The Gibb River Road in a Hi Ace Van
by Rex Woodmore
(Perth, Western Australia.)
Supervan & Camels
I want to thank you for your great Newsletters.
The information they provided was a tremendous help in forward planning of our recently completed trip.
We had people scoff when we told them we planned to do the Gibb River Road & the Bungle Bungles in a Toyota Hi Ace van, but we did it.
About 2 months ago, we returned from our 'Outback Adventure' (gathering inspiration for my art from the Kimberley & beyond) in what we call 'the Supervan' which is basically a Toyota Hi Ace van (admittedly it is an imported 4WD model) but with only small light truck tyres.
I am a great believer in lowering tyre pressure for unsealed roads (to around 23 or 25psi and even 15psi when we got bogged in mud) and conscientiously pumping them up again for the bitumen.
We travelled close to 15,000 Ks from Perth including the Gibb River Road, the Bungle Bungles and continued on to Darwin, down through the Centre, Uluru & the Olgas, the Painted Desert, Coober Pedy and the Flinders Ranges before returning across the Nullarbor back to Perth, all without one single puncture.
Clearance was a bit of a problem. On exiting a creek crossing I ripped the spare wheel and frame from under the vehicle. No real problem. I fished the undamaged wheel out of the creek and used a luggage strap to hold the twisted frame in place which I had removed in Darwin. I have since decided to have the vehicle raised a bit.
The only other problem was the automatic transmission over heating & I am over coming that with an aftermarket cooler being fitted before the next adventure.
Rex WOODMORE Paintings in the colours of Australia.
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