Diary for the New Truck

Wednesday, Jul 09, 2008 at 16:01

Member - Ros C (VIC)

I've been looking around ExplorOz for a while since I bought the new Prado. The old one took all the fittings with it of course, and I'm in shock as I plan to make the new one travel proof.

Have decided to keep a few notes here about my preparation and decisions about the new equipment, and then the trip planning and a few photos. It's mostly for me but naturally, if anything is useful, interesting or enjoyable to fellow Members, then that's just fine.

First thing was to have a tow bar fitted, and some protective mats put in. Next, I looked around for bush tyres and after plenty of reading and talking to folk, went back to my third set of BFG All Terrains.

At present, ARB is fitting a bull bar, UHF radio, snorkel, OME shocks and rear Air Locker. That's plenty for a start.

Next quandary is about batteries - whether to fit a deep cycle which wouldn't be very big as there isn't safe mounting on the mud guard in the engine compartment, or go for a BlueApple Thumper. The latter seems a flexible option. Any opinions?

Starting to get excited about travelling again now. Haven't been away in the Truck for about two years and I've got the yearning.
"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling" Ogden Nash
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