cargo barriers,drawer systems and packing.

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 18:05
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This is my first thread for a fair while on a topic I hope never to cover again. On Sunday the 31st of July 2011 my wife and I were on the Meekatharra to Wiluna road travelling at about 90km per hour on a good stretch of gravel road when a rear tyre blew out on my 100series, 1and a half days into our 3 week CSR trip. The result was the 100series rolling 3 times and fortunatley landing on its wheels about 20 metres into the bush.
We could not get out of the car until others from the group forced open the rear doors to open the front doors. My wife (driver ) has plenty of bruising and stiff neck and a sore back and general body soreness, I ended up with 5 broken/fractured ribs and a totally written off 100 series.
The main reason for this thread is to suggest that some may want to review how you pack your 4wd as I watched in slow motion the movement of items in the rollover. About the only items that did not fly around in or out of the car were all contained inthe drawers . Mobile phones sitting on the dash and console became missiles,evev a water bottle sitting in its holder was found outside the car.
I had used square plastic boxes that were well strapped to the false floor,these did not fly aroud but did break where the straps were ( a much sturdier box will be used in the future). Even spare parts underneath the false floor made their way out of the car.All the door windows popped out as did the windscreen, the roof rack and roof top tent were found done the road and bits and pieces spread over an area of 200sq metres.
I would like to thank the St John ambos from Meekatharra as well as the police and volunteer firemen from the same town. The Doctors and nurses at The Meekatharra Hospital, the Royal FLying Doctors and the Trauma doctors and nurses at Royal Perth Hospital.


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Reply By: Bill BD - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 18:23

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 18:23
Heck, glad you are ok. So long as you are strapped in the most likley thing to get you in a roll over is loose items. I was knocked senseless by a small child sitting on the back seat who had undone his seatbelt years ago - and that was only an emergency stop. My head stopped him going through the windscreen..... thanks to all the saints for that.
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Reply By: Member - Vern - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 19:49

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 19:49
Glad to hear that you are OK by the sounds of things it could of been rather nasty.

From your description of items moving around it realy makes you think as to how you pack and where in the vehicle you pack things.
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Reply By: blue one - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 20:00

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 20:00
What a wild ride.

Glad to see you guys are ok.

Very interesting detail of what happens inside the vehicle.


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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 20:36

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 20:36
Jeez Sludgie. What an experience. Fantastic it wasn't worse.

I dread for me,what happened to you. Our heavy stuff is behind a cargo barrier and in drawers. But, we just packed the Cruiser today for a five week, 10,000 kays long trip and there's heaps on the rear seat in front of the barrier. None of it heavy, but there's so much of it.

Too late to do anything now but I'm going to make enquiries on return with a view to installing hooking points for a cargo net.

Thks for the 'heads up'.

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Reply By: snoopyone - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 21:11

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 21:11
We removed both the two rear rows of seats and had TWO cargo barriers and very little in the front apart from food. Still wouldnt have liked to roll it though.

Glad you are Ok just the same
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Reply By: BarryMcKenzie - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 21:20

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 21:20
Glad to hear you are OK. My brothers in law and I were on the Hwy between Orange and Dubbo several years ago when a Landcruiser ute overtook us and then proceeded to 'lane wander' on the road for about 10 mins looking very much like a sleepy driver.
We couldn't catch up to warn them as the ute was really motoring and we were in an old wagon towing a boat......
Long story short after ute had a few misses with oncoming traffic we found on the next blind corner the ute rolled over, facing us with the young lady driver still in the drivers seat and the dust still settling.
We dragged her out and the only visible injury besides shock was a Bloody Great Lump to the back of her head.....
Caused by a Hi Lift Jack stowed behind the seats! Hi lift jack was now on the road.
The 50 or so country and western cd's and mobile had done little harm even tho the potential was there...

Poor bugger said she was trying to get to Singleton... turns out she was ok.
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Follow Up By: Bill BD - Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 02:15

Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 02:15
A high lift jack in the back of the head and turns out ok! You would think its all down to luck when things get bad but many are not so lucky. I had a friend many years ago who did not survive a truck roll over. He would probably have been ok but the little engel fridge hit him. I am happy when everything is in the camper trailer.
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Reply By: Michael A (VIC) - Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 23:15

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2011 at 23:15
There is a reason I have a front and rear cargo barriers in my Troopy. Have witnessed a rollover, fortunately the worst injury was a bruised arm.

Make sure everything is packed properly and cargo barriers are used...

Be careful. Tire sensors also help

Michael A
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Follow Up By: JAX W - Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 08:23

Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 08:23
Hullo Michael

I am with you on the Tyre Pressure Sensor kit. I have a good quality system fitted to the inside of the rims on our 200 Series Cruiser and Caravan - 10 wheels in total.

They are a terriffic system to keep an eye on tyre pressures and temperatures. In the case of this accident they may have alerted the driver to a slowly deflating tyre or a blow out and saved a lot of grief.

Anyway it is good everyone was/is OK, but "prevention is better than cure", as they say.

Regards, Jack
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Follow Up By: Sludgie - Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 12:59

Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 12:59
Hello Michael, you are right as I believe that the rear tyre was going down which eventually caused the problem. A tyre monitoring system would have helped as my wife does not have the same "feel" for the 100 series as I have.

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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 09:57

Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 09:57
I have mentioned my concern on this subject before, perhaps on another forum. A wife of a good friend of mine lost an eye from a flying laptop in an accident. It was supposedly well secured in it's purpose built mounting bracket. We all run a greater risk of injury dependant of the size an numbers of electronic aids we use.
Stay safe.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 09:59

Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 09:59
G'day Terry how you & S feeling this morning? Hope the girls haven't been telling you any jokes. You're lucky you don't have a cold at the moment either caughing with those broken/cracked ribs would be a real bugger.

Often wonder about my car when we head off. The back is that tightly pcked that there wouldn't be much room for stuff to fly to far. But the stuff on the shelf behind the seat is always a worry.

I think I might start driving with a safety helmet on.

Hope you got some photos.

Catch up soon.
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Follow Up By: Bill BD - Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 10:29

Thursday, Aug 04, 2011 at 10:29
"I think I might start driving with a safety helmet on." - as strange and unpalatble as it seems wearing head protection in cars would slash the road toll (I don't have stats for this statement).
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