The objectives, a go anywhere, anytime 4WD that had the comforts of home.
You know! Like a queen-sized bed, hot / cold running water, heating for those cold mornings, cool during the heat of the day, built in flush toilet, shower, sink, fridge and cooker.
On top of that, room for two spare tyres, tools, recovery gear and camping chairs, tables etc.
The design challenges, to keep it light, minimal welding, strong and tuff, totally self-contained, flat pack assembly and to squeeze everything into one small touring canopy unit.
Luckily, in more recent years, new products including compact diesel heaters and cook tops provided an option to avoid carrying gas bottles and the potential leaking dangers. So the canopy is power by the sun and diesel.
The canopy was built on a trolley style jig that took around 3 weeks in total to complete. Once built, a purposed build left frame and jacks lifted the canopy on the vehicle. Then it was just a simple task to attach the wheel guards and under deck storage lockers.
Below are a few photos that show the build progress.