Saturday, trial run for Copeton!

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Hi Boggers Well, tomorrow afternoon we'll round up the boys and head off to Devonport to catch the boat to Melbourne. Once we arrive it will be straight around to meet our BT for the first time at the Melbourne Caravan Show. We think we have gathered everything we will need for the inaugural trip and have read past posts from Anthony and of course checked off the "On the Wallaby" checklist too! It will be great to meet up with some fellow Boggers at the show, some of whom will also be attending the rally at Copeton in September. Gadget-1, deaf nomads, tgintl, swanwood and rockgoc have all indicated they will be there. Any other Boggers who will be around, we are meeting at 10am at the BTi exhibit this Saturday 03 April 04. Can't believe it is finally our turn to pick up our van after months of reading others joy and trepidation of hand-over and pick-up! We will be leaving Melbourne on Tuesday for a two week trip through Bendigo, along the Murray, Broken Hill, Cameron Corner and who knows from there. Head back over Bass Strait on Anzac Day. Thanks to Angie for the good wishes from London. Rod, Dominique and the boys
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:46

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:46
Hi TT5ers Hope you see your "peek-a-boo" album before you depart. Your BT is beauuuuuuutiful!! See ya Saturday. tgintl/jay
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:47

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:47
TT5, Safe trip and fair winds to you all. I know that the official Bogger welcoming party are all waiting for you at the show. Would love to see your faces on first sighting of your new baby. It was good to talk to Dom on Sunday. Had forgotten how much we had missed the Aussie accent! Angie
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Reply By: Tassietracker5 - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:48

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:48
Well Boggers, our van is a beauty! Thanks to fellow Boggers: Jay and Jackie; Ian and Cheryl; Michael, Melinda and Jasmine; Kerrie, Paul and David; Andrew and his girls, Paul and Barb for meeting up with us and checking out our new van. Special thanks to Jackie for the entertainment provided with the squirting wheely bin!!! We will be heading off on our first BT trip on Tuesday morning and are looking forward to packing up our roomy van. Patrick is extremely excited about the van and parked himself on the bunks for an hour and a half excitedly telling all visitors that this was his new van and that "I'm going to sleep up there, that's my bed!" Will will be going back to the show tomorrow and Monday to shop and visit our BT! See you on the road. Dominique and Rod
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:49

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:49
Wheelie Bin? Wheelie Bin???! What a great idea! What sort of tow-hitch do you use? Any special suspension mods? Does it need a WDH? Have you considered pneumatic tyres? Do you need any special tie-downs to stop wind lifting the lid or do you tow it backwards? Do you need special permits to take it into National Parks or across Anti Fruit-Fly Zone Boarders? Do you need a special lock on the Hitch to prevent theft? What size did you go for and why (120Ltrs?) Any special preparations needed for off-road? Thanks for your brilliant idea - looking forward to all the specs Griff
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:50

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:50
I have Wheely Bin story .... A mad mate and I used to push a ski boat around Somerset Dam some 20 yrs ago. This boat had heaps of power being a big V8 Supercharged motor with Nitrous Injection. We had the view if you could tow anything fast enough you could ski on it. We were all into barefoot water skiing then and looked for several things to ski on. One of the things we tried was a wheelie bin .... we laid in on the boat ramp ...on its side with lid open laying on the ground .... we tied the ski rope to the wheels .... we then stood on the lid and gripped the edge of the bin rim for balance ...then just hit the throttle .... bin was dragged down ramp with hapless idiot on board ..... This actually worked quite well as the lid handles became fins in the water and gave us a bit of steering control .... must have looked like lunatics from shore. Other things we tried with success were ..... sitting in a big esky ... this would topple easily though as was hard to master. The other "object de ski" was a council bus seat with three old wood skis attached to its metal frame. You cant imagine the fun sitting with two of your mates on a bus seat being towed at 80 k's. One of my wifes greatest laughs was when three of us sat on this seat being towed at 80 kph and the skis broke one by one and the thing exploded flicking us all into the water at 80 k's. We all had protective barefoot wetsuits on and bounced like skimming stones across the water for ages with resultant bruises and laughter. Cindy was the observer in the boat and was laughing so hard couldnt help us into the boat. The ranger came over in his boat and made us clean up the timber explosion and then banned us from the dam for a month !!! Ah !!! The silliness of youth !!! [smile] Anthony Explore this Great Land ...Do it Easy ... Tow a Bushtracker
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Reply By: TripnTaps - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:51

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:51
Hi TT5 family, Congrats on your BT and have a terrific first trip commencing today. The pictures Jay posted of your van are great and your BT looks sensational.... we could see from the pics the attention to detail and the planning that had gone into it (4 star acommodation there) Our best wishes to you all - hope to see you on the road real soon. Regards, Helen & John
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Reply By: TripnTaps - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:52

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 08:52
Good yarn Anthony.... does Copeton have a Dam really? Can we have a revisitation to your youth.... but due to time and distance we could arrange a slower version.... which naturally would be harder to do but then age (wink wink) brings more skills so shouldn't be a problem. Perhaps we could borrow Brians new Zodiac and surely theres a Wheely bin somewhere at the park... ooohhh the anticipation is building. Naahh better be sensible... just bring the red and more stories like that and we will all go back .... some like me - further than others like you Cheers Helen
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