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    D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent

    The setup of the D4 for camping has taken a number of steps, but it has proven to be pretty practical on the extended camping trips we have been on thus far.

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    The Bush Co Clamshell roof top tent, Ostrich Wing 270 Awning, Full Boar Fourbie Drawers and Extreme POD Trailer provide all of the necessary storage and camping facility for extended trips.

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    The first step was installing the Rhino Rack backbone rails for mounting the tent. While I could fit the backbone myself, I needed the assistance of Mark from Tough Touring to provide the bespoke install rails for attaching the Camp Co tent securely. To enable removal and adjustment at home I have installed a 500kg electric winch in the carport.
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    The Roof Top has been pretty straight forward to setup. We just leave the bedding setup while travelling and just have to crawl in once we make camp. There is an anderson plug connection to the tent to power the interior light and a ciga 12v plug that we use to charge up phones etc while up stairs. You can also use it to run a Sirocco fan that we have installed for the hotter weather. It stays warm in cold weather under the doona and there is plenty of air flow in the heat.

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    The Ostrich Wing gives extra cover and with the side wall annex a reasonably protected area in bad weather or for extended stays. The only down-side is that when you are setup....you are pretty much anchored to the campsite.

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    The draw install was the next big install, but we are very happy with the work that the Full Boar team came up with. I had previously removed the 3rd row seats as we rarely used them and they weigh about 45kg. It does free up some space but only for things that you can slide under a false floor and keep in reach... eg tyre jack.

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    Once the seats are removed, you can then set about insulating and sound deadening the exposed floor metal.

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    Clark Rubber have dense rubber that can be cut to size and bolted down using the existing 8mm bolt holes.

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    Then you are ready to have a false floor installed to provide a solid base for the sliding drawers. We had Full Boar install the lot.

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    The false floor needs to account for the challenge of retaining access to the spare wheel crank... which LR have made even more difficult to remove now that they have a hook and eye cranking mechanism.

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    Fortunately you can get a machined fitting from Tuff Ant that enables you to attach a 1/4" socket attachment to the wheel winder.

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    The cargo barrier from TravAll in the UK fits really easily and is solid. We did however have to get a local engineering firm to make a slight adjustment to allow room for our larger than expected EvaKool fridge the top of the drawers securely mounts the The Lithium Box (TLB - 100Ah ) from RV Lithium Systems in WA. A great product and Paul provides excellent after sales service. We have installed a 12v water pump and really handy flexible hose joiners that enable us to pump from a 20lt plastic jerry can that stands snuggly up against the drawer back and wedged behind the seat. The pump has an isolator switch from JayCar and all of the required fuses are already built into TLB along with heaps of anderson plugs, ciga plugs, usb and engle plugs. We keep the seats right down flat to give us extra storage. The Disco is great in the way that you can get the seats all the way down to provide a base.

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    The draws can be removed, but to date we pretty much keep them in place... the fridge with anderson plug and slide out table are really handy.
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    Getting access to the spare wheel is via the access hole that the Full Boar team provided and I purchased a 150mm 1/4inch socket shaft so that I can use a rachet socket set to lower and raise the wheel by connecting into the Tuff Ant adapter.

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    The auto elecs at MontEltham did a great job of connecting up TLB. The RED socket in is for the solar blanket feed. The BLUE socket is the charging battery / alternator feed. The multiple anderson outlets supply power to the fridge, water pump, roof top tent and UHF radio in the front cabin so that the radio is still on when you pull up at camp or into town (beats the problem of pulling into town and the rest of the convoy has gone radio silent because they have turned their vehicles off). An inverter installed onto the top of TLB is perfect for charging up the Milwaukee batteries for the chainsaw, blower, drill and Dremmel. A 200W solar blanket keeps everything charging up on longer camps.

    Follow-up projects (courtesy of COVID isolation) has also added a Safari Snorkel, APT Front/Sump/Air Compressor Guards, Oricom UHF Radio, APT Rock Sliders and Carbon 12K Discreet Winch.
    Next is to get a good set of off road AT tyres. Open to recommendations. Will probably stick with the 19" factory alloys unless convinced otherwise.

    Naps
    MY16 D4 SDV6 HSE 3.0L MOAB Alloy 265/60R18 KO2 - Carbon 12K Winch - DO 35 Swivel - RedARC TowPro - Rhino Rack Backbone & Pioneer Platform - Front Runner Ladder - 100Ah 'The Lithium Box' - Full Boar Fourbie Drawers & Travall - APT Front/Sump/AC/Sliders - Safari snorkel - Oricom DTX4200 - GAP IID - TyreDogs

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    I like the lithium box...pretty much plug and play.

    Quality components as well, redarc and Victron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W&KO View Post
    I like the lithium box...pretty much plug and play.

