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The preparation
« on: April 23, 2014, 11:32:28 AM »
A very good thing happened today - I found out I can take all wheels off both the car and trailer, including spares. Thanks to whoever it was that suggested I purchase a steel pipe to aid in this, I needed it for a number of bolts.

Other preparations have included - gradually getting the car mechanically in tip top shape, for us this meant - torque converter, complete cooling system overhaul, rotors and pads, and tie rods. Check of all other components. Suspension will be checked in the next few weeks with the trailer attached and fully loaded.
accessories - uhf  radio and aerial, dual battery system, fridge/freezer.
For the trailer - power supply, agm battery with usb and ciggy type ports. LED strip lights for tent and annexe. solar panel.
making sure the bed is comfortable.

We have taken out a few things that we found were not used or we do not need. Also have tried to streamline and organize things for easy access particularly for those long drives and onenighters.

On a side note I have to say that Sarah's (TimStratford) LED light cover with velcros backing is superb. I can now very simply have that light anywhere I like, after gluing velcros to different areas of the annexe.

How is everyone elses preparations coming along?

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 11:50:50 AM »
If you need a piece of pipe to undo wheel studs, they are being torqued up too tight in the first place

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014, 11:52:54 AM »
yes for sure. its those gun things they use i think

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014, 04:06:54 PM »
new wheels and tyres for the patrol done. It will go in for a service start of June.

Still need to replace the UHF antenna that someone decided would be better use to them, change the wiring and socket point for the new Waeco CF80 in the back. I also need to fit the roof pod we just picked up off ebay.

Camper is going in for a service sometime in may for a once over and to have a press stud replaced in the canvas and the stone guard moved forward so that it doesn't foul on the awning legs or wall. Also having the top hoop adjusted to have the canvas sit right.

I've replaced the AGM battery that was cactus and will be wiring 240v through to the fridge box so when we have power the 47l ARB runs off of that. Still need to fit electric tap and water pump to the kitchen.

Still working out our food plans and also our route to Alice.
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2014, 04:16:04 PM »
The Pajero is pretty much sorted, just need to put the fridge slide in the back and cut the coreflute to size for the rear window. A comprehensive service and check over is booked in for a week before we leave.

I've got a list as long as my arm for things to do to the camper :'( Nothing huge, just little bits and pieces that will make things a bit easier or more accessible for us. Knowing me though, I probably wont start all this until 2 weeks before we leave.........nothing like leaving things to the last minute ;D ;D
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 04:20:01 PM »
Haven't given it much thought yet  :D

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 04:20:55 PM »
i cut out the coreflue today :)

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2014, 04:22:21 PM »
Haven't given it much thought yet  :D

KB

really???
surely your hving us on KB I havent stopped thinking about it since we decided to join up

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2014, 04:29:21 PM »
Yep, we are going to have some fun together for two weeks.  Me fishing and you biting  :D

No, seriously, I have been doing heaps to the Dmax and CT. Just about finished.  Caught up with the other swaggers who we are travelling over and back with on the weekend and they have all been busy as well.  We are all starting to get a bit excited.  My son is counting the days.

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2014, 04:38:20 PM »
aahhh a naughty boy!

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2014, 05:04:04 PM »
My Red Centre Trip To List:

1) Camper
Mud flaps DONE & replacement adjustable foot
Rear 110ltr tank - DONE
Hot Water System - final plumbing
Gas Bottle Holder Rubber - DONE
Grease hitch - DONE
Relplace Wheel bearings - order spares
Order spare hub
Pantry Box - DONE
Electrics (solar, clip, secure etc) - no charge - got all the stuff - labour
Inline Water filter
20w Solar panel - no charge - just install
Fridge Wiring
Secure fridge mounting

2) Landcruiser
Anderson plug - DONE
Belt set, fuel filter, air filter spares
Fuel water trap
Extra Spare wheel and tyre
Hi-lift jack mount for roof rack
New Shovel
Spot Lamp wiring
Ram mount for IPad
Tool kit - no cost, just preparing
UHF Install - no cost, reinstall from Prado
Compressor - ARB or portable

3) Camping and other gear
New Walking Boots
Cold Weather Fleece Tops

4) Safety Gear
Rental sat phone - Borrow from work
HEMA iPad & Paper Maps
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2014, 05:39:42 PM »
Our LC200 is brand new so mechanically it had better be ok!!

