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Old 12-04-18
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Hi guys,

We are planning a trip to Victoria High Country (Mid November) for about 10 nights and was after some track advice and your thoughts on camping spots as we head in from Barry Way.
I ​just purchased a 2018 Trition GLS Dual Cab with the standard Bridgestone highway tyres and I will be towing a Pod Trailer.
There is a second vehicle, VW Amerok Dual Cab who will not be towing.
Q. Will the triton standard tyres with reduced pressure be sufficient or will I need to change to an all terrain Tyre ?
Q. Should I leave the trailer at home ?
Q. What camp sites do you recommend coming in from Jindabyne along The Barry Way for 10 nights.

Thanks and cheers in advance
Rob
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I cannot reliably comment on the choice of tyre for you. I have done similar trips many times with highway tyres on my NW Pajero and had no problems, but maybe I was lucky???

Regarding coming down the Barry Way from Jindabyne, the road is narrow and has some nasty unmarked bends. No problems if you keep your speed down and stay on your own side of the road. You will have the drop on your side, so it is important to be careful. Cattle trucks use this road and pass other trucks so it is do-able, but care must be taken.

Normally a good gravel road all the way. When you get near Suggan Buggan, the road is sealed, but resist the temptation to speed up - it is very narrow and winding. Sharp curves, no signs.

There are a few campsites on the way beside the Snowy River. A piece of heaven in my opinion. Mid November could be a bit hot, but there is always the river to cool off in. I think 10 days may be a bit too long, but that is your choice. There are about 5 recognised camp sites (toilets etc) along the stretch beside the river. Once you start to climb, no more good sites. Willis is probably the best site, but it may be a bit crowded as well.

Another good camp site is to go to McKillops Bridge (further South - climb out of the Snowy Valley and then turn left at Gelantipity). The road to the bridge is VERY narrow and extreme care is required, but this is probably a better place to camp. Beautiful area - enjoy.
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Hi Erad,

Sorry I was not clear, travelling via Barry Way but want to travel through / stay at Dargo, Wonnangatta, Blue rag track, The Pinnacles, Zeka Spur Track, Howitt Hut, Craig’s Hut, Dinner Plain, Anglers Rest, Cobberas track back to Jindabyne. We will be self sufficient so no power is needed.
Hope that is a bit more information as to where we intend to travel, just concerned about standard tyres and towing Pod Trailer.

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Rob
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Travelling in the High Country just after winter and a month after the harder tracks open up, is more difficult than later in the season. Expect more mud, swollen rivers and trees blocking tracks. Therefore you will have much more trouble if you have HT tyres and even more trouble if towing. If you have a winch and like winching, have a chainsaw on like clearing tracks then you would not be disappointed in your adventure.

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All of the roads you mention should be open by November. Snow should be gone from the roads by then, but river crossings eg Wonnangatta may still be a bit high if we still have some snow higher up. Most of the roads from Gelantipity onwards in your trip are not cleared during winter, and may have some trees down. A chainsaw and a winch would be a help

Tracks like Blue Rag are liable to be blocked at any time of the year if there has been high winds. As for rivers, by November the snow should have melted by then, but hopefully not, because we need as much precipitation as we can get right now. Again, creek or river crossings are dependent on how much rain has fallen in the previous week or so.

Regarding highway tyres, I have done most of your route on highway tyres, but I was scared in places like Blue Rag that I may cut one on the steeper sections. Changing a wheel then would be hell. Take it quietly, lower your tyre pressures and you should have no worries at all.
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You mentioned that you've just purchased your Triton, have you taken delivery of it yet? If not I'd suggest getting the tyres changed now to something more appropriate. It'll be cheaper and less stressful for your trip.
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I was over there with the club in 2010, when the PB was new. Pickle had organised a press-fleet Challenger, which was completely stock in every way.

That Challenger made it to the top of Blue Rag with zero drama, before the "jump up" was graded. I didn't do Blue Rag this year, but I don't imagine it could be much worse than last year - I would expect the Triton and Amarok to make it without much drama.

Notwithstanding the above, I would always prefer to have some LT rated ATs for anything resembling real 4wding i.e. where 4wd is actually required, and not simply a good idea.
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Hi Gents,
Appreciate your informative feedback and I think I will leave the trailer at home and purchase some LT AT Tyres. I do have anothe4 question though, standard tyre size is 245/65R17 but what would be the largest tyre to improve ground clearance but not affect the gearing too much, it is an auto diesel.
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Hi Gents,
Appreciate your informative feedback and I think I will leave the trailer at home and purchase some LT AT Tyres. I do have anothe4 question though, standard tyre size is 245/65R17 but what would be the largest tyre to improve ground clearance but not affect the gearing too much, it is an auto diesel.
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Could certainly go up to 265/65R17. There are some good AT tyres available in this size, including the excellent ST Maxx. Probably the biggest you would want to go is 265/70R17, which opens you up to a full range of AT and MT tyres and should be an easy size to find a replacement if you need in a hurry. There is likely to be some gearing effect, but it's a compromise and I didn't suggest anything bigger in order to contain any gearing effect.

265/65R17 is approx 1" larger diameter than what you have, meaning an extra 1/2" ground clearance. 265/70R17 is approx 2" larger diameter, meaning an extra 1" of ground clearance.
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Hi guys,

What are options best options for touring Vic High Country in regards to maps.

Paper Maps - Can you provide a specific region map/s that shows most popular tracks or should I purchase topographic maps ?

Electronic Mapping Device - Hema, VMS, others ?

Cheers in advance

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