Apr 6, 2010

Deception Bay - New Cruiser - Tewantin

Plan B followed our exit from Kilcoy, I phoned a mate who own's 3 Cabin / Van Parks and told him of our situation, he kindly offered to have us stay in their personal cottage and park the Van beside it for as long as we needed to. We had Caddie & her girls staying with us for another 12 days and our youngest daughter Erin & boyfriend Scott flying out the next day and our son Daniel & his girlfriend Elle then arriving a few days later. It was going to be a hectic time and extremely difficult to try and arrange accomodation for everyone over the Easter holidays so we took up on his offer to stay.

We spent the days showing the kids around, they all loved the Hinterland area and the rainforests and mountain drive's. We did go for a drive down to Surfers Paradise but ended up turning around and spending the rest of the day at Mt Tamborine which they all liked.

Chermside Shopping Centre got a work out with 3 visit's from us whilst we were there, Vickie was fortunate to get an appointment with a Specialist who did some tests on her eye and though he could see some recent damage he suggested she see her own specialist if it required any further treatment. I drove back to Kilcoy for my medical appointment to have another suspect mole removed, haven't heard any news back as yet so no news is good news.

Dan & Elle went to the Australian Zoo, Vickie, Cad & the girls caught a bus for a three and half hour trip that took them 30klms and subjected them to bad BO from the passenger's, I had an easy morning at the Transport Branch transferring the registration over on the new ute we have bought.

New Ute?? i hear you ask ...... When did this happen?

Well, never been one to procrastinate about things i saw a nice Toyota GXL VDJ79 Ute advertised for sale on the net. The model VDJ79 means it's a Cab chassis but this one was different from the usual as it had a full alloy canopy fitted on the back and was loaded with extra's.

IPF HID Driving Lights
ARB front and rear air lockers, Arb Compressor,
ARB Deluxw bullbar with Fog Lights
Warn 9500 Winch & Remote Control
80L under tray water tank with Flojet pressure pump
6 of 17"x 9"alloy wheels with 285x70x17 BFG Mud terrains
Sand Grabba Moulded Floor mats & Dash Mat
ARB dual battery system
80w solar panel mounted on roof with regulator
Adjustable Rhino Roof Racks
CSM Full Alloy Canopy, Gull Wing Door's, Gas struts, & two underbody lockers
Rear work lights and internal lights in canopy
240v change over controller with outlets in canopy,
Black widow Fridge slide and draw system custom made for vehicle,
Aftermarket JVC CD player and Custom door pods to suit 6x9"speakers
3" Taipan Exhaust and DP chip
Tow bar and Anderson plug
50mm suspension lift with King Springs and Koni Shocks
Over head consol with GME 4400 UHF
High gain mobile phone aerial
Nokia bluetooth car kit

If you start adding up the cost of the extra's and the price of a new ute, you will get a shock at what this set up has cost.

So after telling the seller that it was a nice ute but way over priced i received an email two week's later telling me that he dropped the price to what i thought was a great deal considering the amount of money that had been spent on it. We took it for a drive and considered it bought, It took a week to arrange the money and we went and picked it up. So now we have two vehicles & a caravan, we do have the F250 advertised for sale but no interest has been shown yet. We plan on driving both vehicles back to WA where i will attempt to sell it on home ground. The F250 has been a great tow truck but we were finding it more and more annoying as we tried to explore towns and cities. It has to go so if you hear of anyone looking for a nice 2004 F250, please let them know.

We are now at Tewantin, near Noosa, we have booked Dan & Elle into a motel in Noosaville and we are at the Tewantin Caravan Park. They fly back to WA on Saturday and we will head back down to Brisbane and catch up with some friends for the night, then we will make our way down to Newcastle where we will meet up with Kimbo & Ned again and visit the Sydney 4WD & Camping Show.


Ross said...


Saw your ute several weeks ago on the net. Smart looking unit. I'd be interested to know how it tows the BT. Maybe you can post your thoughts on the BT owners site
Ross (Sawtybt)

Mick said...

Will do Ross, i don't expect the comparasin to the F250 to be better in every resepct, hard to beat 7.3lt ;-) but from driving it around it has heaps of power and it easy to manage around towns. We just have to lighten the load and get rid of lot's of stuff we are carting around in the Van and not using, amazing how much we can accumulate as we travel around.

jgriffithsau said...

Mate weights and towing is always an issue on both BT and Kenron sites. I guess it is the user and there likes and so it goes on. As long as you are both happy and enjoy this great land....GOOD LUCK

Mick said...

Your right there, and it's not just restricted to the big boys of the Off Road Van scene, many of the 20' plus on road vans are being towed around by vehicles that have exceded their GVM. It only takes a fatal accident and the authority's will clamp down on overloaded rig's.

Thanks for your comments

mahesh said...

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