roof rack /basket for simpson crossing

Submitted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 07:53
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Hi All
crossing the simpson and looking for help with roof racks vrs wire basket
Have roof rails on pathfinder with 100 kgs loading and have rhino cross bars set up
local 4wd stores recon i only need to put a quality wire basket on this ,for simpson crossing east to west via broken hill
only planning to put 40kgs up there which could mean i end up with closer to 55kgs , tent ,swags, clothes
thoughts on the above
would be greatly apreciated
thanks
RL
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Reply By: Member - Vern (North Haven SA) - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:09

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:09
RL Boys

When I did the crossing in 2010 with my Pathfinder I used a rooof rack basket from Super Cheap and had no issues at all. The only sujestion I would make is when you put it on yuour roof use some lock tight on all the nuts and bolts.
Enjoy your trip

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Follow Up By: RL boys - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:18

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:18
thanks Vern
was planning extra securing points ,as they say chain is only as strong as it weakest link
really appreciate your comments and past comments
fuels still abit of a concern for this trip as took the pathy in the sand the other week and was using about 18l /100ltr in with no real sandhills involved
thanks
RL
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Follow Up By: Member - Vern (North Haven SA) - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:18

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:18
RL

What is your Pathy and Auto or Manual ? Mine was a manual and as I said I carried a extra 60lts of fuel and did the ring route and still had 40lts in the tank at Birdsville. There is also a lot of flat ground between sand dunes that if you are concerned you are flick the switch back into 2wd.

You should be fine

Vern
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Follow Up By: RL boys - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:17

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:17
HI Vern
auto deisel but not the 550
will go for another spin in the sand and check fuel use
over a half days driving will try a mix of flat and bigger sandhills
have read some post where they recon the pathy can chew through 20+ltr/100 in sand depends on the caneing your giving it off course
get 8- 9ltrs/100 sitting on 90ks (which is near 100ks according to the speedo )on the black stuff ,once get over 100ks looking at 10.5+
thanks
Rob

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Reply By: RL boys - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:11

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:11
ps confused as some post alloy no good fall apart , but 4wd stores sell them ? are they only for used on the black stuff ? RL
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:35

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:35
I've used alloy racks for over 20 years of 4Wding, including the CSR numerous times and lots of extreme off road touring, and never had any breakages or cracking problems.
In all of my travels I've never seen any one else with alloy rack probs either.

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Reply By: Patrol22 - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:11

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:11
I agree the basket will do the job. I crossed the Simpson with an alloy platform by Rhino (like this ) on my D40 ute and it did the job very well.
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Follow Up By: RL boys - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:20

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:20
thanks for feedback

Rl
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:00

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:00
Load limits are normally written for bitumen smooth roads. When I made a similar enquiry of Rhino racks about their basket they said that you should halve (or something to that effect) the weight if you are going over dirt/ corrugated roads.
Rhino seemed more concerned with the rating of the vehicle roof and their bars than they did of their cage. Give them a call/ e mail, I found their technical department really helpful.

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Reply By: gbc - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:56

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:56
I use some old michelle's fridge tie downs (any tie down strap will do though) to hold my ally rack down better than the factory mounts. Might be an idea to take some extra straps to tie the whole show together.
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