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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:43 am 
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I live in Brisbane and didn't head up to Cairns. :)

They built it and shipped it to me.

Ben.


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:36 pm 
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Location: adelaide hills
How to get out of your canopy if you're locked in.

Most likely I'm the only person interested in this, but just in case...

Preparation - 1 hour with a 10mm spanner and a bastard file, (1 flat + 1 round face.)

When I got my canopy I intended to sleep in it. I was concerned at the very small but finite chance that somebody might turn the handle and I'd be trapped inside. I couldn't see how to open the door from inside, so I got a separate extra door intending to take off the external handles, as an escape if necessary. But now I've worked out how to get out from inside. Could have saved $200 and some ugly.

From the inside, undo the 2 10mm nuts & push out the square locating bolts. (real name anyone?) Fiddle inside with a couple of shaped plates, push the whole lock assembly out. The roundish bit that engages the key lock will stick, so use the file to remove about 2mm of alum plate all round. Easy peasy.

Then keep a 10mm spanner duct taped inside the canopy, next to the light.

So now I can safely sleep in it. (well, as long as it has 2 vents for airflow)


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:39 pm 
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Canopy with side doors, stop rainwater running in when the doors are up.

A bit of extruded aluminium at the top of the door, and the side of the roof.

Drill, pop rivets, lots of silicon sealer to fill up the checkerplate.


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:44 pm 
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Hi Garry, how is your canopy holding up, I am in the process of checking the various different types out there and Yours is a brand I am looking at, Cairns is also on the radar but the $$$ are vastly different, but then again I dare say the quality is also in a different league.


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:06 pm 
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I'm quite happy with it. Purists might grizzle at some of the welds, sputter marks etc, but it works OK. I've just been away, cabin full of dust, but none in the canopy. My patented spare tyre holder works well too.

I keep thinking of cupboards & drawers like some people put in their utes, but whatever size I make them, there's always something the wrong size & shape that won't fit. So it'll stay just a big empty hole for a while.

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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:11 pm 
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Location: Hornsby NSW
Just ordered a canopy with no floor from MW. Not expecting much from them. But its only going to get used a few weeks a year. By the time I build the steel jack off (forklift ;) ) frame to go under the floor and put some formply in there. Will be a 1/3 of the cost of my work canopy that is on everyday.
As long as the doors don't let water in, I will be happy. Will sikaflex the rest.


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 Post subject: Re: Garry's canopy.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:36 pm 
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Another modification to my canopy.

Lots of people on this forum have made drawers, cupboards, shelves etc etc, to fit their kit. That assumes pretty much the same kit all the time. But I never have the same kit twice, and I could never work out just how big to make any storage structures.

I can live in a small tent, big tent, shearer's quarters, or walk 20km from the car and live out of my pack for 6 days. Cooking & food storage varies. I pack equipment for shooting, caving, biology or geology, with & without computer & printer & 20kg reference books. Plus or minus tools, spares, recovery, etc etc. But never the same.

I thought ratchet tie-downs or even ropes were the most versatile. So I got some 40mm * 3mm right angle aluminium, a big drill, a jig saw, coarse round & bastard files, and some finer ones for tidying up. All you guys who are engineers would have made rounder holes & straighter lines; mine are more hand-crafted, but they work.

A useful side effect is that now boxes & crates don't bounce against the door latches.

I kinda thought the 2" each side was a waste of space, but still probably less than the space wasted by drawers & cupboards.


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