Extended bar

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:52
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Hi all,

20' BT due late Apr' - have 300 bar extension ordered - Just looking for feedback from owners with this combination.

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Reply By: Drinky - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:41

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:41
Hi John,

Not sure what sort of feedback you are looking for but we picked up our 21' van in November. It has a 500mm extension to the drawbar for carrying outboard and trailer.

Works very well and as always the longer the drwbar the easier the reversing.

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Reply By: Windrider - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 01:38

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 01:38
Thanks for the response its much appreciated.
I'm aware of the reversing benefits and obviously the extra space for cargo, but was wondering what other owners think of this set up, how it handles and any other general benefits - hence any and all feedback re benefits or percieved drawbacks, would be much appreciated.

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Reply By: Uncle Dodgy - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 05:23

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 05:23
Greetings Windrider

The only disadvantage that I can think of, is the effect that increasing the distance between the rear vehicle wheels and the front wheels of the BT might have regarding ground clearance for the "A" frame when negotiating high humps, such as can occasionaly be encountered on steep dirt/gravel roads with those humps that are placed across the road to divert runoff water.
With a 300mm extension I wouldn't be overly concerned. Just drive to the road conditions encountered and go slower when you encounter what you see as a higher than usual gravel/dirt hump, and if felt warranted cross the hump at an increased angle by snakeing your way across.
With normal road sense on the part of the driver I don't see this as a cause for concern/worry.

John & Sharyn
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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 21:22

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 21:22
We ahve the 300 mm extension - no worries in rough ground. I have bashed the steps twice in my journeys but would probably have dont that anyway even with the std length drawbar. I have spent most of our time on the back road and tracks and not had any problems.

Just be concious of taking the corners wide when turning - so the van does not cut the corner.


ps Original steps still fitted... after bashing pretty flat twice. Its amazing what you can do with a big hammer the back of an axe and a jack.
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Follow Up By:- Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 02:55

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 02:55
There is procedures in the file swap on how to make them removable.
I got sick of moulding them back into shape.
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Reply By: Windrider - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 00:56

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 00:56
My thankst to all for your feedback - it has been most helpful.

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Follow Up By:- Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 02:59

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 02:59
A longer A frame may make some bush tracks more of a challenge.
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