper /off road van?
thinking of going that way west in early june, but not sure if traler / van is okay.
read kieranl thread about going but archived thread so not able to respond to him/her.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 17:14

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 17:14
Hi Anneke

I have no personal experience, but i met former member from here who had a small (rear door) off road Supreme, and chose to leave it behind and take the tent for the Anne Beadell. He said he had made the right decision and would not recommend taking any van on it.

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Follow Up By: Member - anneke f (VIC) - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 17:31

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 17:31
thank you will keep an eye on kanga's road update.
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Reply By: Kanga1 - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 17:20

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 17:20
Anneke, we are leaving for Laverton and the ABH this Saturday, we plan on arriving in Coober Pedy on Good Friday. If we can get a phone signal/internet hookup, I will be updating the Road conditions section of this web site as soon as I can. So have a look on this site over the Easter weekend. We are Towing a TVan behind our Troopy. Cheers, Kanga.
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Follow Up By: Member - anneke f (VIC) - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 17:33

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 17:33
look forward to yourroad conditions update.
our van however doesn't run the same track width as the car, unlike your Tvan which does.
cheers Anneke
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Follow Up By: Member - Campergirl (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 20:07

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 20:07
Mr & Mrs Kanga!

How are you both? So glad to read that you're heading off on your amazing trip. So sad that I can't meet up with you. I'll be following with much anticipation!
have a wonderful time and look forward to hopefully catching up with you both later this year. xxxx
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Follow Up By: Kanga1 - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 20:16

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 20:16
Hi Campergirl, I'll send you an MM, Cya. Kanga
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Reply By: Graham & Ann - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 18:53

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 18:53
My research re taking van along ABH shows it is ok for the WA side but not the SA side, track over gown with scrub so unless small camper size same width as tow tug, some have damaged tow tugs mirrors with tree branches. If/When permits available again, and timings right, we'll do the SA side via Mulga Park Road.
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Follow Up By: Member - anneke f (VIC) - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:54

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:54
thanks for your response
we may need to rethink our plans
cheers Anneke
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Reply By: Member - Michael K (WA) - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 18:54

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 18:54
Hi Anneke

I had a hassle free trip on the AB last year. I didn't tow a van or trailer. The attached image shows, someone's misfortune on the AB. Camper trailers are the ulimate outback sleeping arrangement, but for the AB, they need to be exceptionally strong. Image Could Not Be Found

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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:03

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:03
Michael,
We past that one as well 11 days after it was abandoned although the roof was still down. It had already started to be stripped.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:14

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:14
As Michael said above ,it will have to be exceptionally strong.

I also strongly suggest that it will need to be NO WIDER than your tow vehicle or you can expect to have the sides badly damaged.

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael K (WA) - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:15

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:15
Hi Richard

It turned into a stopping-off place for quite a number of vehicles trying to work out what'd happened! Family photos, the double-pusher??

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:31

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:31
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Photo taken 10/10/10
Amazing to see just what people will take. Wonder if they would have any use for it or is it just for the sake of taking something.
Anneke I'm not trying to hijack Your thread.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 08:03

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 08:03
Hi Michael

Without knowing what dates you were out there ( I believe early to middle July???) the van must have been stripped very quick. We were through in mid August and this is what it was like then....
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From receipts in the van, their last food dockets showed that the poor people stocked up in early July at Kalgoorlie and we believe the van had been there no longer that around 4 - 5 weeks when we came across it.

As you can see in that time, it had been completely stripped, wheels and all.


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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 08:34

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 08:34
Here's one taken on the 22 June.


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Follow Up By: Member - Michael K (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 10:27

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 10:27
Hi Richard

We went through 9 July quite shocked to see what they'd left behind...hopefuly the owners have resurrected their confidence to continue with any future planned outback adventures...it's a track that keeps one on their toes and still sense the bouncing over the many kilometres of corrugations approx twelve months later.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:33

Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 19:33
We travel the Anne Beadell Hwy most years and there are few vans I'd trust out there. As well as what's been pointed out above, the deep corrugations will shake the smitherines out of the average campertrailer and you'll risk damage to axles and suspension. Last year had 4 vehicles with decent campers (TVan, Kimberley, Aussie Swag and Adventure) and had no great issues - travelled relatively slowly and aired down the camper tyres to 20 psi.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 19:28

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 19:28
If you come up from Nullarbor to Vokes Hill Corner then turn west you will miss a lot of the bad stuff.

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Reply By: Member - john y - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 20:05

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 20:05
We towed a T Van along the AB and had no real problems but would not attempt it with anything other than a proven genuine off road van . the track west of Mabel Creek to Emu Junction was in poor condition and would severely test anything other than a proper off road van. Suspension failure is more than likely for other camper trailers
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