17' Series Blueys 2014 1756-2 outback

Bluey

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hi to all yes im a new member pick up my van in june hopefully trying to sort out what is best to order

got with the van extra dark privacy screens ,wind up tv antenna, 2 ,120watt solar panels , floor matting ,
side end blocker , payed extra for alco esc ,picnic table , water filter I will fit external one as well ,out side tv point , I have a prado 07 diesel auto should I get extended draw bar , swivel hitch I like the hyland , or anything else I have forgotten I have 2 young kids 3 and 8 weeks and carnt wait to take them caravanning , are chips the way to go for the car dose anyone else tow one with a prado

thanks for any advice I can get
bluey
 
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dagree

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:welcome: @Bluey. Great choice in van but I'm biased ;)
We were lucky and didn't have to wait for the build as we bought the "stock" van that was ordered for display (hasn't got the independent coil suspension as it was built on a 2013 version chassis but happy with the spring version).

Sounds like you have most options covered but if ordering another I would go for extra powerpoints over the standard layout. I'm sure others on here will give you more ideas. As for the extended drawbar I would go for one next time but luckily we didn't as not enough room where we park it due to angle of driveway.

Tow ours with a 04 petrol prado and no probs.
OH and before you pick it up....... Same some more $'s for mods ;)
Cheers,
David
 

DRW

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Hi @Bluey you have most things covered, great choice I must say. I would go with the extra length draw bar I recon they sit better ans it also gives you room for a tool box. How did you manage a 3 week old and an 8 week old?? What part of the country are you from?
Cheers and welcome
Dave
 

Bluey

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thanks drawbar is only a few hundread so mite do it maybe room for bikes later on or a barbi in a box on frount
been trying to decide on the full oven or not or just cook in a barbi which is a must have anyway
 

Bluey

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Hi @Bluey you have most things covered, great choice I must say. I would go with the extra length draw bar I recon they sit better ans it also gives you room for a tool box. How did you manage a 3 week old and an 8 week old?? What part of the country are you from?
Cheers and welcome
Dave
no 3 year old and a 8 wek old doh!!!!!
 
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Bluey

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Hi @Bluey you have most things covered, great choice I must say. I would go with the extra length draw bar I recon they sit better ans it also gives you room for a tool box. How did you manage a 3 week old and an 8 week old?? What part of the country are you from?
Cheers and welcome
Dave
im in vic and brought my van at the van show I heard they sold maybe 250 vans many different jaycos
 
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DRW

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We bought a webber and thats all we use, there are 2 different ideas here none of which is 100% but some say cooking inside stinks up the van, some say they couldn't live without an oven, we don't have an oven and only sometimes grill toast inside, on the drop down table (definately need on or two of these by the way) we have a two burner gas cooker as well. You need an external gas bayonet as well if they're not standard yet.

By the way just taking the don't be rude on the kids ages lol
 

Bluey

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:welcome: @Bluey. Great choice in van but I'm biased ;)
We were lucky and didn't have to wait for the build as we bought the "stock" van that was ordered for display (hasn't got the independent coil suspension as it was built on a 2013 version chassis but happy with the spring version).

Sounds like you have most options covered but if ordering another I would go for extra powerpoints over the standard layout. I'm sure others on here will give you more ideas. As for the extended drawbar I would go for one next time but luckily we didn't as not enough room where we park it due to angle of driveway.

Tow ours with a 04 petrol prado and no probs.
OH and before you pick it up....... Same some more $'s for mods ;)
Cheers,
David
the new coils are a bit heavier than the old type of leaf spring
 

Bluey

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We bought a webber and thats all we use, there are 2 different ideas here none of which is 100% but some say cooking inside stinks up the van, some say they couldn't live without an oven, we don't have an oven and only sometimes grill toast inside, on the drop down table (definately need on or two of these by the way) we have a two burner gas cooker as well. You need an external gas bayonet as well if they're not standard yet.

By the way just taking the don't be rude on the kids ages lol
standered on the outback now the external gas bayonet decions decions
 
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The Wadamses

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hi to all yes im a new member pick up my van in june hopefully trying to sort out what is best to order
Hi Bluey
Welcome.. & congratulations!!
I would looove to upgrade our 17 56 2 to a newer model.. We love ours, & a lot of the mods we have done & want to do are now standard on yours, so enjoy!
Re what to order.. few suggestions here that might help: http://www.expandasdownunder.com/threads/any-essential-upgrades.4070/page-2.
You've definitely come to the right place.. This forum rocks for ideas, support, help & advice
 

gwadir

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Welcome Bluey, great choice of van, kids are going to love the lifestyle, getting away on the weekends, different places & lots of adventures.

Dave

P.S. Need photo's
 

Turtle

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Welcome Bluey,
I have been towing a 2010 17.56-2 OB with a 2007 diesel (manual) and it did the job well. I've just upgrade to a new Ranger so I've got a bigger towing capacity because the Prado only just does it, let me explain........ I loaded the van up, water tanks full, everything else packed (no food). Overall I had 40kg to spare although the ball weight was 283kg. A little bit of rearranging got the ball just under 250, so happy days! just be mindfull that if you extend the drawbar, your ball weight will increase.
The Prados have had a recall on the Toyota Towbar, so make sure you follow up if you have one as mine was replaced. If you have a genuine tow bar they will also recommend you only use a genuine WDH.
Enjoy!!!!!
 

jdove

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G'day Bluey.
I too recommend getting the extended drawbar, as said before it allows you to leave the car connected to the van and open the door with the van bed made up, good for road trips and short stays. It also makes it easier to reverse the van.
Also a extra water tank is a good idea, if you get it factory fitted they adjust your allowable payload to allow for this, about 90kg from memory, and its actually cheaper than doing it yourself (I priced up the bits)
I also have the hyland hitch and find it very easy to use.
Cheers
 

brotys

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G,day Bluey i a auto elec we fit power chips every week i do recommend them for power and fuel economy , i looking at fitting one to my 2013 awd territory diesel just got to check out my warranty
 

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We have a full oven and use it a lot. Much more convenient than the bbq. Especially for weekends when I don't get the bbq out. Great for pizzas pies garlic bread etc