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Title: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on October 06, 2017, 01:39:27 PM
As per my sig, the vehicle is ARN 49-215 Truck, Utility, Lightweight, FFR, Winch, MC2 -1989. I haven't been through the log book properly yet, but a flick through indicates it spent a lot of time on strength with School of Armour at Pucka.

I bought it second hand from a bloke up Tamworth way. The previous owner spent a lot of time and money getting the vehicle sorted to his liking. His mods were mainly mechanical and were the reason I bought a rather pricey second hand one rather than go for one straight out of the auctions.

At time of writing I've had it about a week and I'm still getting to know it. Not sure if I like it yet, but the buyer's remorse is fading. I bought it so I have to live with it :-D

PO's major mods, additions and damage -

- Painted with colourbond "Eucalyptus Mist" rattlecans. I don't like it, but it does approximate the shade of badly-faded camouflage green IRR paint you see on these vehicles
- Power steering
- Rear disk brakes
- Heavy duty clutch
- Long travel suspension
- 33 inch BFGs
- APT snorkel
- ARB onboard compressor
- Original 24v power system chopped and an RFSV-style 12v dual battery system fitted
- GME TX3120S UHF
- Light bar
- Civvy 110 hard top roof panel with a roof rack and boat roller. Original canvas FFR canopy sides added to this hard roof via sail track. 
- Exhaust chopped shortened to just before the rear wheel - very loud. My ears are still ringing. I gather this happened under flex while on a 4wd trip, with the big tyres damaging the original exhaust. I'm taking the vehicle into a muffler place this arvo to get a quote for a new piece.
- Front passenger side wing has an unfortunately-placed dent.
- Both rear wheel arch "eyebrows" are damaged from the big tyres. I have a good looking intact one here which came with the vehicle.
- Front canvas canopy bow chopped so the hard top would fit

Most of the in-service fittings were stripped out of the vehicle, but I have this morning replaced the "locker" which sits in the rear of the FFRs. I have a half a No.5 trailer-load of bits which I'll be reinstalling as time goes by.

I've swapped out the big 33 inch rubber for 5 x standard perentie steel rims with OK Olympic Steeltrek tyres. I do appreciate the big tyres, but I've been running 750 16s on split rims on a Landcruiser for ten years, so I know and appreciate them more.

I have it booked in for a major service with KLR Automotive which will hopefully tell me if there's anything amiss mechanically. I am impressed with the ride though. The engine, gearbox, etc are all great and the coil suspension means it'll glide over those corrugated roads up north and out west.

My plans for the vehicle - in no particular order.

- Replace the APT snorkel with either an RFSV one or a DIY approximation - nope just chopped the top off to add a precleaner or ram air head.
- Repair the dent - done
- Repair the shortened exhaust - done
- Replace the damaged rear "eyebrows" done
- Paint it - Protec Camouflage Green or Protec Camouflage Brown - I have a half a dozen cans of both here, but can't decide. - in progress (Camouflage Brown)
- Install ignition lock - done
- Install door locks - haven't gotten around to this yet
- Install a "cubby box" centre console I bought online from Landybitz - done
- Install the RFSV-style kick vents that Carzee and some others have fitted - I grew to appreciate the kick vents in my old Landcruiser - they do make a difference in a non-air conditioned vehicle on a stinking hot day - parts purchased pending install
- Relocate the ARB compressor from its current position in the driver's side FFR battery locker to under the bonnet - wiring for the compressor relocated, still need to make up the mounting plate for the compressor
- Fabricate or purchase an RFSV-style "security" box for the same location - mainly for POL, belts and filters - Done - I mounted a Frontrunner "Cub Pack" box for this position.
- Repair or replace the chopped front canopy bow
- Remove the hard top and fit an olive drab canvas canopy - Ideally I'd like a GS type with an extended rear curtain to match the FFR's "tailgate". I like windows.
- DIY a canvas "fume curtain" with a big window in it. Helps keep out exhaust fumes, dust and rain, and in the cool weather should help keep the heat in. Also, chicks'll dig it for sure... won't they...? - Done - I fitted a Paddock Spares fume curtain. Works.
- RFSV-style dual jerry can carriers on rear. Done - Purchased the loose copies from Offroad Designs in QLD
- Strip out the connectors on the FFR power distribution box and install a variety of merit, cig and USB output sockets, plus one or more Anderson Engel posi-fit inputs for trickle charging the batts from my solar panels if stationary for a few days. - Done
- Make up a platform for the interior for storage and as a solid surface for a mattress or swag if required. Nope - not doing this now.
- second fuel tank. I have a gaping empty space under the passenger's seat where the cranking battery once lived. I heard you could put another 68 litre fuel tank in there. Having it plumbed to the same filler neck as the main tank would be convenient.
- Purchase or have fabricated the fairlead roller pins/bolts so I can bring my PTO winch back into an operational condition - Done
- Bolt-in/bolt-out jerrycan carriers for my 22 litre water drums located somewhere in the interior. - done
- Platform for my 40 litre fridge freezer - probably locate atop the FFR "locker". done
- High lift jack mount utilising the FFR radio aerial "sugar scoops" on one side. Nope. Going for a civilian roof rack mount
- DIY an insect screen for the flimsy plastic grille. - Done. Added aluminium insect netting to the inside of the grille.
- Ditch the existing light bar and fit a pair of round spotties

