Tinnie on top of Colorado dual cab

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 04, 2015 at 17:48
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Hi Everyone, I am interested in carrying a 12' tinnie on the roof of my 2014 dual cab Colorado. I have been to ARB and an aluminium roof rack is $1400+ or I can have a couple of heavy duty bars mounted on my ARB canopy is $750 with inside support bars fitted too. I have been told not to put bars onto the roof & canopy to secure the tinnie. I would be grateful for advice especially from forum members who have done this or currently carrying a tinnie on their Colorado or other vehicle. I don't know of other places to inquire about this I suppose TJM or some marine place may have some info for me. Thanks for any info Rob.
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Reply By: gbc - Wednesday, Nov 04, 2015 at 19:38

Wednesday, Nov 04, 2015 at 19:38
I did on my last Colorado on the canopy rack. I replaced the bars with wider uni strut versions. Older dual cabs had plenty of differential flex between bodies and trays hence the advice not to fix to both. I think it would still be good advice.
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Reply By: Member - peterdre - Friday, Nov 06, 2015 at 08:46

Friday, Nov 06, 2015 at 08:46
Hi
I carry a 3.5 Quintrex Traveller on a 2011 Colorado on top of the ARB canopy. Did 2 long trips from SA through the Gulf Country-Savannah Way.
Canopy and interal bars fitted by ARB with a "Flipneasy" boat loader fitted in Brisbane. The total load on the internal bars was within ARB specification. Boat was loaded in accordance with all instructions.
After the 2nd trip cracks were obvious in the tub around the bottom of the tailgate, and the sides of the tub had spread 8mm at the top of the tub at the tailgate.
Holden did not accept any responsibility as canopy not made by them.
ARB did not accept any responsibility as boat was not loaded correctly. They claimed it was too far back, but it was loaded evenly in accordance with their instructions.
Flipneasy offered to strengthen the internal bars.
I had the cracks welded & reshaped the bent rear internal ARB bar myself.
Never again will I deal with ARB. Sell sell sell then run away when there is a problem.
I think the way to go is fit an alloy system down to the floor of the tub but very expensive.
Pedro
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Reply By: TomH - Friday, Nov 06, 2015 at 13:16

Friday, Nov 06, 2015 at 13:16
You got really good answers in the other forum you asked the question .
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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Sunday, Nov 08, 2015 at 15:32

Sunday, Nov 08, 2015 at 15:32
Here is a photo of our set up with the tinnie carried on the canopy only of the BT 50, which is on top of a Rhino side boat loader on heavy duty rhino bars.



The EGR canopy was fitted with the strengthened support rated to carry 150 kgs however the loader and tinny weigh between 100 and 110kgs I think, so well within the limit.

We have used this for the past two years, traveled over 20,000 kms on the last trip alone, with no problems whatsoever.

hope this is useful to you,

regards,

Heather
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Follow Up By: TomH - Sunday, Nov 08, 2015 at 17:06

Sunday, Nov 08, 2015 at 17:06
How close to your rear axle load limit does this rig go
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Follow Up By: 19738662 - Sunday, Nov 08, 2015 at 17:14

Sunday, Nov 08, 2015 at 17:14
Thanks Heather,what amount of money would I have to oulay for this set up. Thanks again for the reply & photo. Robert.
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Follow Up By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Sunday, Nov 08, 2015 at 17:26

Sunday, Nov 08, 2015 at 17:26
Hi Robert,

We bought the side boat loader around 7 to 8 years ago and it cost approx $1400 fitted then I think by the 4WD place in Nowra NSW. No idea what they cost now...sorry.
The strengthened canopy was part of the deal we did when we bought the BT 50 two years ago and EGR was the brand the dealer recommended to us.I am not sure whether you already have a canopy but if not, google EGR canopy. They make them to fit most utes and i guess you can get any information you want from the company..

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Heather
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Follow Up By: 19738662 - Monday, Nov 09, 2015 at 11:06

Monday, Nov 09, 2015 at 11:06
Thanks Heather. I have an ARB canopy & asked our local store about options. A aluminium roof rack $1400 and the two bars only with inner strength bars fitted $750. Thanks for the advice. Robert.
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Reply By: Batt's - Monday, Nov 09, 2015 at 22:15

Monday, Nov 09, 2015 at 22:15
Unless your canopy is designed to support weight on the roof, twist and flex along with the rest of the vehicle without risking it getting damaged I would go with an internally mounted supporting system I use to fit them when I worked at TJM.
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