Thursday, August 18, 2016

Handover Day

Well it's taken ten months but finally handover day has arrived.

To say we were excited would be a gross understatement. 
I think we are more excited this time round, than we were in 2008 if that's at all possible.

The handover process for new owners takes the better part of a day but in our case this is the second time round and we were finished just after lunch. 

Firstly we were shown how our audio visual systems worked including our satellite dish. Jeremey from Sound in Motion had arranged prior to delivery to have our details for our VAST box registered so that everything was up and working today. The remainder of our handover dealt with how our electrical system worked and how all the other equipment interacted with it.

Our preferred option when away travelling is not to spend time in caravan parks unless we are visiting Darwin for instance where there are no other alternatives.  

This van like our previous Bushtracker is fully self contained with 600 watts of solar panels on our roof.  These in turn charge our 300 ah bank of lithium batteries which power everything in the van. The van is also prewired to fit an additional panel if required in the future.

We also have a water sterilisation unit installed with double filtration canisters, filtering to 0.2 of a micron which then passes through a quartz tube with 2600 - 2700 angstrom UV.
All our accessories are 12 volt from our 220 litre compressor fridge through to our audio system. Our 4 kg washing machine can even be run through our inverter if need be. If we require our air conditioner out the 'Back of Bourke', then our Honda generator can be used to power this. 
Even our diesel heater and satellite dish which provides us with VAST (all free to air channels) is 12 volt. We also have the connections in place so that when we head off in the van we can take our Foxtel box from home. 

We decided it was too late in the day to head for home so we made our way to the Big 4 caravan park where we spent time going through everything that had been discussed today. 

A celebratory happy hour was rather early this afternoon followed by dinner at Jampa's Tibetan Restaurant which we highly recommend. We have eaten at the restaurant before which is housed in a separate building inside the caravan park grounds. 
It's also BYO so we took along a 2012 bottle of Henschke Henry's Seven shiraz blend which helped top off a very memorable day.....

Friday, August 12, 2016

Camp Oven Cooker

Last year while we were camped at Longreach Waterhole we met a couple whose son makes these stainless steel camp oven cookers.

For the past thirty odd years we have always used coals for roasting and baking, but now prefer using heat beads. 
We use the easy-lite Heat Bead brand. Once they're lit it only takes thirty minutes until they are ready to be used. 
You place the required number into the cooker and light them. The initial flame only lasts for several minutes before it dies down.

Once the beads have turned into grey ash you transfer the required number of beads to the camp oven lid and place your camp oven onto the cooker with the remainder of the beads underneath the oven. 

The following link shows how many beads are required for a particular size camp oven.
Required number of heat beads

There are two reasons for providing your camp oven size when ordering. Firstly so that your oven will sit perfectly over the cooker

 and when not being used the cooker fits neatly inside your camp oven for storage. 

The holes in the base allow the beads to breathe while cooking.

We purchased an old electric fry-pan from a recycling centre and use that as our base.

Wade who makes the cookers can be contacted on 0417 605 o49 or You can also search camp oven cooker on Facebook

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bushtracker construction photos

Still a work in progress. 

The attached photos have been supplied courtesy of Bushtracker with Thursday 18th August scheduled as our handover day.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Our new Bushtracker

In October 2015 we placed an order on a 20' Bushtracker.
Mid March 2016, and we were once again at the factory at Kunda Park to finalise our plans and lock in our options, before the start of construction.

 We always thought we would remain with the timber interior, but after looking at the new colour choices up close and personal, we have now decided to go with these. 

All eight vans we viewed at the factory were finished in the new interior colours.

IOHO the colours we have chosen will not date over time and best of all Ros can use vibrant colours throughout the van to complement these. 

Our leather colour is Storm:

Curtains are Steel:

Benchtops and splashbacks in the kitchen and ensuite are White Tigris:

All the doors and drawers are Basalt:

All bulkheads are coloured Platinum Micro:

The vinyl flooring is Urban Dark Grey:

So overall our colours will be close to those in this photo:

The only major hassle is having to wait for delivery day, until our van rolls off the production line. All up it will have been a nine month wait, which has a lot to do with the vans popularity, its build quality, and like us so many Bushtracker owners who have come back and ordered a second van.

Apart from all the usual standard inclusions we have also decided to have some of these options installed.

A 300 a/h Lithium battery pack:

An Aussie Sizzler BBQ. These are made of stainless steel, have two separate burners and can be used as a BBQ, oven, or as a cooktop: 

We also like the look of the new external shower connection and have decided to have one of these:

Of course we love not having all the switches in plain view but hidden inside a cupboard:

Another favourite is the Crimsafe look alike door.

Individual USB charging ports either side of the bed:

Generator/jerry can storage along with wood rack. Our diesel heater tank will now be installed at the rear of the generator box giving us much easier access for filling:

Also having a Melenco TV aerial installed. 
These are omnidirectional with no need to rotate or raise and lower. They are 32 cm high:

We are also upgrading the tow capacity on our Landcruiser 200 Series. Lovells Suspension have just announced a tow upgrade from 3500 Kgs to 4000 Kgs. The only prerequisite is that the vehicle has already had its GVM upgraded to 3800 Kgs, and ours was upgraded prior to being registered.

Of course it doesn't mean we are going to load our new van to the max. It's more about peace of mind knowing that we will always remain well under our maximum load limits without impacting our insurance.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Our Bushtracker is sold

Our Bushtracker has now been sold, and today it headed north to a new home in Queensland. 

We are eagerly counting down the days until our new Bushtracker is delivered in July..................

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Our van is still for sale

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Bushtracker van is now back for sale.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Our much loved Bushtracker

We have sold our Bushtracker to the first person who inspected it. Congratulations to Mark from Toowoomba. Now we have a nine month wait before our new Bushtracker is built..........