Cape York 2017

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Cape York 2017

Unread post by buffer » October 27th, 2016, 11:31 pm

Hi all,

Just a quick question myself and a few others are planning on a 6 week Cape York trip by starting at Cairns, doing the Creb track (weather permitting) then making our way up to the OTT and then north, but will be seeing a lot in between. I am planning on towing the camper, what are your thoughts.

The other alternative is to still tow camper but set up camp and just drive the Creb and then move along the Bloomfield, straight up to twin falls set up camp, then back track south drive the OTT back to camp. complete the OTT pack up and move north.

Any suggestions
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Re: Cape York 2017

Unread post by Lux77 » December 16th, 2016, 11:03 pm

we towed our camper solo every where the car went. Didnt do creb it was closed. The OTT is not hard 4wd, like its made out to be, if you have any sense

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Re: Cape York 2017

Unread post by Peter Aawen » December 17th, 2016, 10:10 am

While you MIGHT manage to do the CREB with the camper in tow, consider the potential for damaging the track (&/or vehicle or camper!) if things get hairy or the slightest bit damp?!? :eek: Your idea of doing the CREB without the camper may well make that bit of your trip a whole lot more enjoyable & will certainly draw less criticism from the locals & any others who hafta follow you! And it does significantly lessen the risk for damage or the need to abandon the camper on the CREB for later recovery!! I'd say that's gotta be the way to go! :thumb:

As for the rest, it should be OK barring maybe 'Gunshot' proper - & even there, if you had to drive it, you could always take the camper around via the one of the close in by-passes, then duck back & do Gunshot without it! The rest of the Cape & OTT should be fairly do-able with the camper in tow & a little judicious application of that increasingly rare commodity, Common Sense! Just bear in mind that on the OTT itself, there are some tight spots, lotsa river crossings (that aren't at all as shallow or as 'easy' as any of the Hi Country 'creek crossings') and the odd log bridge too most of all of those having tight turns going in or out or even smack in the middle; but it IS all do-able with a camper, just so long as you have a capable tow vehicle with spare tow & load capacity (don't load either to the max, or you WILL pay if you do!) some reasonable towing & reversing skills, & some care; and you should be able to do it in a way that won't damage the track OR your camper & vehicle combo!!

Enjoy! ;)
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Re: Cape York 2017

Unread post by buffer » December 20th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Thanks for your feed back, will check out all possibilities and only common sense decisions will be made. Need the car to get back home.
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