MDC Voyager Hard Top Camper

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 20:32
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Bought this at the camping show in March 14 - Perth.
Have an issue trying to lift the top to the 90 degree point (it is almost impossible). After that the existing strut and manual winch takes over which is ok.

Has anyone any suggestions as to lifting the top to the 90 degree point without any effort?

There seems to be some criticism about these trailers on the net, however, we believe it is value for money at this point.

Have installed airbags (toyota landcruiser wagon) to help counter the weight of the trailer on the draw bar. Also installed our own designed drawer system under the bed, added a pole box, changed electrics to Redark , added more 12V and 240V outlets, colour coded and numbered the pole system which makes things real easy, installed spacers to accommodate 32 inch / wider profile wheels to suit our toyota wagon. Put pole box under gas bottle brackets which still keeps the height of bottles verses gas regulator legal.

The only other draw back is that with the annexe erected and if one wants to access into the passenger side box where the engel fridge is, the canvas velcrove flap is undone which leaves it open for the mozzies etc. Again, we will fix this ourselves.

About to set off within days for 4-6 weeks, north of WA and perhaps Cape York.

Any comments welcome. Thanks

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 21:24

Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 21:24
It is possible that one or both of your assisting gas struts are faulty. You could try disconnecting them in turn to test.
NOTE: Only disconnect a strut in its fully extended position or it will extend with force.

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Follow Up By: Westerners - Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 21:33

Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 21:33
Thanks for the reply. Tomorrow, will try each strut. Good tip.
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Follow Up By: Westerners - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 20:31

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 20:31
Have sorted the strut problem. The struts on our new MDC Voyager are only 800 NM (had them tested). In a couple of days, putting on 1250 NM which will make it very easy to lift, even for a woman.
Tried 1100 NM, OK, but better with 1250.

Also, perhaps a tip for those with the same hitch arrangement which is based on the treg design, but MDC's building. It is possible that the threaded bar that is used to secure it to the tow bar could or can fail. This can happen where the threaded bar is welded to the 'U' shaped hitch.
After it is welded, the weld is then ground flat to accommodate the urathane block. This is a weak point. We are going to change to a cast hitch to avoid any problems developing. Found a trailer business owner locally who has a lot of knowledge in this field.

Hope this information will help other MDC owners.


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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 20:50

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 20:50
You can have your own struts regassed to 1250nm

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