So I’d love to get a better roof rack, flat, large space, better for storing items, especially now that we are travelling with the fridge AND the dog in the back (in a cage). But, for now, we need to make do. This means working out ways to store things with what we have.
A while back I ordered some mounts from Fourtreks in the USA. I’ve changed the roof configuration a few times. Here are a few photos of the maxtrax mount I made utilising the Fourtreks clamps, some right-angle alu, and the genuine Maxtrax mounting pins. It’s solid. The photos also show the Fourtreks dual-tool mount with quick fists which I’ve recently removed because we are now running another shade awning on the back of the FJ.
view of the dual-tool config. great for shovel and axe:
closer view of the maxtrax mount. Note the quick-fists underneath for shovel or fishing rods:
Having the maxtrax mounted this way allows me to store more items on the already-limited space of the OEM FJ rack. I can still fit my large cargo bag or cases, etc.
The rubber quick-fist mounts are awesome. About $5 each and just brilliant for all kinds of items. Poles, fishing rods, shovel/axe, etc. Since removing the dual-tool mounts off the back to fit the extra awning, I’m now using the existing quick-fists just ‘pipe-clamped’ to the OEM rack bars for holding more rods, etc.
One day I’ll swap the entire thing for a full-length rack. Certainly starting to need the extra space!
On Sunday we headed south to Brunswick Junction where we met up with the FJCC crew for an explore around the “bobs hill” area, then back over near Wellington Dam to check out some of the tougher parts of the Lennard Track.
It was a great turn out with around 15 FJ’s. Mostly trails with some fire-breaks, hill climbs, a small creek crossing, lots of ruts and some great scenery.
Download the track waypoints gpx or kml (google earth)
A little lunch-time hack from today at a little trail not far from home. Tame in summer, a nightmare in winter (big muddy bog holes)
Harvey, Western Australia, it’s 140km south of Perth between Pinjarra and Bunbury, just east from the coast. Well known these days for dairy, it’s also home to a number of Dams, lakes, and some awesome trails that will have you white-knuckling the wheel.
We set off on Monday (public holiday) in a convoy of five and tackled some of the fire break and powerline trails. Mostly tame, but some very hairy sections which would have been rated extreme if it was winter time for sure. Huge ruts, deep bog holes, and very steep sections!
Download the track waypoints gpx or kmz (google earth)
Last Saturday evening, myself and seven of the neighbours jumped in three 4wd’s and headed south to Preston beach to chuck a line in. The weather was lovely.
We arrived at Preston, “aired down” and drove south approx 3km’s to set up and get our fish on.
We fished for a few hours and caught maybe 20 fish. Tailor and Whiting. Only about six keepers however. Lots of fun was had and it was just nice hanging out with the lads from the street (we’re all good mates).
So here it is, setup, with tarp temporarily acting the role of canvas until I can get something decent made up. Went to the beach and trialed this, works very well, loads of shade, the family loved it.
Items purchased (not including the two ARB awnings on the FJ):
2x 2.4m tent spreader poles (have holes in each end which attach to the ARB awnings on one end and the single extra twist lock tent pole on the corner)
1x extending twist-lock alu tent pole (for corner)
No modifications to anything, no hacking, drilling, etc. Just unpack the three poles, and attach them to the existing ARB awnings (using the existing ARB horizontal twist-lock pole pins), and add the third (corner) tent pole.
I’m currently trying to source some matching rip-stop canvas. I think it’s 6oz. I’ll probably velcro it to the poles just like the ARB units do.
Yesterday I added another ARB touring awning to the FJ (on the back). Its around 1.3×2.1m. This should allow me to have the rear FJ door open more, and not have to constantly open/close it for fridge access, gear, food, etc.
I also have a plan to put together a ‘joiner’ canvas which will join the two awnings to create one big “wrap around”.
Yesterday I took the wife and kids to the beach (with some neighbours!). We setup, had a swim and generally just relaxed all morning until the wind turned. It was deluxe!
White Hills, Western Australia
Last Friday, went for a blat on my step-bro’s ski boat which he’s just finished rebuilding. Fresh paint, carpet, upholstery and fresh V8 small block. Was a lot of fun. Sadly I lost part of my gopro mount in the water, so had to hand-hold to shoot it.
Caught some fish too!