gypsylady wrote:I'd be looking at the free maps from RACV before I purchased any other Bec.
I have a few RACV maps already but they are old (oldest being printed 6 years ago). Should I still update them?
veganbec wrote:It's the level of detail that we need that I'm unsure about!
I think we'll be sticking to mostly main roads (hard to tell as I've never been there before). I like the idea of km between towns and the fuel stops listed but is that necessary if we are sticking to main roads?
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? I recon 2 of those 10 litre water bottles you get from the supermarket plus a foldable water bottle so you can get free water were you stay
2. Should I invest in a second spare tyre to take with us? As long as all your tyres are in good condition you should be ok, unless your planing on lots of dirt. A can of spray leak repair would be handy or a plug style repair kit if its nails or screw holes
3. What tools should I be taking? Enough basic tools to do a repair your comfortable with. Couple of flat bladed screw drivers, phillips head driver, 2 shifters large and small, hammer, 2 pliers large and small, Some electrical tape and wire, gaff tape and some fencing wire.
4. Should I carry extra fuel? Probably not just try not to go under half a tank unless you know where your next fuel stop is. Bottle of metho is handy incase you get some dirty fuel.
5. Should I take a full set of hoses for the cooling system? Or other spare parts like fan belts etc.? Yes to hoses and belts maybe even a coupke of spark plugs.
6. I have a RACV membership but I'm not sure if that also covers other states? Ring them and ask.
7. Should I replace my current car battery for a heavier duty one (even if I'm not running a fridge off it)? Depends on your current battery if 2 years old then yes I would replace it, your not going to be putting to many extra demands on your battery just dont rely on it for radio or lighting, replace your interior light with an LED one just incase maybe buy one of those jump start packs
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? Forget the elcheapo buy a dura tarp or ulyta rig and if you have the room a couple of old blankets to throw over the car to protect it and ad extra insulation
gypsylady wrote:It is also a necessity IMO to have some idea/plan/knowledge of where you are heading albeit basic especially travelling with you 6 year daughter.
Pauly wrote:Your model Commodores are pretty reliable and should handle your trip pretty easily just make sure the coolant and oil are in good nik before the trip.
Jo&Kev wrote:Gypsy is right when she says use the local knowledge that you can freely obtain from either the local tourist information center or other folks at the campground. There will always be someone at a campground who has been where you are wanting to go, and will usually be more than pleased to help out with advice and tips.
For us meeting the locals and fellow travelers is one of the best parts of doing what you are planning on doing.
Planning the journey before we go is also important as we are home learners and I want to bring as many 'educational' tools/books/information about the areas we are visiting before we go.
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