That's all I can think of - at least until the list of mechanical work needed is determined.

A picture of the vehicle:

(https://i.imgur.com/RyFF3pc.jpg)
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: dugite on October 06, 2017, 03:07:14 PM

Impressive and interesting list craig, and a it brings a couple of things to mind (I knew that vehicle when it lived nearby).

The insect screens for the 4X4 110s can be purchased from Robco.

The second tank used under the pass seat in the RFSV is a tank from a LR90. So while it fits there, I understand they're quite expensive. The tank selection as factory fitted is by way of a Pollak valve but if I was doing it from scratch I'd use a simple 12v transfer pump.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: dugite on October 06, 2017, 06:14:55 PM
death wobbles can be steering damper or bushes and may be exacerbated by wheel imbalance
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: BEARMAN on October 06, 2017, 08:30:43 PM
Or swivel housing preload.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: dugite on October 07, 2017, 06:08:51 AM
Of course, thanks Brian
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: STDDIVER on October 10, 2017, 05:59:55 PM
Great post Craig!  Excellent read and positive progress - looking forward to the compressor fit solution under the bonnet too!


STDDIVER
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Carzee on October 12, 2017, 11:08:14 AM
Great progress Craig.

1. I have a FFR power distr box you can borrow to look over and check out things as you need.

2. I have a spare panhard rod and new bushes ready to be pressed in. Saves waiting for parts. You can replace as time and work permits. This has happened already for a local member - its a like an exchange part. :) Take the rod over to Johnny at http://www.seriesworkshop.com.au  aka the Fyshwick Landy Club.

http://remlr.com/forum/index.php?topic=4200.0

PM me.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Carzee on October 18, 2017, 06:13:13 PM
Wow, very busy.
Interesting about shellite. Not a common thing to do nowadays. I like it. Probably rarer than the walkers who use metho (I hate the invisible aspect).

For a bed board I used form ply, 18mm. Its strong, black and cheap at $10 a 900x600 sheet. Maybe if you see a AWOL alloy one you should buy it.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Dervish on October 18, 2017, 07:19:11 PM

Door tops/sliding windows:
- Ordered 4m of flocked rubber channel to fix the rattling windows once and for all.
- Removed both door tops. I'll run door top-less until the rubber arrives. I was surprised that the door top bolts were in generally good condition, although one had been replaced with a galvanised bolt. I was also pleasantly surprised that unlike the Garrison Outfitters videos, the rivets in the Perentie door tops have been replaced with little screws. That'll make life easier.


Where did you get your bailey channel if you don't mind me asking? The source I knew of folded and it has eluded me since.

By far the best camp cooking method for us is a Trangia on gas; with the 220g bottles. Gas and stove weigh about a kilo together, including two pots, pan and kettle. Brilliant bit of kit.

Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Jdemo1 on October 20, 2017, 04:21:02 PM
Love the progress mate. What kind of prepping did you do to the old paint before you painted? A light sand then whack on the protec?

