Advice sought on Bushtracker Purchase 6/96 T/D Landcruiser tow vehicle

Submitted: Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 06:58
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From: <NOBR>Ninaspud1</NOBR> Sent: 7/08/2003 11:00 AM Hi, Was looking for some help and advice regarding the purchase of a bushtracker. We are undecided on buying a 16foot or 18foot. Would love some feed back. We have a 6/96 Toyota Turbo diesel Landcruiser and have a weight problem. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you Ninaspud1
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:00

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:00
Ninaspud, Weight shouldn't be a critical factor for you. That model Landcruiser should have had its towing capacity increased to 3500kg and 350kg ball weight. It all depends on what you want to have in a van as to how big a van you want. If you put some details on the forum of what you want then the forum members may be in a better position to help you.Bushtracker should be able to give you details of what the average tare weight is for the various size vans that they have built. It all depends on how they are set up. Brian.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:01

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:01
Hi, I'm back (bet you never even missed me). Sorry, Noosa, but the critical uprate date for Cruisers was Oct/96. So, still a technical problem. Am currently working with a couple of Auto Engineers to resolve. (Will advise directly). Big problem is that Toyota Aus Homologation Engineers don't know what Toyota Japan did to change the rating and Toyota Japan won't tell them. General concensus is that they did nothing, but it would not look good to admit the re-rating was only a marketing exercise to top Nissan, so they keep (stoney) face. Bit of a hoot really Griff
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:02

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:02
Just as one example ...... My BT 18 came in at 2400kg plated tare (on vin plate) delivered. My spec was 4 water tanks, 3 batteries, 4 solar panels,190L fridge, extended a-frame and aircon. If you cant get your Cruiser uprated even a BT16 (fully loaded to travel) might exceed your tow rating ? Anthony
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Reply By: Wilmo7 - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:03

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:03
Gidday! I have a '95 Land Cruiser and solved the problem this way. I contacted a 3rd Party Compliance Engineer (in my case Livingstone Motors in Townsville) who checked that my Cruiser had disc brakes all round. I already had Old Man Emu suspension. He required me to install the heavist rear coils available for the Old Man Emu, then to install a 3500kg Kaymar towbar, and an electronic brake controller. I then took the vehicle to an inspection station in Cloncurry to whom he had already sent a "tick the box" inspection form. Within a couple of days I received a certificate, a compliance plate and a bill for about $130. For info I have an 18ft BT, and have installed a set of extractors on my normally aspirated Cruiser. I sit on 90 k's comfortably on the flat at about 5 KM/ltr.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:04

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:04
Thank you all for the advice on our 6/96 Landcruiser. Wilmo, we also contacted Livingstone Motors in Townsville and Dudley is fitting towbar today. Soon we will be able to tow either a 16ft or 18ft BT. Decisions, decisions!!!!! Wish we were able to visit Cania and talk to some of you or see your BTs. We have ordered a 16ft but believe we can upgrade within a time frame. Meanwhile we just move pieces of paper around on a graph sheet. Ninaspud
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Reply By: F Troop - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:05

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:05
If it help’s we ordered a 18’ and picked up a 20’ Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
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Reply By: Wadefarers - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:06

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 07:06
Ninaspud I have an 18ft BT towed by a 96 Petrol Cruiser, should not be a problem. Keep moving those pieces of paper, I'm sure you'll find a way, it's worth it. I'm sure BOGgers will give you layout options if you need them, we're all here to help. Jeff
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