    Quality components as well, redarc and Victron.

    Yes, the Lithium Box has certainly proved to be very reliable and functional. Fortunately the D4 has the room in the back and ceiling clearance to allow us to mount it vertically and to have the Victron inverter on the top of the box. I doubt it would fit in the new D5 series. Hats off to Full Boar who bench folded a metal bracket that wraps around the box to ensure that it is well secured to the drawers. You might note that I had to rig up a small mirror attached to the top of box at the back so that I can easily see the charging lights on the RedARC DC/DC charger... handy as we had an issue on one camping trip where the battery wasn't charging from the crank battery. We could only diagnose a loose anderson plug crimp connection when we could see that the lights went on and off as we wriggled the feed in cable. Lesson, be sure to solder those anderson connections where you can.

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    MY16 D4 SDV6 HSE 3.0L MOAB Alloy 265/60R18 KO2 - Carbon 12K Winch - DO 35 Swivel - RedARC TowPro - Rhino Rack Backbone & Pioneer Platform - Front Runner Ladder - 100Ah 'The Lithium Box' - Full Boar Fourbie Drawers & Travall - APT Front/Sump/AC/Sliders - Safari snorkel - Oricom DTX4200 - GAP IID - TyreDogs

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    Nice setup, you must be local to me.
    MY08 TDV6 SE D3- permagrin ooh yeah !
    98 TDI AUTO SE DISCO - gone and will be missed.
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    D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent

    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
    Cheers
    Tombie

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    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 thatís 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 Iím guessing youíve removed all your seats to counter some weight and offer space. Hope to see you outback one day.
    cheers
    Turtle
    2014 white TDV6, compomotives with BFG KO2, E-Diff, 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 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
    So plus the awning,and rack,it will be over the specced roof load

    But thats not an issue,ours has been over for the last few years,no issues at all.
    Tent 65kg
    Bedding 15Kg
    Awning 20KG
    Roof Rails 12KG



    I didn't fit draws to our because i was worried about total weight.
    Amazingly we picked up some plastic ones years ago,been all over the countryside,still going strong.Very light.
    We thought they would last one trip.
    My bad memory these days has forgotten where they came from.
    Paul

    Discoless for the first time in 21yrs

    '56 S1,been in the family since...'56

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    D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent

    Roof load limit on a D4 (excluding Rails and Cross bars) is 71.8kg. D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent

    I have an acquaintance who is now employed as an Insurance assessor. His job - assess towing accidents, rollovers etc at the respective remote locations.

    All contents are weighed, tow weights calculated etc. if anything isnít in spec - bye bye cover. Exceeding roof loading, ball weight and GVM are the primary ones.

    Tipping it over in an evasive manoeuvre would surely get their attention.

    Be careful!
    Cheers
    Tombie

    D4 MY11 - Stormy

    D90 MY15 - Ike
    D2 TD5

    Tesla Cybertruck Tri-Motor AWD On order...due 2021
    Gone - D1 AZZKIKR - 5.0L Supercharged with the lot
    Gone - Tombraider Defender - Lara
    Two wheels
    2007 Suzuki M109R LE
    2020 Suzuki Katana

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    Roof load limit on a D4 (excluding Rails and Cross bars) is 71.8kg. D4 Camping Setup with Rooftop Tent

    I have an acquaintance who is now employed as an Insurance assessor. His job - assess towing accidents, rollovers etc at the respective remote locations.

    All contents are weighed, tow weights calculated etc. if anything isnít in spec - bye bye cover. Exceeding roof loading, ball weight and GVM are the primary ones.

    Tipping it over in an evasive manoeuvre would surely get their attention.

    Be careful!
    My D3 manual says max 75kg (including roof rack system) on road and 50kg off road. In case I unfortunately happen to meet your acquaintance I keep under those figures.
    Cheers, Dale
    PIC - It comes with the Territory

    'The D3' - 2006 TDV6 HSE
    2008 Kimberley Kamper Sports RV
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    2002 Adventure Offroad Campers 'Cape York'
    2000 D2 Td5 - plus!
    1997 Defender 110 Wagon - fully carpeted

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    And potentially it doesnít end there...

    Hurt somebody and Civil suits are a very real thing.
    Iím not prepared to lose my house (WCS) or be broke for decades.
    Cheers
    Tombie

    D4 MY11 - Stormy

    D90 MY15 - Ike
    D2 TD5

    Tesla Cybertruck Tri-Motor AWD On order...due 2021
    Gone - D1 AZZKIKR - 5.0L Supercharged with the lot
    Gone - Tombraider Defender - Lara
    Two wheels
    2007 Suzuki M109R LE
    2020 Suzuki Katana

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