Has anybody seen the new fibreglass BTs yet ?

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Any news, comments, whispers regarding these new fibreglass vans ?

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Reply By: Dublediff - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 23:47

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 23:47
Picked up my van from Kundah Park last month and they had a couple there. They look much the same until you really look closely and notice the fibreglass. I still prefer my 'old school' cladding. They are just a wolf in sheeps clothing...lol.
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 06:11

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 06:11
They had them at the Brisbane Caravan Show and they do look very flashy, but the BTi Reps at the show said that the fibreglass makes the van heavier than the Aluminium and they are more difficult to repair if required.

They said that they only made the fibreglass ones because customers insisted that they wanted, but they apparently prefer to supply the standard aluminium cladding.

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Reply By: Willie - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 06:36

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 06:36
There are companies making real off road vans with f'glass cladding, so there are people who disagree with Steve at BT.
SLR and Spinifex are two companies that I know of.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 19:49

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 19:49
I compared specs between my 20ft BT and the equivalent in those two brands once.

A 19ft SLR weighed 200kg more than my van. When I made the comparison they used a steel frame. I assume they still do.

Similar with the Spinifex. A 20ft Spin I looked at weighed 200kg more. All weights were TARE.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:30

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:30
Yes Stephen, I noticed the weight was high on the SLR too. I also noticed that on the 17', the dual wheels seemed to be set too far back, thus increasing the ball weight unnecessarily.

The Spinifex has an aluminium frame I think, so I don'nt understand why that would be heavier.

I am sitting on a shell beach outside my van at Goulet Bluff near Shark Bay in WA - having my second coffee. Nobody within coo-ee. Ten bucks a night for a waterfrontage !

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 22:46

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 22:46
Willie, the Spin I looked at seemed to use heavier bits and pieces spread throughout the van. The ensuite door was heavy, not like in our BT. There was a 2" waterpipe along the chasis used as a skid rail. All hangovers from Kedron where the Spinifex owners used to work.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 02:12

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 02:12
OK. That's good info. Thanks Stephen.
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Reply By: UEV490 - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 09:57

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 09:57
Yes, and we had a good look at Sunland factory (Patriot) too: nice layouts, laaaarge shower with interesting drain arrangement, but really flimsy roll up shower screen, can't call it a door. For our taste too much bling bling bling inside. They claim the fibreglass is easy to repair. Who really knows?They do have some novel ideas: an elevated lip at the back of the van that collects rain/other water straight into the non potable tank. They offer lithiums too. And I do like the way the mount the spare onto the rear, bolted on the chassis and the frame. And full size front box on the A frame for generator and gas bottles and jerry cans. But man they paint 'em black and does that box get hot in the sun! There is one on show here in Mandurah if anyone wants a sticky beak. Chris.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:38

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 20:38
When I see gadgets and bling I always think 'CRAP van'. I am sure that sometimes I'm wrong but that is always my first impression.

The other thing that makes me wary, is the cheap 'macho look'.

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