GU CC Rear Trays

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 07:44
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Hi all, I am in the process of purchasing a new rig - new GU ST Coil Cab - but have to decide quickly on a tray for registration purposes. The wife and I have not yet decided on what will eventually end up on the back as far as campers/camp boxes go so I need to ask the question about tray sizes and material. I believe a pretty standard size for this vehicle would be 1850mm x 2400mm, but steel or aluminium? Can anyone enlighten me as to the pros and cons of ally versus steel please?
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Reply By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 10:06

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 10:06
If you haven't got tray yet, you may want to think about having camper built incorporating tray. There would be a weight saving, and under tray boxes and drawers could be incorporated. Having a camper built for mine, and if I never already had tray, would have got the whole thing built as one. Although I have now opted for a trayback lift off.
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Follow Up By: Member - Craig D (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 10:18

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 10:18
Hi PK, yep we have thought of incorporating tray, but for the camper we'd like it removable, hence the tray. Ally or steel though is still the question.
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Follow Up By: PK Eildon (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 10:44

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 10:44
For what it is worth, the fellow doing mine said that for outback use he would not consider aluminium due to flexing, etc. the weight gain is not worth the strength loss. Steel is pretty bullet proof as far a standing up to stress. Mind you he is a salesman and others may have different view.
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Follow Up By: RosscoH - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 15:43

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 15:43
Go for Steel, That way if you are in the middle of nowhere and do have a problem there is usually a good old stick welder somewhere not too far away.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 16:34

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 16:34
Steel can be welded by farmers etc if need be in the bush, try finding someone who can weld Alloy in middle of nowhere
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:15

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 18:15
It could also be worthwhile putting together a really light alloy job (read way too light) for initial rego as depending on the state you live in every kilo it weighs is paid for every year thereafter at rego time.
could save quite a bit in the long run
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Reply By: Member - Craig D (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:48

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 at 07:48
Thanks all who have replied to my query. After many phone calls, etc, the consensus was for a well made steel tray due to the flexing concerns you guys have mentioned and a good point made re: welding (steel would also give tool boxes and the like a better mounting point than the ally.

I bit the bullet last night and have put down a deposit on a new GU Cab Chassis so in a month now GU 3.0L for me!

Thanks again to all who replied.
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