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  • tussuck Posts: 2519
    Melbourne
    Forum Legend tussuck
    19 Jun 2019 09:51 AM
    Deeply disappointed that I'm not seeing a Spa Pool on the list though; its about the only thing missing.
  • JFE Posts: 2071
    NSW
    Motor Head JFE
    19 Jun 2019 01:41 PM
    Quoting tussuck on 19 Jun 2019 09:51 AM
    Deeply disappointed that I'm not seeing a Spa Pool on the list though; its about the only thing missing.
    And have Steelo want to travel with you? No thanks.
  • Timmy Posts: 90
    Stock Poster Timmy
    03 Jul 2019 08:38 PM
    I went on a 12 month trip in my mid 30s, and I asked a friend who had just done it for some advice on what to carry, she said don’t take anything besides the basics, and to buy it as you need it.  Well the amount of crap that travelled with me around Australia that I never used and just got in the bloody way... I should of listened to her !!!
  • Wideglider Posts: 1068
    NSW
    Performance Poster Wideglider
    03 Jul 2019 09:31 PM
    Yeah, it's just human nature to try & be prepared but we tend to over-think it. Traveling is something that you get better at each time.
  • Spook Posts: 2712
    Saffastraya
    Forum Legend Spook
    03 Jul 2019 10:00 PM
    Quoting tussuck on 19 Jun 2019 09:51 AM
    Deeply disappointed that I'm not seeing a Spa Pool on the list though; its about the only thing missing.
    Quoting JFE on 19 Jun 2019 01:41 PM
    And have Steelo want to travel with you? No thanks.
    Yeah, I have it on good authority that Steelo insists on being NAKED in the spa pool wiv da boys! Oops, I don't think I was supposed to let that slip out!
  • paulybronco Posts: 13415
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    04 Jul 2019 09:45 AM
    Quoting tussuck on 19 Jun 2019 09:51 AM
    Deeply disappointed that I'm not seeing a Spa Pool on the list though; its about the only thing missing.
    Quoting JFE on 19 Jun 2019 01:41 PM
    And have Steelo want to travel with you? No thanks.
    Quoting Spook on 03 Jul 2019 10:00 PMedited: 03 Jul 2019 10:01 PM
    Yeah, I have it on good authority that Steelo insists on being NAKED in the spa pool wiv da boys! Oops, I don't think I was supposed to let that slip out!
    Ha Ha 
  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3836
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    04 Jul 2020 06:53 AM
    Hello everyone, hope you are all safe and well and not letting the China Bug get you down.

    What a massive first year we have had on the road (or lack of road) It all started with a 3 month shakedown run through the Central West of NSW to iron out all the bugs with the truck/Fiver combo. Threw out a lot of crap we didn't need, and bought a lot of stuff we didn't think we would need. Found out that 200L of fresh water was not going to cut it for extended off grid camping, so the net result was "We needed a bigger truck"

    We returned to Adelaide late October 2019 as our Daughter was having another baby, so we could help her out and look for another truck. Luck was on my side, and I sold the IVECO for $65K within 8 hours of listing it on truck sales. Panic set in that we were now truck less and had no way of moving the Fiver if there was a fire in the area (Staying at a Caravan Park in the Adelaide Foot Hills)

    Blessed to find an immaculate ISUZU NPR300 Premium Automatic dual cab with only 52K on the clock located in Orange. 1 owner, full service history, and 7 brand new Michellin tyres on it. Only wanted $40K for it, and it had massive locker box's on it already. BARGAIN

    The Dealer then found out I am an Ex Veteran, and had heard about our work with Veterans that are doing it rough around Australia, and offered the truck to us for his cost price (plus rego) so we ended up getting it for $32K. Did I say BARGAIN ?
    Shakedown run Murray River free camp Oct 2019
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    Camped up back in Adelaide at Brown Hill Creek Caravan Park Mitcham.
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    New Truck being fitted out with more solar panels, 2 x 260 ah AGM batteries, new brake controller, UHF, Alarm system, and cameras.
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  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3836
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    04 Jul 2020 07:05 AM
    Got the truck home and ordered up a massive amount of new gear for her, which was fitted by Extreme Car & Caravan & Camping, this guy sure does know his stuff, and has done all our work on the Fiver and now truck.


