birdsville track

HI every one is it possible and safe to drive Birdsville track in a 8mtr Winnebago hoping to leave in June from Melbourne towing Suzuki 4wd we have all personal safety equipment have hand held radio's,HF radio, 3 GPS's more thinking of damage to winnie.
Any advice welcome
Craig
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Reply By: Great Divide Tours - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:29

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:29
I would say yes, provided there wasn't any rain in the week prior to your trip or whilst you were there. The Birdsville track is currently a good gravel road all the way to Birdsville, if your Winnie can handle a dirt road for two days it won't have any issues, make sure you stop over at Mungerannie and say hi to Phil!
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Follow Up By: Michael A (VIC) - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 21:39

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 21:39
What Vic said. We went to the Bedourie Races last year and there was a Motorhome Muster with over 50 motorhomes.. Many of them had come up the Birdsville Track for the Birdsville races the and then up to Bedourie for the races.

If it is dry, you should have no dramas.

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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 16:27

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 16:27
Two days?? Don't be in a hurry- take 3 days and enjoy it !!!

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 14:04

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 14:04
As Vic says, a good gravel road - just two points to add (not sure if you are into gravel road travel in the Bago) - some sections of the BV track are stony and smart drivers simply slow down there, but you still do need robust tyres to avoid punctures - the other issue is stone damage, in that even when you slow down, the underside of the Bago and the Suzuki, the front of the Suzuki and the rear of the Bago will all get peppered with stones, unless guarded. Great to see you have the distance comms gear - way to go.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 15:01

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 15:01
To protect your Suzie I suggest you install something like this. You can make your own from suggestions on this site or purchase them commercially from here..


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Reply By: R Deighton - WA - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 14:56

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 14:56
My wife and I are also very interested in road conditions on the BV track as we are going to attend the races in late August, we have the right car for the road but will be towing a 23' caravan and have been enquiring if this would be safe, the van has off road suspesion but I hear it's not common to see this size van taken to Birdsville, has anyone out there got any good advise for our trip.
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Reply By: splits - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 17:59

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 17:59
Craig

I noticed while at the Sydney Caravan and Camping Expo at Rosehill a couple of years ago that Winnebago was continuously playing a promotional DVD showing a convoy of large Winnies travelling up the Birdsville Track. From what I have seen of that road I think your only threat would be too much speed. Too much of it is far too easy to do on vast flat stretches of the type you will find out there. If you are going to hit anything hard, sharp, deep of sandy anywhere in the Outback then it is much better to do it slowly. If you forget about maintaining any kind of cruising speed and drive to the conditions, you should not have any problems.
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Reply By: The Explorer - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:52

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 19:52
Hi

Only three GPS units ? I thought I was bad !!

Have a good trip.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:39

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 20:39
Last August a whole heap of them went up for the races using the ferry. Their only problem was the attitude of some of the drivers.
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Reply By: Member - Lachy T - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 22:16

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 22:16
We drove the rodeo south down the track in July last year (I know this may be slightly out of date). The North end was a little stony but the bottom 3/4 had all been resealed and clay capped, we passed 2 road crews who were resurfacing it. We found ourselves doing quite a few more K's/hr than we had planned just due to the conditions. At that point in time I would have rated it at better quality than the F3 freeway ( Sydney - Newcastle), Be careful at water courses that you don't bottom out the towing gear on the wini, however even these were in great condition when we passed through, most had been concreted.

Hope this helps.

Lachy
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Reply By: craig s2 - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:04

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:04
Thanks everyone from what we have been told seems like its the same as most other tracks we have done, take your time be careful and we should get there in one piece.
thank you
Craig
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Reply By: craig s2 - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:12

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:12

just thought i'd share a pic.
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