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Date Registered: 09-2008
TOTAL POSTS: 2
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Towing a Camper Trailer on Rainbow beach?


Not sure if this is in the right spot.

Hubby, the kids and i are looking at camping in September possibly at Rainbow beach, thinking around Inskip Peninsula. We have a camper trailer and wondering how our 2007 st model X Trail will handle the soft sand, Are we asking too much?

Hubby's uncle (self proclaimed expert) says our Xtrail won't even make it without the camper trailer, but i think he is full of it after reading some of your reports!

We are not experienced 4wders as yet and will possibly be going on our own (are we crazy?)

Any advice on best spots to camp, how to navigate the tracks etc appreciated.
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Date Registered: 09-2005
Location: Wishart Queensland
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Re: Towing a Camper Trailer on Rainbow beach?


Hi Breidi, where abouts are you guys from?

You shouldn't have any problems what so ever up at Rainbow Beach if you take it easy. Heaps of reports to read on the forum to suggest yuur hubby's uncle has never driven an Exy.

I'd suggest maybe a quick day trip up to Bribie island and have a play and get some experience before going on a camping trip with a trailer.

Main points, lower your tyre pressure. Drive steadily at an even pace.

For an Automatic gear:
Keep the 4wd in auto, when on solid sand keep it in Drive and drive regularly. If sand get soft, slow down and drop it into 2 to keep your speed down so the gear box does not overheat.

For manual gear:
Keep 4wd in auto unless soft sand and then keep speed low to avoid overheating.

Only need to use Lock if starting out in soft sand or getting out of holes. At all times in Lock, keep the speed well down below 20 or 30 kph.

It would be best if you did not go alone in case you need help but this area is partricularly popular so if you get stuck, help should be readily available.

Hope this helps. Oh, by the way, buy a good long handled shovel to take with you, it'll be your best investment if you get stuck.

Good luck with your trip. emoticon

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Date Registered: 02-2007
Location: North Shore, Sydney
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Re: Towing a Camper Trailer on Rainbow beach?


Breidi,

As well as lowering the tyre pressure of the car, make sure you also lower the tyre pressure of the trailer. And unless there is a petrol station at the exits to get back to road pressure, bring a compressor.


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