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    Default Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    We are thinking of doing a trip through the Richtersveld National Park
    Is it easily doable in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?
    I've read that there are some rocky narrow passes.
    How bad are these, as I do not want to put ourselves or the vehicle at risk?
    We would obviously stay clear of the "4x4 only" routes.
    Any advise would be appreciated

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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Go for it!! Sure, some of the really hectic 4x4 trails (e.g. to Venstervalle) might be too tight in places, but you should be fine on most others.
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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Go for it!

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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    I was also wondering about that - not worried about the 4x4 bits, but the narrow bits. I remember one place through the valley to de Hoop which did not leave much room either side of the Defender. But, it might have come across as being narrower than it was. I'm sure that if it was too narrow for the motorhome, then those towing Bushlapas etc would also have had problems there


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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Your biggest problem is going to be should you get properly stuck, whether it be in the river sand beds or anywhere else, your nearest recovery vehicle will be coming from Port Nolloth or Springbok. For that pleasure you will pay dearly.
    Having said that I have to ask why in a motorhome?
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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    is that not what it was built to do ? go for it

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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Have you ever seen the damage that these vehicles do to road edges [nesting bee-eaters etc] & trees on the Parks?
    It's hardly surprising that that some Parks are already banning them.
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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oreo View Post
    Your biggest problem is going to be should you get properly stuck, whether it be in the river sand beds or anywhere else, your nearest recovery vehicle will be coming from Port Nolloth or Springbok. For that pleasure you will pay dearly.
    Having said that I have to ask why in a motorhome?
    No reason to get stuck more easily that another 4x4, they are very capable vehicles. Unless you are inexperienced with 4x4 travel.

    Why in a motorhome? Why not if it is capable? We've done the tenting with 4x2s, migrated to RTT with Defenders, and now doing the "4x4 motorhome" in our "older age" to carry on enjoying what we like doing.

    Out choice was to stick with a 4x4 with a proper comfort trailer, like a Bushlapa, or with something more comfortable without trailer not requiring a RTT, ending up with a choice between a comfort trailer or motorhome. We chose the motorhome because it can do most routes a 4x4 not pulling a trailer can go. Case in point is Damaraland, where pulling a trailer in the narrow riverbeds is not advisable. The motorhome will be able to do all routes we have done in the past.

    It has it's downsides - eg wider and higher than the standard 1t 4x4, longer to get from A to B, but the positives outweighed the negatives for us. But I'm are digressing from the OT.


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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oreo View Post
    Have you ever seen the damage that these vehicles do to road edges [nesting bee-eaters etc] & trees on the Parks?
    It's hardly surprising that that some Parks are already banning them.
    What vehicle are you referring to? Our Iveco's wheel base (left to right) is about 1.5" wider than the LC 100 series - no damage to 2 spoor road edges. Tyre pressure on the road with it's bigger tyres is about the same as a normally loaded 4x4 with 235/85x16 tyres. Do the calcs.

    I think you are confusing the Iveco 4x4 with a Unimog or bigger 4x4 trucks, where this is the case.


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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oreo View Post
    Have you ever seen the damage that these vehicles do to road edges [nesting bee-eaters etc] & trees on the Parks?
    It's hardly surprising that that some Parks are already banning them.
    Maybe you are talking about the Overlanding TRUCKS.
    Check the size of the Iveco Daily 4x4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oreo View Post
    Have you ever seen the damage that these vehicles do to road edges [nesting bee-eaters etc] & trees on the Parks?
    It's hardly surprising that that some Parks are already banning them.
    Whaat? Are they Collecting the bee eater eggs and cutting down the trees? Damn motorhomes! You must be smoking green peace twakkies.!
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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Thanks for the replies, we have decided to go for it! June/July next year
    To answer Oreo's questions:
    Why in a motorhome?
    Answer: We have one so why not. It makes travelling a lot easier and we are fully self sufficient.
    We have done the camping in tents and camping with trailers and a motorhome is just plain easier.
    Obviously there are compromises and pro's and cons but the positives out-way the negatives for us.

