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On the road/off the road - day one done

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On the road/off the road - day one done

Murphy's law is a funny thing. The truck is virtually new, barely run-in with a previous 3000km foray to Lake Eyre and back... and a climb up into the Victorian High country.

What could go wrong as we now - finally -  head off into the real wild blue yonder? Well... an 'engine malfunction' it seems, our indestructable Troopy truck maybe not so indestructible afterall.

It's 9pm, propped outside a servo in Waurne Ponds, Geelong - only about an hour south of Melbourne.

Seems it's a numbers game.... well... numbers and one letter to be exact, according to our RACV man, who stoops in front of the driver's seat peering under the dash. He holds an electronic device in his right hand and nods. "Mmmm... it does happen." He nods again, shows us the device display - "P2121" - and asks for some paper to jot something down.

It seems the throttle position sensor thinks there's a problem, triggering the 'engine malfunction' light and the engine switching to 'limp' mode with a loss of power.

With the sensor disabled, we continue on as normal to our first overnight at lakeside Ondit, and a fitfull sleep broken by the midnight meetings of grey nomads, thoughts of what we may have forgotten and nearby Paul Kelly campfire covers... oh, and the questionable comfort of a mechanic's advice that "the throttle sensor hiccup may never happen again."

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Taming the beast

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Taming the beast

No, it's not always about me. This time it's about the truck, and a fast-approaching day - March 2017 - when we finally head off.

Is our truck ready to go? We've added recovery points front and back, driving lights and tacked a twin spare wheel carrier frame on the back. So... almost ready... except for a few creature comforts... like some built-in cupboards and a fridge for example... oh, and a bed.

So, who have we entrusted to complete this final 'tweaking' to our beloved truck?

Well, it has to be someone who knows their stuff... someone like TRAKKA, fitting off-road beasties like ours since the 70s, their low key office and factory nestled in the bush of Mt Kuring-gai.

We browse through a TRAKKA REVIEW.

There'll be holes cut in the side, a new water tank, benches, battery, stove, sink, shower and fridge all added... among other stuff. Oh, and the roof will need to be cut off... mmmm... for the foldaway bed of course... with solar panels propped on top.

So, we take a collective deep breath, drop off the truck for its December `conversion', after driving 900-kms to Trakka, just north of Sydney; then with a tearful goodbye fly home.

Work begins, NOW WELL UNDERWAY, and we await the conversion of our go-anywhere 4×4 truck to a comfortable home away from home.

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