Hi APStuck on a decision at the moment... new landcruiser has no mounting for a spare tyre under the tray, although there is ample space in there. I have no idea why there isn't gear there for it. I've been thinking about one of those pull out trays and one would fit in there nice with heaps of storage (secure firearms storage, etc). Has anyone done anything like this and still kept the spare wheel under there? I hate having it in the tray or bolted on near the rear window. Maybe I could have a pull out tray that goes from left to right up the front of the tray instead of pulling out the rear and put the tyre in the usual spot back there? It has dual tanks but i'm sure the tyre will still fit there.
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Old man thought these had something to do with it, i'm not so sure...
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Sounds like a good set up.Hey AP: I fitted a 60l(ish) caravan tank up under there on my Hilux tray back and it fitted like it was made for it. Awesome. Basically had the tray off, put it in place and then put the tray back on.
Had it plumbed up and it worked really well when we travelled around Australia for 10 months.
Also, off the roof rack had a couple of rods I could slide out. Had a small L hook on each which we could hook a tarp around. Had a small battery powered shower from Kmart which, with one billy of hot to three billies of cold was enough for two adults and two grubby kids to have a comfortable bush shower.
As for the Camprite Camper, I would have one in a flash. We were in Tasmania and a young couple pulled up with four kids ranging from a babe in arms to about a 6yo. Mum opened up and started cooking tea while Dad pulled out the camper and their kids played with ours.
In 10-15 minutes they were set up for the night and within half an hour fed and watered as well. Rarely see them second hand, which is probably a good sign.
I saw in a magazine a little while ago, a guy had done airtanks in his sidesteps/rocksliders. Pros: Centre of gravity between axles and lower. Cons: Same as bumper in really rocky terrain. They looked pretty substantial, however. Worth thinking about, anyway.The main reason I don't like the air tank in the bumper though on my own rig is I play in the rocks a bit, and if you ever saw the scrapes and gouges I have in my bumpers you'd know why I wouldn't want mine pressurised. But as I said before that is just my opinion and you may not play as hardcore as me and it would be fine for your usage.
Sorry, didn't know about the kit thing. Back to regular programming.....Usually things like EDC, survival, BOB's, aren't spoken about in the main forum and the group made for it is a little bit different to forum posting, just the way the people who own the site want to run it. More than happy to talk about stashing bushcraft/camping kit though, and its easy enough to leave out enough not to offend the people who arent into that kinda thing and people who are can fill in the gaps.
Thanks for the tips, i'll have a look over the weekend at how much space I have for the new tyres. I know they will definitely fit between the chassis, fuel tank, other bits, and the floor of the tray, its just how they are held there securely without moving around. I thought something must be missing from the chassis, because if I slid a tyre in there now it would just rest on the chassis, or wiring, or the top of the fuel tank, which isn't ideal. I have no drama fabricating a whole new system that will fit this tyre, but was just wondering if there was a simple piece I was missing that would bring it all together. There still may be, i'll work it out though
Yeah, the bracket he is missing clamps the tyre up to the under side of the tray. The chassis frame above the sub tank protects the wires and sender though. We have done a couple of Cruisers like this before with no issues. Actually the Cruiser we are building the slide on camper for at work at the moment we built the tray for too and it has this spare tyre arrangement under it too. When he brings the Cruiser back to get the canopy fitted once it is done I will take some photos of the spare tyre as well as the close ups of the seals and water tracks on the canopy.Maybe you can suspend it from the tray to avoid rubbing the wires or the sender on the tank.?
The seal arrangement we use takes up 35mm per side and the slides take up 13mm per side so that is 96mm overall the drawer will be narrower than the gap you have and that is assuming everything is tight. You may be able to get it narrower than the 35mm but it wouldn't seal as well.I think it may prove to be difficult to get access to undo it with the space available. My "from scratch" idea was a carrier the tyre bolted on to that had a simple frame bolted on to the chassis and you could slide it out. When in place, bolts onto the tow bar would hold it in place, the carrier rear end would be secure inside some sort of rail, and eliminate any movement. This is the long way around, and doing it custom myself will probably work in better for anything else I want to put in there. I'm a bit down after reading that waterproof seals and whatnot will leave me with a small space... that kinda sucks Time to put the thinking cap on and trawl some sites for pics and ideas. Thanks.
Sliders may prove to be better than bumpers for this reason. I'd still be slightly wary of them though as you still need a drain in the bottom to get rid of excess condensation, and sliders, by design, scrape across rocks. I personally prefer the tanks tucked up out of the way so they can be protected.I saw in a magazine a little while ago, a guy had done airtanks in his sidesteps/rocksliders. Pros: Centre of gravity between axles and lower. Cons: Same as bumper in really rocky terrain. They looked pretty substantial, however. Worth thinking about, anyway.
One of the mods I'd think about in any 4x4 would be longer range fuel tanks. Plenty of commercial options for most 4x4's, and it saves on trying to find ways to stow jerrycans.
Hi Auscraft,G'day \I am currently thinking of getting a cruiser or patrol to upgrade from my trusty old Hilux. Plans are getting ready to travel big time.
My questions are has anyone used had experience with Flexy Coil Lift Kits ( that is a 2in lift kit Legal, that get the flex of a 4 inch lift kit)?
2nd question I am a auto fanatic for more reasons than you may think ( have you ever tried driving manual with shattered wrist), but other than the obvious cooling issues autos have including Tran oil what other suggestions other than Tran temp gauges , aftermarket radiator and cooling system would you suggest.