16' Series New to caravans

Robophil

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Hi all, Recently purchased a 2011 expanda 16.49.1 outback after upgrading from a forward fold camper trailer. We are keen to getaway this xmas in it as we have already got a trip planned meeting family down at Merimbula. I have a couple of mods I'm keen to implement, though that will probably come after xmas when we have tested it for a few weeks. Tow vehicle is s 2016 Prado with airbags and other accessories. Will no doubt find some useful info in this forum as I'm new to Jayco and Caravans.
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Drover

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Welcome to the group fella, you will fnd all sorts of van mods on here just have to dig around or just ask away, no dumb questions on here......................Long drive at Xmas to Merimbula from up here , don't forget to allow about 3 or 4 hrs to get thru places like Ulladulla and Batemens Bay biggest traffic jam in the world over holidays.
 
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Robophil

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Welcome to the group fella, you will fnd all sorts of van mods on here just have to dig around or just ask away, no dumb questions on here......................Long drive at Xmas to Merimbula from up here , don't forget to allow about 3 or 4 hrs to get thru places like Ulladulla and Batemens Bay biggest traffic jam in the world over holidays.
Thanks for the heads up mate, we will be travelling via an inland route and heading back to the coast through Canberra so will probably miss Batemans Bay etc. We gave oursleves 3 days to get down there so hopefully find a couple of nice stops along the way.
 
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Drover

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If you head down thru Canberra the Kings Way brings you out at Batemans Bay and can be a traffic nightmare over the holidays getting out onto the Princess Hwy so going down via the snowy Mtns Hwy and over Black Mtn to Bega is way better, went down it once in a semi and lost count of the bends , great bit of country and coast even though full of Victorians....lol,lol,lol.

We always travel south using the inland rural roads staying away from from the coast as it gets a bit frantic and cost heaps but if doing it express will belt down the inland highways like New England to Toowoomba, Gore Hwy to Goondi then Newell to Forbes cut across to Cowra then onto Canberra, Cooma hang a left after Nimmitabel for Bega, used to do trips like that in a few days when I was working now it can take me 3 weeks or more....................................have a good one.
 
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Robophil

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Haha I know what your saying about our Victorian brethren, meeting the in laws and extended family there (all from Vic) lol. Even "the new to us" Expanda still has Vic plates on it so will probably fit right in, tho the car has QLD plates.

Your route ending up through Bega sounds pretty spot on to what we are looking at taking as we are planning on making it in 3 days. Can't wait only 10 or so days now til we hit the road..
 
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With different plates carry your rego papers with you just in case they pull you over, they can attract attention.........................the problem changing rego on the van to QLD means you not only have to get a roadworthy but a gas and electrical cert as well, can be a right pain.......if you travel down the Newell Hwy inland try not to refuel at Narrabri or Coonabarrabran as they are usually a good 10c/lt more, Moree and Gilgandra are good fuel stops....

When your going down the mountains use the gears to assist with braking the van with touching the brakes as little as possible and each time you start off for the day double check the hitch and as you drive off give the van brake a test to see that they pull you up.............When you stop for walkies do a tour of your rig feel the hubs they can be warm but not hot unless youve been using the brakes a bit, the temp should be even both sides.....and most importantly before you leave home check the wheel nuts are done up, especially if its been for a service, many a wheel has fallen off and on a single axle you can't afford it, check when the wheel is cold not hot thats how studs break....don't use a Gorilla arm on the wheel brace either.

Drive with care and enjoy the run
 
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We sold our camper trailer before we bought the van and it cost us $200 in gas and road worthy certificates, didn't have to do electrical on it but it only had 12v.

Thanks for the tips definitely will take all that on board. I will be doing quick check overs when we stop, wheel bearings are always in the back of my mind because of towing boats haha...

Cheers for all the info and advice @Drover.
 
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