Cheers
Jake
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: dugite on October 29, 2017, 06:24:44 PM
The curtain in the FFR top is for blackout purposes, but would equally act for a similar purpose to what you need. On my most recent canopy order I added a curtain mainly for the purpose of additional warmth in winter, that insipid 110 heater needs all the help it can get :)

The curtain you illustrated looks good.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: dugite on October 29, 2017, 06:27:17 PM
The curtain in the FFR top is for blackout purposes, but would equally act for a similar purpose to what you need. On my most recent canopy order I added a curtain mainly for the purpose of additional warmth in winter :)

The curtain you illustrated looks good.

Ah of course, a blackout curtain. I think it's made from that super-opaque silvery PVC type material on the inside of the FFR canopies too isn't it? I reckon it'd be cheap and easy to sew a clear vinyl window into that one, although it wouldn't be much of a blackout curtain once you were done  :D

no need for a window  - there is no matching rear "window" in the back of the FFR canopy.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Dozer on October 31, 2017, 01:33:19 PM
Great continued work Craig!  And I love the wave thing, with me being in the whole hand wave category.  I tend to not make eye contact Series 200's ;)
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Chazza on November 12, 2017, 08:57:20 PM

I wanted to retain my existing headlight assembly and its panel, so in order to remove the top wing panel from the assembly I had to drill out some rivets and then drill out what looks like some spot welds on the reinforcing plates. I haven't yet decided how to secure these spot welded areas. I have some stainless steel pop rivets which might work, or I may bolt them together.

Don't use stainless on aluminium it will start very bad corrosion between the two metals.

Always use rivets made from the same base metal as the panel.

Cheers Charlie
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: DetV on May 11, 2018, 07:15:24 PM
Craig, I like how you have re-purposed the Cannon power sockets to retain the covers and original appearance. Thanks for the ideas.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: STDDIVER on May 14, 2018, 01:43:55 PM
Nice photos Craig - envious of your trip - well done mate

STDDIVER
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: DetV on May 14, 2018, 09:08:24 PM
Loved the kick vents in my HJ45, so will need to install this form of air conditioning in Spence as well.

However, I don't think you will need them in Tassi in July!!
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: STDDIVER on May 15, 2018, 11:01:57 AM
Good one Criag - even more ideas!  I like the idea of the vents too - I have them on the RFSV and they are excellent -The awnings are a great idea.

Frank 
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: STDDIVER on May 15, 2018, 04:57:44 PM
Great work Craig - I have a small ex army 1/2 size plastic box I use for keeping things I need quick access to and the dust and insects out.  They fit in rear of the vehicle and are reasonably light but strong enough to put an aluminium plate on top of and use as a small table.  Great photographs too!

Frank

Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: DennisM on May 15, 2018, 06:43:17 PM
I don't have a 110 military vehicle, but I do own a 1984 110 Isuzu County and I fitted the same vents to my 110 about 23 years ago, one of the best things I added to it cheers Dennis
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: DennisM on May 16, 2018, 10:37:37 AM
G'day craigb,
mate I did this job over 25 years ago now so my memory is a little fuzzed on it, I can clearly remember though it was a bit nerve wracking marking out a perfectly good guard then cut a rectangular hole in it, anyway a few images
(https://i.imgur.com/b5As228l.jpg)
and open
(https://i.imgur.com/3qa6pLnl.jpg)
and a few from the inside showing the distance pieces x 2 that fill in the gap
(https://i.imgur.com/vOk8NmUl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/CwKovH2l.jpg)
the distance piece is 1mm aluminium and is screwed to the inner footwell, hope that is of some help, cheers Dennis
ps Land Rovers leak no matter what you do LOL but I can tell you that water doesn't p**s in when driving in heavy rain cheers,,.

Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Carzee on June 13, 2018, 07:40:20 AM
As usual, great photos, especially no 9 in the sun.
I also got a early set of dbl jerry holders from 4x4designs. Have yet to fit them. What primer did you go with?
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Dopey on June 14, 2018, 01:41:58 AM
G'day Craig, I note with interest your comments about the passenger side dual jerry can holder and the fitment issues that you had...
I also had issues with mine, I didn't end up modifying it for mounting, I've tried it now on 4 different chassis and there is no way to fit it without relatively major modifications that I don't want to have to do.

