Trip In A Van have partnered with Mazda Australia to become Ambassadors for the BT50. We travel Oz in a decked out 2017 BT50 GT in Titanium Flash and love the Set-up!

We are kitting out the rig to do more off-road adventures this year. With a new Summit Bar and Warn Winch from ARB Launceston we'll be able to get ourselves out of any sticky situations!!

The New Rig is fitted with heaps of accessories that are needed for our Touring lifestyle. The Bullbar, Snorkel, Sidesteps, Canopy, Alloys, Driving Lights, UHF Radio, Brake controller, Weathershields, Bonnet Protector, Tailgate dust seal and Tub Illumination kit are all Genuine Mazda accessories able to be fitted by the dealer.

The aftermarket gear includes a 2 inch Old Man Emu suspension lift from ARB with 600kg springs in the rear to take the weight of the caravan and all our gear. A set of storage drawers from RV Premium Storage Solutions. An MSA drop fridge slide to house our ARB 60litre ELEMENTS Fridge. The Dual Battery set-up consists of a REDARC BMS15 and a 120amphour Century AGM battery which all fits snugly beside the storage draws in the tub.  

Here's a few tips on tackling water crossings while travelling Australia!

Up on Top, the RhinoRack Tradie Platform looks schmick and allows us to mount a shovel holder on one side and a Sunseeker awning on the other. Its a great addition for carrying extra gear when needed as well. 

CLEAR VIEW towing mirrors are a great accessory for us with towing a caravan, they are the best product on the market for safe towing mirrors.

We always fit COOPER TYRES to our vehicles. The performance and reliability we have had from these tyres is astounding.  We are running a set of ST/maxx 275/70/17's. They are slightly bigger than standard and fit great with the 2 inch lift.

RECOVERY GEAR - We carry an ARB Premium Recovery Kit which has all the gear we need for winch recoveries and up on top we carry a set of ARB Pro Tred Recovery Boards.

Check out these handy bits of recovery gear to add to your offroad kit!



Our rig previous rig was a 2012 Mazda BT50 XTR dual cab ute.

It has a 2 inch Old Man Emu lift kit fitted from ARB and we run Cooper S/Tmaxx tyres 275/70/17. Its the second set of Cooper Tyres we have fitted. First set was the AT/3's and got 95000km of trouble free touring with not a single puncture, and can't speak highly enough of the quality and mileage you get from this brand. A few extras include a snorkel, a 3 inch performance exhaust and a high flow unifilter air filter. The Bullbar is factory fitted, as are the lightforce spotlights and 80 channel UHF radio. 

We have a Flexiglass canopy fitted on the back which has been great. We installed an internal frame to it, so the rhino rack could be mounted on top to handle some extra gear and to mount the awning for those trips up the beach.

A DIY custom set of drawers in the tub handles most of the storage and also houses the dual battery setup which consists of a CTEK dc-dc charger and a 120ah agm deep cycle battery. A good solid fridge slide and an Engel 60lt combi finishes off the setup.  

Trip in a Van reviews the IDRIVE unit on the new 2017 BT50 GT. We test it over all different conditions and it comes up Sweet!! What a great bit of gear to make your vehicle more responsive and better to drive!!

We love the setup and the Mazda! For a Great value Touring vehicle for the family we think its the best choice on the market. Its great on fuel, loves towing the big van, and is really great off road. Currently averaging 17L/100km towing the van over 40,000km. Any questions send them through, we are happy to pass on any knowledge.


 Start of the Bloomfield track at cape tribulation, qld.

Start of the Bloomfield track at cape tribulation, qld.