Land Rover Discovery 3 & 4
Some earlier Disco 3s were fitted with 17" rims and coil-sprung suspension, while later models right up to the last D4 featured height-adjustable airbag suspension and 18" wheels were the smallest fitted.
Their comfort off and on-road is incredible, stock standard models being off-road capable beyond most peoples' expectations.
A combination of a long wheelbase, centre locking diff, terrain response hill descent and traction control takes the Disco places it probably shouldn't be going!
Storage space internally is an immense 7-seater. Options have flat-folding rear, giving an 8-foot long internal cargo area, should you want to drop the seats. Fuel onboard allows a range of approx 750km.
ARB and Kaymar make steel bar work for these vehicles, allowing swing-out rear bars, and winch fitting to the front end, while Front Runner and Rhino make load bars for the roof.
Tough Touring Roof Rails for LR Discovery 3 and 4.
Tough Touring have manufactured roof rails specifically for the Land Rover Discovery 3 and 4 to provide the ideal foundations for roof top tents. .
Tough Touring Roof rails are unique in design, folding 'outwards' to allow easy access to the tents mounting bolts - They sit around 30mm lower than all other know rails, keeping the tent low as possible on the vehicle.
The Outward mount profile allows easier tent fitting and removal -
While negating East west Crossbars on some tent types will further minimise vehicle height and wind noise. for more information on our roof rails - see here - Tough touring roof rails -
How does the Discovery 3 and 4 go as an offroad touring vehicle ? How does it handle all the gear?
Land Rover Discovery 3 and 4 have limited room between the top of the doors and the roof racks - so we have manufactured Mid-Mount Universal Awning to rack brackets to suit this vehicle. These brackets allow fitment of Most quality South African poleless awnings to common platform and basket touring racks available.
For more on this see the 'Fitting kits' page and contact us directly for the right kit to suit your vehicle/rack/awning or tent combination. As far as awnings go - We'd recommend the Ostrich Wing Awning. Again, like the 200 Series Cruiser, the swing-around bar is mounted at the top of the pivot point, clearing the rear wind deflector on the D3 and 4. other Top quality awnings can be difficult to mount low and tidy on the vehicle.
We have experimented and fitted Camp King, Boss Aluminium, Bundutop, Eezi Awn Stealth, Eezi Awn Blade, Magiolina, The Bush Company Black series and The Bush Company Alpha Tents. Details on all these tents are available here.
In my own opinion, the best tent on the market for this vehicle is the Eezi Awn Stealth. I Like its comfortable mattress and super small footprint. I tent to stop in windy places too and I can't fault the superior nights sleep I get in the stealth. one up.
It is a whisper-quiet tent - with very low side profile (150mm) you just can't tell its on the roof... If only it also carried gear or top ! (can't have everything).... It could be argued that several other tents in the market also really suit this vehicle well - see below...
Land Rover specifies a 70kg Load rating for the roof of Discovery 3 and 4. Like most manufacturers, this seems pretty light on, as once fitted with load bars, Even a 100kg tent + rack on my own Disco 3 in un-noticeable on and off-road.
Like all vehicles, the Disco 3 and 4 presents its challenges. Wind noise on D3 & D4 coming from roof racks is a real problem at Highway speeds. While many of the common roof rack manufacturers also make 'wind deflector shields' (to assist pushing the air over the camel hump in the roof), we've not been able to find any rack to date that has been quiet enough.
Roof Rail Adapter plate for quiet Land Rover Discovery 4
Some time ago we began to manufacture a roof rail adapter system that allows fitment of the Bush Company Alpha and Black series directly to FRONT RUNNER roof rails - see roof rail adapter plates here (negating the need for the platform rack itself). More recently, we adapted the roof rail adapter system to suit D3 and D4 vehicles especially in combination with the Boss Aluminium RT1 or Stealth by Eezi Awn.
for the combination of Front Runner and D3, D4, Landcruiser Prado 150 and 200, the work has already been done. and roof rail adapter plates are a bolt up operation - no drilling required.
TOUGH TOURING ROOF RAILS - NEW PRODUCT FOR FRESH INSTALLS
Tough Touring Roof Rails specifically designed for Land rover Discovery 3 and 4 are now in production. These rails offer the lowest fitment, lowest weight and highest strength possible for Fresh installation of roof top tents to these vehicles. The Tough Touring Roof rails accept direct mounting of Bush Company Alpha, Delta and Black series tents with NO DRILLING required.
Eezi Awn Stealth, Blade, Boss RT1, Camp King and other tents can also be fitted using our rails somewhat easier than other roof rail systems because the top mounting plate is flared 'Outward' - allowing access to the mounting bolts joining the plates to the tent . The Base plate is also much stronger and larger - Giving a far more stable surface.
Reccommended Roof top tents for Discovery 3 and 4
The Bush Company Alpha /DELTA - (Easy / Strong install - Load carrying roof - Nice finish )
Eezi Awn Stealh - (Super comfortable all weather Comfort - Low wind noise - Super low profile tent)
Boss RT1 - (Ultimate comfort - Low wind noise - Some load carrying ability - HUGE accommodation)
The above tents have strong load bearing bases - making it possible to mount them without EAST WEST Bars. Discos are a comfortable high speed capable tourer - and roof wind noise can really wreck passenger comfort. . See the video above for a look at our testing. We tested 3 full-size racks, one-half rack, crossbars and finally the roof rail adapter plates combined with Front Runner roof rails gave us the quiet, low, strong installation we were after. It has been an expensive testing exercise - I'll argue its merits over the full racks with the certainty of a bloke that has wasted $5000 on noisy racks and 5 installs and removals back to back to get the right result.
Like our Tough touring Roof rails, The roof rail adapter plates take the position of the mounting bolt to right to the outside of the rails, making them accessible from the outside of the rails, which makes the install as painless as possible. It also removes the need for any crossbars or East-West obstructions at all, lowering the tent by up to 35mm and removing further obstructions and weight. If You already have a front runner rack set up on your vehicle - See further information on Adaptor plates here.