The mods list for it has now all done - just need some minor tweaks to the storage system which will be done with plenty of time to spare.

That's about it for us - oh - to actually have something to tow would be nice!!  ???

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2014, 08:52:49 PM »
i cut out the coreflue today :)

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Cool ;D Have you thought about how you're going to attach it to the window?

Geez, i'd better get my ar$e into gear, this Saturday will make it 8 weeks til we hit the road ;D :cup:

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2014, 09:33:33 PM »
yes im going the velcros way.


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Re: The preparation
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2014, 09:32:38 AM »




That's about it for us - oh - to actually have something to tow would be nice!!  ???

So what are you getting John? and when?
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2014, 09:34:17 AM »
My Red Centre Trip To List:


Hot Water System - final plumbing






showers at yours then Darren???  :angel:
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2014, 01:14:55 PM »
So what are you getting John? and when?

The what will be revealed in due course  >:D and the when was supposed to be June 2nd, but just hoping in time for the trip now!!!

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2014, 02:35:38 PM »
Ticked the biggest one off my list today. Just finished building a set of drawers and pantry for the CT. A few minor touches and a sand and coat of varnish and they'll be all done. Very happy with them, pics can be found here: http://www.myswag.org/index.php?topic=19198.msg592949#msg592949

Tomorrow it's replacing the stupid fiddly tiedowns on the cover with larger straps, and a couple of handles to help pullthe base down when lifted. II'll also do some culling of the crap we take with us!
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2014, 06:11:29 PM »
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2014, 05:48:40 PM »
showers at yours then Darren???  :angel:

No problem... Rigged it up and gave it a test run down the south of WA over the weekend. Worked like a charm. Also rigged it up so people can use there own water (and so I can hand out water rations for extended beach stays)

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2014, 06:39:50 PM »
A very good thing happened today - I found out I can take all wheels off both the car and trailer, including spares. Thanks to whoever it was that suggested I purchase a steel pipe to aid in this, I needed it for a number of bolts.

Other preparations have included - gradually getting the car mechanically in tip top shape, for us this meant - torque converter, complete cooling system overhaul, rotors and pads, and tie rods. Check of all other components. Suspension will be checked in the next few weeks with the trailer attached and fully loaded.
accessories - uhf  radio and aerial, dual battery system, fridge/freezer.
For the trailer - power supply, agm battery with usb and ciggy type ports. LED strip lights for tent and annexe. solar panel.
making sure the bed is comfortable.

We have taken out a few things that we found were not used or we do not need. Also have tried to streamline and organize things for easy access particularly for those long drives and onenighters.

On a side note I have to say that Sarah's (TimStratford) LED light cover with velcros backing is superb. I can now very simply have that light anywhere I like, after gluing velcros to different areas of the annexe.

How is everyone elses preparations coming along?

Good work Linda, I am sure all will be well and you will have a ball

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Re: The preparation
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2014, 08:02:54 AM »
Thanks Garrick  :cheers:
and the suspension has been checked and is fine, so we are now purchasing HID spotties and a light bar, and maybe even a snorkel. I know everything is good to go but I keep saying to myself what if this happens what if that happens....aaaand I REALLY REALLY want a light bar and a snorkel  :angel:

That's great your shower works well Darren!



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Re: The preparation
« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2014, 09:40:15 AM »
yes im going the velcros way.


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From someone who did the trip in 09 with a prado i soon found once the dust got between them velcro was useless.

Run a line of double sided tape across the inside edge of the corflute and then in an X pattern across the middle. Stick it on your back window then duct tape around the outside edge.

I left it on there for the entire trip including the drive home as it was good to stop pryng eyes as to what you have in the back and kept the fridge in the shade all day
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2014, 09:41:52 AM »
guys also keep in mind that you are only a day away from Alice so yes some basic spares are required but you dont need to go 2 wild as most spares are either avaliable or can be shipped up in 2 days
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Re: The preparation
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2014, 09:55:00 AM »
From someone who did the trip in 09 with a prado i soon found once the dust got between them velcro was useless.

Run a line of double sided tape across the inside edge of the corflute and then in an X pattern across the middle. Stick it on your back window then duct tape around the outside edge.

I left it on there for the entire trip including the drive home as it was good to stop pryng eyes as to what you have in the back and kept the fridge in the shade all day

ok thanks for the tip Chester  :cheers:
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