veganbec wrote:I have a few questions if anyone has the time to answer (or the inclination :lol: )
It just myself and my 6yo daughter going on this trip if that's necessary information :)
1. How much water should we travel with?
I would start with 40 litres and top up at every opportunity. You have not mentioned Bec on the places you expect to stop...Are you planning on caravan parks or free camping as this will give a better indication on what you should carry and what your needs are.
2. Should I invest in a second spare tyre to take with us?
Yes I would definitely have a second spare
3. What tools should I be taking?
Will leave that one to the guys on here, but I would think a basic tool kit would be desirable unless of course you are a mechanic.......but if that were the case then you would not need to ask the question:-))
4. Should I carry extra fuel?
On each occasion that I have travelled through the outback I have always brought my spare fuel home, so I personally would not carry fuel. At each town or stop I would be planning in advance for the next fuel stop & filling or topping up as required. Make sure you have some decent maps with you & yes thay are available from RACV.
The remote travelling that you are planning is only a small part of your overall trip so remember that what you take will be with you for the whole trip. Once you get closer to the coast you will find plenty of fuel stops.
5. Should I take a full set of hoses for the cooling system? Or other spare parts like fan belts etc.?
Absolutely to all of the above
6. I have a RACV membership but I'm not sure if that also covers other states?
Yes I believe there is a reciprocal agreement but if you are unsure then check with RACV
7. Should I replace my current car battery for a heavier duty one (even if I'm not running a fridge off it)?
No, not necessary unless the battery is dodgey in the first place.
8. I have one of those blue plastic tarps (cheapo), will that do to throw over the car in the night (to help keep the cold away) or do I need a canvas one?
No, you do not need a canvas one & it would be too heavy to handle on your own.
However in saying that I would purchase one of the better quality silver taprs with D rings.....Ultrarig & Durarig are two brands that I know of & use. And don't forget something to secure it with. I would look at some decent occy straps.
gypsylady wrote:veganbec wrote:5. Should I take a full set of hoses for the cooling system? Or other spare parts like fan belts etc.?
Absolutely to all of the above
veganbec wrote:I'm still a little nervous (safety aspect) as it's just the 2 of us so while I'd like bush camping if I don't feel safe about it I'll try for CPs.
veganbec wrote:I have a few questions if anyone has the time to answer (or the inclination )
It just myself and my 6yo daughter going on this trip if that's necessary information
1. How much water should we travel with? Personally I'd be taking 2 x 20L Jerry cans PLUS 4 x 1.5L bottles as they are easy to handle in the car (maybe 600ml considering the 6yo)
2. Should I invest in a second spare tyre to take with us? Thats upto you. I dont know how physically able you are and what sort of roads your concidering taking. Remember the more weight you carry the more risk of getting a puncture. Personally I'd be looking more at some tyre slime and a decent compressor (similar cost to a second tyre and rim) or if your a little more keen (or sticking to main roads where a friendly grey nomad will give you a hand) some tyre plugs might be a good option too. Remember a tyre and rim will weigh in about 25kg and take up a reasonable amount of space.
3. What tools should I be taking? screw driver set, plier set and a couple of shifters and a hammer (helps with tent pegs too!). plus make sure you have all your tools for changing that spare! (you'd be amazed at how many people just expect them to be there)
4. Should I carry extra fuel? IMO - no. unless doing REMOTE touring its not worth it. petrol goes stale and give off fumes and is explosive.
5. Should I take a full set of hoses for the cooling system? Or other spare parts like fan belts etc.? yes - you can often get "emergency kits" from ebay. also some duct tape and electrical tape is a good option for emergency repairs. make sure you know how to do such repairs - not goo being in the middle of no where with all the tools and gear with NFI what your doing standing in the sun
6. I have a RACV membership but I'm not sure if that also covers other states? yes. Make sure you have your member number and everything. We found out after trying to be good samaritans that often they wont send RAC/NRMA service vehicles unless they can confirm your RAC number, your address and car rego - I suggest writting all this information down on a card you can give to a passed by should you need to - including car make model and color. all this infor will help confirm to the service provider that its not a hoax call (they are skeptical remembering in some areas its a 6 hour round trip for the nearest help to arrive - if you've started your vehicle and moved on in that time they wont be happy!)
7. Should I replace my current car battery for a heavier duty one (even if I'm not running a fridge off it)? no but if your battery is more than a couple of years old I would suggest replacing it or at least getting it properly tested by an auto elec (or i think autobarn offer this service free too)
8. I have one of those blue plastic tarps (cheapo), will that do to throw over the car in the night (to help keep the cold away) or do I need a canvas one? maybe not canvas as it will be heavy - But I think investing in a decent tarp is a good option - your plastic blue tarp is very thin (inface you can nearly see though most of them) as such wont provide much insulation - plus they tear easily. I dont like occy straps I preffer cam latch type belts or plain old rope
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