Name: Don Einam
Company: Outback Links
The owner of Queensland’s first Iveco Daily 4x4, was not only quick to purchase when he realised the benefits of the Daily, he was also fast to put the vehicle to work in his volunteering role with ‘Outback Links’.
Outback Links provides skilled volunteers to help out in remote properties when families need extra help as a result of injury, disaster recovery, loss of a family member or during busy times such as harvest or muster.
Don Einam’s Daily was not long off the dealership floor when it was thrust onto the demanding dirt roads of rural Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, visiting outback properties in crisis.
The 4x4 dual cab features a 3-litre twin turbocharged diesel with intercooler producing 125 kW and 400 Nm and is coupled to a smooth-shifting 6-speed overdrive transmission.
This combination along with 4495 kg GVM provides for maximum towing of 3.5 tonnes, yet allows the vehicle to be driven on a car licence. Overall the Daily provided Don and his wife Lyndell, an ideal platform on which to build a capable outback tourer and home away from home during their volunteer work. For those wanting a higher payload, a 5500 kg GVM variant is also available.
The Daily features a custom tray and canopy, a bull bar that Don fabricated himself, and winch and L.E.D driving lights. Other modifications include a dual battery system, reversing camera, a driver monitoring system, long range fuel tank and roof-mounted solar panels used to charge auxiliary batteries.
The Einams’ Daily is usually well loaded with a vast array of tools that allow Don to conduct maintenance work on outback properties and he also carries a three metre inflatable boat with 15 horsepower outboard motor.
The couple’s touring package in completed by a 3.5 tonne off-road caravan which provides a little bit of comfort for the four to six months of the year they spend living away from home.
Stepping out of a Troop Carrier into the Daily, Don is the first to admit that the Iveco is perhaps not the most traditional of touring machines, but after evaluating the options, the Daily ticked all the boxes.
“The Troop Carrier was loaded to the very limit most of the time – I needed something with additional towing capacity,” Don said.
“I looked at a lot of vehicles, I considered light trucks but couldn’t find the specification that I wanted, and I was also conscious that these cab overs were not the most comfortable to drive.”
Before purchasing the Daily, Don evaluated his needs for the next vehicle which included a particular front axle set-up, the four wheel drive system configuration and GVM needs.
“Basically I wanted something that had a better ride while still giving me the reliability and strength of a solid front axle,” Don said.
“If you hit a bad bump there’s no way independent front suspension can stand up to it the way that a live beam axle can.
“I also wanted a constant four wheel drive system – there can be times where you’re driving on terrain that’s just dirt, then suddenly it’s muddy, there’s no time to stop and engage the front hubs.
“At 4495 kg GVM, we can drive the Daily on a car licence, if you go to 5000 kg you need a light truck licence, you have to use a logbook and need to have the vehicle inspected in Queensland once a year. Given that we’re away for many months on end, that’s just not convenient.”
After over two years of ownership, the Iveco has proven to be reliable in all conditions.
“It’s excellent on rough dirt roads with corrugations – we needed something that could get us over some pretty wild roads at times and the Daily has done the job for me.”
Aside from travelling to the outback properties, once on-site the Daily doubles as a work vehicle allowing Don to conduct his maintenance work or assist in any farming duties.
On several occasion the Daily has been shifted into low range and coupled to trailers loaded full of molasses, then driven to cattle suffering from lack of protein in the dry conditions.
“On one trip to Western Australia we were feeding cattle and it was low range, tyres aired down and winching,” Don said.
“You never know what might be needed when you get to a property, there could be building work or help with agriculture – you help out where it’s needed.”
Having recently returned to their hometown of Laidley east of Toowoomba after several months in Northern Queensland, the Einams can look forward to a break, but country folk can rest assured that in an emergency Don, Lyndell, the Daily and other generous volunteers are just a phone call away.
Iveco is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). Iveco
designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, city and intercity buses and coaches as well as special vehicles for applications such as firefighting, off-road missions, defence and civil protection. Iveco employs over 27,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in 11 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 5,000 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work.
IVECO Australia’s manufacturing base in Dandenong, Victoria was commissioned in 1952 and has produced more than 225,000 truck and bus chassis. The Dandenong plant represents a major investment in the local truck and bus industry and employs more than 600 people Australia wide. IVECO creates employment in Australia for thousands of people in related industries, from retailing operations to component suppliers.
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