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2007 Tours & Expeditions

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2007 TYRE REPORT

 

 Beadell Tours, between April and September, spend their time in the western deserts and arid lands of Australia, an area comprising about 40% of the large island continent. There are maintained gravel roads, probably only half of the desert road network receives any maintenance at all though. The other half has not seen a grader for many decades. As well as that Beadell Tours spends weeks travelling cross-country through the various deserts following the routes the explorers took more than 100 years ago.

 In a nutshell tyres have to endure quite a bit of punishment.

 The following are the tyre results for each trip in 2007;

 

"Rockets, Atoms, Mallee & Mulga"

 Off-Road Tour of 2090kms - April 14th to 26th

 3 flats - Five vehicles with Steel Belted Radials from various manufacturers

Date Type of tyre Cause Temporary Repair
16/4/07 SBR Tubeless - 265/75R16 Shoulder stake 120TL patch
22/4/07 SBR Tubeless - 265/75R16 Shoulder stake 120TL patch
25/4/07 SBR Tubeless - 265/75R16 Tread damage Cord repair

 ** We had a set of Steel Belted Radials on for that trip to test fuel consumption against the MRF Steel Muscles we had last year. (The MRFs gave slightly better consumption over the exact same route.) Generally you would say there is no fuel difference between All Steel & Steel Belted tyres in Off-Road conditions **

 

"Emu to Sandy Blight"

 Off-Road Tour of 3030kms - May 10th to 31st

 5 flats - Six vehicles fitted with a variety of tyre constructions (we had Bias)

Date Type of tyre Cause Temporary Repair
18/5/07 SBR Tubeless - 265/75R16 Sidewall stake Reinforced patch
22/5/07 SBR Tubeless - 265/75R16 Run flat (Tyre destroyed)
26/5/07 SBR Tubeless - 265/75R16 Tread fracture Reinforced patch
26/5/07 SBR Tubeless - 265/75R16 Tread fracture Reinforced patch
26/5/07 ASR Tubed - LT7.50R16 Sidewall stake Universal patch

 

"Carnegie 1897"

 Off-Track Expedition of 2120kms - June 11th to July 8th

 29 flats - Six vehicles; four with MRF All Steel Radials, two with MRF Bias


 Off-road distance = 1270kms
 Off-track distance = 850kms
No of flats Type of tyre Cause Repairs
26 LT7.50R16 Sidewall stakes Reinforced patches
3 7.50-16 Tread stakes Combi plugs

Arthur's flat

 

 

**Pretty happy with that result. All punctures during 850kms of off-track work in Gibson's & Great Victoria Deserts. All tyre repairs carried out with correct sized reinforced patches or minor repair Combi plugs**

 

 

 

 

"W.F. Rudall 1897"

 Off-Road & Off-Track Expedition of 2390kms - July 19th to August 13th

 9 flats - Four vehicles; two with MRF All Steel Radials, two with MRF Bias


 Off-road distance = 2060kms
 Off-track distance = 330kms
No of flats Type of tyre Cause Repairs
5 LT7.50R16 Sidewall stakes Reinforced patches
4 7.50-16 Tube damage & tread stakes Combi plugs

 **Again we were happy with this result. All of the punctures were within the Great Sandy Desert during the off-track sections. It is a very savage environment for rubber products**

 

"The Full Gunbarrel"

 Off-Road Tour of 2835kms - August 24th to September 9th

 No flat tyres recorded - Four vehicles; variety of tyre constructions

 

 A satisfactory result for five trips in very remote country, we were pleased. As a point of interest our most economical fuel consumption while in the desert was 10.37Lts /100kms on Bias tyres with a vehicle GVM of 3.7 tonnes.

 Our Super Milers came home after 25,000kms with two 8mm Combi plugs as the only tyre repairs. They still retain about 60% of their tread depth as well.

 Can't see Beadell Tours recommending anything but MRF tyres for serious desert travel conditions in Australia. The results speak for themselves.

 

 

 

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