Today I was getting some fuel in a petrol station

How many times have you filled your rig, and never given a second thought as to what might eventuate next?

Today, I really didn’t need to fill up the tank as it was half full. But I decided it would save some time in the morning, as I intend to get a nice early start to avoid some local work traffic traffic, plus some minor road works, that always seem to be operating, no mater what time of the day or I travel.

So I hear you say… So What!

WELL there was no problem getting in and parking next to the fuel bowser,

There was no problem selecting the right fuel.
There was no problem getting the pump nozzle in the filler.
AND there was no problem walking in and paying for the fuel I added to my tug.
WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS… Trying get back on the main road. 

The guy in front of me, decided to reverse his car back into the petrol station, ignoring the fact I was behind him.

I really don’t like reversing, blindly back into an area, where there are things that can explode, if you hit them.

raindrops

I took a deep breath and decided not to blast the horn.

You would think, if you need to go back into the station because you left something behind, and, you saw a Bloody Great Vehicle behind you, the simplest thing to do is drive out,and re-enter at the other side of the petrol station.

Anyway, that made me wish I had time to get the dash cam working. It would have made a nice YouTube video clip, for educational purposes only.

Call Me Grumpy if you like.

Now Picture This:

Here I’m driving along, in lightly falling drizzle, on a long straight stretch of multi lane freeway, with nothing behind me.

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I’m happily plodding along at 90km an hour, 20km below the posted 110 speed limit, when I come up behind a car in both lanes of the freeway, blocking my path, I normally don’t worry about this, as one of the cars will obviously go faster, allowing me to overtake the other. NO! that was not the case this time, BOTH sat on 70km an hour, and neither sped up, or slowed down for several kilometres, effectively blocking me, and the traffic that was starting to bank up behind me.

NOW COME ON, REALLY: Have these guys ever heard of keeping to the left hand lane, unless overtaking. I Don’t think so.

Sitting on 70km in a 110 zone blocking both lanes, is not what I think is a good thing, I know both drivers can argue they were not breaking the law, try TELLING THE TRUCKIE BEHIND ME THAT. I’m sure he didn’t mind sitting well below speed limit, waiting for me to pass these wonderful, and very safe Australian Drivers.

Eventually the driver in front of me must have woken up from his power nap, and did slowly pull away, leaving a big enough gap for me to pull into the left lane,

P.S. THE TRUCKIE that was following me, did get mighty close to the rear of this guy’s car, and the car driver moved into my lane very fast.

So here I am, expecting to have to wait my turn for the traffic buildup to pass, so I can get around this guy.

That was not to be the case, it seems the vehicles overtaking him at speed, must have somehow kicked his accelerator down, and he left me in his dust. (He was moving into the distncequite fast)

So I happily got back up to my comfortable 90km, and not slowing any vehicles behind me. I really would like to know what the Truck driver was thinking:

  • Caravan going too slow, and should move over
  • OR,….
  • BLOODY CAR DRIVER, I’ll Run You Off the Road . haha
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Do you think my tow vehicle is up to spec, or, do I need to invest in a bigger one?

Do you think my tow vehicle is up to spec, or do I need to invest in a bigger one?

This is an often asked, especially when the tow vehicle below is used.

Pleas Note: This is not intended to be a serious Post, just my first one on my brand new site.

Important observations about owning this Tow Vehicle displayed in the Video above:

The Good

  • Cheap to Buy and Repair.
  • Spare parts available in most outback towns.
  • No Heavy, and complicated tools needed to keep it running.
  • Environmentally Friendly.
  • The chances of getting a Speeding Ticket? Hmmmm NONE!
  • NO REGO NEEDED in all States and Territories of Australia.

The Bad

  • The gear ratio on the model shown in the video above, is 1:1. (Might prove a bit difficult going up hills.)
  • Head winds are a real nightmare (You might end up going backwards if the wind is gusting)
  • No all weather option available, (Extra weight in the caravan, for wet weather gear.)
  • No all wheel drive available in this model.
  • You will need rear view mirrors, as per road rules. (This will cause some directional steering instability, when the mirrors are attached to the handlebar, — P.S. ADDING a bit of Extra Weight to the Tow Ball should fix it)
  • The regulation Bell already fitted, might need to be upgraded to an electric horn. (Extra and unforeseen expense)
  • Braking on a downhill incline, might prove a tad long. (I would suggest the fitting of electric brakes)
  • Night Driving is a Real NO NO (The batteries needed to operate the necessary lights and safety gear, would put you in real danger of being overloaded, on any weigh bridge.)
  • Reversing into parking spots is nearly impossible. (So you can only use drive through locations for your holiday, You Might find a nice Caravan Park Attendant, who will park your van for you.)

One More Important Observation:

I would not recommend choosing any scenic route, which has winding and hilly roads as a feature.
Going uphill would prove quite a strain on the calf muscles, and going down hill, would ultimately require the need to carry extra underwear with you.

Have Fun, and NEVER OVERLOAD your Tow Vehicle.

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