Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bushtracker Factory Visit

Saturday 26th April:
We left home this afternoon turning north on our way to spend the night at the Yelgun Rest Area just off the Pacific Highway and north of Brunswick Heads. We often stay here on our way north to the Sunshine Coast as it breaks the trip and makes the drive more manageable. Unfortunately for us this weekend is part of the ANZAC long weekend and end of school holidays. As we drove north towards Yelgun we had very little traffic going our way but a continuous stream heading south. On arriving at Yelgun the local Lions Club caravan was setup with a twenty four hour 'Driver Reviver' stop. There were cars everywhere, so we setup a considerable distance away.
The van is booked into the Bushtracker factory on Monday 28th April to have a total re-skin after the hail damage we received in November 2013. Repairs will take a couple of weeks to complete so we have decided to stay and have another good look around the general area. 

Sunday 27th April:
Sunday morning as we headed up past the Gold Coast we were surprised at the lack of traffic but that all changed once we crossed the Gateway Bridge. The traffic going both ways on the Sunshine Coast Motorway was just unbelievable with a never ending stream of vehicles.

Monday 28th April:
We dropped the van off at the factory at the allotted time and then spent three hours discussing some changes we wanted made while the insurance work was being carried out. 
The changes to be carried out before re-sheeting the van include the addition of a audio/visual locker on the vans nearside, outside speakers, extra awning LED lights with dual colour on the nearside and replacing the extra large window above our dinette with a smaller 1200 x 600 mm window. This involves re sheeting the van interior around this area.

Tuesday 29 April:
Other changes not affected by the insurance claim include replacing the current powered jockey wheel with a Vehicle Components jack, the latest weight distribution system, new DO35 hitch, replacing existing blue diesel heater tank with the black one, replacing existing tail lights with LED ones, replacing old style fluro interior lights with latest touch LED's and the piece de resistance being the new Silver Cladding. This cladding is an extra $1000.00 over the price of the usual white cladding.  


  1. I was wondering how things were going Ross. I've always admired that large window. Why are you reducing its size?

    It should look fantastic when it's finished.

  2. Three reasons for the change Stephen. Window takes two people to open and shut, was letting small amount of dust in one corner and not able to be adjusted and Ros didn't like it open at night because it was lower to the ground than the other windows.