2019 MR Triton GLS - canopy or hard cover?

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 17:31
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Hi all,
Happy New Year! Looking forward to forget 2020 and getting back out and about! We’re campers and tourers (2020 aside ??) and we’re slowly upgrading and/or changing our setup (all the time lol) which is predominately stock. We aren’t planning on any hard core 4wd so not lifting, etc. We have the soft tonneau cover has been fine for camping (in Tassie), by in the future want to tour Oz, so dust, etc. will become an issue no doubt.
We’re pretty light packers, so don’t need massive amounts of space which brings us to our question: given the prices ($$$) of both options - what do people recommend? Canopy about $5K and Utemaster Tub cover $4K approx.
Side note: (We’d ideally like to have 12v dual battery so we could run a fridge in the back too for longer trips). Any advice gratefully received ??.
Cheers,
Matt & Donna
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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 17:58

Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 17:58
Hi Matt

You have basically answered your own question...

We’d ideally like to have 12v dual battery so we could run a fridge in the back too for longer trips....

You will find any known brand fridge over 30 plus litres, you will not be able to close you cover, they are simply too tall.

You would be better to go with your first option....a canopy, but these are just my thoughts.

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Follow Up By: Mattski33 - Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 18:35

Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 18:35
Hi Stephen,
Something like the XTM 37L fridge might fit as it’s 462mm high, but I take your point for anything larger absolutely. Many choices but I’m seeing the canopy as possibly a better long term value for money investment.
Thanks for responding.
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Matt
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Monday, Jan 04, 2021 at 15:39

Monday, Jan 04, 2021 at 15:39
I have a 60lt Everkool which fits in the back of my Colorado with a hard lid
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 18:08

Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 18:08
If you go for a canopy, make sure there's a front window you can open. Creates enough positive pressure to keep most of the dust out. We also have a tailgate "kit" which closes up most of the tailgate openings, which are pretty large.

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Follow Up By: Mattski33 - Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 18:37

Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 18:37
Hi Jim,
Yep, the gaps are pretty significant. Lucky the boxes we use are as dust proof as possible.
Cost is a big factor re: canopy at the moment, even if it does probably make sense in the long term.
Thanks for responding.
Cheers,
Matt
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 19:03

Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 19:03
I think you will regret getting a hard cover as it will limit your options too much
I am not familiar with the one you are looking at but a lot of them are not water or dust proof anyway
I had one on a Hilux once and eventually removed it as it was a pain

You could perhaps just start with a soft tonneau cover and look to fitting a canopy down the track.
The best setup in my opinion is a tray back with a gullwing canopy
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Follow Up By: Mattski33 - Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 19:32

Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 at 19:32
Thanks Alby,
We have the soft cover now, and it has been pretty good really, with a few trips to the North and East coasts of TAS. Not much dust in our part of the world haha, but thinking for mainland travel down the track, a canopy is probably our best bet.
Thanks for replying.
Cheers,
Matt
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Reply By: Uncle Arthur - Sunday, Jan 03, 2021 at 09:17

Sunday, Jan 03, 2021 at 09:17
If you are happy with a soft tourneau cover at the moment then why not a soft cover canopy. We had one custom built for a Hilux 5 years ago by the local upholsterer for $1K using the existing loading frame of the Hilux as the basis for the framework. Can recommend the business in Tasmania if you want to contact me as we get many enquiring about it when travelling.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Jan 03, 2021 at 11:45

Sunday, Jan 03, 2021 at 11:45
This is a canopy I was offered by Dynamic Engineering in Hervey Bay, but I opted for a full alloy one.
The extrusion around the top edge has sail track along all sides, and a key way is situated just behind the sail track, that accommodates the head of 8-10 mm bolt. Very versatile!



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Reply By: Member - Steve R (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2021 at 09:49

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2021 at 09:49
Hi Matt & Donna

Have you thought about buying a second hand canopy? My son just purchased one for $2000 for his Ford Ranger so he saved a lot of money.
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Follow Up By: Mattski33 - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2021 at 18:14

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2021 at 18:14
Thanks Steve,
Yes that’s on the list too.
Going through some pros and cons for lots of options.

Cheers,
Matt & Donna
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