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Postby katthing » Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:27 pm

Some one posted this link on a parenting site I visit.

I so desperately want to camp :)

We are waiting delivery of our tubo diesel Prado (haven't even given us an expected delivery date - 12ish weeks :( ). I told my hubby that I WANT to camp.

I have camped by Corroboree Billabong in NT once but once is not enough!
Kids are old enough now (7 and 4) to enjoy and learn about the great outdoors!

I want to learn about camping so I will pick all your brains lol
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Postby Activity_Dept » Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:42 pm

Welcome to the forum katthing. There is always someone around with a new tip that may prove helpful one day and there are plenty of brains here to pick. :beer
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Postby Family Campers » Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:19 am

Hi Kate,

It is Nicole here :grin:
Glad you found the place :)

All I am thinking of lately is camping :***

I am just wandering how I am going to fit all the stuff in my sedan! ::()
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Postby mytribe » Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:20 am

Welcome Kate.

Nicole, you put everyting in a trailer :grin:

But then it also depends on what sort of camping you're doing I guess, whether it's "caravan parks" or bush.
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Postby CCC » Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:46 am

Hi Katthing and welcome

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Postby Komodo@home » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:30 pm

Whats wrong with a prado as a 4x4? they have a full chassis and a 4x4 transfer case...


Any way...
Hi and welcome to camping.com.au! Enjoy your stay - sorry about your wallet :P it'll be emptied soon enough with all the cool camping "gadgets" you'll accumulate
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Postby jasonb » Sun Apr 15, 2007 5:13 pm

hi and welcome ,there a great mob of people here, and allways willing to help out a friend and some of them are even quite smart too :*** :*** :*** :***
are we there yet ?
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Postby Scolers » Sun Apr 15, 2007 7:41 pm

Hi Katthing,

Hope you enjoy the silliness and manage to get something out of the site at the same time!

Komodo, check the way the Prado's bullbar is attached ... it's woefull!

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Postby gqpatrol » Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:58 pm

Prado = IFS
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Postby katthing » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:35 pm

:--? It's ok I am used to jokes, I have two older brothers who, by the way, bush bash in Landys!!

My husband likes things neat and tidy so I can assure you our car will not be doing 'real' 4 x 4 stuff :lol: God forbid it might get DIRTY lol

I just want to get out there and do some camping with the kids - ok who am I kidding - I want to camp, I want to fish. I have some great fishing stories of my time in the top end, pre kids that is :cry: .

We pulled a tinny on dirt tracks with a toyota corolla - now you should have seen the laughter on the 4 x 4 top end blokes faces. :booty on them when they all got bogged up on a very difficult steep ramp and our car cruised it in (only by good driving I think).

Oh for the before kids days!

Tent purchased - now the fun starts !!!!!!!!!

thanks people

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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:50 am

katthing wrote:
Oh what is
Prado = IFS
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IFS = Independent front suspension, also known as "Invented For Shopping" :lol:

Means the front does not have as much travel/articulation as a rigid/solid/live axle'd 4x4, and is generally weaker. But its a much more comfortable drive, and perfectly fine for the sort of '4x4'ing you'd want to do.

And good job on picking the diesel model, much better IMO.
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Postby mytribe » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:03 am

Can I ask, hopefully without offending you Kate, but why buy a 4X4 if you have no intention of using it for the purposes they are made for, which is 4wding in the bush, or even getting it dirty for that matter.

There are a lot of other cars out there suitable for the type of camping you hope to be doing.

Sorry just a slight bug bear I have with people who buy 4wd's and then never take them off road :grin:
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Postby JM1375 » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:32 am

katthing wrote:
Oh for the before kids days!

Tent purchased - now the fun starts !!!!!!!!!



I hear ya.... :lol:

Welcome and good luck with the camping!

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Postby clackerz » Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:03 am

Hi & Welcome.
Good luck with your adventures! If you only camp for 1 reason - make it for the kids - they love it!
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:30 pm

mytribe wrote:Can I ask, hopefully without offending you Kate, but why buy a 4X4 if you have no intention of using it for the purposes they are made for, which is 4wding in the bush, or even getting it dirty for that matter.

There are a lot of other cars out there suitable for the type of camping you hope to be doing.

Sorry just a slight bug bear I have with people who buy 4wd's and then never take them off road :grin:


Whilst I tend to agree in principle, a soft roader 4x4 is generally a much better drive on a dirt road, and better/stronger at towing. And even if they don't want to go 4x4ing straight off, no doubt, if they start going bush camping they will find spots that require a bit of extra ground clearance to get to. Also you can take them on the beach and sand dunes, which is a lot of fun :armsup

Oh, and also we live in a free country so you can drive whatever car you want :mrgreen:

Kattthing, if ur in Sydney, get your hubby to come 4x4ing with me, i'll cure his fear of dirt :lol: :armsup
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