What is the maximum legal width for a hilux tray

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 18:51
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Hi everyone,

I'm trying to devise a camping set up for my hilux which now has an 8ft x 6ft. Can I legally go any longer or wider.

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Geoff
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Reply By: long haired nomad - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 19:27

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 19:27
Dont know about the width but the length can be no more than 60% of the wheel base, behind the rear wheels.So as an example if your wheelbase is 2 meters 60% of 2m is 1.2 meters. So you can have 1.2m behind the rear wheels. I think im right in saying this but if anyone know any different please correct me.
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Follow Up By: Polaris - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:21

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:21
Just to qualify your reply (using your example measurements) - the overhang isn't actually measured from 'behind the rear wheels' - it is measured from the centre of the rear wheel to the most extreme rear point of the vehicle - towbar included.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:27

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:27
This is 60% maximum overhang.


Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: Happy Frank - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 19:29

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 19:29
Maximum width is 2.5 metres for a vehicle of any sort. Rear view etc would need to be considered.
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Reply By: splits - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:58

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:58
Geoff

I used to own a home made camper on a L200 ute and I made it 2000mm wide because it looked about right. I noticed on the Suncamper web site their Sherwood model is shown on a Hilux and it is also 2000 wide. This may be under the maximum legal width but it is probably the most praticle. Most people can sleep across a body that wide and you still have good vision to the rear.

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Reply By: tonysmc - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 23:02

Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 07:57

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 07:57
Anything wider than 2m will be a problem on bush tracks and at the max legal width of 2.5m nigh on impossible.
The reason most manufacturers stick with the 1.8m wide is so that you can add external awnings, lights and bracket without making it too wide for bush work.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 11:39

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 11:39
A few years ago a mate bought a new Nissan Patrol cab,chassis and needed a wider tray for work (and play). The dealership told him a 2.4 meter wide tray would be legal but 2.0 mt would be more practical. I'm pretty sure he wound up with the 2.0 mt tray

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Reply By: Member - Geoff H (QLD) - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 14:15

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 14:15
Thanks for all the help guys.

I was thinking of setting up the sleeping arrangement across the vehicle with a kitchen set up at the back, so 2m would give us that bit extra for comfort. I can live with the 8ft length if we sleep sideways.

Back to the drawing board.

Regards
Geoff
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 14:32

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 14:32
There is also a width (2.2m, I think) over which you MUST fit clearance lights front and rear.

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Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 17:48

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 17:48
and reflestors in the middle, or more clearance lights. friend is a rta approved checker, and i have seen him tell customers to CYA and put either reflectors or clearance lights in the middle sa as to "Make your vehicle easier to see". RTA laws these days.

this was on a 7*5 trailer.

Any way CYA should be the rule, so those nasty rta, dmv etc etc don't spoil our fun!!!
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