We’re saying goodbye to Dubbo for now and making our way over to Mudgee. For the duration of the next two weeks, we are joined by Salvatore & Marc from G&S Chassis. They’re getting their hands dirty and lending a hand with towing the vans. It’s great having them along, as we can ask questions and learn from the experts about the importance of getting the right suspension set-up for an Off-road van. On this trip, we’re towing three vans from Lotus Caravans and Galaxy Caravans. All have G&S Control Rider independent suspension fitted, and we can’t wait to get them off-road!
So it’s back out onto the highway, travelling through the countryside that Henry Lawson grew up in, and it is stunning! Our first stop in Mudgee is the Short Sheep Micro Winery, and the owners Sue & Tony are there to meet us. They have laid out a beautiful spread of local produce to complement some of their fabulous wines. While Tania is off talking with Sue about how the name ‘Short Sheep’ came about, Macca is heading over to the bar with Tony to sample a few of the wines. You’ll find them open seven days a week from 10:30 am -5:30 pm, no need to make a booking unless you’re in a large group, and the wines are worth the trip out. They even have accommodation, if you are looking for a place to stay.
After stocking up on some wines for our trip, it’s time to hit the road again and make for our campsite. Tonight we’re staying at Old Bara Campgrounds a stunning private cattle property that offers over 1100 acres of beautiful countryside, and it’s our first chance to get these vans off-road and put this G&S chassis and suspension through its paces. Having all three vans fitted with the Control Rider, trailing arm and independent suspension means that an uncomfortable ride is removed from the equation. This allows us to focus on driving to the conditions and making sure we have enough width and height to get our vans through. Whatever we threw at these vans they ate it up, causeways, cattle grids, undulating tracks, corrugations, creek crossings; the trip was made so much easier, because we had the right vans that were set up with the right suspension.
By the end of another big day, it was time for us to make camp while Tania and Macca cooked up a feast for all the crew.
How good is this!
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Jayson Packett | Offroad Media Productions