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3 more sleeps <(-_-)>

Hello,

Today I packed all my clothes and helped dad change the tires on the car.     :4by:

Only 3 days ’till we leave !     :party:

I will keep everyone posted (if we can find a nextG connection :boo: ) on what we are doing after we leave, so check daily.

Josh  :prop:

Preparation in it's final stages.

Well It’s getting close now, preparation is in it’s final stages and everyone is really looking forward to getting on the road.

Over the last few weeks  we have done the preparation on the trailer. We’ve checked and repacked the wheel bearings, greasing the shackles and hitch, replacing the tires and adding some rubber protection to the Jerry can holders. The water tank currently is full of a mix of water and Milton  (The stuff you use to sterilise babys bottles) to get rid of that sitting in the shed taste.

The rear window protector for the car is complete and I mounted that yesterday. It’s made from Polycarbonate sheet mounted using 3M dual lock and some clear silicon “dots” to keep it spaced of the window.

Rear window protector

I also revisited the LRA springs we fitted a few weeks ago – deciding that 220lb just wasn’t heavy enough once I added the load of the trailer plus a packed car. We swapped them over for 320lb and the result is excellant.  Without the load this would be too heavy – but I will be putting the air suspension back in after the trip so I am convinced it’s just right.

The primary battery decided last week to give up the ghost – but as it was the original battery from Land Rover, I guess I can’t really complain about only getting 5 1/2 years out of it!

It did give me an opportunity to prove to myself that in the event of the main battery failing – the secondary does cut in automatically on startup and we now have a nice new 950CCA Century under there.  It’s good to know the secondary battery and isolator is working correctly before we have a problem out in the bush.

So batteries should not  give us any more grief.

We’ve started organising and packing the chargers and 12V batteries for the miriad of devices we seem to have aquired.  Between Cameras , Ipods, Laptops and GPS – its amazing just how many 12V chargers one family can collect!

DiscoveryIIa

The car goes back to Roverland this week for a final service and check over, other than that,  preparation over the next week will mainly be food planning – sorting out tools and spares and some last minute bits and pieces.  This is my last clear weekend before we leave as the Victorian Age Short Course Championships keeping us rather busy the next one.

Most likely next post we will be just about ready to go…….

:4by:

Are we there yet?

Well two weeks with out posting again, :oops:

Yeh I know, that’s pretty slack.. but we have been making progress.

Despite Land Rover making it as hard as possible to mount the HF under the drivers seat it is now solidly mounted and operational.   The  head unit has found a home and it looks like all vehicle comms are complete.

HF Mount4

We have also removed the rear air suspension and installed new LRA rear springs for this trip. I will most likely put the airbags back in after we return – as they do provide a very good ride.

I am making a rear window protector out of poly carbonate sheet that I’ve had cut to size and will be picking up tomorrow.

As long as the weather holds out, this weekend is all about trailer preparation.

It’s in pretty good condition, but repacking the wheel bearings, a full grease and fully flushing the water tank are the main jobs to get done.  I also need to remount the battery box and see what I can do about a little more stone protection.

Just over a month to go and it looks like we are in pretty good shape.

I think the hardest bit left is waiting 40 whole days until we can get out of the city for a while!   :camp:

55 days to go!!

telegraph-pole

:jgl:  8O   8O   8O

Time seems to be rushing along but we are making steady progress. :D

Vehicle Prep:

Installation of the rear antenna mount for the HF is complete and we have decided on the mounting positions for the Codan HF radio, remote head and speaker.  All of these should go into the car over the weekend….fingers crossed.

The Codan will provide our long distance communications while the UHF will cover more local vehicle to vehicle work. These combined a NextG prepaid as a tethered modem to give us internet access (when we can find some signal), pretty much completes setup of our communications gear.

I hope to arrange some testing  of the HF in the next week or so as well – as we all have a bit to learn and I want all of us to know how to use it in an emergency.

So with a bit of luck, we shouldnt end up like this bloke…

Blog:

As far as the blog goes there has been a bit of work going on in the background.

We are creating an outback contacts page – I’ve gathered some information from a couple of sites I regularly use, but cross checking and correcting details before I publish them is taking a little longer than I planned.

Hopefully we will have that complete before the end of the week.

Tidying up and getting ready…..

Ok, so I’ve done a bit of a site cleanup today, deleted some of the early test posts and re arranged the format of the Preparation page.

We’ll be updating this more regularly now as we count down to September.  Plenty more preparation work to complete and the kids are starting to learn how to use the blog too…so you never quite know what might end up here!

:4by:    :camp:     :lr:

This weekend we will fit the radio, so should be able to start testing it and teaching the whole clan to use it.

Anyway stay tuned……

Late May and September appears to be approaching fast…

Well we seem to have the function of the blog working smoothly and now are getting on with the business of trip preparation.

The “Planning” page has been updated with the most recent version of the planned route and a rough daily itinerary mapped out.

Also on the “Preparation” page we’ve started listing the work being done pre trip to ensure every thing is a hassle free as we can make it.

September seemed a long time away when we first set this up at the beginning of April, yet as the end of May approaches, there is still lots to do.

We are all looking forward to this time out of the rat race… so making time to get the the preparation done isn’t so hard.. it gives us all something to look forward to.

Slow but steady progress

Well, it all seems to be slowly coming together.

I got a few site changes done today and tried a few things.

Tomorrow I start teaching the kids how to use this.. that way they will be able to contribute on our trip.

They often take far better photographs than me, so with their additional input hopefully they can show some of their friends how amazing this country can be if you just get out and look.

The Beginning…

This is the starting point….

We’ve installed WordPress and now learning how to use it. By the time we hit the road in September, we might have even worked it out!

:camp: