Probably should have added some extra info. Van is a Vancruiser Outlaw 15ft 5 inches by 7ft 2inches wide, full height, about 2500kg fully loaded. Tow vehicle is Nissan Patrol 4.8 auto.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. Never been to that part of the country before, so I think I will leave the van at home for that trip.
It’s a pity Willem K has passed, and isn’t on EO. I can imagine the reply.Go ask on EO, though I think the answers are similar to mine. Or leave the van at Coober Pedy. ABH, CSH, GBH then CGR through Ayes Rock and back to Coober Pedy That would be a 1 month trip CP to CP minimum. Fuel at Ilkurkla then Warburton then readily available on the CGR to Eyres Rock. It's a long time between drinks ( fuel and alcohol) on Len's roads.
Watch a couple of episodes of All for Adventure and you can easily see where a off road van can be taken, these days its pretty much anywhere, but look at what they put the tow car and van through, the punishment their equipment copes, then ask yourself if your willing to do that to your gear
People like the Gall Boys and All For Adventure prove that vans can do it, but anywhere outback is a torture test and you have to factor in what happens in the real possibility of the van breaking hundreds of kms from help.
They do get about 3 - 4 seasons out of the vehicles, Jason sold his 2013 200 in Nov 2017, then the replacement in March 2020. So the current one probably has a year or two left in it. I assume the Dmax is similar.There is no way on earth their vans last, nor do their cars, they replace them every season as well, it also shows that cheap off road vans can do it but will die a quick death, whether a top of the range off road van would fair any better who knows
The original dmax is now one of their camera vehicles, you’ll get a side shot of it every now and then. The vans are just pure product placement. Because they change them out has zero to do with how a trailer survived or not. I know the original forward fold MDC trailer they used with the boat on top went to auction after the series ended in working (very 2nd hand) order.They do get about 3 - 4 seasons out of the vehicles, Jason sold his 2013 200 in Nov 2017, then the replacement in March 2020. So the current one probably has a year or two left in it. I assume the Dmax is similar.
Still, I wouldn't be queuing up to buy them.
These laughing boys take a VERY heavy toll on the land they travel over in order to create content for their shows ! They skull drag so much superfluous equipment into some very remote locations..., with their various convoy's of trailers and caravans, all loaded with so many big goose 'toys'.There is no way on earth their vans last,