THE BIG LAP
IT’S everyone’s dream to hit the tracks for a full lap of our great country, and Adam and Caity are making those dreams a reality. On the road for seven months, they have no set time to return home to Queensland. They picked up their iron-faced 1993 Troopy, complete with all that bar work, from the NT.
Adam has fitted a triple bank of 130-watt deep-cycle batteries, which saw service on the Ghan Railway as boom gate back-ups.
He tells us these batteries have a service life of nine to 12 years, but for safety’s sake they are made redundant after just 12 months. They aren’t the size you’d normally fit under a bonnet, and are deep in the guts of the Troopy. To feed them, there’s a 130-watt solar panel on the Troopy’s roof, which is also home to a 45-litre PVC pipe water tank, a tool box, and an awning.
The best mod on this Troopy is the Punk Rock Fork, an ingeniously bent table fork to secure the reardoor-fitted drop-down table.
As luck would have it, Adam and Caity are currently the holders of the TOA T-roopy mascot, which gets passed around TOA members during their travels and comes complete with a well-documented diary, with many photos of travels from around our wide brown land with previous carers.
4x4s. Troop Carriers are the epitome of touring next to! They can be camped in, on top of, or