Finke Gorge

Submitted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 14:49
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Can anyone tell me if I can tow a 4WD Camper behind a well equiped Landrover Defender 130 from Hermansburg through to Ernst Gillies Rd , without getting stuck in the sand dunes at the south end.
Or any other hazzards along the way.
The Trailer seems to bog the car down a fair bit on sand and only just gets through even with tyres at 15psi.
Recently drove arround Eyre Peninsula and spent a fair bit of time in the beach dunes at Sherringa & arround streaky bay & Coffin bay.
Fairly hard going in the sand with the trailer on.

Mind you I realize Beach sand is different to Dessert sand but dont want to get all the way through boggy hole & policemans point & then have to turn back.

Recently got stuck in the finke river sand just before palm valley and had to snatch the trailer out.

Also drove along the Owen springs track into Redbanks & found the sandy river sections were a struggle at times.

Has anyone recently towed a Camper trailer through The Finke Gorge track?

Feedback would be appreciated


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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:11

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:11
Haven't been through there recently and conditions change season to season of course, but the sand can be quite an issue down there at times. We struck it deep and soft a few years back - but got through ok with low pressures - 4 vehicles, two with campers. How wide are your tyres ? I'm surprised that the Defender and camper aren't happier in the sand. Could your overall loadings be way up on the extreme side ?
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Follow Up By: Steadylenny - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:21

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:21
The camper is a Jurgens Bush camper , Dry weight is 1300KG ,
Tyres are Mickeys 275 / 75 / R16 Baja .
Landy is 180 KW Turboed 2000 mdl so no trac cont,
Overall weight in car is a touich on the heavy side but still not up to its 2 tonne payload.

So Based on what you say , my memory is correct and the sandy section is Boggy hole & towards the end as it opens out into the plains,
The river section will be fine but can you Remind me what height the average dunes are at the south end or are they similar to chambers pillar track.?!
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:37

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:37
I know the Jurgens - as I recall, the dunes were quite modest affairs - it was the wide stretches of soft dry river sand that were the snag - our hardest spot was the Palmer river crossing, but that can be avoided via another track to the Ernie (we came from the west).
I went in with a TD Jackaroo shod with 245's - the camper was about 800kg tare (same tyres). I think we were ok with 18 psi. If you need 15psi and still struggle with your 275's, seems it must be weight, seeing you have that much power available. As for conditions now - we rang the Finke NP ranger last year, re taking our van into the Palm Valley campground - Paul was most helpful and his advice was spot on - if you strike him re your intended trip, his advice could be relied upon re conditions prevailing.
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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:13

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:13
Does it have traction control on it...or an older version. Traction control can cause some problems in sand.

Cheers, The Landy
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Follow Up By: Steadylenny - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:23

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 15:23
No Traction cont , its a 130 like yours 2000mdl with Chip & bigger intercooler
Mickey tyres 275 / 75 Baja.
I agree it should stomp on the sand , but doesnt like towing through it when very soft & deep.

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Reply By: rumpig - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 20:13

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 20:13
we drove the track through Finke Gorge last year entering about 10 klms before Hermansburg and driving right through past boggy Hole and exited onto Ernest Giles Rd.
most of the track was fairly easily going though slow, but there was a few very sandy sections that could cause you some problems. in one section, one of the vehicles in our group got bogged due to the soft sand, and they weren't towing anything (i called it back on the uhf, but they still got
another spot that may be a drama is where you cross the water (well it was water when we were there) at Boggy Hole itself. the bank was abit steep and was quite boggy at the bottom, all 7 vehicles in our group got through no worries, but none of us was towing anything either which may change how difficult it is there.
if your own your own it may be a challenge in a few places, i'm not saying it can't be done, but you'll have to be prepared well incase you do get stuck.
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Reply By: Member - Neil G (VIC) - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 21:26

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 21:26
Hi Steady,
We were at Palm Valley 2 weeks ago and at that stage the road you are talking about was closed as a result of all the rain earlier in the year. For the latest info you could contact the rangers at Palm Valley.
There was a notice on the info board at the camping ground telling how the floods had left big banks and drop-offs etc on the track.
Hope tis is helpful,
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 21:50

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 21:50
gooday steady : If the finke was flooded & not much traffic that might make for a interesting trip with a trailer , spent a lot of HOT weekend at boggy hole years ago , great spot . good luck

cheers nick

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