THE RIG - 2017 MAZDA BT50 GT

As you scroll down, we’ll run through the gear fitted to our Mazda and a few specs.

We have had a BT50 for 7 years now. Our first one a 2012 XTR and our current set-up is the 2017 GT. For touring Oz full time they are a great option. They are capable offroad, comfortable on road and have plenty of power to pull a caravan. We have had many years of trouble free touring from our rigs.

Up front is the ARB Summit Bar, Warn Winch, Intensity Lights & ARB under body protection.

Up front is the ARB Summit Bar, Warn Winch, Intensity Lights & ARB under body protection.

THE BULLBAR - ARB SUMMIT WINCH BAR

For me, they are the best looking bar on the market, and let’s be honest everyone wants the front of their rig looking schmick but….. They also include a lot of cool design features that you might not think of when researching a bulbar for your vehicle.

  • They are winch compatible & designed to take heavy recovery loads.

  • 2 CB aerial brackets on the top bar allows you to run different accessories. Our bar has a UHF antenna and a Cel-Fi Go Mobile booster antenna fitted.

  • The split front design allows massive airflow through to the radiator and also allows easy access to the winch clutch.

  • Integrated fog lights, indicators, spotlight mounts and also High lift jacking points as standard.

THE WARN WINCH

There is a lot of choice in the winch market, especially with all the 4wd Supacentre garbage thats out these days….. But if you want a reliable winch that you can use time and time again on your travels around Oz, it’s worth looking into a more reputable brand.

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The New addition for 2019 is an Alloy Canopy from Norweld Australia. Keep reading below to find out more info in specs and details on the build.

The New addition for 2019 is an Alloy Canopy from Norweld Australia. Keep reading below to find out more info in specs and details on the build.

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.  

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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 OLD RIG

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.

Cheers!

 
Start of the Bloomfield track at cape tribulation, qld.

Start of the Bloomfield track at cape tribulation, qld.