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    The Patrol came with this piss weak little Safety Step

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    With the canopy roof at 2m high, I don't really consider it safe hanging off the roof rack system with one foot on the step . . . trying to get stuff up onto and off the roof of the canopy, especially anyone else on my behalf.


    Anyway, last night I came across this Ford Ranger Ute Step :-)

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    Look's like something that a good Mate might be able to modify to mount up to the back of my Patrol . . . should be fare better then the little Safety Step which is more suitable for climbing in and out of the back of a ute tray.
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    Great read Grant, I too have gone the patrol darkside from my d22, it was too tempting.

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    My ex Telstra came with fold up steps at the rear but I found them too low to be helpful & they were heavy galvanised affairs. Removed them in a weight saving exercise. Tried to offload them here, but no takers so they went to scrap. I only have solar panels on my roof now, but now & again I like to clean all the outback dust off them. I can reach four of them from the rear, stepping up on the towball & standing on the ledge at the back. A bit 'precarious' The front two panels I can reach from standing on the door sills. Bought a small lightweight broom in Normanton to make the job easier. Does the red step you are replacing attach to the towball tongue somehow? If so I might be interested in it if it would make stepping up onto the 'ledge' a bit safer?

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    EDIT On second thoughts perhaps not. I found the Safe-T-Step web page, & on my tow hitch I'd need to use a step to get up onto the folding step as it would be just a little higher than my comfort zone. Just tried with the small aluminium folding step I carry - which has many uses - & have now found another use for it!
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    Well brought and fitted a AUTOSTRADA Cruise Control Kit today, after my short 30klm drive home on the freeway . . . most happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuppa View Post
    EDIT On second thoughts perhaps not. I found the Safe-T-Step web page, & on my tow hitch I'd need to use a step to get up onto the folding step as it would be just a little higher than my comfort zone. Just tried with the small aluminium folding step I carry - which has many uses - & have now found another use for it!
    Sorry Mate, missed this one.

    The Safe-T-Step would sit about 1" above your tow ball.

    For access to the roof from the side of the canopy, I'm looking at a 2.4m telescopic Ladder . . . usually used with roof top tents.

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    Literally about one inch too far unfortunately.

    I did have a ladder, but ditched it to save space & weight. Hard to justify carrying one when it’s only use is to clean the dust & bird shit off the solar panels a few times each year! Those telescopic ones are quite popular in motorhome & caravan circles, although they do need to be kept clean to prevent grit from making them hard to use I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuppa View Post
    Literally about one inch too far unfortunately.
    The steps I picked up, I intend to mount them / position them about 200mm below the rear tail lights, just enough to fit the Registration Plate below the Lights, but I hope high enough to maintain good height for ground departure clearance, and not too get in the way of the draw bar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cuppa View Post
    Those telescopic ones are quite popular in motorhome & caravan circles, although they do need to be kept clean to prevent grit from making them hard to use I believe.
    I did think of just a 2m single stran ladder, and just store it in the OzTent Basket on the canopy roof all the time. But the convivence of one of these telescopic ladders is, I have about 150mm space above the drawer that holds my Medical Packs, so if I made up a mounting bracket above the drawer, a telescopic ladder should fit into that space nice and snug and be out of the way, and out of the weather and secure from theft.
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    Well after a few months sitting around . . . a little home fabrication . . . cutting, drilling and painting . . . followed by a week trying to find a replacement Tow Bar . . . . the steps are finally ON.

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    My AWL Canopy, and my Fridge Slide makes my Fridge a little on the high side to see and get stuff out, so have been looking around for either a Drop Down or a Tilt Slide that might fit into My fridge space within My AWL Canopy.

    The Drop Down Slides were mostly too wide to fit, being over the 530mm wide to fit into My fridge space, and I wasn't 100% positive the Tilt Slides would fit too, so wasn't too keen to part with $500 - $700 on a Online Purchase to find it a No Goer.

    I tried my own hand in modifying My current slide into a Tilt Slide . . . but wasn't that satisfied with my effort, and a little worried it's stability and unguarded parts and possible little fingers . . . even mine, so pulled it out the next day.

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    Anyway, last week I found online a second hand Dunn & Watson Tilt Slide on FB Marketplace for $350, so thought bugger it, it was too good to ignore it.

    So after getting it home, tried it for size . . . . just a little over size . . . after some cutting, grinding, drilling here and there . . . I made it fit where it was required to fit, and now it fits nice and snuggly into it's new home.

    Most happy with it.

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    Also found out early last week, I have a cracked support mount on My Exhaust Drop Pipe . . . was told I was better to replace rather then re-weld the bracket back on, so waiting for a DEA Performance/Dandy Exhaust 3" System to arrive.
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