The other interesting comment of yours is that Jason has refunded half the purchase price for the passenger side jerry can holder....

That hasn't happened for me, nor did I know anything about this refund until reading it here in your comments.
I'll be contacting him (Jason) to request the same refund as the product is obviously faulty.

Jason is well aware of the issues with the fitment of the jerry can holder that I purchased from him as he responded to most of my comments on one of the Facebook pages about his product.

Anyways, enough of my complaining,
Your pics (as always) look good!
With the extra weight at the rear, have you considered installing the D110HD/D130/RFSV/SRV helper springs or airbags inside the rear coils?
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 01, 2020, 12:25:27 AM
Announcing Project FFRFSV

I have a bunch of RFSV bits in the shed, and since I'm here at home for the foreseeable future rather than travelling around northern WA like I was supposed to be, I thought I might as well convert my humble and much-messed with FFR to near-RFSV specs. Most of it is just a case of bolting on various bits.

Here's the RFSV-esque mods already done to my vehicle, both by the vehicle's previous owner and by Yours Truly:

Disc brakes all round
12V RFSV-style dual battery system
Heavy duty clutch
Helper springs in the rear
Dual jerrycan carriers
FrontRunner Cub Pack SADF ammo style box bolted to the driver's side battery slide in similar fashion to an RFSV security box
Toggle switch for compressor in vehicle interior
APT snorkel
RFSV mass reduction program brush bar - done since starting the thread
RFSV side scrub rails for the above - done since starting the thread
RFSV-style side panniers (part of Ant's recent group buy on Facebook) - done since starting the thread
RFSV dual spare wheel carrier with installation hardware - done since starting the thread
RFSV underslung jerrycan carrier - done since starting the thread

Here's the parts I have not yet installed:

Commercial 7-inch HMMWV-style 12V LED driving lights
24V M113 APC headlights (need to swap the guts with 12V units - these will be mounted as per SRV-SF IR lights, which are the same light just with an infrared filter)
A set of footwell kick vents of same make and model as the originals on an RFSV
ARB compressor, hoses and fittings - same same RFSV

I think I have all the RFSV style bits I want for the vehicle. I was after an insect screen for the grille, but don't really need one since one of the first things I did after acquiring the vehicle was to line the inside of the grille with aluminium mesh.

Here's a picture of the starting point:

(https://i.imgur.com/wszjond.jpg)

It's a rather modified FFR. It's had various paintjobs, but for now it's all over camouflage brown.
It has a hard top roof panel of which I am quite fond now, as well as a very convenient FrontRunner 3/4 Defender roof rack to which I have bolted normal camping store 4WD side awnings, 2.5 x 3m.  The vehicle has long-travel suspension too. The vehicle is now fitted with Wolf rims and BFG mud terrain tyres in 7.50R16. When long distance camping I usually have the split rims and hi-milers fitted since I think they are a great tyre/wheel combo out bush.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 14, 2020, 03:06:25 PM
Rear wheel carrier installed. The two BFG 7.50R16s fit in the carrier nicely. strapping had to be made up and a new footman loop installed. I have added an extra cargo ratchet strap which goes around the carrier and the tyres to secure everything in the unlikely event the footman loop failed like the original one did. Numberplate has been wired up and is all working. All I am missing at the moment is a pair of rear high lift jacking points.

Side panniers installed. I have tested them with 60kg on each side and will, as I have been advised, add reinforcing ribs on the inside of the body panel to stop them bowing out. As installed right now, I won't carry much more than a jerrycan either side as well as maxtrax and maybe a bit of firewood :-D

I still have to make up and install jerrycan securing straps and cable locking points for the side panniers.

I have installed the underslung jerrycan carrier once more, this time with 1 x fuel can and 1 x water can.

(https://i.imgur.com/rByTp1r.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/CNe4TcN.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/AcZbp6H.jpg?1)


Next to be installed will be the RFSV brush bar and side rails.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 20, 2020, 11:09:48 PM
Jerrycan panniers have had their dividers installed and they have been load tested to satisfaction.

