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Fossil Beach @ Harrison Lake

By on Jun 25, 2013 in Overlanding | 8 comments

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Highs & Lows. Our drive out to Fossil Beach (1/2 km north of Hale Creek) was an exciting ride where we managed to navigate around anything that could have damaged our trucks and had a lot of fun doing so (our wives might think differently though). Once we reached the bottom, we setup our tents, got the campfire going, and started cooking dinner when the clouds broke and we had a beautiful sunset.

It was a crystal clear night with a full moon that seemed more like a spotlight. In the morning though, we had some major bad luck. We packed up, at were just starting to head off the beach when we heard a ‘clink’ in the rear of Paul’s truck. We’re not quite sure of what it was yet, but it disabled the rear wheels causing Paul to only have front wheel drive. Even with help from another camper who tried for a couple hours to pull him out, it was just too much of a trail to get him out of there.

So right now he’s having his trucked picked up with a barge and taken to Harrison Hot Springs where it will be towed home and we can assess the damage. I’ll update this post once I know more. Until then, here are some pix of the trip.


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8 Comments

  1. Paul

    June 30, 2013

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    Saturday was awesome – Sunday SUCKED.
    ‘Nuff said.

    I’ll be back though……………….

  2. Great pictures… leaving in a couple days from Dallas to Calgary and later Vancouver BC to do some moderate off-roading (wife from Vancouver).. anyway great pictures!!!

    • justin

      August 1, 2013

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      Nice! Enjoy your trip. There are a lot of great places to see up here. I would really recommend stopping by a Canadian Tire or Walmart and picking up a ‘Backroad Mapbook’ just incase you want to go a little off the beaten path.

  3. Paul Laderoute

    August 7, 2013

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    Rescue Boat evac off beach – $ 240.00
    Barge Land Rover Discovery to boat dock – $1000.00 (funny how that was a nice round arbitrary number)
    Tow to my house – Courtesy of BCAA (yay)
    Tow to Land Rover Stealership – $100
    Bill for used parts at Stealership – $2500
    (rear differential exploded, bent both half shafts and dented axle assembly requiring a donor rear axle)

    Loosing confidence in the Land Rover I bought to do this sort of adventure…… Priceless…..

  4. Pavel in Vancouver

    January 25, 2014

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    Paul, I’ve never heard of a Disco axle failing before.
    Make sure you contact Lander Rover (America and/or in England). Get the dealership to send a full report on exactly what failed in the diff. Why did the the half shafts bend?
    When you say the axle assembly was dented, does this hint that the problem began with a serious rock impact on the axle tube?
    You (and the dealership – MCL?) might be able to convince Land Rover to help you out on the labour costs if the failure began internally not externally.
    Every second vehicle in Vancouver is a LR product (our new Asian immigrants are “monied”), so LR might want to show how well their customers are treated here in BC – include pictures of the two young ladies crying…
    Best of luck…

  5. Gregory Horton (Miami)

    January 26, 2014

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    Don’t lose faith. A drive shaft replacement is no big deal and not uncommon but been with your other bad parts, $2500 is high. I have a 2001 Disco I’ve owned since new and refuse to give it up. I replaced half the drive shaft assembly just over 40k and it’s been fine since. It’s a great truck but because it’s great, any replacement parts are going to cost big-time. Find a good mechanic that understands the oddities of Land Rover. Don’t get crazed when your ABS system goes bad. The dealer will try to charge you $3000 but most often it’s a simple diagnostic and shuttle valve replacement. Love your video.
    Keep Calm and Rover On

  6. Paul L

    January 26, 2014

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    Pavel,
    I would love to have Land Rover help cover the costs but I doubt they would care about a 10 year old vehicle failing. My friend Justin (the black disco) owns this blog and I will have him post a picture of the rear diff in it’s exploded state. Everyone who see it shakes their head and says they have never seen one like that – especially the techs at land rover. Apparently the half shafts bent when the spiders “skipped” and the subsequent explosion caused the half shafts axles to be out just enough that at speed they might cause an unbalance. I didn’t buy into it but at the time but was out of town during the repair – I now have a 2002 rear axle assembly.

    The axle housing was dented from where the spider gear blew back and dented the differential housing or “pumpkin” the dealership opted to replace the entire rear axle assembly as they didn’t know if the dent caused enough damage for a possible future leak.
    It was all a mess that I would rather not have gone to the dealership over. My friend is the GM their so he and his crew tidied up the situation as best they could but their strong suit is warranty brakes and water pumps, oil change packages etc……

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