Liwa Desert UAE - Go West Trip

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Liwa Desert UAE - Go West Trip

Post by vanhack » 04 Nov 2014 10:31

Hi Folks,
just a trip report from my part of the world. My offrading club http://www.me4x4.me organised a trip over the 31st Oct to 1st November weekend.

I took a friend who was leaving the UAE for good to head back to Germany as thank you for the help he has given me with learning to restore my other car. So a Prado 150 series V6, Jeep TJ and Jeep JK V6 2 door were amongst us. The TJ driver was the trip leader and was following a book by Mike Nott for the route. It was 130kms in sand driving, with an estimated 190kms from fuel pump to fuel pump. All petrol vehicles on this trip.

We started out near some camel farms, and moved away to the undulating dunes. The slipfaces were perfect, around 150-200ft of decent. Around 10;30am we arrived at a date farm and socialised with 2 Bangladeshi farmers who get back to the town around 80kms away every month. They gave us tea and dates, which is a common snack here.

On our way, and we stopped after I had to manoeuvre a bowl escape and calculated our fuel, I was drinking fuel at alarming rate, the Patrol was loaded with 2 sacks of fire wood, 15 German beer bottles, 2 cool boxes of food, camping gear and all the recovery tools and a 20 litre jerry can on the rear door. The sand was soft, even though the tires were down to 12psi....she was making a heavy track. So I had looked at an old gatch track from Google Earth and I led the way. We had to back track as the yellow Jeep driver had found that the sand that is bulldozed around a gatch track is powder. Upon arriving at the stuck, the left 2 wheels were buried in the sand, sorry no photo yet, and to tow the jeep out we would need 3 tow ropes. I had some locally designed sand shoes, and I had heard that they were good, they were just given to me by my friend, and did not know they worked. After a little digging and placing the sand shoes under the sunken wheels, the jeep roared out. Every body was impressed and asked where these sand shoes come from. :woo:

Anyhow, I had a couple of stucks on flat spots or climbing long ascents, and had to resort to the difflock, low ratio and the 4.8's torque to get out, infact I managed to self-recover the whole trip, and the only other car that had no assisted recovery was the little Jeep TJ. :blonde: :blonde: :blonde:

Then at 16:00pm, 1 hour before the sunsets, we found a good flat campsite, with only 11kms left to complete the route. First thing in setting up camp, have a cold beer, which everyone else also had the same idea. After a beer, a chat we proceeded to unload and setup the camp in the cool sunset hour. Then we had another beer, and at early evening we started out dinner, I am using a butane stove, as it Is small to carry and the fuel is also cheaper than coal. We had a nice steak and condiments. Then a few glasses of wine later, we started cooking the German sausages, yes my passenger is German, and was also the cook and buyer of the food/drinks.

The night was pleasant with snoring from the Spaniards, then the swiss and a grand finale from the German. :lol:

The next day, we left the camp leisurely as we only had 1 hour to the track at the Arada farms.

The patrol was great, the combination of the difflock, low ration and 4.8 torque is really something I have not witnessed. The koni shocks absorb the bumps here and there nicely without comprise to the ride comfort on road. The roofrack is great and loving that I can pack more in the car with out blocking my rear view. The only thing that failed was the USB stick for my radio, and that is due to it being now 3 years old and being left in the car when summer temperatures reach 40's.

I leave you with some of the pics and a route of the trip from Googleearth and Garmin.

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Post by Jules » 04 Nov 2014 10:42

What a nice trip, thanks for sharing, yip those 4.8 Patrol are excellent in the sand

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Post by ricster » 04 Nov 2014 11:51

Very nice !!!!
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Re: Liwa Desert UAE - Go West Trip

Post by Bruin Beer » 04 Nov 2014 14:01

VanHack,
Al I can say is "What a live".
Thanks for sharing this with us.
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Post by Jorrie » 04 Nov 2014 16:52

Thanks for the nice trip report.
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Post by Peter Connan » 04 Nov 2014 16:59

Thank you!
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Post by martyn » 04 Nov 2014 17:09

Sid. that was a good read, thank you
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Post by Tinus lotz » 04 Nov 2014 17:45

Great report man very jealous about all that sand driving. ..... :rolleyes: have you got a tpms on your car?
12psi cold can go to 1.2 bar quickly. ....i rather drive in 3 or 4 low range found its better on the feul :mytwocents:
Those 4.8 loves the sand.....

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Re: Liwa Desert UAE - Go West Trip

Post by vanhack » 04 Nov 2014 18:45

Tinus lotz wrote:Great report man very jealous about all that sand driving. ..... :rolleyes: have you got a tpms on your car?
12psi cold can go to 1.2 bar quickly. ....i rather drive in 3 or 4 low range found its better on the feul :mytwocents:
Those 4.8 loves the sand.....
I have been driving on the sand for a decade now, more out of design than choice, as that is mostly what we have here. But I have noted that the deflated 12psi at start, quickly around 30-45 minutes goes up to 14/15 psi, and i usually stop and deflate again to 12 psi. In the club we recommend 15psi for those who are starting new, and as they progress they figure for themselves the pressure they like. It is a trade off between floation and having thhe tyre of the rim, and the turns you take. I have not found the need to put on a tpms yet, but do want to get something to keep an eye on the tranny temp and transfer temp soon.

I was in low range sometimes, mostly when leading the group, or desending the slipfaces, and also when self recovering, but i will make note of the fuel consumption.

The 4.8 torque is really something, gives you enough to correct any misjudgments you have made in reading the sand ahead.
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Re: Liwa Desert UAE - Go West Trip

Post by Kagiso II » 04 Nov 2014 20:36

Can only say this in Afrikaans:

Dit is nou n moerse rit verslag. Jy het my jaloers en jy sal maak dat mens julle daar in UAE kom kuier ..
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