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Date Registered: 02-2008
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Agreed. I mean, mud and sand don't mix do they???

Still, it's a great problem to have Jalal!!!! To me it shows that everyone is keen to get out there and use their vehicles for the purpose they were designed.

That's what I love about this forum.....it's about using our RVs AS RVs!!!! emoticon

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For sure Dave, there is nothing better than getting most of us together along with our families and friends to have a nice time out there and that is exactly the purpose of this forum and why it has been established.

So stay tuned, looks like our banner will soon change to display STOCKTON-2008 emoticon

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Date Registered: 07-2005
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Since I can't do the Watagans trip with you guys this month. And to be hohnest it seems a little over the top for a 4x4 virgin like me. With all the mention of recovery gear and CB radios. I think this one might be a bit much for my first time.
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Dont be scared to do the watagans, Its where i learnt all the ins and outs of 4wd driving. Its a great place that has a bit of everything. from roads so smooth they can be done in a car, to the insane rock hopping tracks. Stick to the main fire roads at first, they are very well maintained and easy to drive on and you can still get to see all the sights.

 If you are planning to do some off road trips ( even easy ones) you should carry some basic recovery gear. Most 4wders will help someone that is stuck, but if they have to get their own recovery gear out and dirty, they wont be so willing!


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Yeah that's 100% correct. I'm still learning the ropes and the Watagans is a great "school". but, even the 2WD dirt trails can be trecherous when they are wet. Having a few basic recovery tools is a must. In 12 months I have had to deal with fallen trees, deep bog holes, punctures,...you just never know. It's nice to feel a little bit self sufficient.

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Date Registered: 04-2008
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Thanks for all the replies.

The Stockton one sounds good. I have relos up that way and could plan the whole weekend.

With the price of feul just going up again. These sort of things have to be planed for now. Can you believe what we have to pay

Also what would be in a basic recovery kit.

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A basic recovery kit should include a snatch strap, an equilser strap ( a MUST have for the exy) and some rated bow shackles. It wouldnt hurt to carry a long handled shovel if you have room. I got all my gear from 4WD1 they have great service and are very well priced.

a little tip though, dont get the 19mm shackles! they dont fit the standard recovery points.

also you really should put hi tensile bolts in your recovery points. There is a thread all about this, do a quick search for it. It has all the info you need.


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I would add a bush saw if you own one. In the past 12 months, I have only had one 4WD trip where the road hasn't been blocked by a fallen tree.

I take both a bush saw and an axe. They have both proven to be vital. A small chain saw would even be better.... (with apologies to Jalal and his admin hat). emoticon Trying to clear a large fallen tree by hand is no fun. I agree too about a shovel. If you get caught on your own....you might just need to dig yourself out. And even easy tracks can hide hidden traps.

Having said all that....I reckon good common sense and caution are the two best assets to take with you on any off road trip.

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Guys,

Please restrict this thread to content about trips, as we do have existing threads which talk about recovery equipment and the like and they can be found through the site search HERE.

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Date Registered: 03-2008
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Hey Jalal,
    Just left a post in the Watagans April trip as I unfortunately won't be able to make it, and said another trip might be the go around mid year, and possibly to the beach.. Mate.. I think you read my mind.. Stockton beach sounds great, myself and Belinda (or B, my wife) would definately be in for that one..

    My real first offroad experience started on the sands of stockton, and for the first hour Belinda was terrified as after 10 mins of being on the beach we were driving up our first (roughly) 20-25foot dune (big for your first time emoticon he he) but this was because we were with a guided tour group... But as long as you took it easy and picked your gears correctly.. Its perfect for any newbie.. And once you go, you'll go back again and again.. I cant wait.. So i'll definately be in it.. I'll even try and get my brother inlaws to come (1 Xtrail & 1 Holden Jackeroo, but the Jackeroo won't count towards the tally emoticon )... So you guys pick the date, and I'll make sure I'm available no questions asked..

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Good stuff Liam,

Am sure it'll be a good trip for all, this time I will take my family with me as they have never been there before, so am sure the kids will enjoy it too emoticon

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