Kluger, suitability on Fraser

Submitted: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 17:55
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Hi All, I'm after some insight from regular travelers on Fraser island.
I have a work college that has a Toyota Kluger and he asked me if his pride and joy be able to get around on the Island.
He has limited experience driving in sand and has been made aware of the Klugers limited clearance as well as 17 inch wheels not being able to bag out, but light-ish frame with plenty of power to weight should make it a contented.

I have driven Fraser once in my cruiser and have seen a number of Subaru's getting around seemingly without too much drama, but I'm not sure how a Kruger will go, even though they are similar. . . . so. . . . can any Kluger owners or anybody who has travelled with a Kluger give me some indication on how it went.

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Reply By: workhorse - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:07

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:07
just off the island tonight.
did it in my old ford courier ute with aluminium canopy.
your kluger should be fine in regards power and clearnce. there are some sticks and branches on some inland tracks that might make you wince as they screech down the sides. your biggest problem are the 4wd rentals. the beach is like a highway
you will love it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ozzie Nomad (VIC) - Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 00:47

Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 00:47
Hi Shane,
Something like a Kluger will be fine in the sand provided he lets his tyres down to about 16 or 17 psi. All sorts of oddball stuff gets around Frazer at low tide.
a bit of common sense on the inland tracks with his low clearance is required though.

Should be good entertainment for everybody else if he isn't carefull though.
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Reply By: Rod - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:08

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:08
I would imagine inland tracks would be a problem due to lack of clearance.
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Reply By: Begaboy - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:30

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:30
AAAh a nice shiney Kluger thats never seen dirt venturing onto the sand - always have a chuckle when i see them try to drive straight on the beach without letting down tires and getting bogged - then watching them spend 10 min getting every grain of sand of there feet and shoes before getting back into the BIG shiney soccer mums car after letting down tires ( and taking 30 min to get the tires exactly the same pressure ( 40 min )

if he take basics - it should be fine :) if not - entertaining for others !
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Follow Up By: Witi Repartee - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 19:23

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 19:23
Had to tow a Toyota Rav (rental) out from one of the inland tracks. The only option was winching him out backwards....he had No recovery gear or equipment such as a shovel...crikey..the amount of plastic shields that filled with sand and were ripped off from underneath was amazing. Probably very costly also. However I felt justified as he blocked the track for over an hour and held up 20 or so vehicles. His problem was
A) Lack of experience
B) Lack of equipment
C) Inadequate ground clearance for the big ruts encountered.

So if you go inland....try and straddle the ruts...keep up your momentum...be aware of your ground clearance.
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:11

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:11
Thanks for input thus far.

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