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Old 07-17-2016, 02:18 AM
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Question Towing around Australia with my SRT...?

We've just bought a caravan to tour around this amazing country, but have a 2015 SRT.

What are the pros/cons to touring long distance with the SRT vs diesel GC? We'll be sticking to the black top for the most part but want to understand its limits. I fully expect the Birdsville trail, etc, to be out of reach.

I figure the laws of physics will be the great equaliser wrt fuel economy, and the SRT doesn't lack grunt, and I see the monster brakes as an advantage. On the subject of fuel, anyone have any tips for supplementing the fuel tank with 98 unleaded? I expect it's not impossible to get caught short on the longer runs in QLD/NT/SA/WA.

The diesel Overland/Summit have the air suspension which might make the ride a little more comfortable and self levelling of course, but any disadvantage to towing a good size rig (within the legal specs) with the SRT suspension?

I haven't ruled out sticking my beloved SRT in storage in the meantime and buying a used GC diesel for the trip and selling afterwards, not keen in replacing the SRT with the diesel though

All thoughts/suggestions appreciated

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Re: Towing around Australia with my SRT...?

Why do you think the Birdsville track will be of limits, would do it easy.

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Re: Towing around Australia with my SRT...?

Seriously? I thought the road-oriented 4wd on the SRT would make it more risky...

Would love to do it, but have to weigh up whether it's a now of later route.
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Re: Towing around Australia with my SRT...?

The condition of most the outback roads varies a lot through the year depending on weather and when thy were last graded, don't go after rain or after a main event like the races as it gets cut up with the heavy traffic.
A friend towed a 3 tonne road van into Birdsville from Quilpie a few weeks ago with no issues.

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Re: Towing around Australia with my SRT...?

If you are up near the towing limit of the SRT you are going to find it pretty uncomfortable.

I'd say try a few weekenders and see what you think, depends on too many things.
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Re: Towing around Australia with my SRT...?

I think your biggest issue is fuel consumption. You didn't say what you were towing. Van? Trailer? Although the SRT does not have the clearance of the standard GC, I think it would go just about anywhere where there is a reasonable road/track. Birdsville would not be out of reach. You may benefit from a different set of tyres.
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Re: Towing around Australia with my SRT...?

Congrats on the large van and the air suspension will be great for the trip. I,m on my third van and clocked up a few rounds of Australia. In reality, the cheapest option is a couple of plastic fuel containers and between 2 and 4 taken in your case as a ready reserve of fuel. Most of Aus you will not need them save for long stretches like the nullabour allow you to take the extra 80l cheaper then the $2+ per litre in thes sections, also less worry with extra reserve if you meet others an do a couple of detours etc which is the best part of the experience. As for taking on Bridsville tracks and the like, yes you can but most of us bigger vans tend not to as irrespective of build etc does punish the van undercarriage. If you have the monster off road version then fine, your pulling a lot of weight for these roads and generally will not escape the dust in the van and rattling loose objects falling and breaking glass top sink covers etc.

Tyre selection is the only other area once you leave the road west of the east coast as less silt soil and more sharp rocks. Again passed many 4x4 running radials with sidewall damage, usually they are just going to fast for starters. But with that van loading the rears etc, unless they are relatively new, then the risk on birdsville and others increases. Mind you you outback we all help each other as best we can which is a good thing. Well your fuel bill may be higher but a trip of a lifetime and the extra 1500 dollars fades away against the experience. Hope this helps.
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