I am new to this forum but I think it is great...so far!
We are currently in the early stages of planning the big adventure around Aus, as crazy as we are 4 kids,leaving jobs etc. And I am looking for any advice/stories or info you could share!
We are firstly deciding wether or not to convert our Nissan Patrol to deisel or gas if poss. and if it is worth it or to upgrade our car!?! it's a 4 cylinder. We are planning on towing a camper trailer also (which we don't yet have)
Anything you could throw my way would be mint!
First of all, your right, YOUR CRAZY
4 Kids OMG
, "Are we there yet" x4, repeat every 15 mins.......
But, if you are in a position to do it, and have counted all the costs, then thats awesome, you'll have a great time. Just dont throw it all together at the last minute... atleast not completly. Now to your questions:
I take it from your post that your Patrol is a Petrol Model? If this is the case, you cannot convert it to deisel. To do so you would need a compatible entire diesel engine, and most likely diesel gearbox and drivetrain. If its petrol, you can convert to gas but if your travelling around Oz keep this in mind, alot of remote places you cant even GET gas
(so make sure dont go gas only) and the price of gas is ever increasing, in some places the savings would be very little once you take in all the factors. But its still probly the best way to save $$ on fuel, if you have the outlay (~$2000) available to set it up.
In regards to towing could you give me the Year/Model/engine capacity(eg, 2.8L, 3L etc?) of your patrol, and the approximate weight of the camper you'll be towing. Generally speaking, diesels are better at towing, and a 6 cylinder (of either) is even better again. If your towing alot of weight the 4cl will chew alot of fuel, possibly even more than a larger 6cl would because the 6 doesn't have to work as hard to pull the same weight.
As for stories, in relation to towing, I've towed a trailer fully loaded with bikes, prolly about 800-1000kg, and the fuel consumption goes from about 10L/100ks to around 15L/100k
, so it makes a huge difference. And its a SLOOOW drive :wink: (thats with a 2.8L 4cl Diesel)