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Unread 24th August 2016, 12:24 AM
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Default Trip planning - essential bits of kit - on a budget

I'm in the process of planning a couple of weeks in the Australian desert....

I have a limited budget, what are my main priorities?

My road tyres are 70% worn and driver's front has an egg in it. I can only afford 5 x tyres (if I go AT), not 6.....meaning my 2nd spare will be wrong diameter.

I used to carry spare belts and filters but have now utilised them. Should I restock these items?

Things like spare pumps and sensors are simply too expensive. Has anyone REALLY needed one out in the middle of nowhere?

I already have all the straps, shackles and safety gear from previous trips....

What would YOUR priorities be?
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1) water

2) extra fuel

Misc general purpose repair items: duct tape, quick set epoxy, first aid kit (for people ... ).
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Unread 24th August 2016, 02:15 AM
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Are you traveling alone or with a group? Communication in case of an emergency is vital so you have a choice of a sat phone, an EPIRB or Spot Tracker. I regularly carry EPIRB and Spot - if just one then Spot would be my choice:
http://au.findmespot.com/en/

Your tyres will need to be in really good condition.

Rescue tape is great! I would recommend you carry spare belts and filters (at least air filter)

Weigh up your cost of spares against a $7K recovery fee if you get stuck (i.e. in the Simpson)!
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+1 for spot.
They may not give as accurate location but have the abilities of giving an ok msg. A premade msg like "I am ok just running late out" and emergency.
Know people who have used them for a rescue.
Can sometimes have a little while finding SATs though.
Always take mine out and about.
Can also track your trip/location real time to webpage.
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+1 for Spot Messenger 3. Agree with Vert & Kevin.

Provides for 'OK' and some other predetermined messages.

Can also provide last location for my mortal remains if I kark it! Saves the community an average of $250,000 for search fees that is better spent elsewhere ...

Ordinary mortals can follow your movements with a simple desktop (etc) Internet shortcut.
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Where are you going, how remote, by yourself? They all affect what you need. If it's remote I would bring:

30-40L water
20-60L extra fuel depending on where
tools (doesnt need to be the whole kit lol. 8,10,12-15,17,19,22mm spanners; socket set incl 36mm; breaker bar; needle nose pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers; pin punch (to remove axles); hammer; allens keys; utility knife)
CV Boot clamp tool and clamps, several stretch CV boots, CV grease
Jack & high lift jack stand
Duct tape, electrical tape and rescue tape
steel coathanger wire or fencing wire
cable ties, lge & medium
super glue
locktite (see maintenance)
WD40
Rapid Fix (2 part - brilliant stuff!!)
hand cleaner
rags
small tarp (dont forget this, you'll appreciate it working under the car lol)

Maintenance before you leave:
*Check all suspension bolts & locktite them in!!
*tyres
*CB
*service incl oil change & filter; fuel filter; air filter (plus spare); plugs (iridium) & leads; check coil pack; new radiator hoses top & bottom (keep old ones for spares); new belts (keep old ones for spares); check all suspension bushes ESP front LCA rear bushes and trailing arm front bushes, check exhaust for leaks; check wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rod & rack ends
*If you have a snorkel, a sock is a must! Plus turn the head to face backwards when you hit the dirt.

I would also get someone to show you how to remove an axle (esp front right), fit a stretch boot & refit the axle if you don't know how to do it.

If you want to be really prepared, I would bring a spare ball joint, tie rod & rack end. Depending where you go, these may be hard to get but pretty much any where can fit them.

This is a pic of the tools I brought for our Subaru Extreme 8 Deserts Challenge:
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-Couple of welding rods and a nice set of jumper cables mask or face shield.
-Paper maps and a compass (learn to use them as well helps )
-multifit hose clamp (cut to size stuff)
-meter of fuel hose
-steel handle tire repair kit and a decent compressor
-if no other solar panel, small 1.5-10 watt for a dead battery.
-spare engine belts
-selleys knead it steel water and grease proof. (http://www.selleys.com.au/putty/epoxy/knead-it-steel/) great stuff
-Good shovel, some rope, big clear plastic sheet, (multiple uses, can even make a solar still if **** gets real)
-tube of rtv silicon forma gasket (multiple uses) non acidic

And everything nachaluva said, And a Repair manual for your model and engine. Stretch boots are really easy to use, and only a touch more expensive than normal boots, just remember to get a stretch cone to fit them over the cv joints

If your traveling with someone, some stuff can be shared, I'd still recommend carrying your own water, tools, parts, maps, and emergency beacon.
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Lotsa money.....
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Lotsa money.....
.on a budget he said
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^ I think we blew the budget!
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