    3 x 250w solar panels, 2 x 260ag AGM batteries, batter monitor, DC Charger, 2 x Reversing Cameras, Alarm System, new Brake controller, took 2 days to install and commission. The Rig now has 2.7kw of solar panels fed into 4 x 260ah AGM batteries, converted into 240v by a Victron 3K Inverter/Charger. The truck feeds the van as well by a massive 500amp Anderson plug and cable. 

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    Roof of truck

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    Roof of Fiver
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    We now moved onto the problem of more water, so a 800L belly tank was installed, and 2 x 150L tanks placed on the bed of the truck and plumbed into a portable 12v pump that simply clicks into the hose and pumps water directly into the Fiver.


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  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3836
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    04 Jul 2020 07:23 AM
    During this time, my Service/Assistance dog Lu Lu tragically passed away on one of our daily walks, I just felt a tug on the lead and thought "here she goes again, sniffing something again" only to turn around and she was on her side spasming and not breathing. I commenced CPR and got her breathing again, but before Julie could get back to the Caravan park and get the car, Lu Lu passed away. I took this very hard, and it still makes me cry whilst typing this. I loved this dog, and she has saved my life on numerous occasions by keeping the Black Dog at bay.

    We have Lu Lu's ashes with us now, and she will continue her journey around Australia with us in the Fiver.
      
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    We were keen to depart Adelaide early March, but as you all know the China Virus fucked that up for us, and we bunkered down here at Mitcham to see what the Gods had in store for us now.

    Whilst Julie was able to secure more work, I found I was battling depression again and falling fast due to not having Lu Lu with me, and not being able to meet and chat with suffering Veterans on the road. We heard about a litter of Australian Cattle Dogs being born, and inquired about adopting a puppy to travel with us. The breeder was very understanding (Ex Vet) of my situation, and let us jump the Que to purchase a gorgeous Blue Healer who we have called Bella.

    Bella guarding the steps to the bedroom.
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    What a smart Fur Baby this breed is, and she has helped heal my aching heart from Lu Lu's passing.

    We were blessed again to be offered employment by a Company that runs Color Fest, they organise a family fun run/charity event all around Australia that has color stations, foam guns, jumping castle, obstacle courses, and we will be working and travelling with that company up and down the East Coast. There are two events that we will fly to as they are Tasmania, and Darwin. 

    We are all set to depart Adelaide now, and head to Cairns for the first event which starts on the 23rd August, followed by Townsville on the 30th August.
    Hope to catch up with a few of the members along the way, and if you spot our rig, stop in as the fridge is always full.

