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 Post subject: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:59 am 
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Here's my canopy. It came from MW-Toolbox. They don't really have a standard size or shape, you spec what you want and they do it. So it's a bit non-standard - they all are. It comes off in 20 mins, goes on in 40 mins, a bit quicker each time. It has its own floor and bolts onto the aluminium tray. They provide the jacks and the bottom 2 50mm sq tubes for the jacks to fit into.
1) extra 50mm sq tube reinforcement on the back wall to hold 2 spare tyres.
The weight of the tyres sits on the tray anyway, but with corragations there'll be a bit of stress other directions, and I didn't want the alum sheet to stretch and tear. The blue 150 x 50mm tube sq is mine. Drilled with holes to suit 10mm threaded rod. The other bit of 150 x 50 sq tube sits inside the tyre, and you can't get at the nuts cos they're inside it.


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:07 pm 
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2) a lid over the front 50mm sq tube that has just enough room for 2 rifles (no bolt or ammo), with 4 locks. All bolts & hasps for the locks are hidden & inaccessible. Given SA laws think that a rifle in the back seat under a blanket in a locked car is OK, I reckon this is better.
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3) a small door inside one of the side doors. I sleep in it, and I was worried about the very unlikely event that somebody will either helpfully or maliciously close the folding handle and I'll be stuck inside. So I got the small door planning to remove the outside handles. Turns out I probably didn't have to, cos with a torch & spanner I can dismantle the lock from inside, but I didn't know that at the time. Have to stick air vents in some time too.
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4) tie down points all along the front & back. Turns out the sq tubing has sharp corners and is a bit scratchy on rope, rounded sq tube would have been better. Probably only needed the outer ones, not the inner.
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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:08 pm 
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and the legs
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I didn't get a rack on top of it, so it'll fit in my garage, and won't catch on trees etc. And I made a small CB antenna bracket for it, cos it's a few inches higher than the bracket on the tray tube, so I move the antenna up a bit when I put the canopy on.

Only a couple of probs so far.
-When it's raining and the side door goes up, water falls into the tray.
-Loose stuff inside rattles around and can end up against the inside bit of the handle, so you can't open it. I've seen a small shield that you can bolt on to stop that happening, but lucky me, I've got my little half door.

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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:58 pm 
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What size is the canopy ? Length x Width ?
How much was the MW box ?


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:55 pm 
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I got all the extras above, plus a couple of things that I ended up not using - small aluminium wedges that I was going to bolt at the back to stabilize spare tyres - didn't need, and a set of "quick clips" like yours that i didn't end up using - I used bolts instead, stronger. So all up mine was $6530, but really I'd expect a normal one would be way cheaper.

Somewhere above I said something like "They don't really have a standard size or shape, you spec what you want and they do it." But they do have kinda standard options, and some of mine weren't standard.

http://www.toolboxcentre.com.au/

I've got no major grizzles about mine, but if I lived in Cairns I'd be looking at http://www.newd-max.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=1490#p16190 looks like a really nice one.

1880 wide, 1013 high, 1610 long. So wider than long.

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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:42 pm 
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Oh ok 1610 long to fit on the standard 1650mm tray. Weight wise around 150-200kg mark ?
Yer I was thinking of getting a 1800x1800 one built. But with a steel frame for jacking it up. But 1650mm long could work.
Got a space cab at the moment, but that size would work with a dual cab later on.
Prob hang the spare tyre off the back when its on the space cab, but put it on the roof if it was on a dual cab.
Worked out the weights with water tank, extra diesel tank, Fridge and batteries. Not all together of course. Trying to put all the heavy stuff against the cab.
Taking into account the factory fuel and spare tyre.
Weigh would be 45% in front of the axle and 55% behind. Worst case would be 40/60 with luggage and stuff on board.


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:00 pm 
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200 - 220kg. The weighbridge was just flickering as I breathed.

My tray is 1810 long (the bed, + 50mm front bar) 1950 wide. So the spare tyres sit on the back of the tray. I'm sure you've seen threads about too much weight behind & chassis damage. And I don't like the width, should really have wider mirrors to go with it, but I have a rear camera that I hope keeps the cops happy..

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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:24 pm 
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Only seen 1 photo of a dmax with a bent chassis was in the mines.
A piece of plant could of rolled into the tray or they put a 1-2 tonne bucket in the back. Who knows
But yes that's my aim to try and get the most weight over the axle.
Hence having a 1800mm canopy of a 2100mm tray for a single cab. 1950mm is the Isuzu recommended tray.
Just like the 1650mm one for the dual cab.

The last metre of the canopy would just be for food, little stove, clothes. I would assume. Light weights compared to the rest of the stuff.
Might have a 300mm slide out draw but that's it.
Have a camper trailer so a fair bit of stuff goes in that. Just be nice to have a 30 second Oz tent and mini kitchen in the canopy for the places you don't want to take a trailer into.

Had 1500kg on my single cab on the road no problems. Only a short journey. Didn't realise how much was on there lol.
The dmax's have the strongest chassis of all the utes.

Those clear view mirrors are easy to fit. 45-60 mins. Good investment if you have a trailer.


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:22 pm 
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Yep - definitely give Norweld a call freezy11. That's mine in the link Garry posted.

http://www.norweld.com.au

No issues with water getting in when you open the doors, etc. Same sort of money as what Garry paid and I have a full width opening rear door as well.

Ben.


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:53 pm 
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Bit far for me to go. But thanks anyways.
I will speak to my local guy, done work for me before.


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