Trayon stability and setup off the vehicle

Submitted: Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 13:12
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Interested in peoples advice (pictures?) on setting up the Trayon on it's legs off the vehicle. Some advice on how the wire cable system stabilises and connects or anything else that will assist us setting up off vehicle? We purchased the unit second hand and did not have the benefit of being shown how to set it up properly.

We have only used it on the vehicle so far and interested in what others have experienced when setting up in the one spot for an extended stay and the best tricks tips they have.

Any other useful tips and tricks like how to judge the water level in the water tank?
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Reply By: Member - Bushpig - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 13:40

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 13:40
I had a Trayon for 2 years and we set it up off the van many times. I had four stainless steel cables and I attached each one to a corner of the trayon and then secured them using a large tent peg centred underneath the Trayon. I also had an annexe and wound down the legs so that the annex was touching the ground. Then I would attach those cables. One thing I would recommend to you. When you are setting up the Trayon on its legs unlatch all the roof catches so that the roof can move freely before you wind down the legs. Or up for that matter. You will able then to see when the van is level by making sure that the roof is aligned squarely. As for water, I purchased a guage from Camec. It is battery operated and is easy to install. I also had 10mtr extension lead to connect to the Anderson plug on my Hilux. I did not have a battery in the Trayon. Hopes that helps. Any other questions please ask.
Cheers Jack
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Reply By: Geoff M - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 15:24

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 15:24
We are another very happy owner of a Trayon camper. We have had ours for two years now. We selected the Trayon after looking at all the other traytop offerings and considering factors such as weight, ruggedness, features, Australian content, and support/warranty. There is a lot of misinformation around on some of the well advertised tray-top campers on offer.

We have have the Trayon off the back of the ute plenty of times - just need to make sure that you lower the legs and attached the four wire ropes. You need a have a reasonably flat area otherwise the weight does not get distributed properly on the four legs. We have slept in the camper while off the vehicle and its been fine.

Have you tried emailing the people at Trayon? Their email address is "Trayon Campers []". They have been extremely helpfull with us and could probably send you a latest copy on the manual. Also check out their website "".

Also if you are near Shepparaton (Victoria) you could call in to Shep 4wd who are a dealer for Trayon and have a couple of units there. Wayne is very helpful. Or if you are near the Sunshine Coast just call in at the Trayon factory.

Good luck with your camper, and hopefully you will have many memorable trips with it.

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Follow Up By: escaping - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 15:39

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 15:39
Thanks Geoff (and bushpig). Think I get the idea now. I will give it a dry run in the yard next time I take it off.

Geoff - I think I have looked at your unit on a BT50 before? My set up is very similar, also on a BT50. I corresponded with you about your broken spring when looking into my suspension upgrade some time back on a different forum?

I have Emailed the Trayon people, while they where some what helpful no offer of a manual was made even though I asked if one existed or if I could get a copy of it. They gave me the impression they 'demonstrate' how it works but there is no manual as such?
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Reply By: Geoff M - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 15:50

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 15:50
Hi Escaping,

Yes, I did have a problem with a rear broken spring on a recent Simpson Desert trip. However Ironman were fantastic in replacing the spring and re-imbusing me for the cost incured in making temporary repairs. All good now.

If you like I could scan my copy of the manual and shoot it to you - just send me an email address and I could do this next week.

Both the BT50 and Trayon have been great - can't want take both out again. Am hoping to head up the High Country (Vic) for a few days in the next week or so.


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Follow Up By: escaping - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:09

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 16:09
Brilliant Geoff

Email address below (remove 'at' and 'dot' and replace with usual symbols)
shazcol at zaltec dot com dot au

Not near either of those locations, down in Tassie. Doing everything in Tassie we have not visited and by then we will be free of the kids and doing some of the mainland trips, hopefully in the not to distant future.

We also did a lot of research on best unit to buy but we where reluctant to buy a brand new one before we could try it and be sure it worked for us. We purchased a second hand unit and may upgrade in a few years. We fell in love with the Trayon at last years caravan and camping show in Melbourne. We have not looked back since getting it. Best compromise on weight and features for us. We could not be happier.

The Trayon people may not have seen to many $$$ in us as we had an older second hand unit. They have to remember we may want to upgrade some time to a newer model with some extra features latter on.

Thanks again Geoff.
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