State: Western Australia
Vehicle: Toyota Landcruiser RV Cab Chassis (HDJ79R) 2006
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Have you ever seen a place, or a feature somewhere on a map; or read about a place from history - and just wished you could be there to experience it?

It's happened to myself many times and it is one of the reasons that I have my HDJ79R RV Landcruiser Ute, which I have had since new in 2006.

I primarily prefer to travel to the interior areas of WA and have traveled extensively in the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts. A good proportion of the traveling in these areas has been following the travels of late 19th century explorer David Carnegie, however I also visit other interesting remote features and waterholes. Seeking some of histories lost and beautiful waterholes has always been a drawcard to me. Massie, my kelpie has accompanied me since 2010.

I named the ute the "Fair Maid of Perth", after Ernest Giles` horse.

She has taken me to many places some of which are the Nullarbor, Pilbara, Dirk Hartog Island, Far North Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and even Mount Unapproachable.

I have never had a serious problem with the Fair Maid though I staked a radiator once and have had some breakages with after market suspension. I think it is a great choice of vehicle for the various types of country I have taken her through. The ODO has just clicked over 191,000 km.

Dynamic Steel 16 inch x 6.

Ute Upgrades:
Suspension upgrades, including Shocks, Springs (mainly due to restricted articulation) and Rear Air-Bags
ARB Roofrack
Cab rack wheel mount
ARB Delux Steel Bull Bar and Steps
Redarc Dual Battery Controller
Second Battery
80L Engel in Fridge Box
18L Air tank and compressor mounted under tray
Light Bar

I also have a 2012 Arctic Cat 700 Diesel 4WD quad bike with dual battery system. This can be winched on/off the back of the ute when required. I bought this as a companion vehicle for remote and independent travel. I have used it three times now on long distance desert touring trips, and it is a great reconnaissance tool.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Oziexplorer for digital navigation and an old HP PDA running Oziexplorer as a backup (though the Tab 10.1 is getting old now too)
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