TRAKKA FAMILY ON TOUR
There’s only one thing we love more than getting out and about on our own off road adventure and that’s hearing from our Trakka family about their sojourns across our Great Southern Land. From time to time we’re going to publish a Q&A with our Trakka friends that are currently on tour. These access-all-areas, no-holds-barred Q&A’s aim to inspire your road map and answer a few of questions about terrain and how our vehicles handled. First up, meet Steve and Denise Fisher and their Mercedes-Benz Jabiru 4×4 “Priscilla – Queen of the Desert“.
Jabiru 4×4 owners Steve and Denise have been on their current Trakkabout for near on 9 months. Having lived and worked on the road a few years ago, when Steve and Denise sold their respective businesses they bought their Trakka so they could resume travelling. “Motorhoming suits our style of travel as opposed to a caravan; my golden rule is buy something as small as you can handle rather than as big as you can afford. The Jabiru isn’t too big and we also wanted a 4WD so we could get off the beaten track. As a result we mostly camp in free camps and national parks, and by the same token we can quite simply drive around a city easily too,” explains Steve.
Where are some of the amazing places you’ve visited and the wonderful things you’ve seen?
Current trip has been from Brisbane to Kosciusko NP, Adelaide, Eyre peninsula, Flinders Ranges, Oodnadatta Track, Old Ghan Track to Alice Springs, Red Centre Way to Yulara and then Great Central Road to Laverton. Then to Karijini NP across to Exmouth and Ningaloo. Highlights would have to be Mt Kosciusko National Park: walking in alpine country, Great Central Road from Yulara to Laverton: Spectacular Outback road trip, and swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo.
How did the 4×4 handle? Any challenges faced/overcome? Certain tracks you were surprised by?
We encountered a variety of road conditions from bull dust, corrugated rough roads, sandy river crossings, wash away desert tracks, soft sand and worst of all, stony gibber plains. The Jabiru performed very well, with very little dust penetration and no tyre or suspension damage.
What was the best thing about your Trakka?
The versatility of being able to handle Outback travel with 4WD while also being able to cruise on freeways at the speed limit and drive and park in capital city streets. Very little setup or pack up required and even in poor weather, never needing to actually leave the vehicle.
What features, specific to your Trakka are worth mentioning to potential customers? Some of the options you chose?
The overall quality of the Mercedes Sprinter vehicle and fit out by TRAKKA. The all diesel cooking, heating and hot water. Long range fuel tanks and solar power capability. Twin beds of the Jabiru to allow ease of access and extra casual seating, outback pack of large fuel tanks, UHF radio, two spare tyres and extra solar panel to enable extended travel and camping in remote areas.
Currently in Perth the Steve and Denise have an open-ended itinerary…
We have Denise & Steve Fisher and Ken & Wendy Gourlay to thank for the images and footage. Denise has also put together a great blog. Tip for Jabiru enthusiasts: you’ll be particularly keen on the May 17 coverage. We’ll be checking in with Ken & Wendy in Part II of this adventure soon!