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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:17 am    Post subject: HUGE BREAKTHROUGH FOR TOYOTA, 4000 kg Towing Cap !! Reply with quote

This is open for comments only in the Category TIPS ON TOW VEHICLES. This post is locked, as I want all comments there to be preserved for others benefit in the future. Left here it would get buried and lost in time, for safety reasons I want it preserved: So this Post is locked.
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Hello Friends,

I cannot emphasis how big this is... Previously the biggest breakthrough in caravan towing was when I pioneered a 1990 F-350 Ford 7.3 diesel as a great tow vehicle in the Magazines, going on 20 years ago? ... Safer, better fuel economy, long wheelbase control over a larger van, and in the beginning everyone laughed at me. Many even thought it was a custom built dual cab Ford 4x4. Rolling Eyes It has taken us a long way, with Fords, Dodges, and Chevrolet diesel trucks towing larger vans. I is now common place and has become a standard for large vans and horse floats in the past two decades. Yes, it is true that they are safer, with a long wheelbase control over the larger vans, and yes they do get better fuel economy when towing, and can save your Life in a pinch as anyone can swerve to avoid an accident at high speed. The trick is the recovery and the longer wheelbase can do this and still be able to recover and correct after a major accident avoidance maneuver on the highway. There is just no match for the safety of a longer wheel base.. Wink

In saying that, 80% of our Bushtracker Owners still tow with Landcruiser for a variety of valid reasons... They are more affordable especially with our .75 A $ currency. And even bigger than that, many are only seasonally travelling and the Landcruiser is better size wise if you are coming back to a suburban setting. No question, it is easier to park and garage and so on.. However, on larger vans, we have battled for years to keep the weight down for Landcruiser Owners and still allow for a larger payload capacity. We would like to allow for at least 600 kg, to have more tanks of water and goods on board in a 20-21' Bushtracker, with all the luxury items on board that people want these days, so we have to coach Owners on being a bit more selective when they want everything..!

Well Friends, that might all change. We have someone that knows an Insider in a major Company, that claims they are about to release a suspension and a way to upgrade the Towing Capacity of the 200 Series to 4000 kg. This would be a major game changer. While I cannot verify it yet, it supposed to be announced in the next two weeks to two months. Hmmmmm YEA!

Instead of having to prioritize a bit on the larger Bushtracker vans, those that want it all, can still have it all and tow with a 200 Series Landcruiser. Not I cannot see how it is even possible, but it comes from a reliable source. So you might put this possibility into your plans for the future. Of course, I will keep you posted, and will update this at the first available opportunity 24/7..

Now assuming this is true, I must Lecture on the importance of wheelbase length. It is not just weight, it is leverage on length as well. At some point, the length of the tail can wag the dog.. Laughing Having done the R&D on 200 Series, own my fourth right now, yes you can tow a 22' foot but this is not a perfect world. At 22' if something bad happens, anyone can make the big swerve but the length of the van can hinder the leverage of the tow vehicle and push you into a jackknife situation or lose control. In my experience even 22' is just not safe behind the shorter wheelbase of a 200 Series. Weight is one issue, length and leverage of control with the wheelbase is another issue OK? I do care about your long term well being. We are an ethical Company. I would still Counsel that a loaded up 20' or 21' is the safe upper limit even if they up the Towing Capacity to 4000 kg.

Looking after your best interests, Steven Gibbs, Director, Bushtracker


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is now Official... A PDF with this information on a background of a 200 Series hooked up to about a 21' van, was sent to us... Unfortunately I do not know how to change a PDF to .jpg that can be loaded on this Forum. So all I can do is copy the print off the PDF and here you go

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ATTENTION
Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series owners
Do you own a Caravan, Boat, Horse Float or tow a large Tandem Trailer?
If you’re near or over your maximum towing limit, Lovells have a solution for you.

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST LOVELLS 4000KG TOWING UPGRADE
Lovells Braked Towing Capacity (BTC)
Upgrade, increased from 3500kg to 4000kg
Items required for upgrade;
1. Lovells GVM Upgrade from 3300kg to 3800kg
2. Lovells 4t approved Tow Hitch
3. Lovells 4t approved Trailer Swivel Hitch.

