Tanami Track

a1bert

Active Member
Had a phone call yesterday from a mate who has just traveled the Tinami Track from Alice Springs
Driving a Hilux, towing a duel axelled 4 wheel caravan
Claims the first section good (made), approx 300 k's, second section fair, approx 100 k's, remainder sh1t
Lost divider doors, 2 glass oven doors (glass didn't break) plus other components breaking off
Then lost the caravan, evidently the pin (?) sheared holding the coupling. (Four wheel coupling)
The safety plug activated and stopped the car immediately, no damage but 2 hours work to jack the caravan up again, replace spare pin and hook up again
Their speed 30 k's an hour, tyre pressure 30 lb's
Claims that the track is in such bad repair it makes the Gibb River Road look like a freeway
So if any one has thought of taking a caravan across the Tinami in the near future you may want to take this into consideration
 

a1bert

Active Member
That was the last of the big 4 tracks, what ever that means, tires were let down to 30 psi to try and relieve the bone crunching jarring
Can't remember brand, distributor situated on Pt Lonsdale Rd side of Geelong, but as mentioned it has done the other 3 majors ok and this was to be the last track on the bucket list
Posted this as a warning to others who may contemplate the trip
 

billolga

Well-Known Member
The Tanami ranges from 80 km all the way to HELL at times. (One year was 300 kms of mud & the next year a freeway)
30 psi? Last time I drove it I was down to 15 psi & it was still hell driving along the banks.
It all depends on IF they can get the graders through.
 

dirvine

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Also its not called a track any more its official title is Tanami Road. Last 3rd into Alice is bitumen. Usually the middle 3rd is rough as it is in NT and not graded very often. Also seems to have a rocky surface. WA side is better looked after but mainly because when it rains it becomes almost impassable and supplies cannot get into Balgo where the Canning finishes and there are police located. I have done this road so many times I have lost count as its the short cut to Broome.
 

billolga

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Also its not called a track any more its official title is Tanami Road. Last 3rd into Alice is bitumen. Usually the middle 3rd is rough as it is in NT and not graded very often. Also seems to have a rocky surface. WA side is better looked after but mainly because when it rains it becomes almost impassable and supplies cannot get into Balgo where the Canning finishes and there are police located. I have done this road so many times I have lost count as its the short cut to Broome.
Short cut from Alice to Broome!
Apparently there are a few "Interesting People" drive that road regularly - I ran into two from Broome who drive to Alice often as they "Win" a lot at the Casino. :cool: :rolleyes:
 

discomatt

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What van is the biggest question and what weight?
Normally tire pressures relate to weight they carry, 2 tires on a 2-3 ton van will be very different to 4 tires on a 2-3 ton van.
If its a generic van manufacturer that puts on some checker plate and some steel under a water tank then calls it off road then good luck...
There is a reason we bought the van we did...
I bet its a combination of driver and product that caused the issue not the track
 

FrankP

Active Member
30 PSI is way too high for the description of the conditions.

With 1100kg on each wheel of my single axle van, I set them to 23PSI cold for corrugations and will consider lower if necessary. BFG KO2 LT All Terrains.
 

CTL

Well-Known Member
Run my 2.4t off road van at 25psi and reduce speed accordingly. Now I can say our off road van is an off road van without any hesitation. But there are a lot of off road vans which are nothing more than mall crawlers with checker plate.
And how the hell did your mate shear a hitch pin? That is almost unheard of.
 

discomatt

Well-Known Member
45PSI and 110kmph all the way when the road is sealed soon.

;)
45 is way to low for a single axle van, when fully loaded a single axle van will be at close to max loading for the tires so the tires must be close to max PSI.
I run 55 cold on my van on road, off road don't know yet because life keeps getting in the way of holidays
Bitumen , a blatant waste of tax payers money
 

boobook

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Where did the single axle van come from?

The OP was talking about dual axle. - And 40 PSI for my Tvan on the highway is enough thanks.
 

discomatt

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Where did the single axle van come from?

The OP was talking about dual axle. - And 40 PSI for my Tvan on the highway is enough thanks.
The thread is about vans , destruction of vans and tire pressure.
what does a fully loaded Tvan weigh ? My van fully loaded is 2.5 so 1.25 on each wheel, as suggested max tire weight rating needs max of the pressures
 

dirvine

Well-Known Member
Short cut from Alice to Broome!
Apparently there are a few "Interesting People" drive that road regularly - I ran into two from Broome who drive to Alice often as they "Win" a lot at the Casino. :cool: :rolleyes:
Not sure if you are having a shot at me or not. But yes I have spent a number of holidays with semi off road van in Broome where my son spend holidays with his family. So it is the quickest way for us to get from Melbourne. As my van is single axle, I do lower tyre pressure to 40psi once the bitumen ends for the many reasons mentioned here on weights. I have also beefed up the protection underneath and service the van before and after each trip. Generally on the rocky part of the road I can and usually do travel at 50-60 and the good dirt roads anywhere from 70 - 100 just depending on the washouts and how recently it has been graded. I have never sustained any damage, so maybe the OP was just unlucky,
 
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