(https://i.imgur.com/L62Ui00.jpg)

Still have to drill and rivet the rubber bumpers. Hopefully the rivets I have here will be long enough. I am waiting on straps to arrive, then I'll give the side panniers another coat of Camo brown, install the all the straps and the cable locking point.

RFSV brush bar installed.

(https://i.imgur.com/stOTeLO.jpg)

Tomorrow I am picking up suitable high tensile M8 and M10 bolts and hardware to allow me to fit the scrub rails for the bull bar.

Then I have a side project, which is adding an awning rack to my No. 5 trailer, after which I'll get back to the vehicle and probably start on the RFSV style kick vents. I'm nervous about cutting in to the guards.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Carzee on April 21, 2020, 08:56:09 PM
Nice pix of Frankie wearing the new parts. Looking great. Extra capacty for jerrys is good - we may end up having to cart 'round disinfectant when on trips after the china virus clears up. Its anyone's guess. Where is your next trip going?
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 22, 2020, 02:03:04 AM
Thanks Ross.

I've calculated that I can carry the following at the moment, which helps offset the lack of a second fuel tank (also on the to-do list):

1 x fuel on rear
1 x water on rear
2 x fuel in underslung jerrycan carrier
2 x fuel in bolt-in racks inside rear
2 x fuel in left jerrycan pannier
1 x water in left jerrycan pannier
3 x fuel in right jerrycan pannier (easy to use the jiggler siphon from this position)
3 x water strapped into position inside near the bulkhead

200 litres of fuel in jerrycans, plus 65 litres in the main tank gives decent range before refueling - just the thing to avoid the Nullarbor and Stuart Highway roadhouse prices.
110 litres of water in plastic jerrycans plus a few 1 and 2 litre canteens scattered throughout the load and 2 x 6 litre water bags on front for hot climates.

Next big trip is over to Perth then up the west coast to the Pilbara and the Kimberley, all the way round to Darwin, then down the Stuart Highway to Adelaide before  heading to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road with a detour to Ballarat. Then up the east coast to Nowra and inland home.

I'll be picking my mrs up from Broome airport and then dropping her off at Darwin airport. This simplifies camping - I'll have an awning tent for a bit more comfort for my passenger and I but the rest of the time while solo I'll be swagging it or using a jungle hammock like my last NT/FNQ trip.

I'm supposed to be starting that particular trip next month but that's unlikely. Hopefully I'll get out there before the end of the year. As soon as travel restrictions in NSW are lifted I'll be taking off - somewhere. Maybe Hill End, Sofala or Yerranderie?

Latest bit of work done on the vehicle was to install the side rails.

(https://i.imgur.com/Eiqwwc3.jpg)

Next job will be the No. 5 trailer awning rack and then I'll tackle the RFSV style kick vents on the vehicle.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 23, 2020, 05:26:11 PM
A lot of folks in my area will be Standing-To at Dawn on ANZAC Day this year, so my vehicle will be helping my village commemorate by doing a slow drive past through the streets between 0530 and 0700.

Accordingly I thought it was appropriate to give it some of its military heritage back, so aside from the blingy military bits I've been steadily bolting on over the last few days, I stencilled the original ARN onto the bullbar and the tailgate, and stencilled the vehicle's name "Frankie" onto the bonnet.

I'll set it up with jerrycans, camo nets, webbing sets and packs hanging off it in places so hopefully from a distance it will look more like a military vehicle than the long range touring and camping vehicle I have been using it as.

Here's some pics:

I made up some jerrycan straps for the repro RFSV side baskets. All webbing and hardware is authentic since it was cannibalised from a pair of RFSV interior cargo strap sets purchased from Landybitz in QLD.
(https://i.imgur.com/jYohDrD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/46PN9Nj.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TAKPu2P.jpg)

Vehicle has its ARN back...
(https://i.imgur.com/WKS82xk.jpg)

Name stencilled on the bonnet. Stencil placement was inspired by LRPV "One Fitty" on display at the AWM.
(https://i.imgur.com/r6Z01aS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XCTW5uj.jpg)

Racks all loaded up with fuel and water jerrycans, packs and rations. Hopefully it'll look authentic military from a distance. One day I'll bite the bullet and give it a cam paint job for ANZAC Day, but with that hardtop panel it's going to be hard to make it look anywhere approaching authentic.
(https://i.imgur.com/Hdm27Ls.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bNgHkza.jpg)
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: STDDIVER on April 23, 2020, 05:29:06 PM
Good on you Craig!   Well done that man!
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 24, 2020, 01:01:32 AM
Thanks mate.

