Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bushtracker factory visit

We had been marking time here on the Sunshine Coast for five days until Monday 14th November.

During this time  there have been two weather warnings for severe storms and damaging hail. Thankfully the first storm only dropped pea size hail and on the following evening we watched the storm front pass to the south of us. 

This particular storm wreaked havoc to the south and in particular the small town of Bauple, where there was a considerable amount of damage with many houses losing their roofs.

On the 14th November we dropped our van off at the factory for some TLC. Then it was off to the Mooloolaba Surf Club for breakfast.

 This TLC included a 10,000 km service, some minor problems that needed rectifying and to have a new hitch installed on the van.
In conjunction with Lovell's Suspension, Hitch-Ezy have marketed a new hitch which comes in Lovell's signature blue.

This Braked Towing Capacity Stage 2 Kit upgrade gives us the option to tow to 4000 kg (up from 3500 kg's). The Braked Towing Upgrade can only be compiled if a Lovell's GVM upgrade is fitted to the vehicle. The upgrade can only be attached to the Toyota OE tow bar and is not compliant for aftermarket tow bars.

Even though Bushtracker fitted the hitch they are not a Lovell's authorised installer. So we had to tow the van to the local TJM outlet in Maroochydore for them to attach the required stickers to the 4wd and take necessary photos which will be forwarded to Lovells.

It was then off to Nambour to have the registration papers for the van updated to include the vans new ATM. 

Our 4wd is registered in NSW so we needed a compliance certificate from an engineer in that state. On our way home we had prearranged to visit an engineer in Ballina who provided the necessary paperwork.

BTW the new hitch is an absolute pleasure to use. 



  1. Ross, have you looked at the feasibility of putting your hitch on top of the drawbar?

  2. Yes I have and the van is booked in with ABCO here in Coffs next week. They are the official dealer and after sales service agent mentioned by BT in one of their threads.
    Also have a problem with our suction line with the pipes vibrating quite loudly when it is used. The factory was unable to rectify this problem at our service...will keep you posted

  3. Hi Fellow BT owner. I am looking at the BTC upgrade too. Can you please email me your details. I would like to see how you went with hitch on top of the mounting plate to give more Clearance. Cheers, Brad

    1. Have sent an email Brad. Unfortunately it cannot be done with the drop hitch and WDH bars supplied by Lovells

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