All the bits and pieces

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 at 21:45
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Hi everyone,
we have just purchased a hard floor Cub Spacematic which we used last night for the first time. It is not an off road unfortunately.
I am hoping someone might have some ideas for us as we are looking to add a few bits and pieces to the camper without too much cost if possible.
Currently the camper has a short drawer bar on it with a gas bottle holder and tool box, both of which sit without too much space when winding the winch. It has 13 inch tyres on it.
What we would love to do is carry a boat on top, originally when I asked Cub they suggested that we only carry a small tinny, preferably under 50 kilos, we did want to carry one a bit bigger. Also I am wanting to put a bike or two onto the camper, I am presuming because of the small tow bar space we would not be able to fit my current bike carrier on it. I had thought perhaps I could get an attachment at the back of the camper for a tow bar, cub suggested they have one which would cost over two thousand dollars, a bit too much I think.
My husband would like to put a stand up bike rack of some sort on the top of the camper to mount the bikes and then put the boat along side it on some extra supports. I still think a bike rack at the back may be better.
We are a family of six. We tow with a Toyota Land Cruiser.
Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I look forward to lots of replies.
Thank you
Chris.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 07:54

Monday, Mar 22, 2010 at 07:54
We've had a Supamatic Off Road for many years, towed it all over Oz with both pushbikes and boat on top at various times. I'd stick with what Cub recommend unless you are going to get the camper and roofrack extensively reinforced.
The roofrack is very light and we broke ours twice with a 12ft tinny on it, never off formed dirt roads but plenty of rough ones. It was a pretty light tinny too, one person could lift it on and off.
We had no problem with carrying 3 pushbikes on the roof rack on custom mounts but the bikes did cop a hiding from gravel and dirt. The biggest pain with both the boat and bikes was having to unload and reload every day when setting up camp.
A bike rack at the back would overload the rear chassis rails and both it and the bikes would have to be completely removed before you could open the camper as nothing can protrude out the back of the camper.
You could extend the drawbar but you are adding weight that they are not designed to carry on roads it isn't designed to travel on, better to buy the off road version which has a heavier chassis and running gear and can better handle the load.
Peter
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