Ideas for conopies on tray backs

Submitted: Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 12:34
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Hi, recently became a member to explor oz. (I love the forums)
Wondering if any one can help with design or pictures of a simple
box or canopy. Tray 2.4 by 1.8. Would like to be able to sleep in back over night.
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 13:48

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 13:48
Stuey,

Have a browse through these sites


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Follow Up By: Member - stuey (VIC) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 14:52

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 14:52
Thanks Kev, grateful for your reply all the ideas kindly appreciated
thank you.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:00

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:00
Stuey,

I am going through a similar thing at the moment. I aim to get a lift off box made for Darkie as I use the tray for other things.

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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 13:52

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 13:52
I dont have any pics,but this is how I would do it after the canvas canopy I had.

I would build the frame from square 40mm tube steel.
Get a sheetmetal worker to build a roof onto that.
Then take it to a canvas maker and have canvas curtains made with rollup sides or windows.
Make a false floor about 300mm or level with the tray gates and cover it with ply.
The top can be your bed,the underneath for tyres ,tools,water and plastic tubs.

Add security mesh with locks.
Cut holes for fridges or gerry cans in the false floor.
Keep the top front part of the canopy wind friendly and as low as possible to keep your fuel bill down.
Fit 12v lights and power points inside
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Follow Up By: Member - stuey (VIC) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:01

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:01
Ross thanks. This sort of thing i can do, on a tight budget. But if i enclose the gas fridge and jerry cans, could it be dangerous while fridge on when sleeping? Maybe i could make a devider at back.
Thanks again Ross
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Follow Up By: mowing - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:52

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:52
Ross, I priced up a canopy exactly how you described it for a GU or 70 series and it came in at $4k with others doing all the work. The security mesh had gas struts to open up where the openings in the canvas were.
Great minds think alike :)


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Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 19:50

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 19:50
I think you would be ok with the gas as long as your fittings re tight. The canopies with canvas are a bit breezy even when done up tight


Mowing ,I think you could do it yourself a bit cheaper.
You can get security mesh from old doors and cut it down.
No real need for gas struts to keep it open,some bungy cords will do fine
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Reply By: Member - Tony & Julie (FNQ) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:56

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 15:56
stuey - Have a look at the pictures on my profile. This is a homemade slide off camper - Simple steel box frame and sheet alloy coating. Put a Ebay roof top tent on top and it would do you fine. Interested I can draw up a plan for you. May be more than you are after though. Cheers tony
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Follow Up By: Member - stuey (VIC) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 19:42

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 19:42
Tony, thanks for pictures and ideas. I will put pen (pencil) to paper and make it happen. I may have questions you or the forum may be able to answer along the way. Once again thanks to you all

Stuey
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 19:53

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 19:53
Another way Stuey is to find one in the classifieds and modify it to suit your needs; )
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Follow Up By: Member - John M (NSW) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 07:53

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 07:53
Stuey
Have a look at my Blog. The complete unit comes off, just 6 bolts and a Anderson Plug and you have your ute back again.
Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Member - stuey (VIC) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:37

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:37
John
This is the sort of back I am after, by the looks of your pictures you have an internal wall to house your fridge,gas,etc. I like this sort of idea because I can run the gas fridge whist sleeping. I can make up the frame, roof, etc. But I may need to go to canvas man to find out how they attach the canvas side walls.
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Follow Up By: Nargun51 - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 17:00

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 17:00
Buy some aluminium annex track and pop rivet it to the frame

When getting the canvas walls made get a bolt rope sewn in

This bolt rope can be used for the front, top and bottom of the canvas walls and either zips or lacing to connect the rear up
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Follow Up By: Member - stuey (VIC) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 21:16

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 21:16
Nargun51, thankyou. Yes you are right, I am sorry if I seem a little dopey but trying to get a mental picture of how to tie everything together is hard (especially when you have a complete blackout from thinking about it too hard); and sometimes it's as plain as the nose on your face


Thanks again Stuey
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