F250 Canopies

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I have looked into the prices of the various canopies that fit the F250 and they range from Carryboy canopy at $4650, a Flexiglass canopy at $3796 and a TM brand at $3300. Does anyone have any information on the quality, utility, strengths and weakness of each canopy brand? As far as I know they all have lockable back doors with side windows. Thanks, Dusky
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Reply By: eff trucker - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:39

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:39
Dusky, Oops.. forgot to include the contact address. Try contacting Qld Ford F Series Spares at Clontarf northside of Brisbane. the can ship stuff anywhere.http://www.fordqldfseries.com.au/ I bought a Raidor Canopy from them for my Supercab for $3100 fitted. They also have the extendable mirrors and pretty much anything else you might want for the Effie. The cost of the extendable electric mirrors was around $800 from memory but you get something back for 'trading in' the standard ones. Cheers Pete (Efftrucker) BT=Built Tough
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Reply By: Dusky - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:40

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:40
Pete, Thankyou for the info on the canopy and mirrors. You advised that there is a trade in price for the original F250 mirrors. What is the order of this trade in price? I will follow up the canopy with Qld Ford F Series Spares. Regards, Dusky
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:41

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:41
Dusky, I have the Carry Boy canopy and that has a load capacity on the roof of about 150Kg and I think it is much stronger than most of the others. I have tried everything to seal the rear of the ute, including all around the tail gate and the gaps on each side where the canopy and tail gate meet. The bloody red bull dust continues to pour in. I think that if I ever trade the F250 on a new model that I would go for a flat tray and then have a removable canopy made that has lift up doors on both sides much the same as what TINGL has. They can put thick rubber seals around these doors and then fully seal it and make it completely dust proof. At least the F250 with one of these fitted that I saw in the Kimberleys had NO dust in the rear of his while ours was covered in dust. Just food for thought, and the cost may even be similar if you don't go to the extent of having all the fittings like Jay has had put in his. rian
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:42

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:42
Have just retired from a 4 wd business so know a bit about canopies. Carry boy are nice looking but not good fitting and not that well made . Flexiglass are junk Tjm is best quality with lockable tail gate and side sliders. No canopy is dust proof but can be overcome by sealing gaps in tailgate and adding a vent on roof that draws air out. ARB canopies are the best but at the moment not available. Have just picked up a 20 ft bushtracker. How is the Ford on economy Have a Nissan Patrol 4.2 Aftermarket turbo intercooled Great car but knows the tracker is behind Gets about 4 k to the litre at 100k per hour
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:43

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:43
Itldoo1, Welcome to the world of Bushtracking. Are you going to be able to get to the Rally? I am averaging 4.5km/lt with F250 towing 21ft BT at 100kph. The difference is that the F250 most of the time hardly knows that the van is behind it. Because I have a rear view camera in front of the inside mirror, I can honestly say that on some ocassions I have forgotten that I was towing a van, it was tavelling so well. Brian
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Reply By: Dusky - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:44

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:44
Itldoo1, Thanks for the info on the TJM. The TJM is the canopy that I am considering. They can be purchased at Sydney distributors for about $2900. Are there any deficiencies other than dust that should be reviewed? Regards, Dusky
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:45

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:45
Received your reply and find the most important thing with canopies is the fitting. I would look at 4wd Wharehouse and talk to Craig .Because of corrugation on the tracks all canopies will move and wear the seals out from underneath in 1 trip around Aussy so maybe a double seal or Craig may know about a better wearing one. At the rear on each side of the tailgate rivet a strip of alloy on so as when the tailgate is closed it will rest on the alloy with a row of single sided sealer and across the bottom of tailgate where it meets the tray a seal across or maybe double depending on gap.TJM Canopies are hand laid f/glass matting so they are excellent quality. If you want roof racks on put strengthening bars from rack thru canopy to base of canopy as body moves independent to canopy flex. Hope this will help and will meet on the road whenever Phil
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:46

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:46
Love to make the rally as Helen and I do not know any other owners but unfortunately we will be in Perth then Norfolk. Comment on camera is interesting. Behind inside mirror? I have a camera on the rear bar so as I can see the towing mechanism and a switch in car to switch to camera on back of van. Can see what is behind and also the workings of the hitch. Maybe a big F-- rig half way around Aussy. Have to work on she who must be obeyed as I have over $50,000:00 worth of accessories on the Nissan
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:47

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:47
Hello itildoo1. I tried to email you but no luck. Could you please email me at datahevi@bigpond.com. I would like to talk Patrols.
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:48

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 01:48
Hi Currently at the Toyota Country Music Muster and it is a fantastic experience. Met several BT owners including Gary and Jan Thwaites who tow a 22' BT with a Cruiser. They are having their cruiser modified by adding a second rear axel, stretching the body and having a canopy behind the "crew cab". The company that is doing the conversion does something very interesting! The install and seal two 60mm flexible tubes between the cab and the canopy so that when driving with the air conditioner on the air goes from the cab to the canopy and creates a positive pressure thereby further keeping out the dust. A possible improvement on this idea is to put one or two 3" 12V computer fans inside the cab to push air from the cab to the canopy. I am going to investigate this modification in November when I return to Victoria where my canopy was built. Any other thoughts on this idea? Cheers, tgintl/jay We are currently exploring the vastness of Australia. Details of our adventure are posted at www.geocities.com/luvntravln.
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