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Submitted: Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 09:45
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Choosing a roof rack for the Troopy and can't decide on; which brand, alloy or steel, mesh floor or not. Plan is to have this vehicle for the long term so getting it right first time is making the decision harder. Swmbo's a great help - "I like the look of that one". Great! all care, no responsibility.

1. ARB - steel & 50kgs!
2. RHINO - light alloy tray, plenty of attachment options, sits high
3. OL rackmaster - alloy, sits low, but won't hold the firewood
4. TJM - steel or alloy - squarer tubing
5. ECB - alloy, 40mm tubing

It will hold 2 x small space cases, small table, gas bottle, 2 small Jerry's, tarp, portabote, it's seats & oars etc. Troopy's roof is about 2.6mt long, but drops away at front so only going for 3/4 length - 2mt.

So whatdoyouseallreckon, is swmbo right.


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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:00

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:00
Rhino on a Troopy

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Reply By: linkcrazy - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:11

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:11
I just bought a rhino steel mesh basket (sits on 3 rhino commercial bars , 50kg load rating per bar), the largest size which is 1810 x 1160 . I also bought a rola quick step .


I put on it
1 x folding gazebo
4 x self inflating matresses
1 x 16 man dome tent
2 x 6 foot folding tables
tent poles and pegs .

I think the basket was about $450 and the step was $80
A troopy has a roof load rating of 250kgs i think . (can someone confirm this)
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Follow Up By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:22

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:22
cheers linkcrazy
Can you tell me how high it sits off the roof i.e. the gap between the roof & bottom of basket.

Are they a 150, 210 or 280mm leg on the bars?

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Follow Up By: linkcrazy - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:29

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 10:29
I think i know where you are going with this .
My legs are 210mm legs . If you put a tape measure from the gutter to the top of my rack its 420mm . I had to get my carport lifted up by 600mm LOL . Apperantly troopy roofes arent good at flexing and a rhino alloy basket would be my pick if i could afford it . My troopy is a beach vehicle and i wanted something lightweight that i could take off and fix rust spots easily , especially the gutters .
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 13:54

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 13:54
have had a full length steel rack with mesh for years and it has stood up to everything including some heavy firewood runs which were thrown up top.Rack weighs 43 kg which is more than compensated by the strength of steel. Beware of ally racks on extendede corrugation trips as I have seen a few of them break at the welds which is very difficult to repair in the bush.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 14:21

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 14:21
Whatever you do don't buy an alloy rack. If they break it is a bugger to repair them. I has no end of trouble with an alloy rack.

This advice is worth $200. You can pay me later :o)
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Reply By: Banjo - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 15:02

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 15:02
I put a Jaram brand aluminium rack on my Troopy 10 years ago. It's travelled all over the country. Corrugations, overloaded (at times) without a worry. Gibb River Rd, Overland Telegraph Line and heaps of other places where there was plenty of stress on the whole vehicle. I think it's more the workmanship that's the issue, rather than aluminium. With the Jaram, every place that the mesh crosses the frame it's welded, not each 3rd or 4th one. But I may have been lucky!

Banjo (WA)
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Follow Up By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 09:40

Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 09:40
Do you know where you get them in Qld. I' ve heard some good reports about them.

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Follow Up By: Banjo - Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 09:50

Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 09:50

Their contact numbers are below and while I assume that they are available from the usual accessory shops I don't know for sure.

Jaram's Overlander range of racks comes in either steel or aluminium and a variety of sizes to suit almost every 4WD on the market. Jaram has been manufacturing racks for more than 25 years and as a result of this experience all Overlander racks are made from heavy-duty, thickwall, square tubing for superior strength. All Jaram Overlander roof racks are covered by a two-year warranty with a 90-day money-back guarantee.
Jaram Roof Rack Systems
12 Railway Pde Welshpool, WA 6106
Ph: 08 93626899 or 1800 998269, 1300 303 680

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 12:12

Monday, Jan 09, 2006 at 12:12

I agree with Banjo on a good alloy rack lasting the distance . I have had two " Formula Off Road " full length alloy racks on my last two cruisers and I have had no trouble at all with them . I purchased an ARB steel one and was so upset about the weight of it that it has sat in the garage ever since I bought it and is still unused .
Formula Off Road make them and sell them direct from their factory in western Sydney .

I think a mesh floor with no mesh in the sides is the best way to go .

Cheers ,

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Reply By: SmithyWA - Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:17

Sunday, Jan 08, 2006 at 18:17
I have a rhino system ( not on a troopy ). I like it because you get the lightness of Alloy for the tray part with the strength of steel for the bars.Even though the bars are not steel they are every bit as strong as. And you can not beat the range of attachments you can get for various add ons.

FWIW I reckon the Jarram alloy racks are the best made on the market in the way of full one piece racks.
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