You must have an off-road hitch as the normal ball hitch only articulates 22
degrees before it
binds up and breaks something. We use the strongest 360 degree articulating
off-road hitch in the
Industry. It is a drop on style and very simple to operate.
Handbrake: We use a proper locking handbrake with excellent leverage. The design
of the hand brake
allows ease of operation and positive braking.
Jockey wheel: As part
of the standard equipment the Bushtracker is fitted with a power mover
jockey wheel. This style of jockey wheel allows you to move the caravan for
an easier hook-up. The main shaft of the jockey wheel is double clamped for
strength. We have also designed a swivel plate system so that the jockey
wheel can ride on the A-frame and swivel horizontally when not in use,
locked up out of the way. All galvanised of course, and slides
up and down the A-frame.
We include a proper stone guard on the front of the vans. The cute little
covered boots on normal vans look nice in the showroom, but they pitch the
rocks and gravel back at the tow vehicle. It does not matter what material
they are covered in, they bounce the rocks back instead of absorbing their
energy and dropping them down, like our stone-guard does. In any event you
would not want to lift proper 4x4 tyres and wheels out of a little boot, it
would ruin your back! Proper large off-road tyres and wheels need to be
chassis mounted, and would destroy a normal boot. Our system is just the
best, and if you want external storage we can install custom made Cargo Doors on the
outside of the van for access to storage areas such as under the beds.
Windows and doors:
Bushtracker has standard features such as a locking security door and tinted
windows. All windows and doors are sealed to the van with marine grade
that costs around $12-18 per tube. Some manufacturers still use foam tape or
even oil based caulk at around $1.90 per tube. This method has been known to
crack, dry out, and leak within only a few years. Again, we want to use the best.
Watertight door: We
include a watertight door that can optionally close over the caravan door,
so it is able to go through floods and rivers. In the Outback, off the
road, this design also helps to keep the bull dust out. Because of their
watertight integrity with the off-road trailer design they are resistant to
the entry of bull dust at the construction joints, and wall to floor joints,
where it gets in most vans. Bull dust is a common problem in the industry,
but not only is Bushtracker semi-amphibious to one metre of water, we are
also the most dust proof.
The departure angle allows the vehicle to maneuver and reverse up a steep
bank as well as be pulled up a steep bank with out dragging the back corner
of the van. The back chassis is double strength and laminated and acts as a
skid plate if necessary in extreme off-road conditions. The great value of
this is the ability to do tight 3-point turns up a steep bank in reverse to
get out of a difficult tight spot. The departure angle allows the overhang
to go up the steep bank far enough for the suspension to start lifting the
van. This is extremely valuable to get you out of a tight spot, where a
conventional van would have to back out all the way, if it was even
Body Armour: The Bushtracker
comes standard with aluminium checker plate body armour in the lower 1 metre of the
caravan. They are also armoured over other critical area like the tail-lights. That lower one metre is where most of the damage
occurs when travelling in the Bush. Bushtracker is stronger and has the
improved characteristic of a watertight and dustproof off-road trailer built
into the caravan.
pump: Many caravan manufacturers, to save $40 or $50 use a non-marine
grade water pump
that require accumulator tanks to prevent short cycling which causes motor
armature burnout. The
marine grade pump has an internal bypass system that eliminates short
cycling without the
need for an accumulator tank. It also has stainless steel fittings for ease
of service if ever required,
and a stainless mesh filter.
Energy efficient lights: Bushtracker caravans also come standard with
the customers choice of energy efficient fluoro or LED
Essentially these are high efficiency lights with a life
expectancy of over 10,000 hours
according to the manufacturer. 30% better light and half the power
Hand laid fibreglass
shower: Bushtracker offers the option of a full ensuite
available in either an all-in-one or separate shower & toilet
configuration. Rather than using any sort of shower tray which
requires joins to the shower walls and eventually leaks,
Bushtracker uses a one piece sealed fibreglass enclosure hand built by a boat hull maker.
simple waste system: Another part of the ensuite package is a sealed electric flush toilet. Fully imported from Europe, it is the
best available on the market today. It has a self sealing, self closing, 20 litre cassette which breaks down all the solids to a liquid with a mixture
of environmentally friendly chemical and water. The unit is self opening and
self closing. It is fully
serviceable from the outside of the van, and sealed from the inside.
VERY HYGIENIC and simple to use and maintain.
Polyester resin panelling: We use a polyester finished panelling instead of the paper finish panel
that most manufacturers use. Why? It does cost more, but is mar resistant
and cleanable. The normal paper finish panelling does not take scrubbing or
wear as well. Again we want to use the best. Why don't they all use it if it
is so much better? The paper finish panelling is a fraction of the cost, but
does not take cleaning very many times before the finish is gone. It is
cheaper but our panelling is far better.
Cabinetry: All the cabinets are constructed from hard wood frames
screwed together for durability. The bulkheads are also screwed and bolted
to the aluminium frames.
Solid timber doors:
We use pure Tasmanian Oak doors and drawer fronts and trim. Why? Because it
holds the screws the best, and can be sanded and refinished if it ever shows
wear. It is simply the best. We don't like the plastic film covered
artificial wood stapled material you can't refinish. We also use Marine
grade locking catches, instead of the weak little plastic caravan catches.
These catches are positive locking, and will not come undone. The best!
Drawers: Our drawers front end is dovetailed in solid wood, to the
sides like the old style furniture, Why? Because it is the strongest way to
do it instead of just glued and stapled. We use real rollers and guides on
our drawers instead of the plastic runners on wood rails. Our drawers run as
well when they are loaded, as they do when empty. We also use Marine grade
locking catches, instead of the weak little plastic caravan catches. These
catches are positive locking, and will not come undone. The best!