Doing Gibb River Road with slide-on camper

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Hi, we are doing the Gibb River Road this year with our slide-on camper and Mazda 4 wheel drive. Does anyone have any pros and cons with this type of camper. We did the Birdsville track in 2009 without any problems but we think this might be a bit tougher.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 at 20:50

Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 at 20:50
Hi Brian & Julie,

I have a Mazda BT50 and slide-on camper (Trayon) - its been on the Gibb River Road and up to Mitchell and Kalumburu as well as the Canning Stock Route, Simpson Desert, Vic High Country and many other places. Depends on the construction of the camper you have, and its weight. The mazda should be fine. Just take it easy would be my tip.

We are heading that way in June so may see you there!

Cheers, Geoff
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Reply By: Navara Navvy - Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 at 20:54

Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 at 20:54
We travelled from Wiluna across the Gunbarrel to Warburton and then down the Connie Sue where we struck heavy rain outside Rawlinna and atrocious road conditions. All this was with a Navarra 3.0l ute and a Traymate camper. Whilst our travelling companions suffered from cold, wet and boggy conditions we were not stressed at all and the camper allowed us to tackle some extreme conditions to rescue bogged vehicles and then have peaceful nights sleep up out of the wet.

I do admit that we have air bags and a 2" lift with mildly up rated springs and shocks running Cooper tyres. My advice is keep an eye on your tyre pressures and adjust them for the conditions and you will have a great trip.
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Reply By: jdw211rob - Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 at 21:52

Saturday, Apr 16, 2011 at 21:52
I also have a slide on camper(trackdata) empty it weighs about 350kgs. I got mine on the lastest Land Cruzier trayback and I found that I needed airbags on the back to keep the vehicle level. These also work will in rough conditions and as they have individual pump up pionts it makes them good for cornering (when cornering air doesnt travell form 1 airbag to the other).

Cheers Rob
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Reply By: lizard - Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 09:33

Sunday, Apr 17, 2011 at 09:33
We have a slide on as well - on GU Patrol ute ... did CSR last year , no issues
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Reply By: VH-GU4 - Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 22:40

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 22:40
No Problem with that style of camper. Drive to the conditions and you wont have a problem. The GRR is now one of the most popular routes that people use. I only read in a 4wd magazine yesterday that if you drive this road you will have days to yourself, i think the editor needs to travel this road a bit more often, i can have a guess and say you will see about 25 cars a day during the peak season! Trust me i work out that way.
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