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Thread: D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent

  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    Looks good. Have you had a chance to weigh it (the vehicle) yet?

    Yikes. Just read the specs on the tent - that things nearly 100kg D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent
    Thanks Tombie,
    Yep, well aware of that and I do take things carefully. I have had it over the scales... it is sitting at around 3.1t with full tank of fuel. So under the 3.24 GVM and the ball weight for the POD trailer is low. Roof load rating is actually 75kg on the LR D4 and yep it is over by about 35kg and I'm mindful of that out on the track and cornering, but no issues thus far it drives and maneuvers well. One of the reasons we went with the POD Trailer is that it has the capacity to install a roof top tent... which is something we are considering. Not just because of the load issue on the D4, but to provide more flexibility when you get to base camp to be able to decouple and explore in your 4WD without having to pack up the tent. However, if I was going to have a roof top and reliant on structural soundness I wouldn't want to be in anything other than a D4. Interestingly, our vehicle insurer has provided us with comprehensive cover for the vehicle and all listed accessories, including the rooftop, winch, sliders, drawers etc. without question. But I do recognise that all insurers do strive to avoid meeting any compensation commitments where possible... and one of the biggest outs is if you are in an unroadworthy vehicle. Oh well, I am always looking for the next weekend project :-)

    Naps
    MY16 D4 SDV6 HSE 3.0L 19" - Carbon 12K Winch - DO 35 Swivel - RedARC Brakes - BushCo Rooftop & Ostrich on Rhino - 100Ah TLB - Full Boar Drawers & Travall - Jabsco pump - APT Front/Sump/AC/Sliders - Safari snorkel - Oricom DTX4200 - GAP IID - TyreDogs

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    D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent

    They will cover almost without question. There is always a line in there though “vehicle must remain legal/roadworthy”.

    They won’t look up the weights until such a time it becomes a factor, if you know what I mean. And you’re in a world of hurt - once people etc are in that vehicle you’ve blown GVM.

    Please take super care - they’re known as accidents for a reason - and that tent - in an evasive move I did a while back I’m pretty sure that weight would have almost put the vehicle on its side (was doing 112km/h and had to avoid an errant driver coming into my lane).

    I agree the D4 platform is a bloody good one. D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent
    Safe travels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle60 View Post
    Really good job. Now to put it to work! Comment on tyres. If you want genuine LT construction then you only have one choice and that’s the maxxis. Judging by your rig that would be my go to. Plenty of threads on this.
    But on weight and I faced this issue and I’m guessing you’ve removed all your seats to counter some weight and offer space. Hope to see you outback one day.
    cheers
    Turtle
    Hi Turtle, we have had quite a number of trips with the D4 + rooftop and more recently with the POD trailer and it is all working pretty well for us... but tyres are absolutely next step and the 19" rims with the extra large disc brakes poses some limited options. I have been considering the Goodyear Duratracs but will have a look at the Maxxis, which as you say come up a lot in the threads.

    Naps
    MY16 D4 SDV6 HSE 3.0L 19" - Carbon 12K Winch - DO 35 Swivel - RedARC Brakes - BushCo Rooftop & Ostrich on Rhino - 100Ah TLB - Full Boar Drawers & Travall - Jabsco pump - APT Front/Sump/AC/Sliders - Safari snorkel - Oricom DTX4200 - GAP IID - TyreDogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naps View Post
    Hi Turtle, we have had quite a number of trips with the D4 + rooftop and more recently with the POD trailer and it is all working pretty well for us... but tyres are absolutely next step and the 19" rims with the extra large disc brakes poses some limited options. I have been considering the Goodyear Duratracs but will have a look at the Maxxis, which as you say come up a lot in the threads.

    Naps
    Hey Naps. If like myself you thrown a fair sum of money at setting up your Disco then a set of Tuff ant 18” rims would be well worth it. Spoilt for choice in tyres then. Either standard size or slightly bigger both in LT construction.
    Theres plenty on here too about the compo rims and the new MOAB copies.
    Cheers
    2014 white TDV6, compomotives with BFG KO2, rocksliders, Redarc DBS, Mitch Hitch, TPMS, icom UHF, GOE compressor and bash plates, hidden winch Mount, GAP ID tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naps View Post
    Hi Turtle, we have had quite a number of trips with the D4 + rooftop and more recently with the POD trailer and it is all working pretty well for us... but tyres are absolutely next step and the 19" rims with the extra large disc brakes poses some limited options. I have been considering the Goodyear Duratracs but will have a look at the Maxxis, which as you say come up a lot in the threads.

    Naps
    Maybe not the Maxxis LT980 as they are discontinued shortly and the replacing model isn’t coming in the same 19” size. One less option till that’s released.

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    Roof Top - up in the rafters

    Thanks for the feedback on roof loads and tyre options.

    On the rooftop front, we have moved forward with our options. The Rooftop has been winched up into the rafters in preparation to move onto our POD trailer. The POD Extreme was purchased with this in mind as it has all of the mounting capacity and options needed ... so we will move forward with that approach sooner than originally intended but best to do it now while we are isolated before our future trips. Will post once complete.

    Having the electric winch certainly makes these types of adjustments easier to achieve, even single handed ... just need to be sure you have all the steel work securely braced and spec'd for the load which took a bit of work some months back. Very handy to have now. BTW, the BushCo crew promote that you can hoist the roof top up from the roof rail eye bolts. DO NOT do this, they will buckle and you risk a pretty nasty 'gravity wins again' failure experience, secure the load with appropriate weight spec strapping.

    Roof Top Storage.jpg
    We already have the Rhino Rack Backbone rails in place, so dropping a Pioneer Platform on top is pretty straightforward. The Ostrich wing awning will be attached to the Platform when required.

    On the tyre rim front... thanks Scott, Turtle et al., for your advice. The options narrow to Tuff Ant and MOAB .... of which I do like the 6 spoke alloy MOAB 18" set. Once I absorb the $$ shock... then it will be choosing a set of tyres, possibly in the 265/60 R18 size as a sweet-spot for improved tyre wall height without rubbing and easier rear underbody storage. Looking at BFG KO2's , Goodyear Duratracs or <....> that will be next :-)

    Naps
    MY16 D4 SDV6 HSE 3.0L 19" - Carbon 12K Winch - DO 35 Swivel - RedARC Brakes - BushCo Rooftop & Ostrich on Rhino - 100Ah TLB - Full Boar Drawers & Travall - Jabsco pump - APT Front/Sump/AC/Sliders - Safari snorkel - Oricom DTX4200 - GAP IID - TyreDogs

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