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Welcome Kangaroo and Efftrucker!!!:beer:
Hello EffTrucker.... A word of Help:thumb: Look, this part of the the PSD Forum is really more just social contacts, say G'day sorta thing... For your specific questions on larger trans cooler or suspension upgrades or something, go to one of the three sections on 99-03 7.3 PowerStroke Forums... Either 99-03 7.3 PSD General Discussion one, or the 99-03 7.3 PSD Performance one, or the 99-03 7.3 Powerstroke Problems one... OK? You will get a lot wider viewing and answers there... All of our Effies are from that vintage here.. After the 03 they went to a different format. WE are the lucky ones getting the 7.3 all the way through 06....Efftrucker said:G'day all,
I'm an Aussie, currently on the east coast (subject to change without notice) and I came across this forum after seeing a link on the Bushtracker Owners Group (BOG) forum. My background is in health care, so I am looking to learn what I can about my F250 4x4 that I use to tow our home - a 21' Bushtracker Caravan. Mostly I am limited by the overall length of the rig, but pretty much anywhere the truck will go the caravan will follow and be there as a comfortable home at the end of the day (away from the flies, and with all the creature comforts we need).
I guess all up we would be pulling about 6 tons when we are on the road. A couple of motor bikes fit snugly under the canopy on the back of the truck and the 'van would be about 3.5 ton with full water tanks and our personal stuff inside. It rides beuatifully on rough roads - and there are plenty of those in outback Australia - and the F250 pulls it without much in the way of effort. The vehicle is standard aside from the addition of a bull bar (essential for those 'roos that want the road at the same time and place as we are travelling), the canopy over the tray and of course the tow hitch. So far we have travelled jut over 80,000 km in the 2 and a bit years since we bought the truck and about a third of that would be with the caravan in tow - pretty much right round Australia (soo much more to see).
I have read some about transmission coolers and would like to know more about how important they are. The ride has been great, but should I be looking at some alternatives in suspension with the heavier load? Recently, of course, the rise in fuel costs has had me looking at what alternatives there may be in fuel. I'd be interested in any feedback from other owners about how to do things bettter.
Cheers. Happy truckin
Hello there Super Stroke, that is Aus $.... And understand that the gear is in fact pretty serious stuff... We build 2-3 a week, average size more like 20', average price over $80,000, and second hand ones often go for more that new, such is our Reputation. The Backlog for Deliveries? We are solid Booked to January 2007, so yea, pretty serious stuff.... But it is like nothing you would have seen in the U.S. These are expedition grade gear, military suspension, watertight, dustproof, United Nations grade compressor drive fridges running on solar, water sterilization, and more than one imagines per the Website... I am not bragging just explaining why they seem expensive.. To tell you the truth, the last two 20' ones that sold second hand were about 3 1/2 years old, and went for $85,000 each...super_stroke said:geez ranger, yall take r.v.ing pretty serious. i went to the site you posted. $53,000 for a 16' camper?? is that aus. or u.s.? either way thats kinda pricey. i gave $600 for '71 16' cree camper. sure it needed a new floor in the bath room, then a new wall in the bath room. then a new kitchen then a new sink, stove, wall board's all the way throu and insulation . now last night i found that the floor under the hot water heater is roted out:help: . looks like when it's time for a new camper i'm gonna look for one made like those.
Sounds like you may be down near beaudesert....just near me maybe..Hi, Aussie Power Stroke,
I am just south of Brisbane. Have done a few mods to my truck and would be only too happy to pass on any info that I have accumulated. My truck is 2 wheel drive and strictly highway towing so I cant help with the lifting side.