Flexiglass Dmax workezy canopy/pod, or another brand?

Submitted: Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 17:59
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What experience have you had with a fibreglass or aluminium one piece canopy?

I have had a look at a few canopies in carparks etc and saw the flexiglass pod at agquip at gunnadah a few weeks ago.

It looks good and cost around $7500. I haven't got the dimensions, but I know it's 2.4m long, three full size doors lockable waterproof etc. (The Isuzu salesman borrowed the brochure and I forgot to get it back).

It weighs 230kg.

Would aluminium be lighter, better, cheaper?

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Reply By: Member Andys Aussie Adventure - Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 18:52

Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 18:52
Hi BooBoo, I have a Aluminium pod with 2 large doors opening on each side with 3 draws on each side plus trundle draw. It comes with 2 spare wheels on back with roof racks. It cost $11,000 with draws and spare wheel brackets, 2/ 85lt water tanks. I have increased the thickness of the floor and mounting points. It would weigh more than a fibreglass one, but stronger. I looked at a lot of fibreglass ones and found the doors don't seal as well, and can crack if a rock or stone hits it. I am still waiting for delivery of my new 4x4 so can't give you a running report. Hope this helps Andy

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 06:46

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 06:46
Thanks Andy

I have to agree about the seals. I looked at an aluminium pod in Halls Creek about 2 months ago and the seals around the doors looked a lot more robust.

I never thought about damage from a rock. I'd rather a small dent than a crack.

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Reply By: den57 - Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 20:46

Monday, Aug 29, 2011 at 20:46
Hi Boo Boo. I have the flexiglass canopy, three doors with the aluminium tray, the sides on the tray are cut to the same length as the doors and drop down to give easy access to the back.
As far as being water proof, definately, provided it doesn't rain.
The mate has one on his cruiser and his doesn't leak, provided he has his tinny on the roof when it rains.
Love the canopy but a PITA when the wet season hits. Things tend to go mouldy if you don't air it to try and dry it out. Car is loaded all the time so not practical to unload the back every time it rains.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 06:54

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 06:54

I had a canopy that fitted on top of the tray on a triton years ago and thought it had been sealed pretty well until it rained.

Wifey was not impressed with her wet suit case. LOL

The type I am looking at is a complete one piece unit with the floor moulded or welded to the sides and roof.

Have you tried a couple of those moisture absorbers you can buy in Big W or would the 'wet' overwhelm them?

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Follow Up By: den57 - Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 21:30

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 21:30
Hi BooBoo, The easiest way i have found to dry the back out is to park on a steep incline. I have put marine carpet down in the tray to try and stop things sliding but this tends to hold water.The tray is flexi glass as well and when you look closely at it ,there is no way you are going to stop water getting in when driving in the rain. PITA but do like the basic design with the drop sides.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 13:42

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 13:42

The canopys I am looking at are the one piece things with the floor moulded into the sides and roof. Its probably better to call them a pod.

With the aluminium ones the floor is welded onto the pod and is also water proof.
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