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13 Feb 2014 @ 17:17:07 pm
Nooby
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Could anyone out their tell me if there is a limitaion regarding the high of a steel canopy for a bakkie,

I am planning to build my own and was just wondering about that as I would like to add just about 40cm ontop of my existing canopies high which is the same hight as my bakkies roof, i should be able to get to what ever I place ontop without any problems..........

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Alfred

 

 

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13 Feb 2014 @ 18:10:20 pm
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Hi Alfred.

 Just take note of the height of your garage door and the possible wind resistance effect of the higher canopy.  It creates a tremendous drag and thus increased fuel consumption.  

I don't know of any restrictions on height except that of the bridges you may pass under - If you hit an e-toll gantry thats OK.

Butts  

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13 Feb 2014 @ 18:17:15 pm
Nooby
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Thx Butts,

If I only could hit a few of those gantries I would sleep better at night, knowing that I added to the job creation cycle for the repairs, Laughing

I thought of giving it a slight angle on the front side closest to the cab, the fiber glass canopy is just to small and if I could add the extra on top I could leave the trailer at home,

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13 Feb 2014 @ 19:53:09 pm
Leon
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With regards to road ordnance if I remember correctly there is no limitations on high you can go. The limits are 300mm over the rear of the bakkie and 150mm on either side.

I stand to be corrected.
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13 Feb 2014 @ 20:27:13 pm
FS
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Leon

It’s the same as driving with a roof tents fitted on top of a
canopy +-350-400mm extra height.

Camping flows through your blood
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14 Feb 2014 @ 06:04:11 am
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Share some pics once you done
Regards ELNOR (Else & Norbury)

Happy camping
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14 Feb 2014 @ 08:40:24 am
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Thank you FS & Leon, @ Durbs will upload pics as I progress with the build and load them up

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14 Feb 2014 @ 09:41:15 am
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Alfred, if you are going to build it from scratch, make sure the front top part have a sloped facing, in other words, to prevent any "drag", make the part at an angle, if possible 45° or less, if possible same angle as your bakkie's windscreen. I don't think it will even make any difference on fuel consumption, but might take the drag off your caravan.

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14 Feb 2014 @ 12:38:41 pm
SOREN ZN
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Good drawing Frans, what programme was this done with?

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14 Feb 2014 @ 13:51:08 pm
Ph . . . .t
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Ole, I have a Windows Draw 6 program, Micrografx, very old, I think 1997, on which I produce all our work for printing purposes, unfortunately I used the incorrect page size for converting to JPeg for posting purposes, hence the big blank space at the bottom.

I don't have any drawing skills, it is just a matter of doing it for many years!!!!!, as long as we van portray the idea!!!!

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15 Feb 2014 @ 08:09:58 am
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Looking forward to seeing some pics. Not only when you are finished but in progress as well would also be lekker.

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16 Feb 2014 @ 18:06:58 pm
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Well it was a quiet weekend so I started with my project of sorts, I have attached some pics on what I had in mind,

The top part is mainly for the boxes that contains clothing, kitchen stuff (canned food, utensils, soap, etc...) the bottom will hold the camping gear (tent, chairs, mattresses, stretchers, .......)

I just now have to workout the rear door of the canopy and what I should use for the doors that I want to put into the sides of the canopy (angle 25 xs 25 or flat bar) from there I am going to use 1.6mm sheets to cover the frame and doors.

I got an idea for a homemade sheet bender, as I want to bend the sheet metal over most of the frame, (btw I used mostly 38mm x 19mm)

If you guys have any ideas on how to make it easier to bend the metal, I am open for any suggestions.

Nooby

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16 Feb 2014 @ 20:21:01 pm
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I see where you're going with it great Idea.
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