Like everyone else I'm waiting for the travel restrictions to ease so I can go on a road trip. Still don't know exactly where, since it's unlikely the various state border will reopen soonish, so it'll no doubt be somewhere within NSW.

During my various travels with my other half, I've worked out that the most convenient form of accommodations for the two of us is an awning tent. Mine was relatively cheap from 4WDSupacentre. Of course, unless you like pitching and striking the tent, it's a bit of a pain in the behind when you're camped in the one place for a few days and are wanting to strike out for the various local tourist traps while you're there. You can of course simply uncouple the awning tent from the awning, drop it the tent and leave it there, which is a quick way to do it. But even that gets real old real quick.

Here's some pics of the awning tent and screen in use during a recent northern Australia jaunt.

Propped at the WWII Gorrie Airfield not far north of Birdum and Larrimah in the NT for a few days sightseeing and catching up on some writing. I was solo at this point, but the flies were a constant embuggerance - almost as bad as those encountered out past Oodnadatta in South Australia -  so I pitched the "screened room" as an office under one awning and pitched my little mozzie net tent under the other one. The hammock was for late afternoon loafing, a task which I perform with great enthusiasm.
(https://i.imgur.com/DvhChmK.jpg)

Tent and screened area pitched at a caravan park in Darwin the morning after I picked up my better half from Darwin airport. Inexplicably, and despite the park being mostly empty, a friendly German couple in a very well set up Iveco RV and very limited English, had pulled up the night before and set up right next to me! Unfortunately for them, my mrs' flight came in close to 2AM, so ze Chermans learned a little pre-COVID-19 lesson about social distancing lest thee be kept up until 0330 by your close neighbours striking and then re-pitching camp, inflating an air mattress with a compressor, etc. They were gone by 0700 and I daresay learning had occurred.
(https://i.imgur.com/upvAL1R.jpg)

A different view of the awning tent and screened area pitched while we spent a night at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat about halfway between Darwin and Kakadu on the Arnhem Highway.
(https://i.imgur.com/VLKocdx.jpg)

In all of the above setups you can see that it would have been better with a standalone tent, but the awning tents are great - quick to pitch and strike, and they roll up to fit in an echelon bag so are easy to stow in the vehicle while travelling. Enter Ye Olde No. 5 Trailer.

How awesome would it be to have an awning fitted to the trailer? Extend the awning, pitch the awning tent and then go off sightseeing or whatever in the Rover. I've owned my trailer since 2016 and have avoided doing anything to modify it up to this point, however the time has come to make it more useful for trips, so it's getting a removable awning rack.

I'm making the rack bolt-on/bolt-off to keep most of the trailer's authenticity intact. The awning rack will be a telescoping type made from galvanised, primed and painted 40mm and 30mm square tube. The telescoping sections will be secured in place when up or down using pins. Simple and hopefully effective. To secure the rack to the trailer itself it will have 4 x rivnuts on each side of the wheel well. I don't really want to weld anything to the trailer body. By using rivnuts, the rack can be unbolted and the trailer returned as closely as possible to its original configuration.

Here's a couple of diagrams:

(https://i.imgur.com/qgWw5Cp.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0I69rPZ.jpg)

I have all the materials except for the awning, so construction of the awning rack is the next job after I finish garnishing the vehicle with cam nets, etc. for ANZAC Day.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: yerriyong on April 24, 2020, 09:25:28 AM
Excellent setup, I would love to see your other mods for bush living.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 24, 2020, 02:27:23 PM
Excellent setup, I would love to see your other mods for bush living.

Thanks mate.

Much of my travel is solo, so I either swag it next to the vehicle or use a camping hammock. When travelling with a significant other I have an assortment of tents which have been pressed into service.

I don't sleep inside the vehicle because the interior is not set up for it.

