I am currently agonising over whether to buy a 4.2l turbo diesel cab chassis with a tray, or an ex Telstra unit with canopy.
The ex telstra unit has dual spare wheels, upgraded suspension, winch & bullbar & a heap of other goodies.
The vehicle will be used for remote area travel, but also at home around the farm.
It seems that although having a lot of 'extras', the ex Telstra units tend to sell for less than a vehicle with just a tray, for vehicles of comparable age & mileage.
Having a tray would be useful at home though. I am wondering how easy it might be if I bought an ex Telstra unit AND a tray to switch between canopy & tray? Not something I would do regularly, but if it's feasible would give us far greater flexibility.
To anyone who has had a tray with a slide on canopy (+rooftop tent) - I realise that by raising the canopy up on legs that it is possible to drive the vehicle out from underneath it, leaving camp set up, whilst having the use of the vehicle. My question about this, is ..... how practical is this set up really? I know from experience 'on the road' that if something takes more than a few minutes to set up, it tends not to get used. Is the process of unbolting, driving out, reversing back under & re-attaching the canopy to the tray something that can practically be done on a regular basis, or is it something that tends only to be done once in a while because it's a PITA?
Looking forward to your thoughts.