    Regards Lofty & July & Bella

    Truck ready to roll

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  • gidgi Posts: 911
    NSW
    Performance Poster gidgi
    04 Jul 2020 08:56 AM
    Great story Lofty being prepared is half the battle hope all goes well from now ,sorry about LuLu mate,, I too have lost my best fur mates over the years, it cuts deep .Looking forward to updates along the way. Safe travels bruva
  • JamesJ Posts: 345
    Stage 1 Poster JamesJ
    04 Jul 2020 09:45 AM
    Quoting gidgi on 04 Jul 2020 08:56 AM
    Great story Lofty being prepared is half the battle hope all goes well from now ,sorry about LuLu mate,, I too have lost my best fur mates over the years, it cuts deep .Looking forward to updates along the way. Safe travels bruva
    +1
  • bloodog Posts: 1859
    Cairns
    Motor Head bloodog
    04 Jul 2020 10:01 AM
    Quoting gidgi on 04 Jul 2020 08:56 AM
    Great story Lofty being prepared is half the battle hope all goes well from now ,sorry about LuLu mate,, I too have lost my best fur mates over the years, it cuts deep .Looking forward to updates along the way. Safe travels bruva
    Quoting JamesJ on 04 Jul 2020 09:45 AM
    +1
    +2 
  • Humbug Posts: 643
    Darwin
    Performance Poster Humbug
    04 Jul 2020 10:04 AM
    Hello Lofty,great to see you are on the road,I went searching for this thread a week or so ago to see what was happening. Sorry to hear about Lu Lu it is always hard when our mates pass away but their memories remain for ever. Great update and photos, look forward to the next installment. Safe travels to yourself,July and Bella.  
  • wello Posts: 598
    Performance Poster wello
    04 Jul 2020 10:19 AM
    million dollar bogan my arse ..   how about a vlog loftybob , id be up for watching how things are going for you .. "living the real dream"
  • Humbug Posts: 643
    Darwin
    Performance Poster Humbug
    04 Jul 2020 11:04 AM
    Quoting wello on 04 Jul 2020 10:19 AM
    million dollar bogan my arse ..   how about a vlog loftybob , id be up for watching how things are going for you .. "living the real dream"
    +1
  • brucefxdl Posts: 1405
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    04 Jul 2020 02:01 PM
    Quoting LOFTYBOB on 04 Jul 2020 07:23 AMedited: 04 Jul 2020 07:24 AM
    During this time, my Service/Assistance dog Lu Lu tragically passed away on one of our daily walks, I just felt a tug on the lead and thought "here she goes again, sniffing something again" only to turn around and she was on her side spasming and not breathing. I commenced CPR and got her breathing again, but before Julie could get back to the Caravan park and get the car, Lu Lu passed away. I took this very hard, and it still makes me cry whilst typing this. I loved this dog, and she has saved my life on numerous occasions by keeping the Black Dog at bay.

    We have Lu Lu's ashes with us now, and she will continue her journey around Australia with us in the Fiver.
      
    HD Forums Australia - Ashes.jpg

    We were keen to depart Adelaide early March, but as you all know the China Virus fucked that up for us, and we bunkered down here at Mitcham to see what the Gods had in store for us now.

    Whilst Julie was able to secure more work, I found I was battling depression again and falling fast due to not having Lu Lu with me, and not being able to meet and chat with suffering Veterans on the road. We heard about a litter of Australian Cattle Dogs being born, and inquired about adopting a puppy to travel with us. The breeder was very understanding (Ex Vet) of my situation, and let us jump the Que to purchase a gorgeous Blue Healer who we have called Bella.

    Bella guarding the steps to the bedroom.
    HD Forums Australia - bella 1.jpg

    What a smart Fur Baby this breed is, and she has helped heal my aching heart from Lu Lu's passing.

    We were blessed again to be offered employment by a Company that runs Color Fest, they organise a family fun run/charity event all around Australia that has color stations, foam guns, jumping castle, obstacle courses, and we will be working and travelling with that company up and down the East Coast. There are two events that we will fly to as they are Tasmania, and Darwin. 

    We are all set to depart Adelaide now, and head to Cairns for the first event which starts on the 23rd August, followed by Townsville on the 30th August.
    Hope to catch up with a few of the members along the way, and if you spot our rig, stop in as the fridge is always full.

    Regards Lofty & July & Bella

    Truck ready to roll

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    good to see the adventure/trip is going well bob,sorry to hear of your loss of lulu. our gsp who was with us for the last 12 years developed prostrate cancer in the last month or so and went on his last hunt this thursday gone. its not easy to cope with one going thats been part of the family , but we must move forward,my wife isnt coping as well as me [ not that it is any easier for me ] as he was her all day companion.cheers.
  • STROPP Posts: 411
    Perth
    Stage 1 Poster STROPP
    04 Jul 2020 04:27 PM
    So sad lulu passed mate, hopefully that little bluey fills the void as I’m sure it will, all the best mate on the trip. I might be joining you sooner rather than later if I sell the business ??
  • JFE Posts: 2071
    NSW
    Motor Head JFE
    05 Jul 2020 07:36 PM
    Safe travels Lofty. I’m betting the ppl you meet and give hope to along the way will appreciate it.
  • paulybronco Posts: 13415
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    05 Jul 2020 07:55 PM
    Great to hear your back on track mate
  • Rivo Posts: 91
    Chiang Rai Thailand
    Stock Poster Rivo
    11 Jul 2020 12:09 AM
    Great update Lofty, was only wondering how your travels were going recently, the motorbike dealers must miss you  lol

    RIP Lulu
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