Hello to all Leannes’ loyal followers, it is now my turn to reflect on our trip with some facts and figures.
First of all a quick look at our setup.
The tow vehicle was a 2011 Nissan Navara STX dual cab with the following extras:
ARB Canopy with flip windows, ARB Steel Bullbar, 2 inch suspension lift using king coils and EFS leaf springs with Bilstein Shocks, Uniden UHF radio and aerial, 3G external Phone aerial, LED Light Bar, Nissan Snorkel, window tint, reversing camera with mirror monitor, Home made drawers with fridge slide and power in the tub, Redarc Electric Brake Controller and Anderson Plug to trailer
The camper trailer is a 2007 Pioneer Onyx hardfloor.
This is a rear fold hard floor camper which can set up in less than 5 minutes. Its a full off road camper with independent suspension, dust and water proof, and very comfortable for two with a Queen size bed. The camper has:
Pull out kitchen with 2 burner stove, 40 litre Engel Fridge, 2 * 100 amp/hr AGM marine batteries and 5 * 12volt outlets, 200 watt portable solar panels, 240V AC ELCB and 3 power outlets, 10 amp Projecta smart battery charger, redarc DC/BC lv charger incorporating a MPPT Solar controller, 125 litre water tank with electric pump and manual tap, 12v Led lighting throughout, 500 ltr front storage bin and 2*4.5 kg gas bottles.
Hopefully I haven’t lost everyone with the technical jargon as you can see for an overnight stay we don’t put up the annex cooking outside if the weather is nice or looking for a camp kitchen if it’s raining. For longer stays we put the annex up which probably adds another 15 minutes on setup time.
So how did it all go?
We had a dream run with no big dramas to speak of, Navara went into limp mode on the Moonbi Range causing me to limp to a stop and use my Ebay Diagnostic Tool to reset the ECU and we were on our way again. To stop any issues I then removed our performance chip rather than play with settings on the trip. This happened on our biggest day, Scone to Iluka via the waterfall way and into Iluka in the dark setting up……maybe a little tired and short…obviously I am talking about Leanne here….lol
The only other concern was a loud clunking noise from the suspension on full movement when Four wheel driving into our fossicking area at O’Briens Creek, fixed when I got home by straightening the spring stack and loosening off a saddle which was restricting the leaf movement. Also found a small nail in one tyre when rotating them once we got home, pulled it out and so far all good.
Now for some trip figures,
We covered 9173 kilometres using 1105 litres of diesel at an average cost of $1.65 a litre. Actual cost was $1828.92. The Navara average fuel consumption was 12.11 litres per 100 kilometres.
Accommodation for the 52 nights we were away came to a grand total of $611 dollars.
Caravan Parks or camp areas 24 nights ranging from $3 to $36 per night plus 29 nights free camping with relatives or free camps along the highway.
All in all we have had a fantastic holiday, seeing some of this great land, from the rainforest to the outback, and now looking forward to our next journey.
For me the enjoyment comes from the people you meet and camping in fantastic locations rather than the tourist attractions. I also enjoyed the bush camping more than the caravan parks as the settings and campfires can’t be beaten…..plus it’s for free!!