Lovells recommend Trans cooler if heavy off-road driving is anticipated.
Vehicle and Towed device can only be installed by a trained and approved Lovells Production Facility/GVM - BTC Upgrade Dealer.
For further details and location of your nearest dealer please contact us on 02 98206800.

LOVELLS SPRINGS PTY LTD
Ph: 02 9820 6800 Fax: 02 9820 6788
Email: sales@lovells.com.au
WWW.LOVELLS.COM.AU

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Kind regards, Admin at Bushtracker,
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all,

We are still in discussions with Lovells so please don't jump the gun and do anything just yet. The kit is not yet finalised and there are more options coming.

I cannot put anything in writing yet, but my advise is please wait a few weeks and watch this space.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Friends,

The Lovells tow capacity increase is coming, with this Hitch-Ezy. It is the most solid hitch we have ever seen, rated to 5 ton, but is way over built.







The first edition of the Lovells tow capacity increase is with the Mac-Hitch, sorry but we do not like the Mac-Hitch, and we are not alone. This is could put some of you off sides with me that have this, but this is not political, hear me out as to what is wrong, for your own good OK?

1) First of all (IN Our Opinion), it does not work well with the necessary WDH…. I mean they have modified the WDH to work with it, but in our opinion it does not work as well, the Mac-Hitch just hangs out too far..

2) Besides In Our Opinion ugly, it has some Engineering problems. For example it has been brought to our attention a yoke fracture of the casting, and we have personally had a problem moving a Bushtracker around with the forklift, where the needle bearing pre-tension has been lost and we had to replace the whole hitch. In Our Opinion we think this is also going to be a long term wear problem and it will not stay up in the horizontal position to hook up.

3) We are going to have to use the Owners Adjustable head unit, putting it in and out of the Forklift mount to move the van around. The Mac-hitch will incur an hour extra labor on any Service or repairs, and the Owners will have to sign a disclaimer that we are not liable if it is damaged. This is not personal, I am not sure if I have met either of the Company Owners or have had any personal dealings, this is not personal it is pure Engineering. On the one we just had problems with, the pretension in the needle bearings was lost and it got all Mac-Droopy..

4) I mean why wouldn’t we be happy to use the Mac-Hitch when: It is cheaper than the Vehicle Components D.O. 45 and MUCH cheaper than the Hitch EZY. I mean in your best interests: We have made a ruling that we will no longer build a new Bushtracker with a Mac-Hitch.

5) The Lovells 200 Series Landcruiser Tow Capacity increase, is not accepted by Bushtracker and others, with the Mac-Hitch. In the lighter Mac-Hitch version, it is not approved with a WDH at all, and we will not use this as in our opinion towing 4 ton without a WDH is pure madness.

Our choice, is more expensive, but our choice is the Hitch-Ezy. This Hitch-Ezy has been approved and is pending ADR finals, pending some Engineering paperwork equivalent in Australia, for the American Engineering tests on the Reece Hitch.. We like the Hitch-Ezy, I even have one on my own van, that you see in a Tour of my van and equipment. IMO it is the strongest hitch in its class that I have ever seen.

This latest refined version of the Hitch-Ezy gets our endorsement. Further, we are going to start using it for all Lovells Landcruiser tow capacity upgrades, and all larger vans, it is that good. It will probably replace the D.O.45, it is that good, at least it will be an option. For those that want to change over to it, it has the same 6 bolt pattern as the D.O. 45, mine was replaced with it the Hitch-Ezy, a straight bolt up affair. It is on my own van and I am very impressed with it..





The big knob of the hitch, has a very good grease cover on an o-ring seal. Here it is on my own tow vehicle...



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IT IS HERE, FINALLY, AND WITH THE HITCH-EZY... FOR STATE 1 AND STAGE 2 KITS.

