PRADO and 18' HYBRID BT

Submitted: Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 23:45
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We finally take delivery of our 18' Hybrid Lite on Thurs 13th May.........yes, 2010.
Seven more sleeps to go, can't wait.

See you guys on the road.

Chris.
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Reply By: bindi - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 00:05

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 00:05
Great, next time we are in Rocky we MUST have a look, OK, did you hear about the BT that stopped in front of a well known framing shop in Allenstown a couple of weeks ago also?

What weight will it come in at?
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Reply By: surfy53 - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 01:23

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 01:23
I did, I did, and that lousy so and so didn't stop to talk. Jeez....some people are so.......
You know, I wouldn't do that to anyone, true.
Chris.
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Follow Up By: surfy53 - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 01:24

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 01:24
1980 kg.
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Follow Up By: Theywent Thataway - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 03:12

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 03:12
WOW!! We come in close to 6T GCM!!!! Do ya reckon your Mrs. will drive it? I have driven ours a couple of times (the "grey" component of out nomadic relationship has a Truck licence , so I'm in constant training) I would encourage her to at least "have a go". I will email you a couple of funny situations we found me in...........blush. Have made a pact to take it away at least once a month...so far, so good. :-)

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Follow Up By: bindi - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 08:12

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 08:12
Yeh, sorry surfy53 we were on a tight time line [only on that day], family in Rocky etc before booking into a caravan park in Yappoon , it is not often we are in a park even with our last van
and camper trailers in the past,once or twice a year at most, we felt spoiled, BUT, another time for that story .

Anyway, could not give up the chance to tease you guys, pull up, wave and on our way.

1980kg... You would have to keep looking in the mirrors to see if it's still there, unlike our beast [but we love it] you know it's there.
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Follow Up By: Lesue - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 06:37

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 06:37
Thanks Bindi for the brief view of the BT it is what keeps us going on the long wait for ours, looking forward to seeing chris & fay's Hybrid next week.Hopefully have ours by the time there return from there big trip, maybe catch up next time you are up this way. Les & Sue
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Follow Up By: surfy53 - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 17:24

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 17:24
Les, I keep getting bounced off your email address.
Chris.
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Reply By: surfy53 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 00:09

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 00:09
" BT's Forever"......good one Les, we are both still laughing our heads off.
Chris.
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Follow Up By: Lesue - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 03:50

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 03:50
Chris iam glad you finally left as i waited an hour standing at the front door with that sign, not much work done that day we could not get our minds off the BT, especially as Bushtracker rang monday afternoon to finalise our layout. les&sue
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Follow Up By: surfy53 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 18:26

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 18:26
Good news for you guys.........means they are starting on your van.

You will only be able to view our van from afar..........lol.
One more sleep or less than 23 hrs.

Chris.
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Reply By: surfy53 - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 02:59

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 02:59
Yes, we took delivery on 13th May. Started at BT at 7am and never got away until 4.45pm. Long, long day it was.
Fay videoed the whole event and a godsend that was, I still refer back to the video for the things I have forgotten.
Had two nights at Forrest Glen sorting and stowing everything we bought down with us. Then off to Woolgoolga to catch up with friends and their van. A few days there and Red Rock then back to Brissy for a few days then to BT for the 1000km service and home to Rocky.

Tow vehicle was a 2003 Prado Turbo Diesel, this is suited to the van.
However..........on the tar was OK, or nearly OK. Very slow on the hills around Ballina, 2nd gear at 30kph and slowing. A bit of jerking but that was the suspension settling in, but heavy on my back.....if you know what I mean. The car needed more grunt. If you were only tripping around for say 4-6 weeks a year then the Prado will do the job but might be harder on dirt and in the sand.

Soooo.......have just purchased a new Land Cruiser Twin Turbo V8 Diesel and pick it up on Friday.
The reason for the upgrade was to make us feel more confident while towing, and for safety reasons. We both feel allot better since we made the decision to step up. We are newbies and we are learning real fast.

The van.........well.......it's a BT......what else can you say.

Off on the 16th June and heading west, got 5 mths so we will be looking out for you all.

Chris.
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Follow Up By: Bushtucker Man - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 03:33

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 03:33
Congratulations on eventually getting your BT I know you will enjoy each trip you do just as we have since 2001 when we took delivery of the 1st, now on our 2nd.
Also think you have got what I think is a very good tug, ours is now 2 years old and sometimes I have to check the BT is still following.

Next week we are off again, heading for Kakadu, Darwin and Kimberleys thru Bourke, Charlieville, Longreach, Cammoweal and into the N.T. Anyway enjoy the BT life and if you should catch us any time come and say GIDDAY.

Cheers.
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Reply By: surfy53 - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 03:13

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 03:13
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New van under new shed.....I'll tell ya, I wasn't 100% sure it would fit.
C.
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