Metal or Fibreglass canopies for camping

Submitted: Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 16:08
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Hi folks,
Can anyone make a recommendation here. We have a 2010 Ranger Supercab and would like to buy a canopy to set up with kitchen on one side and storage on the other. We use an Oztent RV5 and would like to have any awning off the kitchen side for shade and to attach the Oztent to. Not sure whether to go with one already fitted out (expensive) or buy the basic shell and do it ourselves.
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Georgie
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Reply By: energy marty - Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 16:12

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 16:12
I would recommend metal - google Metalink - they're based on the Sunshine Coast and do some of the best canopies I've seen.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:40

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:40
I have been in contact with Metalink and was most impressed with there product.
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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 17:39

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 17:39
Image Could Not Be FoundHi Mudda, Try a aluminium one they are light and strong. You can get a bare shell for around $6000.00 and fit it out yourself. I have one with the kitchen on one side and use the door as a shelter which I have a fly that attaches to it 3m x 2.4m.Mine was fitted out for me with what I wanted and how I wanted it. See Photo

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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:53

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:53
Hi,
Your set up is exactly what we were looking for. Who made your canopy for you? As we live in Townsville we are trying find a business close by but will travel if we have to. I wouild like to see the product in person as I have learnt from experience that what you see on paper is not always what you get in the real world. I had to chuckle, go the bulk pack of dunny paper. I argued blue murder with my husband that we were not taking that much paper to Cape York however it plugged every hole, wiped every bum, dip stick etc. and proved to very useful.
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Georgie
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 17:38

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 17:38
Hi Mudda, My pod was built by Mid Coast 4WD, I told him what I wanted and he built it. Only the ends are welded and the rest is riveters, so when you are on bad roads it won't crack the weld. It has 2/85lt water tanks in the front under them are the air compressor DC-DC charger 9lt air tank and a 1600W inverter. The shower is in the tool box under the fridge which can be feed by the water tanks or from a creek or bucket. Gas is on the other side tool box which is vented. Their is a trundle draw for the shovel, Max tracks and recovery gear under the back If you would like some photos my email address is andrewasmus@bigpond.com as its easier than uploading here. The paper comes in handy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 20:38

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 20:38
Hi Andy,
Yep I will send you my email address, photos would be wonderful. The more info I can obtain the less likely I am to make a mistake with it.
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Georgie
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Reply By: Inflataduck - Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 20:37

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 20:37
I have an alloy canopy but I custom built it myself. I would look at all materials as there are some great ones in all materials but there is a lot more crap about
Look at how there made,weight, how there sealed & the list goes on & you could fine that a custom one from a good manufacture cheaper than a production one. ask about & go and have a look. Me personally my next one will be Glass foam sandwich construction light,insulated,strong etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 15:45

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 15:45
Hi Vince,
Thanks for the reply. Is there any reason, bad experience maybe, other than the ones stated that you would pick fibreglass over aluminium. I like the alloy ones and the bloke likes the fibreglass variety, so we have a bit of a debate going on. Feel free to add to the fray as he tells me if we divorce I am not having the truck anyway.
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Georgie
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 23:06

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 23:06
Mine is aluminium - had it made and then fitted out the inside myself. It's 8 years old and haven't looked back. Its nice to start with a blank canvas and fit it out as it suits you and your style of camping. It will be dust tight as long as you don't fit a back door. Consider it a project that will take you many years to perfect, as there will always be things you'd like to do to make it better.Mine was finished in 2-pak white - reflects the heat nicely and the aluminium means the temp inside doesn't get much greater than ambient.
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:32

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:32
Hi Phil, You say that painting it would keep it cooler.Mine is bare and it doesn't get hot at all. If anything it is cooler inside than outside. The roof and walls are cold when the pod is in the sun with 35 deg temp's, I was told that it would reflect the heat better and no scratches to worry about. Just wondering how the 2- pak stand's up to the scratches or does it chip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 12:57

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 12:57
Gday Andy,
White painted metal reflects more light and heat than bare metal. Also as bare metals such as aluminium tarnish, they reflect less heat.
A quick google found this:
Solar Reflectance table

My 2-pak has been very good - hasn't scratched or chipped at all and it's had 8 years of bush trips with plenty of overgrown tracks. But being white, it's hard to see scratches anyway.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 15:40

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 15:40
Hi Phil,
Love your set up also. Thank you for the info about not having a back door. We wondered if that would make a difference after a recent trip where all the red dust ended up on the inside of the back of the truck. We had pondered the question over a couple of bourbons and because we intend have the spare wheels on the back of the canopy I kiboshed the idea of rear door opening as it would be to difficult. At least I now have a second reason to support its demise. The only problem I would have is storing the Oztent somewhere. As I stand 4ft11 in my reg grundies and husband is not much taller, putting it on the roof could be require levitation techniques to get it up there. Does your canopy have any sections inside and would you have any piccies.
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Georgie
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Reply By: lance m1 - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:57

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 11:57
mudda if you are close to sunshine coast ring alan on 0419658791 i have a bt50 extra cab alan built a canopy with two gull wing doors the frame and canopy were all powdercoated before any sheets were put on total cost $4000.00 can provide photos if required same canopy was quoted in townsville $7000.00 plus lance
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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 15:47

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 15:47
Hi Lance,
Yes, we found the same thing. Everthing is expensive in Townsville. If you have photos that would be wonderful.
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Georgie
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Reply By: lance m1 - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 19:34

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 19:34
Hey Mudda, Can arange for you to have a look at imy canopy any time you wish. I can be reached on 0402461963 or can email photos to you. Lance
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Follow Up By: Member - Mudda - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 20:43

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 20:43
Hi Lance,
I will pass your phone number on to my husband for him to ring you, photos would be great to. Our email address is queenhag@westnet.com.au.
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Georgie
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