The vehicle is an FFR but has an RFSV-style dual 12v battery system installed so the house battery powers a 40 litre Waeco fridge freeze and when propped overnight, it powers 12v LED strip lights as well as a 12v toughbook laptop charger, mattress inflator if required and USB chargers. I don't carry power tools generally but I have a 600W inverter which will charge drill and angle grinder batteries while on the move.

I have a 12V power system which is designed to be a standalone unit for the No. 5 trailer. But I don't use it very often. It consists of a pair of ex-Telstra 100aH AGM batteries installed into 20mm ammo boxes, a 120 watt folding solar panel, a pair of 120 watt solar blankets, the power distribution box out of my FFR dismounted and fitted with cables with military 3-pin canon plugs on one end and civilian anderson connectors on the other. The power distribution box can also be fitted to the vehicle as normal and used with the 12V house battery. The generator you see in the pic is part of the kit, but I don't like camping with a generator so it's more for emergencies at home - power outages due to storms or bushfires, etc. During the recent bushfires my area was hammered and we lost power for several days so the genny powered the fridge in the kitchen.
(https://i.imgur.com/D4vkfmd.jpg)

Water carriage is strictly 22 litre plastic water jerrycans with taps fitted - also a pair of flax water bags for the bullbar if travelling hot/dry climates. I have lately dug out one of my old military 3lt camelbak hydration systems and fitted it to the driver's seat back for easy access when travelling in hot dry climates.

Cooking when solo is either a campfire or jetboil with a pot stand fitted. When travelling with a significant other I use an old shellite stove (Coleman 425E - burns unleaded too if you add a few drops of diesel power to the fuel tank) or cook on the campfire. I typically carry a 10-inch Bedourie oven (triples as a frypan, pot or an oven) and an old billycan with lid plus a utensils roll. We eat out of Wildo Camp-a-Box plastic mess kits or some metal dixies I have.

Hygiene wise it's an ex-army canvas bucket shower for a luxurious shower out bush, or a 12v shower for a quick one. I do not carry chemical toilets or similar, but am well-versed in responsible bush toileting using the cat hole method. Dishes are washed in a collapsible wash basin which stores flat in the hygiene kit bag. I have a roll-up Sea to Summit tub which serves for handwashing use. Sometimes I'll carry a pop up shower enclosure for toilet or shower use if headed into an area with no facilities but likely to be frequented by other travellers.

Gear is stored in two padlockable full size footlockers which are cable locked to the ROPS on both sides.

Food storage is the fridge freezer and a timber WWII 3-inch mortar round box I use as a tucker box.

Camp furniture is usually roll up tables since they take up less space than folding ones, and collapsible camp chairs. I prefer good camping store chairs to the ex-army Chairs, Millionaires because the latter fold flat and take up a bit more space than the umbrella style camping chairs. Typically I will carry two chairs and two tables whether I'm travelling solo or not.
(https://i.imgur.com/80iHaDd.jpg)

Here's the inside of the vehicle with fridge and one footlocker installed showing available space for gear. I'll usually throw a cargo net on top of everything while mobile.
(https://i.imgur.com/FqrE19W.jpg)

Here's the usual mode when swagging it solo - traditional custom envelope swag which is a new-made exact replica of my 1941-vintage Australian army officer's bed roll.
(https://i.imgur.com/2l5vaBQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1FMjKeA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bGSlqZK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/AusIKZK.jpg)

Hammocking is a good choice for solo camping in warmer weather/climates. I have been using a hammock for bushwalking trips almost exclusively for close to 20 years now, so I'm quite used to using one in all weather and climates.
(https://i.imgur.com/MZfXPkS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/K8I9CTY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wGzojXn.jpg)

Aside from the awning tents I've shown in a previous post, here are a couple of other types I have used on trips in the Rover.
(https://i.imgur.com/eQIR34w.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oTEqWL4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gYbnSCY.jpg)

Here's the reason the awnings came about -

First trip over to WA in the Rover and whilst camped on the edge of the Great Australian Bight it was stinking hot and windy as anything. Trying to pitch a hootchie as a sun shade took a while. An awning off one side would have been much quicker and easier.
(https://i.imgur.com/KgOYFda.jpg)

But awnings are not the be-all and end-all. I have had one destroyed due to it flipping in high winds - it pulled out the pegs securing it. And another was bent and took a bit to repair when I used it in snow. Snow bucketed down that night and collapsed both side awnings despite them being pitched with a sharp angle to let snow slide off. Not pleasant to wake up to on a freezing cold night hahaha
(https://i.imgur.com/qOebNhP.jpg)
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 25, 2020, 04:24:21 AM
I added a few bits and pieces to hopefully make the vehicle look a bit more military and more suitable for ANZAC Day.

