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  1. Great story for anyone who travels in the outback.
    I drowned my 4×4 on Cape York about 30 years ago
    and with a bit of help from other 4×4 s and 2 days
    stripping the vehicle at Bamaga, plus a bit of electrical work by-passing
    the steel stopper alarm we were able to drive all the way home to Melbourne.

  2. We broke down 40 km out of Karratha lucky we had club 4×4 insurance they paid for the tow into Karratha
    That’s where the luck ended. Been and older car Holden jackaroo 2003 not one mechanic in town wanted to fix it because it was an auto transmission.
    Excuses were to hard not wanting to do a long job etc
    Ended up getting a transmission from Victoria and will install myself here at caravan park

  3. Glade you got home safe. Lucky no one was thrown through the windscreen. I travelled the Walkers Crossing road to Birdsville and The Bash. I know the washout you hit. I even stopped the next traveller heading south and warned them about it. It was going to be worse for the northern travellers. A 4wd stopper.

  4. A good insurance news story no doubt, but how is it that a town like Port Augusta, the gateway to the outback, doesn’t have suspension parts for a Prado!?
    There must be thousands of them on the road.
    And what about Adelaide?
    How can it take 5 days to get parts to a town 3 hours away?
    I recon every second mum dropping off their kids to college down here in little old Radelaide is driving a Prado.
    I guess they don’t get many wash outs in the Coles car park.
    And I thought Toyota were renowned for customer service.

    Keep up the good work Club 4X4.

    1. It was a stub axle that we had the problem, not just a common thing like a CV joint. Having gotten in on Monday afternoon we missed the urgent express freight order. Turned out they needed a wiring loom and they got the wrong one, so back waiting for that.
      Toyota were pretty good overall, they did give us a new car to drive for the whole time which was a lifesaver. At least we were able to travel around and check out some nearby towns and places.

  5. Yes i also hit several washouts on that road but i was in a Hilux ( loaded to the gunnels i might add) and i did’nt have a problem – mind you, i was worried !

  6. Great story about your recover and Club 4X4 support. But as a mechanic and a Toyota fan what was actual broken ? CV? Tyre rode end ? spring? power steering ram? unlikely with just a pot hole. Front wheel bearing ? Strut mounds or shockie? Front right steering leaves a tad to the imagination.
    This is not a criticism, I am just interested.

    Cheers
    Jeff

  7. Great story about your recover and Club 4X4 support. But as a mechanic and a Toyota fan what was actual broken ? CV? Tyre rode end ? spring? power steering ram? unlikely with just a pot hole. Front wheel bearing ? Strut mounds or shockie? Front right steering leaves a tad to the imagination.
    This is not a criticism, I am just interested.

    Cheers
    Jeff

  8. Luckily I had heard of this Prado hitting the washout on the Walker’s Crossing track as I hit that track on the following Sunday after the BRB. I took a nice steady pace on the lookout for the wash and certainly came across one that would have certainly done the job. Fair warning was a godsend.
    Although my travel partner destroyed a tyre on that track it is a good reminder that things can go wrong.
    I’m reviewing my Club 4X4 insurance now to make sure I am fully covered for mishaps like this. Thanks for the story.

  9. What got me about this story was the knock back by RACV it would seem to me all it’s good for is a flat battery or a call out of in a town
    I have RACV E XTRA but I think I might just check out the nitty gritty of what and where I am actually covered for coz on this trip up north I have heard quite a few really bad stories about this sort of cover
    A friend hit a big whoopsie on the Charters Tower road and bent his chassis his car was covered for the tow but not his van even though he had extra cover and his van was 20 ft that was towed on the back of the tow truck and that cost an extra $700 maybe I might check out Club4x4 again before I renew. Ron

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  10. So great reading all these tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing. We area couple of kiwis having a new van built for pick up in Nov where we will come over for a couple of weeks to try it out and than back again next June for a 2 – 3month trip , which we will do each year till we have done it all.

    We had read quite a lot of not so good reviews on RACQ so insured with someone else, but will be changing to club 4×4 on its renewal date due to a more comprehensive cover.

    Really look forward to our club 4×4 newsletters with all the info on travelling your diverse country.

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