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    I will be travelling to Botswana in August for a 2 week camping trip. I have a 2009 Disco 3 TDV6 SE. It has been well looked after, just had cam-belt changed [165000km]. Can anyone provide advice as to what things to put in my spares box, eg hoses, self sealing tape, beyond the obvious etc for roadside repairs.

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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    another member asked the same question not too long ago.

    A few threads covering similar questions - Have a look at this one as an example : http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...54#post3210954

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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    Quote Originally Posted by 2beFree View Post
    another member asked the same question not too long ago.

    A few threads covering similar questions - Have a look at this one as an example : http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...54#post3210954

    Good advise on here , follow it.
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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    Agreed on the advice in that other thread.

    My advice:

    1. IIDTool (the BT one). Finding and clearing faults, and most importantly, keeping it at off road height over 50kph (you can go more than off road height too if you are OK with brutalising your CV's).
    2. Check that your compressor is OK. Go up and down two or three times, and make sure that the compressor is not running more than about ten minutes to refill the tank. The idea is to check that your compressor is not on the way out. As someone else said: it can really ruin your trip. Also learn about the correct fuse to pull to stop the system from adding and removing air from the air bags. I think its F26. In the engine compartment fuse box. So if your compressor goes, you can give it some relief by cutting it out (though you then get no more height control). I don't think the 2009 model allows you to put a valve on the reservoir to pump it up without the compressor. You need a T piece kit from Gremeltech but that gets complicated.
    3. Take tyre string plugs and kit with plenty of strings and glue. Even better is a mushroom plug tool as well as the string plugs, but you need to get that from Amazon, don't think they retail in RSA (yet). So far Im very happy with mine. https://www.amazon.com/Stop-Go-1075-...ords=stop+n+go
    4. Spare serpentine belt? I think you need the fan tool to fit it though
    5. Keep the weight down and low!

    Personally, I think the D3 handles the Bots sand and water better than most other vehicles BECAUSE the air suspension is so good (and you can get the underside high: trucks and Mogs are better but not much else). But you need to make sure its up to the task and in good condition. The airbags seem to be pretty reliable, its just the compressor itself, and sometimes the valve bodies, that can act up.

    Have a great trip!
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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    The best item is a roaming cell-phone with TuffStuff's number on it.
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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    Tx for the tips I will take note.
    I am new on the forum so did not see earlier threads, but I will follow the links. I am waiting for a compressor kit from the UK - apparently it has made it to JHB - and will be fitting that soon. Tyres are good and the car is in good overall condition, serviced every 12 500 kms. I have done a few shortish trips bu this one will be over at least 2 weeks.

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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    @kreeves - how was your trip? How did the D3 do? Apologies if I missed another thread on your trip...

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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    In my experience - you can take as much as you want with you ... it's always the one item that you did not expect that fails.

    Maybe even your own - or partner's, health or some accident - natural or otherwise.

    Even MORE so on the newer vehicles and OLDER folk !!

    Watch the weight - (Aah yes, both your OWN and the vehicle load!!) - your biggest enemy.

    The obvious preventative ones - all already mentioned and documented !

    Big thing is to have communication to loved ones, friends or contacts channels open to help either by cell phone IF available or SAT PHONE, radio - whatever!

    Also access by way of any of the above to medical and emergency support.

    Africa is not for the timid or sissies.

    Be prepared for it.
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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    He travelled last year Peter

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    Default Re: Overland trip planning. Keith

    Quote Originally Posted by Sechaba View Post
    He travelled last year Peter
    It is a common mistake of mine to forget to look at the date of the post!!

    Anyway - the advice stands.
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