7 months experience in our second Bushtracker

 
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Yogi and Muffin



Joined: 20 Jul 2007
Posts: 77
Location: Bendigo
State:: Victoria
Current Bushtracker owner:: Yes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:11 pm    Post subject: 7 months experience in our second Bushtracker Reply with quote

Hi all at Bushtracker,

I should have contacted you earlier but we have been having too much fun in our BT!!. We have done about 12,000 Km in our new van (the second) and could not be happier. Have put the van over a variety of both sealed and unsealed roads and it has performed beautifully. Having had the opportunity to have a second go at designing a van to our liking we feel we have got it right for our purpose. Just a few comments:

Towing: Very Happy Very Happy
The BT (20ft) tows just beautifully behind our 200 series, never a problem with any terrain, crosswinds etc. We found the most efficient speed on the highway was about 90 Km/hr. We have a scanguage and it was interesting to see the difference in consumption between 90km/h and 100km/h ( about 1.8 L/100km).

Power: : Smile Smile
We have 4 panels and 4 batteries and these have to drive our Oyster satellite TV as well as all our other electrical needs. We had up to 2 weeks away from any 240 V recharging and used all our systems and even with some overcast weather the lowest we saw on the solar regulator was 12.4 V. Fantastic.

Water: Very Happy Very Happy
4 Tanks was sufficient for our needs but we did notice some migration of water from tank to tank. It only seemed to happen between tanks 3 and 4 and tank 2 remained unchanged. No real problems as long as you are aware of it but I would be interested in the individual vent system you are developing once it is fully tested.

Interior appointments: Laughing Laughing
Absolutely no problems and no breakages, letting the tyres down on corrugations and keeping speed down is the answer. Fridge, satellite TV, hot water, water sterilisation system all worked perfectly as advertised. We have white walls and this really makes the van light inside.

All in all we could not be more delighted and when you are enjoying a “coldie” in the real outback, miles from anywhere and watching the satellite TV all without a power lead in sight you really understand what the Bushtracker lifestyle is all about!!!

For those thinking of making the leap to a BT believe me, you will never be sorry.
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royboy



Joined: 12 May 2009
Posts: 15
Location: Werribee South
State:: Victoria
Current Bushtracker owner:: Ordered
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Yogi and Muffin

Great to hear everything is working well for you, i was wondering what if any modifications you have made to your cruiser to tow the 20 ft van
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Yogi and Muffin



Joined: 20 Jul 2007
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Location: Bendigo
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Royboy,

The major modification was to change to ARB's OME suspension. We chose the mid range 400Kg. suspension. It is slightly firmer when not loaded but very acceptable and actually reduces body roll compared to the standard suspension. It also gives the vehicle almost 2 inches of lift which is great for 4WD work. We obtained an engineers certificate after the suspension change which increased the GVM by 300Kg which keeps our loaded vehicle quite legal!!!

The difference in towing is quite remarkable. We still use a WDH and the rig tows perfectly level and stable with virtually no trace of the "rocking horse" trait. IMO this is the best suspension setup for the 200 series.

Apart from that we have a tyre pressure monitoring system and will soon fit a snorkel. We have a scanguage and one of the parameters that it measures is inlet air temperature. Ours is usually about 20 to 25 degrees warmer than ambient air temperature which is ok. However a friend has recently fitted a safari snorkel and he reports only a 3 to 5 degree temperature difference. Obviously the engine gets colder and more dense air using a snorkel.
Regards,
Tony
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royboy



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Tony
Thanks for the quick response . We have booked our 200 in for the same
suspension upgrade so very happy you are pleased with it . Had safari snorkel fitted to previous cruisers and found them excellent
Regards Roy
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AJ and LJ



Joined: 25 Jul 2008
Posts: 243
Location: Gatton
State:: Queensland
Current Bushtracker owner:: No
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yogi and Muffin. Could you do a little test for me please.If you get a chance too drive through heavy rain for some distance, could you pull air filter out of canister (a pain in the but I know) as soon as you stop and tell me how wet if at all is air filter,as my past experience with snorkels on older vehicles showed a very wet air filter in this circumstance.It has too be done before rain stops eg as any dry air will dry it out fast, and changes the micro's of filter. .Thanks AJ. On the road 29/10/09 at last Very Happy PS. Can you do this before and after you get snorkel if possible,Ta.
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Yogi and Muffin



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok Alan and Linda. Will try to get this information for you.
Tony
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