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    Good day all,

    Looking for some knowledgable advice. I have the opportunity to buy a Landcruiser 78 Wagon (also called a Troopcarrier or Troopy), 4.2 Diesel. It is a 2013 model, with high kilometers (close to 400thousand so it has done about 4000km per month). It was used in the mines to transport people, and I'm aware that it was probably used for more than just transporting people - is there anything specific I should look out for, or be aware of, for a vehicle that was used on the mines?

    Services were all done by Toyota themselves (I have the service record from the dealer), no major repairs. Outside looks 100%, inside has some scratches on rear doors as can be expected. Dashboard looks like new. I'm aware it is a slow work horse, I've driven one for 3 weeks, so that is not a problem - I like to explore rather than race!

    The plan is to remove the rear seats and convert it to a campervan - anybody ever done this, that can comment on how that changes the registration? At the moment it is registered to transport 9 people.

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    Default Re: Landcruiser Wagon (Troopcarrier) opinions

    Hi Lizette,

    Check in with Henris (on this forum).
    He is the Troopy specialist and has converted one he uses himself for dozens of years.
    His must have done about the same mileage meanwhile.
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    Hi Lizette

    No need to re-register it. Those mine vehicles can be high milers but if they were looked after ito service history then they can be a good buy if you get decent discount for the high miles ie no more that R250K price in this case.Have a look at what Alu Innovations does with them to convert them into campers ...
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    Theo show yours here. I'm sure Lizette can see how a Troopy should look when converted to a camper.

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    I'm probably going to get shot for saying this, look at ASPW's videos on Youtube to see what's possible with a Troopy as a camper, he built one a couple years ago and is now busy with a second, obviously that's taking it to the extreme, but maybe you can get some nice ideas.

    That kilos is high, but from what I've seen it's not necessarily high for a 1HZ motor, especially if it has a full service history.
    Obviously you might have to look at things not covered by Toyota service schedules like suspension, wheel bearings, clutch etc. basic wear items on a high kilo vehicle.

    Talk to Henris about possible wear items, his Troopy works very hard so he'll know.
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    Thank you everybody for the feedback - it is ASPW's youtube channel that has me stuck on the Troopie, I just can't afford all his modifications! I feel more at easy w.r.t. buying a mine vehicle, and if anybody wants to post some pics of their converted Troopies, I would love to see them. I would love that Alucab roof modification but at R90k I will have to sleep inside the Troopy for now!

    Thanks again, much appreciate your inputs!

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    Check out My Life in Africa on youtube. He has a troopy with RTT and therefore a bit more in a normal budget than the Alucab conversions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Half-Pint View Post
    Check out My Life in Africa on youtube. He has a troopy with RTT and therefore a bit more in a normal budget than the Alucab conversions.
    Yes, check out his video on his visit to Terrain Tamer and all the maintenance/repairs/upgrades they did for him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizette Swart View Post
    Thank you everybody for the feedback - it is ASPW's youtube channel that has me stuck on the Troopie, I just can't afford all his modifications! I feel more at easy w.r.t. buying a mine vehicle, and if anybody wants to post some pics of their converted Troopies, I would love to see them. I would love that Alucab roof modification but at R90k I will have to sleep inside the Troopy for now!

    Thanks again, much appreciate your inputs!

    Lizette
    There is enough space in a Troopy to create a layout for 1/2 persons to sleep inside Lizette.I also used an Impi RTT for a few years before chopping the roof - I found Alu Innovations to be more affordable than Alu Cab and their conversion is also aesthetically much more pleasing, as it retains the classic lines of the Troopy shape - it seems that even ASPW has switched to Alu Innovations for the new pop top on his latest Troopy ..
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    There's a YouTube channel called 'Drink tea and travel'. They converted a van that they live in full time.

    But until a month or 2 ago they traveled around Australia in a Troopy they converted on the cheap. They document some of it, so it should spark some ideas.
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    Aristotle wrote; ''Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny''

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    Default Re: Landcruiser Wagon (Troopcarrier) opinions

    Lizette maybe it is a good idea to join the Land Cruiser Club there are some nice builds there.


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    Thanks again everybody for the very useful information - I got hold of HenriS and we had a long conversation, major respect for the depth and amount of his knowledge. I now have to go back and do my homework again!

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    Default Re: Landcruiser Wagon (Troopcarrier) opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by Half-Pint View Post
    Check out My Life in Africa on youtube. He has a troopy with RTT and therefore a bit more in a normal budget than the Alucab conversions.
    Yes Roland of My live in Africa nice troopy

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    Default Re: Landcruiser Wagon (Troopcarrier) opinions

    You do not have to do all the fancy stuff to enjoy traveling in a Troopie. My wife and I did many trips living in the back of a 90 series Prado I converted myself-much smaller space than a Troopie and poor headroom. I just removed the rear seat and built an aluminium/wood raised floor to sleep on. Home made drawers at rear, water tank where the rear seat was, roof rack with awning, spare wheels etc. We. used to put the fridge on a front passenger seat at night when the hyenas were about. We could stop and have camp ready in 10 minutes. Buy the Troopie and have fun!

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