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May 30th, 2018 at 11:04am

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Rather than post trips in my camper build I thought I would start a new thread on trips I am taking it on. These trips for now will be local as I need the just test things and just  get used to using it.

My first true test run was to Barrabadeen, this is the Scout camp on Tinaroo.
 
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This was a good run, as it was a trip to test how my Nissan will tow it.

I had worried about oil temps in the auto transmission. I have always had a oil temp gauge in the Nissan, but until now it was more ornamental as I never towed some as heavy for long. Normal running over the weekend towing it gets up to 70deg coming up the range back to home it went to 81deg. I am happy with that as I think anything around 80deg is good.
I changed the air compressor cut out switch to 150psi off 120psi on, this worked better as it now gives me a pressure to work with easier. I am still to fit the new compressor though.
As I stet the camper up on a bit of a sideling I was able to inflate one side up and deflate the high side down.
Some photos of the weekend.
 
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Reply #1 - May 30th, 2018 at 11:11am

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Last weekend we went out to Woodleigh Station.

http://www.woodleighstation.com.au/

This is one of my favourite camping places where we often go to. It is a round trip of around 135klm.
From home there is plenty of up and down towing, so I thought this might be a good test on fuel, even though it is not to far. My Nissan has never been good with fuel economy, so I have thought it could be worse now, towing the new camper. I filled my rear tank at our local fuel station, and on return I parked it back in the same place to be sure of the refill amount.
The trip used around 28.1ltr per 100klm, this was traveling at the speed limits on the road, and not trying to conserve at all. This is no worse than when I had the old camper, which has surprised me.

That is not me on the ant hill. Smiley
 
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Reply #2 - May 31st, 2018 at 6:35am

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Excellent to see the job done and dusted, and you using it John. Its been a long project. Congratulations on finishing it and hitting the road.
 
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Reply #3 - May 31st, 2018 at 7:07am

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Saltbush Bill wrote on May 31st, 2018 at 6:35am:
Excellent to see the job done and dusted, and you using it John. Its been a long project. Congratulations on finishing it and hitting the road.

I still have quite a bit to finish, but I can now use it, so I am planing on doing just that. Smiley

 
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Reply #4 - Jun 11th, 2018 at 8:02am

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We went out to Mt Albion Station for the weekend, I wanted to test our water usage camping. From our usage so far, we should get 4 nights showering and at least the same from the kitchen system.
I am having trouble with water leaking from one of the water level senders, I have refitted the sender but I am still having a leak around the rubber grommet and nut.
As for the camping spot, this is not far from home, only 32klm, part of the road gravel. The road has just been graded so it was in very good condition.
I will go out again as I found the camp to be for me quite good, and the station owner friendly.

http://www.aussiefarmentertainment.com.au/mont-albion/camping-at-mt-albion/

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Reply #5 - Jun 11th, 2018 at 8:13am

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There is quite a bit of history to look into in this area, over the years I have traveled along some of the old rail was sections, now just cuttings and track foundations as the old line was removed for scrap.

http://www.mininghistory.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/4.-Kerr.Article-4Vol.3.2005.c...

https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/heritage-register/detail/?id=602355

In one under ground mine I worked in,( Kitchener as mentioned in the Journal of Australasian Mining History,)  the steam train ran underground to be loaded with the tin ore to later crushed and concentrated ready to be smelted at Rocky Bluffs battery and Irvinebank. You can still see the soot on the roof of this underground tunnel today, but i think access is now limited.
Irvinebank also had it's own smelter to smelt the tin concentrate  into pure tin.My father was the last person to my knowledge to have operated this smelter before closing down.
 
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Reply #6 - Jun 11th, 2018 at 6:08pm

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Some great looking camps up around your way John.  Thanks for the photos and links
 

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Reply #7 - Jun 13th, 2018 at 7:14am

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I have a few I want to try locally, as I keep working on the camper. I might as well post them up as it might be handy if anyone in looking for a spot to go camping up here.
 
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Reply #8 - Aug 7th, 2018 at 4:42pm

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With the good weather we are having it was a good run down to Roxy Springs, not to hot and no rain.

https://www.facebook.com/roxyspringsbushcamping/

The owners charge $20 per vehicle, and there are no services supplied and you take your rubbish home.

The drive down was only 45klm to the turn off, and not far to the camp from there. It is a steep drop from the road though, but nothing to worry about.
 
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Reply #9 - Aug 7th, 2018 at 4:44pm

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There are several good camping spots along the river. With no one else there we could choose any where we liked. In the end  we ended up on the top most camp.

The river has a good flow at present so we always had the sound of running water in camp, and the mornings were a little cool.

I know I will be going back. This time I might even take a fishing rod, and see if I can get a fish or two.
 
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