Toyota 76 Series
The 76 Takes 4 up touring to new comfort levels - with immense towing capacity as well as a decent load bearing roof - we can install any roof top tent on this vehicle with almost no noticable effect on performance.
Racks and the 76
The 76 comes factory fitted with standard Old School Gutter mount channels, allowing heavy loads to be carried well, Typically 4 rack feet are fitted either side and a flat touring tray or 4 cross bars gives the 76 a 2.3m usable rack. Be mindfull that most common racks are only 1230mm wide - Too narrow to fit most brands of hardshell RTT - and most racks sit approx 80-120mm off the roof of the car - Very high.
We started manufacturing a better rack system for the 76 series around 12 months ago (during covid) to create a rack Lower, stronger and wider than was presently available. Testing prototypes were completed and run on GU Patrol - with excellent results.. We need a 76 now for photographs :) - More on the Tough Touring Roof racks for 76 here - https://www.toughtouring.com.au/product-page/toyota-79-series-gutter-mount-roof-rail-coming-soon
Some examples of these racks can be seen here on the 79 series and also the GU patrol pages. (The 76 racks are same but longer than the 79 rack and 3mm less curve end to end than the GU patrol rack - otherwise identical) . https://www.toughtouring.com.au/product-page/toyota-79-series-over-cab-roof-rack
The 76 series requires Rack planks at least 1400mm wide if using our Inset Gutter Foot bars, and 1500 wide if using our 1 Piece Gutter mount rail rack.
The Most Popular Roof tents fitted to 76 here would be the Bundutec Bundutop - Its well suited as its flat sides match the vehicle and offer good real estate for carrying shovels, max tracks, axes and Awnings.
Awnings and the 76 Series
By and Large - Pole less awnings for fast set up are always the go for all touring vehicles, and like almost every other vehicle listed on the site - the Ostrich wing awning presents the most versatility and strength for use with the 76 as well. It can be easily turned into an extra room by adding walls for swag camping for 2 swags out of wind and rain, is 20 seconds to set up and put away and is incredibly strong. More on the Ostrich wing here.
Most other awnings tested here lack the walls and the valuable shelter they can provide for long distance accommodation.
The 76 as a long distance Touring vehicle
The 76 series Wagon has no room for carrying firewood or dirty objects like chainsaw, porta-potti, garbage etc - So available space around the vehicle is valuable realestate.
Rear wheel carriers can add vital storage space for 1 spare, 1 jerry , a chainsaw and a garbage bin/bag which can double as carrying toilet buckets etc. The Sides of flatter (square edge) Rtt are also usable mounting surfaces for Axes, Shovels, Max trax and Pull out awnings.
Storing chairs etc and additional bedding such as swags starts to look to the roof of the RTT for another usable area but the 76 is typically pretty High and Loading and unloading each day can be tiring.