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    Default Offroad Canopy ldeas

    I have purchased a Ranger DC and fitted a Rhino cab, I need some guidance and ideas of how you did a layout and what you fitted as I want to make mine workable and practical for overlanding. I use to own a D3 and now the DC makes me excited to put togehther a decent tourer.

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    Ford Ranger 2.2 XL 4x4

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    Busy kitting my canopy. Drawer system,Rolls AGM battery on a dc-dc , drop down fridge slide, water tank, led lights for now. Have to decide on a RTTClick image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Offroad Canopy ldeas

    Make sure those brackets that support the canopy are sufficiently strong for the load on the roof. A friend of mine had a very similar canopy, with similar brackets and in the Kalaghadi, the corrugations caused the brackets to fracture, and the entire canopy bowed outwards under its own weight, cracking the corner welds.

    If you can get a extended filler pipe for the water tank, it makes it far easier to fill when the bak is full of gear, since ideally, you'd only fill the tank at the last possible point to save weight.

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    Default Re: Offroad Canopy ldeas

    Thanks, will check the brackets. I am going to carry no more than a rooftop tent on the canopy. I have also seen failures, but are often amazed on what people carry on their roofs! Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Offroad Canopy ldeas

    Thanks sofar,obvious weight plays a role ,what about elictricks,compartments
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    Default Re: Offroad Canopy ldeas

    Quote Originally Posted by Basterbrak View Post
    Thanks, will check the brackets. I am going to carry no more than a rooftop tent on the canopy. I have also seen failures, but are often amazed on what people carry on their roofs! Click image for larger version. 

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    This was with no load on the roof of the canopy at all. I think subsequently the manufacturer has improved the bracket design. (They also replaced the canopy)

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    Default Re: Offroad Canopy ldeas

    I've got a kitted tourer.

    Not gonna go into detail but my mistakes/observations are as follows.

    1. Make your dual battery as easily accessible as possible. When stuff fails you need to be able to work on it.

    2. Draws. Make them independent. A single slide is super ###. Trust me.

    3. Fridge needs a slide. It needs to come out without opening draws.

    4. Water tank. Accessibility is paramount, these need to be cleaned. Lower down and further forward is better.

    5. Gullwing boxes aka cupboards. Don't fall into the trap of thinking these make life easier, they don't.

    6. Lights. It helps a lot, fit more than you need.

    Think of the stuff you use the most and build your rig around that, if it takes you 5 minutes to take out a table and 2 chairs then you have made a mistake. It might not sound important now but when you stop for that quick break it matters.

    These are the things I learned.
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