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  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3811
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    24 Feb 2019 12:39 PM
    Just a quick update on our plans to do a 4 year figure 8 of Australia, starting in 8 months time.

    I flew to Perth and collected the truck/van from the relatives of the deceased estate I bought the truck/van from. Then drove it back to Adelaide over a 4 day period.

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    Got home and started to modify the van and truck for what we needed. A 2" lift with new H/D Old Man Emu springs and 6 x shocks went in, and the rear seats were ripped out and replaced with custom roller drawers and a area for the Dogs to sit on top of their mattress and bedding. They have a ramp so they can get in/out of the truck easy.



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    5TH wheel has 1,200 watts of solar installed with a 3,000 watt inverter, 3 x 500 watt regulators, and 3 x 260 AH AGM deep cycle batteries.

    We need that much as we fitted a 5KW Fujitsu reverse cycle split domestic A/C to the van to keep us and the Bulldogs cool.

    Fitted a 208L twin dafos compressor fride in 12/240 Volt as well because the three way fridges are shit.

    5TH wheel as a 5KVA generator as well, this with the solar should mean we can avoid caravan parks and free camp as much as possible.



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    F250 copped a new Kenwood head unit (Bluetooth/spotify ready) with new splits and a 10" Kicker sub mounted forward of the drawers in the back



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    Truck has been completely Dyna matted and sound/thermal foam lined.


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    I'll keep updating this post as we get ready for our trip

    Regards Lofty

  • Scouser Posts: 1873
    Marion, South Australia
    Motor Head Scouser
    24 Feb 2019 12:53 PM
    That really does look the buisiness.
    Bet you cant wait.
  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3811
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    24 Feb 2019 12:55 PM
    Quoting Scouser on 24 Feb 2019 12:53 PM
    That really does look the buisiness.
    Bet you cant wait.
    Chomping at the bit mate. We just had another Grandchild born, so delaying a few months.
  • tussuck Posts: 1638
    Melbourne
    Motor Head tussuck
    24 Feb 2019 01:02 PM
    A great idea... BUT WHY spend 2 out of the 4 years staring at bloody red sand/dirt?  lol 
  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3811
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    24 Feb 2019 01:12 PM
    Quoting tussuck on 24 Feb 2019 01:02 PM
    A great idea... BUT WHY spend 2 out of the 4 years staring at bloody red sand/dirt?  lol 
    Most of the long haul sections will be dispatched fairly quickly, but we plan to stay at every medium sized town in Australia for at least a week
  • JFE Posts: 1320
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    24 Feb 2019 04:21 PM
    Thanks for posting Lofty - I’m reading with interest and a touch of envy. I especially like how you are catering for the dogs. Nice one.
  • tussuck Posts: 1638
    Melbourne
    Motor Head tussuck
    24 Feb 2019 06:20 PM
    Not for me, BUT it sounds like a bloody good idea and trip.  
  • -kiwi- Posts: 179
    Ballarat Victoria
    Stock Poster -kiwi-
    24 Feb 2019 06:40 PM
    ya doing it Lofty...…. doin it in style...… bloody awesome, I for one will be following this with a keen interest, good onya mate. im jealous and wish you all the best
  • paulybronco Posts: 10996
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    24 Feb 2019 08:20 PM
    Enjoy mate, sing out when your headed to our neck of the woods....let you buy me a xxxx.....LOL
  • binnsy Posts: 724
    Performance Poster binnsy
    24 Feb 2019 08:37 PM
    Did a lap in the mid 80s in a full length bus decked out with everything we needed. Took us two and a half years and certainly didn't see it all. Enjoy the trip. You won't want to come home. 
  • paulybronco Posts: 10996
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    24 Feb 2019 09:03 PM
    Quoting binnsy on 24 Feb 2019 08:37 PM
    Did a lap in the mid 80s in a full length bus decked out with everything we needed. Took us two and a half years and certainly didn't see it all. Enjoy the trip. You won't want to come home. 
    I have not done the trip yet and i dont want to come home already....the Mrs lives here!  LOL
  • Hot and Heavy Posts: 1654
    Hobart.
    Motor Head Hot and Heavy
    27 Feb 2019 02:42 PM
    Bugger! I was hoping you’d build another bike that I’d be able to pick up cheap. Lol. Sounds like a bloody good trip though. 
  • JFE Posts: 1320
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    27 Feb 2019 08:50 PM
    Quoting paulybronco on 24 Feb 2019 08:20 PM
    Enjoy mate, sing out when your headed to our neck of the woods....let you buy me a xxxx.....LOL
    Fark, offer the bloke something better than XXXX. Aldi beer better than that!
  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3811
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    07 Mar 2019 10:54 AM
    Final proofs are done and signed off for the Fiver, had to change some of the designs due to production limitations. Black back grounded Phoenix is going on the bonnet of the F250. You won't be able to miss us on our around Aus trip.

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  • Scouser Posts: 1873
    Marion, South Australia
    Motor Head Scouser
    07 Mar 2019 11:19 AM
    Very nice
  • paulybronco Posts: 10996
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    07 Mar 2019 05:26 PM
    Subtle ....
  • JFE Posts: 1320
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    08 Mar 2019 09:44 AM
    Hope it glows in the dark.

    Looks the goods.
  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3811
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    14 Mar 2019 10:52 AM
    Another Update,

    Due to being too close to our maximum load capacity with the F250 (the pin weight of the 5th wheel only left us 500KG's to load in it) I have just purchased a purpose built 5th wheel hauler from Iveco.
    It is a GVM/GCM upgraded 50c 210 6 speed manual, that has air and elec brakes, turntable/goose neck ball/normal tow bar, twin air compressors, air bag suspension, air ride electric heated seats, premium sound system with DVD, TV, Bluetooth, and touch screen, 3 x reversing cameras, Satellite navigation, satellite phone.

    It will allow us to load an extra ton of gear, which will come in very handy.


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  • Scouser Posts: 1873
    Marion, South Australia
    Motor Head Scouser
    14 Mar 2019 11:48 AM
    Wow
    That looks the business
  • steelo Posts: 2227
    Adelaide
    Motor Head steelo
    14 Mar 2019 05:01 PM
    I can't keep up!! I'd already gotten used to the F250..
    Still, it's early days

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