Dear Distributor, Authorised Fitter and GVM Upgrade Client,

THE FIRST FEDERALLY COMPLIANCED TOWING UPGRADE PACKAGE IN AUSTRALIA

Lovells are pleased to announce that we have been granted Federal Compliance Plate Approval as a Second Stage Manufacturer for the BTC (Braked Towing Capacity) Upgrade of the TOYOTA LANDCRUISER LC200 WAGON. (Build date 11/07 to current)

APPROVALS
40257-190937- LC200 Diesel- 7 & 8 Seater
40257-190936- LC200 Petrol- 7 & 8 Seater
46734-1191613- LC200 Diesel and Petrol- 5 Seater


WHY DO VEHICLES REQUIRE BTC (Braked Towing Capacity) UPGRADES?

The solution for owners/managers of Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series Wagon vehicles who have a need to tow to 4000kg (up from 3500kg standard Braked Towing Capacity), while at the same time meeting the practical and documentary compliance requirements of Work Safety, Police Licensing, Insurance, Lessors and Fleet Managers. This kit is complianced by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and Federal Compliance kits come complete with a Second Stage Manufacturers compliance plate.

Federal Compliance (pre-registration) and State Compliance (post-registration) BTC Upgrades can only be fitted to vehicles fitted with a Lovells 3800kg GVM Upgrade.
Lovells Toyota Landcruiser LC200 GVM Upgrade kits have been tested and approved for Full Volume Second Stage Manufacture to comply with ADR35/05 ESC (Electronic Stability Control) Sine with Dwell verification and are suitable for KDSS and non-KDSS variants.

Please refer to the attached documentation for Technical Information and ordering procedures.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FOR STATE COMPLIANCE ORDERS, THE VIN MUST BE PRE-CHECKED/CROSS REFERENCED BY LOVELLS TO VERIFY IT HAS A GVM UPGRADE FITTED PRIOR TO ORDER ACCEPTANCE/PROCESSING.

TRR-122HDAV REAR COIL SPRINGS CAN BE SUBSTITUTED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING:
- Vehicle is close to rear axle loading capacity of 2000kg
- Ball weight is greater than 300kg
- Vehicle ‘s primary use is for towing at maximum capacity
(This is a case by case option and should be asked prior to order placement. If specified, please hand write TRR-122HDAV in rear coil section on ORDER FORM).


Stage 1 BTC Upgrade Kit- Recommended for towing 3500kg-3700kg Apparatus.
Kit includes height adjustable fabricated tongue and Lovells Offroad Hitch.
(Ball weight must not exceed 350kg)
Not compatible with most weight distribution systems.
(This kit is however still rated at 4000kg braked towing capacity)

Stage 2 BTC Upgrade Kit- Recommended for towing 3500kg-4000kg Apparatus.
Kit includes a Lovells 1200lb Weight Distribution Hitch system (WDH), cast head, drop shank with 95mm height adjustment and Lovells Offroad Hitch.
(Ball weight must not exceed 400kg)

Please note that the Lovells BTC Upgrade can only be complied if a Lovells GVM Upgrade is fitted to the vehicle.

Lovells BTC Upgrade tongue/hitch, drop shank/hitch can only be attached to the Toyota OE Towbar and is not compliant for aftermarket tow bars.



Warranty – Lovells Suspension and Towing Kits
Coil Springs 5 year unlimited km
Leaf Springs 5 year unlimited km
Shock Absorbers 3 year/70.000km whichever occurs first
Suspension Components 2 year/40,000km whichever occurs first
Towing Components 2 year/40,000km whichever occurs first


Fleet and Authorised Fitter Pricing are available upon request.

Please note that the lead time for BTC Upgrade Kits will be approximately 4-6 working weeks from receipt of official BTC Order Form attached, based on committed projects and contracts. We have pre-empted the popularity of these kits, thus stock levels of all components are considerable, yet lead time for compliance plates and packing times will govern the supply time.


Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Best regards,

Mike


Mike Davison

Sales and Marketing Manager

Lovells Springs Pty Ltd
PO Box 5126
Minto BC
Unit 3, 25-31 Airds Rd
Minto NSW 2566
AUSTRALIA

Ph: +61 2 9820 6800
Fax: +61 2 9820 6788
E-Mail: miked@lovells.com.au
Web: www.lovells.com.au
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