    Regarding a motorhome doing damage, this has been replied to in previous posts

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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    @Frog .. all valid reasons for you to enjoy your vehicle, wherever it maybe. As are Mikeml's.

    @Mikeml .. you are obviously aware of your vehicle and appreciate its drawbacks 👍 (It has it's downsides - eg wider and higher than the standard 1t 4x4 ...)

    I spend a small part of my free time rehabilitating vehicle damaged areas in the KTP and Richtersveld and whilst these types of vehicles are far in the minority of culprits, one has to see the damaged caused by them when they attempt a 3 point turn in those roads to appreciate it. All I ask is that one be aware that you are driving a much larger vehicle than bakkie or a SUV.

    Out of interest ... a Mog track is 40mm narrower and its wheelbase some .5m shorter than the Iveco ... which stands in at 3.4m

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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Have to agree, do much more damage than a 3 point turn with an off-road caravan and trailer and all the tents pitched.

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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    The only tricky part will be the last section down to De Hoop, but otherwise you wouldn't have any issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oreo View Post
    @Frog .. all valid reasons for you to enjoy your vehicle, wherever it maybe. As are Mikeml's.

    @Mikeml .. you are obviously aware of your vehicle and appreciate its drawbacks 👍 (It has it's downsides - eg wider and higher than the standard 1t 4x4 ...)

    I spend a small part of my free time rehabilitating vehicle damaged areas in the KTP and Richtersveld and whilst these types of vehicles are far in the minority of culprits, one has to see the damaged caused by them when they attempt a 3 point turn in those roads to appreciate it. All I ask is that one be aware that you are driving a much larger vehicle than bakkie or a SUV.

    Out of interest ... a Mog track is 40mm narrower and its wheelbase some .5m shorter than the Iveco ... which stands in at 3.4m

    Enjoy your vehicles and travels.

    @Pieterk .. the creche up at Touwsranten has a vacancy
    I just checked and the track is wider on the Unimog - 2160mm outer sidewall to outer sidewall, much wider than the standard 4x4, and the Iveco. There are so many models, and wheelbase and tracks vary from model to model
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    True about 3 point turn damage - when driving in a slow convoy which needs to turn around, the convoy vehicles should all reverse to where the back vehicle turned around, and only create one set of tracks off the road. This is obviously difficult if the convoy is spread over a longer distance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    No reason to get stuck more easily that another 4x4, they are very capable vehicles. Unless you are inexperienced with 4x4 travel.

    Why in a motorhome? Why not if it is capable? We've done the tenting with 4x2s, migrated to RTT with Defenders, and now doing the "4x4 motorhome" in our "older age" to carry on enjoying what we like doing.

    Out choice was to stick with a 4x4 with a proper comfort trailer, like a Bushlapa, or with something more comfortable without trailer not requiring a RTT, ending up with a choice between a comfort trailer or motorhome. We chose the motorhome because it can do most routes a 4x4 not pulling a trailer can go. Case in point is Damaraland, where pulling a trailer in the narrow riverbeds is not advisable. The motorhome will be able to do all routes we have done in the past.

    It has it's downsides - eg wider and higher than the standard 1t 4x4, longer to get from A to B, but the positives outweighed the negatives for us. But I'm are digressing from the OT.
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    Default Re: Richtersveld - possible in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frog View Post
    We are thinking of doing a trip through the Richtersveld National Park
    Is it easily doable in an Iveco 4x4 motorhome?
    I've read that there are some rocky narrow passes.
    How bad are these, as I do not want to put ourselves or the vehicle at risk?
    We would obviously stay clear of the "4x4 only" routes.
    Any advise would be appreciated
    I did the park in May with a Freelander 2 towing a Chobe 2 boswa and had no problems. At De Hoop there was an Iveco 4x4 towing a small trailer. U can easily do it. But go slowly very slowly thru Akkedis pass and the De hoop riverbed.

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