Thank you for
your interest in the Bushtracker range of caravans. Recognised Australia
wide for over 16 years as the leader in off-road caravans. What we are
really about is correcting all of the features that have caused people
problems traveling with caravans over the past 40 years. We have engineered
designs and equipment to correct the faults and weaknesses that have caused
failures in caravans traveling in the outback. You really need to see what
we are doing and understand why we do it for your own benefit. Our success
is your success as you happily travel around.
design custom layouts to suit the individual, and you will be pleasantly
surprised at all of the variations and unique ideas you can see at the
factory. At the factory you can also see gear and equipment not available
anywhere else. We are Australia's number one off-road caravan, you owe it to
yourself to come and see why.
Our aim has been to build not
only the first truly heavy duty caravan in Australia, but also the finest
quality caravan. We start with the best and strongest four-wheel independent
suspension, that is
load sharing as well. Then for maximum strength and longevity we incorporate
an off-road trailer in
and under the engineering and design.
We even add a watertight door
to close over the caravan door for crossing rivers and floods. The
Bushtracker is water tight to 1.2 metres! That can really save you and it is
a big help in the bull
dust as well!
We offer the best quality materials and equipment available.
From solid Tasmanian Oak doors and
drawers with dovetailing; to aircraft style welded and double riveted
aluminium structural box section
exterior wall frames in 25x25 and 50x25mm, 2 and 3mm wall thickness. Why?
Because it is the best!
Exterior aircraft frames are not built of glued and stapled timber and
neither is Bushtracker! We build
custom layouts to suit your needs.
All of our normal inclusions
listed in the below link give you the best basic package of any caravan on
the market, as well as your selection of vinyl, panelling, curtains, bench tops,
Click here for the standard
do not affect the price, and you can have anything you like. Each caravan is
to suit your individual needs.
We literally have hundreds of layouts to
choose from, and usually have something pretty close to what you would
in our collection. After talking with you about gear and style of travel,
can get a group of layouts for
you to work with. When we know what hobbies
interest you, a computer workstation with a satellite uplink for managing
your business and e-mail in the bush, or a freezer hold for Barramundi,
or maybe a workbench and
charging system for Minelab gold detecting
These things and mode of travel and sleeping accommodations and tow vehicle
choice etc, will affect layout choices of samples that we can send away with
We allow considerable time to
coach you through the process, as your success in achieving your planned
lifestyle is our success and will sell us more vans as you happily travel
to link to our sample layouts.
would suggest to you that there is a real advantage to coming up to the
factory for a visit. We
guarantee you will be impressed. No one builds
frames like we do. Most are still building glued and
stapled timber frames
on the exterior walls.
Of the very few who build in
aluminium, most are building in 1mm "C" channel with single pop rivets. We
are building in 2mm and 3mm square box section 25mm x 25mm and 50mm x 25mm
with full laps on
3mm angle, double rivets diagonal in aircraft style and
welded as well. Then all the corners are welded
and through bolted. Nothing
compares with that in strength and longevity, and it is immune to the normal
caravan destroyers, like dry rot, borers, wood swelling, fungus, water
damage, etc. Boeing does not
build their exterior walls of aircraft in glued
and stapled timber, and neither does Bushtracker.
In the tropics wire staples
only last a few years. All cladding is in 250mm strips and they even staple
on the cladding in the overlaps where wind at 100km per hour can blow
moisture up to attack both the wood frames and also the staples.
They also have to continually
battle dry rot and fungus in wooden exterior walls, and some have even
resorted to using treated wood to try and slow down the dry rot effect. This
has only made more problems in wood framed caravans because the material
used to treat the wood is copper based and the copper could chemically react
with the aluminium exterior cladding eating it away in time. Even normal
condensation and humidity in the tropics will attack the thin staples in the
exterior walls and start these problems. On our cladding, we use hidden
structural rivets every 250mm on each wall stud. It is many times stronger
and more durable. There is just no comparison.
We also use three inches of
cooler board insulation in the roofs and one inch in the walls not batts or
fibreglass to settle out on the corrugation. Why? Because it's the best.
Because of the nature of the
construction of our caravans, our vans are lighter and stronger than a
wooden exterior frame van from the trailer up. A wood exterior frame means
some fairly substantial timbers to span the roof. Ours are not only more
durable, but also lighter and stronger from the body armour up, while
heavier from the armour down in chassis and suspension, where it really
counts - which means we have a lower centre of gravity than other caravans.
Bushtracker suspension is a fully tandem independent and load-sharing
suspension. The fact that
the load-sharing characteristic reduces the shock
of rough tracks to the payload is why the Defense
Department likes it so
characteristics are so important, because when the leading arm of the
hits an obstacle it shifts half of the load onto the rear arm of
the suspension, and when the rear arm of
the suspension hits the obstacle
it shifts half of the load onto the front arm of the suspension. The net
effect is that the suspension articulates rather than delivering the shock
of the road to the van twice in
the tandem form. It is the suspension that
moves in the ruts, shifting the load front to back and then
back to front,
rather than jarring the van by delivering the entire shock to the van with
each wheel. It is
simply the best. It has been around for about 20 years,
but is not widely used as it is more expensive
than normal caravan
You must have a fully
independent suspension for several reasons. Here's a couple: One, the
independent leaves a tunnel through the centre of the van for higher ground
clearance, an axle suspension drags the axle when the wheels fall into the
rut, and the axle acts like a boat anchor to bog the tow vehicle. Two, and
most importantly, the independent breaks up what is called in engineering
language "harmonic motion" which basically means that when there is just the
right speed and timing on the ruts, the bounce builds on itself to create a
destructive force. When you see it you will like it and most importantly it
is load sharing in a tandem mode.
