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    Default Canopy for overlanding

    Good day all

    Trust all is well.

    I am currently in the process of searching for a canopy for my 2013 Toyota Hilux Dakar D/C.

    In future the canopy must be fitted with a rooftop tent, awning, drawer systems etc.

    Kanopi (quite new to the game when taking Alucab, RSI etc into consideration) has a very good special and has a nice look to it. R20k for Stainless steel Canopy, with side doors and roof rack matched to my color.

    Any reasons I should not go for it and rather look at another brand like Wild or Groundzero? Or anything else?

    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    bushtec - tygerberg karavane in Brackenfell,
    rugged design - Brackenfell,
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    My opinie is om te kyk na material diktes en support raam binne. Van die duurder fabrikate het rating to 500kg's. Maak net seker jou keuse nie net 'n mooi lyk kappie is nie en dat dit wel 'n funksionele kappie is vir jou planne.

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Also look at GZ Canopies.

    https://www.gzcanopies.com/

    My dad had one made recently. Albeit only the base model, but there are many other more premium options.

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Bushtech canopy kry my stem

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    If it is primarily only for overlanding, Bushtech gets my vote as well. A whole host of optional add-ons available for the canopy, 10 year warranty, etc. etc.

    I personally went for the RSI over the Bushtech, for looks and looks alone on my vehicle.
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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    I have a 2019 RSI, very happy, good build, great after sales service. Two friends have fitted the Wild Aluminium canopy and are very happy, and very light. I would probably fit a Wild next time as well. Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Interesting, I also have an RSI and enjoy both the product and the custmer service. Why would you consider the Wild next time...just interested thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    I have a 2019 RSI, very happy, good build, great after sales service. Two friends have fitted the Wild Aluminium canopy and are very happy, and very light. I would probably fit a Wild next time as well. Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Quote Originally Posted by ccdejager View Post
    Good day all

    Trust all is well.

    I am currently in the process of searching for a canopy for my 2013 Toyota Hilux Dakar D/C.

    In future the canopy must be fitted with a rooftop tent, awning, drawer systems etc.

    Kanopi (quite new to the game when taking Alucab, RSI etc into consideration) has a very good special and has a nice look to it. R20k for Stainless steel Canopy, with side doors and roof rack matched to my color.

    Any reasons I should not go for it and rather look at another brand like Wild or Groundzero? Or anything else?

    Thank you in advance
    all depends on your future plans with the inside of the canopy i have seen some awesome DIY from some guys here making their own inserts ect. the Kanopi looks really good

    i just got my bushtec for my Ranger this week i went for it because of their extra's and warranty

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    You can also have a look at the RLD Canopy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOY4X4 View Post
    Interesting, I also have an RSI and enjoy both the product and the custmer service. Why would you consider the Wild next time...just interested thanks.
    Weight!
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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Busy with the same exercise now. Here is my 2c.

    RLD - really like them. Expensive,yes but a really nice canopy. Read some mixed reviews so not sure yet

    Kanopi - Well priced and looks like a decent design. I donít like the paint they use as it looks like a generic white that doesnít match well with the vehicle. Donít wanna go black due to temperature. They currently have a special that includes the roof rack for free

    LED fly - Cannot fault them. Prices between Bushtec and Kanopi. Need to visit them though to view one

    Rhinoman - Also a great canopy from what I can find. Expensive similar prices to RLD

    RSI - Probably the best. Great design and look. Expect them to be expensive but will only know once they finally decide to forward me the information

    Bushtec - Not the best looking in my opinion but best value I think. Bit of a box design but sturdy. I like the rubber between the canopy and bin that they use as well as the mounting for a Hilux (not sure of other brands). They utilise the four mounting points as anchors for the bracket. 10 year warranty with 10 year once a year service included.

    My input from research looking at various brands.
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    Lol, my thinking as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Weight!

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Busy looking at replacing my "Kanopi" canopy with (possibly) a Bushtech...on my double cab hilux gd6...
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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Something you may consider, is to look at how the doors/windows open. Most will open and leave a gap at the top where dust and/or water can run down into the canopy when opened. I know that the Rhino has a "system" where it seals at the top. If I look at some of the pictures, it looks like others are starting to do the same.
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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Don't get me wrong, an amazing canopy, it has a rating of 250kg on top, should you want too, color coded.... I need a few guys you take it off.
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor_Mathews View Post
    Busy looking at replacing my "Kanopi" canopy with (possibly) a Bushtech...on my double cab hilux gd6...
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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Weight!
    And the weight on your wallet as well - they have become really expensive!



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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    I am really happy with the Bushtech on my Isuzu. Excellent product, and I've taken it for its annual service - very impressed with the workshop and all the optional extras.

    It's not the best looking (RSI Smartcap is the best looking in my view), but for a quality/service/price combo it's hard to beat the Bushtech.

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    LedFly Canopies
    www.ledflycanopies.co.za

    3CR12 Stainless steel from R19 900
    Aluminium from R21 500
    Powder coating std incl. front sliding window and rear tinted window.
    Optional extras:
    Kitchen unit (std or custom)
    Utility box
    Anti Theft security mesh
    270į Swing Shade Awning
    Roof Rack
    Deck slider
    LED interior lights
    Side slide or solid windows
    Roof mounted drop out table combo

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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Saw a Wild Canopy over the weekend on a Ranger. Spoke to the owner and he is happy as can be. Waiting for feedback from them, but I was quite impressed with it myself

    Just realized again that being able to look at a product and talk to the owner is perhaps the best way to get the info you want (no offense to the forum and Google).

    Talked to a guy at Toeka Padstal with a LED Fly and it was great to hear what he likes and dislikes. Something that would be very difficult to convey here.

    And most guys seems very keen to discuss their canopy and show you what they like and don't like.

    On another note. Bushtec seems like a great option. I've just requested a quite and the still follow up if there is anything they can help with or something I did not like. Invited me to a showroom visit to address all concerns. Oposite from RSI who could care less about returning phone calls or emailing you a quote.
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    Default Re: Canopy for overlanding

    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    Oposite from RSI who could care less about returning phone calls or emailing you a quote.
    Interesting. I looked on the RSI website, phoned the Pinetown office to clarify a few points. Was told that I can only order an Extended Cab canopy from the Cape Town office? Asked how I get this fitted in Jo'Burg and was told a distributor here would do that. Gave one of them a call only to be told that RSI do not make an EC canopy for a Toyota? Seriously if you are going to take 30 k out of my pocket you will need to try harder than that.

    Eventually searched 4 X 4 and found this thread. Thanks. Phoned Wild and if the canopy is as good as the customer service I'll buy their canopy.
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