What size Trayback?

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 08:36
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I have recently bought a 2nd hand Carry Me Camper which is 2100mm long. I know I can get a 2100mm tray on an Extra / King / Super Cab, but has anyone put a 2100mm tray on a Dual Cab (other than F250, Defender). If so, what are the risks re chassis strength etc and which of the popular dual cabs (if any) are suitable?
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Reply By: jothefw - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 09:31

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 09:31
It would be worth having a chat with the guys that make the Carry Me Camper in Tintinara, SA. They are really, really helpful and do a huge amount of testing on all their products so they may be able to advise you on what they've found working, and not!

We spent hours discussing the pros and cons with them a couple of months ago and I was plenty surprised how helpful they were, and it wasn't all about a sale either!

Have fun with it, it's one of favourite looking products for the future (post children touring!)
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Reply By: George - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 09:33

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 09:33
The limit for rear overhang is 60% of the wheelbase, so none of the "standard" dual cabs will be suitable without serious modifications.
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Reply By: Thinkin - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 09:56

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 09:56
The only dualcab utes to concider for your purpose would be 07 rodeo, izusu d-max,
and colorado cab chassis models of these vehicles. Even then it would look tail heavy. What is the weight of the camper?
The reason for this is they have longer wheelbase,( more weight in front of rear axle) 3200mm as opposed to 3050mm for well bodied utes.
Youll find all the other dualcab utes have their back wheels right up to and even partially under the cab.

The reason why these sort of utes have chassis failures is fittment of air bags combined with overloading behind the rear axle and espcially high towball weights.

The better way to combat rear end sag would with up grade rear springs.

Happy travelling.
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Follow Up By: Spitster - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 10:44

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 10:44
Thanks for the replies guys, pretty much as I thought. Looks like it will be a King Cab........
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 16:47

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 16:47
Might sound like a dumb question Spitster, but why can't it be a single cab?
If you have a carry me camper than you already have a tonne of storage space. That is one of the fundamental reasons for buying & carrying one around.
The single cab will carry the 400 plus kg of the bare camper far better than a kingcab or a dualcab as well because you will get your load centre closer to the rear axle.
A single cab will cost you much less as well.
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Follow Up By: Spitster - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 16:58

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 16:58
Just not comfortable with the lack of room in a single cab, I am a big bloke and need to have the seat right back and whilst travelling need a bit of extra room for camera gear, laptops, drinks, food and other bits and pieces. Can get quite cramped in a single cab and for a mildly claustophobic big bloke the king cab ticks the extra boxes.
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 21:49

Thursday, Sep 08, 2011 at 21:49
If you are a big bloke & need room you better look at a Patrol or cruiser ute.
Hilux might be OK but Triton & Navara & Colorado are definite No No's if you are as big as a bloke that calls himself Fatso.
I reckon the doors jams on the Triton, Navara & Colorado are to close to the seat & you have to cramp up to much to get in & out. It's OK though if you don't mind boot scrapes on your door.
With Landrover the drivers seat is to close to the door. OK if you are a little bloke or drive with the window down so you can hang the arm out that doesn't fit in.
Check the head height as you get in & out as well. Being able to get in & out with a hat on is a good indicator.
The Patrol & the Cruiser are head & shoulders above the others. Bigger higher & wider seats & a full size centre console plus real headroom. Can't beat them, unless of course you get a yank tank.
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Follow Up By: Spitster - Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 08:29

Friday, Sep 09, 2011 at 08:29
Thanks for the feedback Fatso, however I am long not wide. I currently have a GU Patrol wagon, and have test driven both the Patrol and Landcrusier ute. Also have spent a fair bit of time in a Navara D40 (work vehicle) dual cab and their is just as much room on one of these for the driver than a Patrol. If Landcruiser or Patrol made an extra cab, would solve all the issues. A big rugged bush ready vehicle designed to go just about anywhere straight off the showroom floor. But like all things in life, we just have to compromise, unless you want to spend the 15K on extending one of these utes. Then doesnt fit in your garage or any car spaces.
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Reply By: Tim Owen - Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 20:57

Wednesday, Sep 07, 2011 at 20:57
Why discount the Defender 130 Dual Cab? What is the attraction of a 'popular' dual cab?

I'd be surprised if any of the Jap models area really up to a regular Carry Me Camper - I think it is even a stretch for the Defender - I had the tray extended by 300mm to accommodate a second hand Carry Me Camper that I bought.

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