We have also done the
engineering to incorporate the option of 12" two piece hub drum commercial
brakes into our suspension and that is a major improvement over the standard
10" or 12" caravan brakes. Besides better brakes, our larger hubs allow for
bigger bearings as well. Our suspension can be fully aligned, as each
A-frame is adjustable. It is simply the best, and stands head and shoulders
above the rest.
we are about is building the best and strongest, not just "the look".
As it turns out, when you compare apples and apples (as
close as you can get since we offer things not available anywhere else), if
you were to price up their vans with what we offer, we are also very
comparable in price.
Built to last
you choose a caravan manufacturer, you need to see how they are actually
built. You owe it to
yourself to come to the factory for a visit and see
the difference. Call us for an appointment and we will
be happy to show you
through the factory. We welcome a fair comparison with the rest.
If you are
far away to come for a visit, we can do it all by fax and mail. Even
your vinyl, curtains, upholstery, etc.
can be done that way, and in fact
some of our customers come to the factory for the very first time when they
pick up their new Bushtracker caravan. However, we would suggest that a round trip
airfare is a
small price to pay to get the highest quality caravan on the
road today. And it is something you may
have for the rest of your life, so a
trip the factory is well worth the confidence it will build in our product.
Here you can see all of the stages of construction that are hidden once the
caravan is completed. You
can make the decision with the confidence and
security of knowing that you are getting the best.
Call us for an appointment so we have more time to attend
to your individual needs, and we will be happy to show you through the
factory. We will not make comments about other specific
manufacturers, as the energy should be spent showing you how our vans are
better. We will say however, that our competitors seem to be content to copy
the style of off-road rather than do the hard yards to correct weaknesses
that normal caravans have in travelling the Outback. This only fools the
people that don’t know what they are looking at. We operate from a different
perspective and have engineered the entire van to suit the Outback, and if
you come here to see the bones for yourself in the factory you will know for
yourself that we really have no competitors.
As to second hand Bushtracker caravans; The problem is
that some people will pay more than new value not to have to wait for one to
be built. To wait for one second hand that has a layout that you like, and
the equipment list that you want, could be a very long wait indeed, it is
just impractical. We build “land yachts” to last a lifetime. Just about
everyone that sold second hand in the last few years has turned a profit.
Not only do they tell us about it, but many, many people have sold their
vans to get a larger one built. In the last two years alone they almost all
turned a profit.
of our customers just want a high quality touring van that will hold
together on some of our rough
bitumen roads. After owning a Bushtracker they
end up having the confidence to get off the main tracks
and do a bit of
exploring on their own. Most of our clients have said, that they did not
think they were
going to remote 4x4 access places, more just general touring
and dirt roads. But after finding out just
how crowded the main tourist
destinations really were, within six months or so they found themselves
lot more remote regions that they thought! They discovered that the “Best of
Australia” is not on the
You need to understand that we offer a range of gear and
equipment that no one else in Australia even
offers. The rest are about
building the look or the style of “Off-Road”, while we are about building
bones of off road travel in the Outback. What level of gear you
need is up to how self-sufficient and
independent you really want to be.
general touring self sufficient equipment up to a level of expedition grade
equipment, that no one else in Australia even offers. As to the gear
selections, we can give some advice on how much of it you need
when we talk more about what level of self-sufficiency and independence that
you want to achieve. We can give you a fair evaluation.
would suggest that you get away from the normal light duty, road running
caravan gear; and get into some proper expedition grade equipment. (In
addition to the extensive package of Standard Equipment we include per our
brochure or on this site, which is already the best-equipped caravan in
For a full
options list with pricing, please
Call or e-mail us for prices. We include thousands of dollars
most others would call extras in our Standard Inclusions
that they will charge you for.
So that you are not fooled by what the others build, you
need to have a closer look at Bushtracker and
you will find that; YES, we
have the best engineering, YES, we have the best equipment. And YES, we
the nicest interior finishes of any caravan in Australia. You price it up with the Optional Equipment to suit your
own level of self-sufficiency and independence,
for the lifestyle you want…
has no competitors in Australia. Our basic aim is
to make you self-sufficient and
securely “at home” in the bush. For a full
options list with pricing, please
point is that we excel from our suspension to our aircraft style wall
frames, our equipment,
engineering, and interior finishes. We build
altogether the best caravan in Australia.
We have an enormous range of
gear and equipment that no one else even offers and you will have to
for yourself with a trip to the factory. What we are really talking about is
a level of gear and
equipment matched to the level of personal freedom and
independence that you require. We really have
no competitors in Australia.
You owe it to yourself to see what we are doing in person
at the factory before you make the mistake of
buying something else; so we would like to invite you to come to the factory
for a visit. A trip here is a small expense on a
“Land Yacht” you are
likely to keep for the rest of your life. Here we can give you the real
confidence in our vans and show you the real bones of the quality in the
construction, as well as a vast number of layout possibilities in books and
on computer. Here you can walk through a dozen vans, and get a better feel
of confidence for the things that make us number one.
We would like to suggest that you schedule a visit to the
factory as soon as possible. You will be impressed with what you see. Be
aware that it takes time to build a custom van to the highest quality. You
may need to think about booking your own delivery slot as soon as possible
if scheduling is important.
That is the only penalty for being number one, they tend
to keep us booked up a bit, but the best is worth waiting for. Many of our
clients who could not wait and were fooled by what the competition has on to
offer, have come back later and said: “Right, well we can wait now.” No one builds a van like we do; we really have no
competitors in Australia.
Our basic aim is to make you self-sufficient and
securely “at home” in the bush.