The Isuzu D Max as a touring 4wd
The Dmax is a super reliable and cost effective touring vehicle. It has the right mix of comfort to simplicity and maintains an excellent approach and departure angle combined with a stiff commercial chassis. We like its cabin space but would love a higher seating position for a better view when in the rough Stuff... .
The Vehicle is well balanced from Factory and when empty - The thing to watch is over loading the rear tub canopy - So we reccommend considering Fitting root top tents Over the cab of the Dmax - (Like we do for all Dual cabs) Installing The RTT, AWNING and SOLAR centres the 'Up High' weight between the front and rear wheels - giving the Dmax the best possible vehicle balance when driving at speed on corregated roads.
Having tents mounted forward also gives you a bit of room on the canopy at the back to turn around on before negotiating ladders in and out of the tent.
Tough Touring Over Cab Roof Racks Made for Isuzu D-Max Dual Cab
We started building custom roof top tent mounting platforms for Dual Cab Utes some years back as we were super impressed by these vehicles improved handling on and off road with the Touring tents moved forward over the cab. We found that there were virtually no options for racks for these vehicles that could handle the load and or size of common Hard shell Roof top tents, and certainly none that were low mount, strong and balanced.
So we built our own.
Stage 3 Tough Touring racks shown above and below
What's the best rooftop tent for the Isuzu D-Max and Why?
You can't beat the Bundutec Bundutop for the Isuzu Dual Cab.
* Shortest footprint allows fitting to either Over Cab or over canopy (Just 2.1m Long) - The Tent can overhang 50cm unsupported over the cabin roof or over the canopy to centre its weight.
* light weight at just 76Kgs keeps the vehicles body roll to a minimum
* Square Sides give ample mounting side space for fitment of External Shovels and Awnings.
POLE LESS WING AWNINGS - Gear to Consider
When Fitting Hard Shell tents to the Isuzu D Max please note awnings need to be fitted directly to the tent. Rather than the rack, as the vehicle's available fitting spaces are too short for a mount on either the cab or the canopy. This Means Fibreglass Tents are USELESS if you have to run an awning. Tents with Bevelled Sides are also more difficult to fit awnings too....
We Like the Ostrich 270 Wing awning for all our touring applications for vehicles travelling in the southern states. Its Strong and versatile giving the Isuzu an extra room when walls are added.
SOLAR Power to the Isuzu's on board Electrical Gear
If your going to run solar panels on the roof - The Bundutop also offers the biggest flat roof area for solar power. Both the standard and King size tents will take 400w of solar panel using our Solar panel mounting kits. It is a massive point of difference with no other tent we know of being able to supply that much power as well as huge amount of available internal closed tent storage space out of the weather... very handy for extra bedding etc. These Panels are almost 2m Long and 1.2m Wide... So there isn't much roof left for anything else.
Portable Power Pack for Tub Tray Canopies
Tough Touring Builds a Portable Power Pack for Tub Tray Canopies
Shown Beside - This portable power pack punches out 700W of constant load power at 240 Volts - as well as running numerous 12 volt gear like fridges and Compressors - taking in charge from Inbuilt DC DC charger and Solar Regulators to keep you sustainably powered indefinatly while touring.
The pack is water resistant and Easy to move between vehicles, making your tub tray or canopy a full blown power station when in camping mode, when back at work - slide out the power system and its back to open to use with tools and equipment like the day you bought it.