The Motor Vehicle
Service the vehicle before setting out.
Check essential items thoroughly such as fan, air conditioner and power steering belts, if applicable.
Check radiator hoses including by-pass, heater, and L.P.G. converter if fitted; carry spares.
Clean or replace air cleaner and fuel filters.
Tyres—tyres should clearly be in very good condition; you are going to experience harsh off road surfaces, tyres will take a hammering-Carry two spare tyres if possible.
Fuel—always make sure that fuel supply will be available along your chosen route prior to leaving. If you cannot carry sufficient fuel it may be necessary to arrange a fuel dump at an Outback Station or Police Station; a long range tank may be an option worth looking into.
The Vehicle in Tow - Caravan / Trailer
Towing—the towed unit is as important as the motor vehicle with respect to maintenance and tyres. Essential items to be checked before going on your journey:-
General Body—make any body / door repairs before leaving.
Wheel Bearings—service the wheel bearings making sure that they are in good condition and are packed with grease and adjusted to makers specifications; carry at least one spare set along with correct grease and locking devices.
Lights—ensure that all lights are in working order; carry spare globes.
Tow Hitch—make sure that this is suitable for the type of terrain to be travelled. Make sure that it engages positively and is secure.
Brakes—check brake linings and system operations