Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by Rhett » 28 Sep 2016 13:06

SJC wrote:
Picasso wrote: Readjusting the strikers to create more tension on the barn door assembly helps sometimes. :salute:
Bit off topic, but is there a thread or youtube video somewhere on how to do this?
Mine also got a horrible squeak..
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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by georgeb » 28 Sep 2016 14:59

Oetie wrote:how the 2.5 Navara handled the dunes... being close to my 2.5 Pathy...
Hi Oetie

Let me give feedback on the Navara. We were all a bit concerned about the fact that the Navara has such a huge foot print i.e. wheelbase length and also it carried a significant load as well - there were 120 l water in the back alone!

Initially the drivers struggled to get to grips with the diesel in the dunes but hey - all of us struggled initially - as the time went on they got to grips with the vehicle dynamics and by the last two days they were really doing well.

In one of the huge "play holes" between the dunes an experienced driver took the Navara through it and guess what - successfully through first time - these holes are done at full throttle from the start and back!

The picture below will give you an idea of such a play hole - spot the tracks on the opposite side of the dune belt to my left...
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Play hole
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The Navara got stuck a few times but so did many a car (even our Patrol and the Guides as well) - if that Navara had an aftermarket suspension kit i.e. Camel it would have been a totally different story.
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Navara stuck
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Very interesting - during one of the days in the dunes we had a "quarter mile sprint challenge" on a large slightly uphill open space between the dunes and guess what - the Navara out run all the vehicles in the group by a good car length.
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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by Pieter B » 28 Sep 2016 19:52

Haha... baie suur Toyota gesigte...

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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by SJC » 29 Sep 2016 07:23

georgeb wrote:
iandvl wrote:
Jorrie wrote:George
Hoeveel Jerrykanne petrol het jy saam gedra?
Jorrie - as ek kyk na die twede laaste foto, waar George volmaak - het hy seker gemaak hy het *genoeg* petrol saamgery... :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
Hallo Jorrie/Ian

Ek het 10 Jerry's saamgery so in total so naastenby 335 liter en ja, dit het ons deurgeneem Walvis toe - ek het 106.95 liter in Walvis ingegooi so ek het nog so 29 liter in die tenk gehad na die woestyn ryery.
Was al 10 op die dak?

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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by georgeb » 29 Sep 2016 07:38

SJC wrote:Was al 10 op die dak?
Yep
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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by Oetie » 29 Sep 2016 10:31

Thank you for the feedback on the Navara George, much appreciated. Now I have no excuse to take the Pathy to the dunes.
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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by georgeb » 30 Sep 2016 08:00

Report will be completed during the coming week-end....
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In the desert
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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by georgeb » 30 Sep 2016 15:51

Day 3 to Day 8 - through the desert (not on an horse with no-name)....

Day 3 - from Luderitz to somewhere in the desert. The wind was so strong that we could setup camp, so guess what, spent the night sleeping in our vehicles....
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Filled up, packed and ready to roll...Ratel
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Buffel
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Hilux and Ford
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Off the tarmac onto a bit of gravel driving
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Then into the desert
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Ratel and Crew
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Lead Vehicle
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Driver briefing
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Dunes were pretty small
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End Of Day
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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by georgeb » 02 Oct 2016 14:46

Day 4 - 6

These days were spent on route through the desert and due to the continuous strong winds we decided to sleep over in a tented camp during these nights.
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Day break in the desert
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Suzi, the Ford truck that transported mining equipment and found its last resting place among the dunes..
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The bull dozer also broke down between the dunes some 100+ years ago and is still standing in the exact same spot...
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The dunes were getting bigger
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Patrol following Patrol
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On top of our first real big dune - look at the size of the cars at the bottom...
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Buffel making his way up...
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On top
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Over the summit
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On the beach towards the camp site...
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Our tented camp site...
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Our first big play hole
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From the beach
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After a long day...
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We passed the whale graveyard - about 300 meters of beach covered in whale bones - slaughtered off-shore about a 100 years ago
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George Brittnell

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Re: Luderitz to Walvis Bay - September 2016

Post by georgeb » 02 Oct 2016 15:05

Day 4-6 continues...
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Some more big dune driving
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Lunch time
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