Great trip Ben, and a great report, as usual !
You’ve actually got a photo of a steep hill that really looks like a steep hill, something normally almost impossible to do
How long do you think it will be before Sam and Bec will be joining you on these trips?
It seems a shame that they’re missing out ...
Warning signs like that can only fuel your quest for a challenge.
Smooth polished rock really does present a problem, thank goodness for winches and available trees.
Cracking views and photos Ben, thanks for these trip reports, they make my day-trips out pale into insignificance.
Keep ‘em comin’ mate, I always look forward to them... cheers
Great pics and report mate.
The last lane of the day no matter the country
Awww, that a shame, but like you say, if Bec’s happy to camp, you can set up a base and do day excursions on the tracks....Thanks mate.
I'm not sure when Bec and Sam will come on these trips again, since Sam arrived Bec has said she doesnt enjoy 4wding and doesnt want to go again.
She said she does enjoy the camping though, so I'm always looking at the option of base camping somewhere and I can go off and do some day drives while she relaxes at camp.
But as soon as Sam is old enough, in probably another year or 2 he will be by my side on every trip! I cant wait!!!
I know its always the last lane/track!
Looking back I was incredibly lucky to get up the track without any serious issues and I'm still amazed I didnt get any panel damage! I was so lucky!
A base camp CB station would sort that out, but she'd probably get more upset hearing the SOS exchangesYou may find Bec gets worried if you take Sam with you. It’s probably protecting Sam that makes her say she doesn’t enjoy off roading any more. She could get quite worried waiting at camp. You may need to find a way to let her know all is well during the day.
Thanks Rich.Looking good Ben. Nice and neat.
What do your auto electricians say about charging voltage, as the AGM Optimas need 14.7v to charge properly where your normal batteries are charged at 14.4v which your alternator is set for? The consensus seems to be that charging at the lower voltage will shorten the battery life.
The second green knob disconnect will isolate the batteries from each other which wouldn’t be a bad thing as you can get issues with batteries in parallel discharging one another.
That’s interesting Ben and was what puzzled me.Thanks Rich.
I put what you said to my manager who has spent the last 40+ years in the automotive battery industry and he said that what you have said is incorrect and AGM batteries will start accepting charge from 13.5v and he has a load of graphs showing this from tests that have been done.
He said all Toyota's since 2007 only charge at 13.4-13.8v anyway.
It makes sense to me that AGM/Optima's dont need 14.7v to charge properly, because if they did my boss wouldnt get so many years of reliable use out of his in the 3 LandCruisers he has Optima's fitted to.
This is exactly what I’m saying, and Chris’s experience, except that laboratory conditions in this case extend to real world. As you are laying up the truck they will clearly last a long time without charge but you could probably prolong their life by charging on a Ctek while it’s parked up.He said that the vehicle charge voltage of 14.2-15v is the optimum charge voltage, under laboratory conditions and that 14v will still charge them but it will take longer and they may never get to 100% charged and that will potentially shorten the life of the batteries.
Thanks Rob.stunning, would love to hear your personal view on a comparison between the 76 and the 71/2 or 78 doing the stuff you do....
That looks really extreme Ben. Chicken track? I think I’d need chicken tracks for the chicken tracks!
You’ve built a great truck with your superb skills and coupled it with your excellent driving skills and experience to conquer the toughest track in Australia. You can now say that you can truly go anywhere in Australia.
This is exactly what I’m saying, and Chris’s experience, except that laboratory conditions in this case extend to real world. As you are laying up the truck they will clearly last a long time without charge but you could probably prolong their life by charging on a Ctek while it’s parked up.
What matters is the experience of those fitted by your manager which, from what you’ve said, clearly demonstrates that they last well enough. Time will tell.