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    Default The XFactor Bundutop

    Having had big caravans and boats and bike trailers, we are no Strangers to towing. Our concept was to marry a light trailer to a Bundutop, but tough enough for the type of trips we want to do. That meant a strong build, a trailer with a chassis, a decent axle and suspension and 14" wheels. We also wanted something that could easily be fixed and common parts.

    So here it is, the XFactor Bundutop
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    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    Looks good. How do you get into the tent and is it possible to put a awning around the tent
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    Took it for the first test to Clarens over the weekend, and man I have to tell you it tows like a dream. It swallowed the gazebo, ammo boxes, chairs and because we loaned some friends our ground tent, that went in as well as the mattress, ground sheets and tables. Still plenty of room and spare weight limit. At just 0n 200kg for the trailer and 70 for the Bundutop, that still left a huge 480 kg to the 750 kg limit. I hardly felt it behind the Pajero and there was no jumping around. Really stable.
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    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatyamacallit View Post
    Looks good. How do you get into the tent and is it possible to put a awning around the tent
    Thank you, we also feel it looks good. One of the features that we wanted was not to have a ladder, so we designed the mudguards as bolt on units which are very strong. So a small step and then onto the mudguard and into the tent. Bear in mind the Bundutop can be entered from either side or any end. Worked out nicely one night when Swambo went to bed before me and I just took the step to the other side and got in that side. No climbing over Swambo, which she appreciated.

    Grip tape on the mudguard prevents slipping.
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    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    Well done, it looks great.

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    Awning

    there are two options that we are looking at. The first is the Bunduawn. Brilliant piece of kit that we can make work very well. The second is to add an aluminium rope slide to the Bundutop and slide the awning on the same as you do with caravans. We need to be careful as the Bundutop is not designed to carry a load on the side although it can handle 20KG on top. Of course now that we have freed up the roof rack we can have one there too
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    The next feature we wanted was as quick a set up as possible. The bedding stays in the Bundutop, so no issue there. I have had experience of jockey wheels failing and designed the four leg system for stability. XFactor did a great job of getting the rear legs tucked up underneath for clearance.

    Bring on the Ryobi 18 V drill with a 19mm socket and adaptor and I had to fight Swambo as to who had the fun of winding down the legs. Set up with legs and tent up is still less than two minutes
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    This one has one swing door, one pull out slide for fridge or cooler box and a drop down tailgate that can drop all the way or double up as a coffee table.

    The idea from this is not to kit it but rather let people kit their own. Each of us is different and will want different things. However if the sleeping arrangements are taken care of then everything else will come down to personal choice and affordability.

    The trailer will be available with a Bundutop or a Bunduflip and a Bunduawn if you want.

    Thank you for your comments, please feel free to critique, it will not be taken personally and we welcome constructive input.
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    Looking great, Mate.

    Have you finalized pricing yet?
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    Default Re: The XFactor Bundutop

    Now that would come handy in Botswana. Packing and unpacking a RTT on your primary game viewing vehicle is a real pain and time waster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zx14 View Post
    Looking great, Mate.

    Have you finalized pricing yet?
    Yes R49 900 (gulp, while the steel prices hold)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Betta View Post
    Now that would come handy in Botswana. Packing and unpacking a RTT on your primary game viewing vehicle is a real pain and time waster.
    Thanks, Our thoughts exactly and born out of our last trip through Moremi and Khwai and the last Northern KTP trip. I have no problem climbing around the vehicle when it is dry, but twice now we have been up to the eyes in mud and wet.

    The Bundu's, top and flip are easy to keep clean and the tents and bedding are sealed inside, so you assured of a clean bed, something that Swambo insists on.

    We are also trying really hard to make it affordable for a luxury tent that still has minimal set up and breakdown. We will be in the CKGR and Makgadikgadi in Jan and we calculate we will save at least half of the set ups we would normally do with the Bundutop on the roof.
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    Having seen this in the skin I must say I am impressed.

    Swambo and I have lived with an ORT for 10 years and always saw the advantages of this setup vs RTT. With the weight advantage and quick tent set up it is a winner. Price just makes up ones mind.

    Pity we are not 10 years younger!

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    Concept is great, and, considering the price of a Bundutop, the overall package is well priced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Yes R49 900 (gulp, while the steel prices hold)
    50 bar is reasonable. I was expecting a lot higher.

    Are there any in and around CT to view?

    Website as well?
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    This one is the prototype. Website is under development. Non in Capetown as yet. You could be 001 if you want

    Just to mention that the product is ready for production and the usual warranties apply.
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    Thanks for entrusting us with the build. As Stranger has mentioned, usual warranties apply. Pretty much a one year no nonsense, thereafter we still repair etc at a reasonable rate should any issues arise. Servicing etc is also quick and easy.

    Was an interesting build. Looking forward to the next ones.

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    Would like to see a foto with tent closed as well. Thanks

    Also would like to know if water tanks is fitted and if possible? Having water available very important!
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    The whole point of this is that you get the blank canvas. Customer x will want a water tank fitted just so and the next will want something different. Same with the electrical requirements if any.

    There is nothing that cannot be done and there are a number of factory options such as jerry can holders, nose cones or internal work that can be done to your spec.

    The focus is on providing you with an affordable platform to work with. Trailer, sorted, sleeping arrangements sorted. We envisage that no two trailers will be the same.

    Nice to be unique

    I will get some pics up of the closed tent soon.
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    Well, this is just brilliant and the kind of solution I have been looking for myself. Please post some contact/web detail when ready.


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