tray top tents

Submitted: Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 16:33
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has anyone seen/heard of a manufacturer of tray top tents (prefer WA)as i'm looking seriously at this idea instead of going a slide on camper.
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Reply By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 17:11

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 17:11
hypothetically speaking.. if I had a dual cab (which i assume you have..) i'd be going for some heavy duty ladder racks.. with a Roof Top Tent on top..
That way you still have the space of your tub/tray/drawers for storage of all your other goodies.!
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Follow Up By: DEANO WA - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 17:19

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 17:19
hi Mozza, yeh got a 03 3.0td patrol dual cab conversion but wanted to keep packed up tent height under or equal to car roof height.then have pull out draws under. I'm towing a 5m ali boat around top end next season so wanted to streanline the rig for minimal windage.
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 17:29

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 17:29
Candy canvas of Tintinara in SE South Aust make a complete unit that fits on the tray back and can be set up and left in situ if needed. Their phone number is 08 8757 2285 and I think they have a web site. Could be worth looking at.
A couple of friends have them and they are very happy with them. Trippin is one of them and they may reply to the thread.
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Follow Up By: Tripp'n Around - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 20:55

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 20:55
Hi Deano and Des

What works for us may not for others?
We did a lot of research before going with the Candy version.
Candy also do a dual cab version of their tray top camper/tent now.

There is someone on here who has a tent like yours Des.
(tent sits flat whilst driving)
He has it mounted on the roof of his car but it can also mount on his trailer that he tows every so often.
So Deano if you are towing a boat maybe the second option maybe something to consider.

Hopefully that person will read your post and you will see through his rig pics what I mean.


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Reply By: Member - Martin- Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 19:00

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 19:00
Hi Deano,

Try Performance campers in Kelvin Rd Maddington i think they do a tray top tent or you could try Natasha at Top Dog in Butler, we bought a roof top tent off of them and found them very good, and i think they were just bringing in the tray top campers. The phone number is :9562-1182 or try the web site

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Reply By: motherhen - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 22:03

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 22:03
Deano, did you look at posts 15569 and 20716 where custom built tray top canvas uints were discussed? Full description in the afore-mentioned posts. Summary of mine follows, but look up the threads as others have also contributed.

We have a canvas cover made quite some years ago (quite a cheap option), to fit over a frame which we had purchased at a clearing sale and modified by stripping off the metal covering and adjusting to fit our tray size, on the Landcruiser. 4 pins went through holes in the "roof" of the canvas and a roof rack sat on top for extra cargo. It had zip back and clear plastic rear window. It was the very best camping on the back of the ute. The only mistake we made with the design was having it go behind the frame at the rear of the cab, which meant when it rained, water ran down the front and onto the tray. It should have gone over the frame too, and a little below the tray level to keep everything dry.
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Follow Up By: DEANO WA - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 22:07

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 22:07
cheers all
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