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Date Registered: 08-2005
TOTAL POSTS: 122
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Alice Springs trip planned


(Don't know whether this should go in the Trip Reports section or not as it is a plan rather than a report at this stage ...)

In mid-February our footy team is playing a trial match in Alice Springs. My wife and I are thinking about taking 10 days off and driving up via Port Augusta and possibly back via southern Queensland. We'd want to have a look at Uluru on the way but other than that, I don't think we'd have time for many detours.

Has anyone ever done this trip and if so what is a realistic time to get there and back, see the main local sites?

Any suggestions?

As for the X-Trail, I wasn't planning any extras or mods except to carry my usual recovery bag (snatch 'ems, hooks etc), 12 volt air compressor, water and fuel jerrycans and an additional spare tyre.

What should be in a spares kit?

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Date Registered: 02-2004
Location: SUTHERLAND, SYDNEY
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This should go into the "Events" section emoticon

I'll move it there shortly.

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Date Registered: 08-2005
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Re: Alice Springs trip planned


I've mentioned the trip on my site. It will be interesting to see if we get any takers. Check out PANTHERS


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Date Registered: 10-2005
Location: Orange. NSW.
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Re: Alice Springs trip planned


Panfa,
  Send me a pm with your intended route and I will set you right.

 I have done several trips out there, including a 6 month trip several years ago.

 I still have all the reference materials, GPS locations, scanned maps, mud maps, local info and heaps more at my disposal.

 Note: any member who needs a hand set up a trip, work out distances or sights etc, let me know. I would be happy to help.

 MY INFORMATION....IS YOUR INFORMATION !!!!

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Date Registered: 02-2005
Location: Taylor's Hill (Melbourne)
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Re: Alice Springs trip planned


The most useful recovery tool on our recent trip was a long handled spade (travelling on sand)which seems to be missing from your list. David M

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Date Registered: 02-2004
Location: Panania, Sydney
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I'd recommend one of those tyre-puncture plug kits. They come with about 50 "plugs" and a spikey thing to put them in with. I've used ours several times already; well worth the $$$ (pays for itself after a few uses instead of going to a tyre shop and paying them to repair the tyre).

They say that plugging a tyre isn't a good idea, and you should get it looked at/repaired by a professional tyre shop/fitter as soon as possible afterwards, but I've plugged a few tyres and only one started getting a slow leak about 20,000k's later, where I just re-pluged it and it's been OK ever since.

You might be able to pick them up from places like SupaCheap but I'd recommend getting one from a 4WD place like 4WD Megastores or maybe the ARB stores may sell them.


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