Caravan & Motorhome Website Feature

Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 12, 2006 at 02:12
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Some news from our last rally has made it to the Caravan & Motorhome website.

Hopefully it will also appear in the magazine.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2006 at 00:10

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2006 at 00:10
Bob,
Could you straighten your name tag up before you have your photo taken. {smile}

Good story but I am unable to locate it in the 2006 year book that has just arrived.

While on the subject of Caravan magizines,

Have a look at the 20ft Bushtracker review starting on page 42 of Caravan World's January 2007 magazine.

The writer said his dislike was "Maybe a lighter Van." I don't know what he expects a 20 van with 4 solar panels, four batteries @ 32kgs each, along with 6 water tanks and all the other normal things like battery charger and inverter etc. and it still only had a tare of 2610kgs.

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Reply By: dazmit - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2006 at 20:05

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2006 at 20:05
Hi Brian

Sounds like a reasonable weight to me - let's face it they are not Geist's and the like.
Regarding Tare weight how is that normally measured by BT - is it just the weight on the axles or the axle weights plus ball weight ???

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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Thursday, Dec 14, 2006 at 03:01

Thursday, Dec 14, 2006 at 03:01
They put the whole van on a weigh bridge so that you get the actual weight on the wheels and what is on the jockey wheel.

They do it just before registration with gas in the cylinders but I believe all water tanks empty.

Steve will be able to change this if I am wrong, when he returns next week.

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Follow Up By: Mobi Condo - Thursday, Dec 14, 2006 at 05:29

Thursday, Dec 14, 2006 at 05:29
Howdy Brian - what you say is what we were told as well.
Cheers - Ian & Sally
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Follow Up By: dazmit - Thursday, Dec 14, 2006 at 16:26

Thursday, Dec 14, 2006 at 16:26
Thanks guys - makes sense and what I would expect.

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Follow Up By: Bushtracker - Tuesday, Dec 19, 2006 at 00:32

Tuesday, Dec 19, 2006 at 00:32
Yes Darryl,
That is a very reasonable weight with the extreme of gear we put on. The problem lies with the inexperience of the people writing the articles... Our Optional Equipment can run an extra 300-400 kg really easy, and with all that equipment on board a 20' usually comes in around 2500 kg. But that is true for all of the other so called off-road vans as well. And one very nice on road van weighs even more...

With the extremes of 6 water tanks, 4- 125 watt panels, 4 batteries, big charger and the other three pages of Optional Equipment, 2600 for a 20' is about right. And yes we give a total weight by Law, not with water and gas on board, called the "Tare" vrs a fully loaded maximum weight you can Legally put on board whick is the ATM (Aggregate Trailer Mass)...

When the other off-road vans weigh about the same, and one high quality on road van weighs more, I would not consider the writer to know much when he wants a "lighter van" unless he is running on the highway and staying at caravan parks.

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