POSSIBLE NEED TO UPGRADE HITCH ON LARGER VANS....

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:44 am    Post subject: POSSIBLE NEED TO UPGRADE HITCH ON LARGER VANS.... Reply with quote

Helloo Friends... November 6 Already???? 7 weeks to Christmas? Where did all the time go?

I got a call from someone with an older van, 2000 model, with one of the first 4x4 hitches and the pivot pin was loose. He wanted to know what to do. It was an old 4 bolt hitch like this one:



This is a picture of the caravan half of the hitch, the other half goes on the tow vehicle...

Now the part worn, that he was talking about is the pivot pin, that welded bolt... His is one of the first versions that was a half inch pin. I had expressed my discontent at this size and it was subsequently increased to a larger 5/8" pin. I gave him istructions on how to pay for this upgrade, shipping it to VC in Brisbane..


However, as you can see here, his hitch was the old short barrel and a four bolt hitch. He only had an 18' van, and he reported that the barrel was not very worn, I.E. slop up and down.. (It was painted silver, they are a gold coloured plating) If there was much wear, OR he had a larger Bushtracker van, I would have firmly suggested this total upgrade:



This picture shows the larger 5/8" pin, but also the longer and stronger reinforced barrel and grease nipple I had them put in, in a reinforced housing. This is a much stronger updated version...


For larger vans, I would upgrade it, with this new 6 bolt profile, as it is considerably stronger with reduced wear and larger surface area of the barrel and housing.

Now this particular Owner, may not, as he reports very little wear.... And it is only on an 18' Bushtracker. For any of you with an older larger van, I would say this upgrade is well worth the cost.

The only Caveate is that you will have to clamp a piece of steel under the flat 1/2" and weld the bolt holes solid, whisk it off with a grinder flat and smooth, and drill in new holes. It is not a big job.

Best regards, stg at Bushtracker


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer a question,
Yes, the other half of the hitch that rides on the Tow Vehicle has been upgraded as well.

The Locking mechanism has been improved, as well as the structure, but it is no where as dramatic as the van side of the hitch as shown... I will try and find an older vehicle side of the hitch and do a comparison with pictures if anyone wants..

Regards, stg
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:00 pm    Post subject: AT-35 Hitch Reply with quote

Hi All at Bushtracker
Thanks for the Bushtrackers owners forum.I have just returned from touring the big paddock overseas and read with interest your report on AT-35 Hitch.I have a 2004, 20ft. Bushtracker with above mentioned hitch.Done around 90,000klms and showing a little wear.Can you let me know availability and cost of replacement model,Thanks Bob
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Bob and Chris,
As to cost, you know, I really do not know!!! Embarassed

This is not about flogging any gear, but helping people... Wink
From memory a new on is about $385 plus postage. But I cannot tell you, call Peter at Bushtracker Offices, and stand me corrected if I am wrong. To provide the service to you Owners, my last instructions to him were to sell it for less than the Manufacturer listed it at, just to show our good will... OK? All of you Bushtracker Owners have done us a good turn with your loyalty and good will, and the purpose of this Forum is to give me the opportunity to return some good back to you, and help you along down the track...

Happy Trails... And let me know how I can help OK?

Regards, stg

To answer a question, stg short for Steven T. Gibbs......
It is off season for horse competitions, and I am not traveling with horses now due to the Equine Influenza quarantine, so I thought I was wearing out the "lone Ranger" handle a bit too much... Laughing


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:24 pm    Post subject: AT-35 Hitch Reply with quote

Hi Bushtracker Team
Thanks stg.I have ordered a new hitch through Peter,always very helpfull.Bob
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lone Ranger here,
And this is the BIGGEST ADVANCE forward in hitches EVER...

It will be easier to hook up, mind you I do not have any problem with the current hitch, but some people are "geometrically challenged" on how to get it into the Nuetral Position, and sometimes it is more difficult on a slope or steep angle...

This resolves all those problems... It simply drops down on a pin (instead of a ball so there are none of the rotational problems of the ball) but it still has all the extreme rotation in both directions for off-road use.

This will CLEAN SWEEP the Industry...! And we are the first I know of to make it STANDARD EQUIPMENT...



It fits the same bolt holes as the last upgrade, and will be available for retrofit from about the end of Octobler...

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If any of you with older Bushtracker vans, find your 4 bolt hitch is worn and rattles or the barrel is starting to crack?

If you are on a bit of a budget I have some of these early hitches:



I also have some of these, from my own equipment on the farm or R&D or what not, in my junk pile...



If you own a Bushtracker are on a bit of a budget, you may have a replacement one of these limited to stock on hand which varies, but you may have one

Free of Charge (F.O.C.) Courtesy of the lone Ranger
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