(https://i.imgur.com/LT0lVHx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/B254yI2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Q4bzP1E.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/O0RPwTK.jpg)
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: yerriyong on April 25, 2020, 07:30:11 AM
I like your 'keep it simple' approach Craig, very Les Hiddens. I have found that I have drifted from this approach but still aspire to the idea.  I also like the multi fuel stoves and have a small collection of different ones. Your idea of the camelbak works great, I have had one in the same location in recent years. Iam on a bush property on the edge of morton np if you find yourself down this way looking for a camp, drop me a line.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on April 27, 2020, 04:02:04 PM
I like your 'keep it simple' approach Craig, very Les Hiddens. I have found that I have drifted from this approach but still aspire to the idea.  I also like the multi fuel stoves and have a small collection of different ones. Your idea of the camelbak works great, I have had one in the same location in recent years. Iam on a bush property on the edge of morton np if you find yourself down this way looking for a camp, drop me a line.

Thanks very much Yerriyong, I appreciate the offer.

Nice Sixby. Very well kitted out mate.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on May 05, 2020, 03:49:56 AM
A new military "vehicle" to go with the FFR and the No. 5 trailer -

(https://i.imgur.com/QYigHXV.jpg)

A 1987-vintage Klepper Aerius II Expedition "Quattro" military kayak.

Ex-1 Cdo.

I've christened it "Tigersnake", after the WWII Services Reconnaissance Department vessel of the same name.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on October 21, 2020, 04:42:47 PM
Dragged the No. 5 trailer out for the first time in a while over the weekend. Nice little spot in the Riverina with some mates.

(https://i.imgur.com/NGhvnvk.jpg)
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on January 23, 2021, 04:11:00 PM
Some pics from a quick three-nighter out by the Turon river.

(https://i.imgur.com/1012Zm4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iSMCKQn.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3h62VSw.jpg)

We have a new pup, a kelpie/blue-heeler cross called Mika. She's just coming up to six months old and this was her first trip in the Rover. I think she enjoyed it. Puppy accommodations consist of a wire crate secured behind the vehicle's bulkhead, with a soft, half-chewed dog bed inside.

(https://i.imgur.com/mCjUJw6.jpg)

With the addition of some early Surveillance model bins for the rear, I've finally almost got the vehicle the way I want it. Last on the list is the installation of a set of RFSV/SRV footwell kick vents I've had sitting in the spare parts box for a couple of years. What I've got now is an FFR with lots of RFSV-esque mods and additions and set up for long-range touring.

I lost one of the caps off a terrafirma heavy duty drive flange, so I have to replace that. The passenger side awning is a little worse for wear so I will replace that too. The brown paint is looking a bit tired and ratty despite the  occasional spray can touch-up, so not sure whether to respray the same colour, go cam or go all over olive drab.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on May 05, 2021, 02:31:20 PM
Windscreen woes.

The windscreen has had a big chip in it since I purchased the vehicle and last time I had it inspected for rego they suggested it would need a new windscreen.

A couple of months out from rego, I'm working on all those little and not so little jobs and one of these has been a new windscreen.

I have no idea how to replace the windscreen in one of these vehicles, and unfortunately it looks like my windscreen guy doesn't either.

First attempt at changing the windscreen resulted in a smashed driver's side top corner, which of course spider-webbed its way across the whole glass. He said that the corner wouldn't seat properly and it smashed from repeated slapping with a gloved hand. Bummer.

Second attempt was doomed to failure before it even started. The guy installed the windscreen (aside from that problematic corner which he says would pop in by itself with use), and THEN noticed a hairline crack running vertically down the centre of the windscreen.

He's back tomorrow for round three and we'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: glbest on May 06, 2021, 01:06:18 PM
you can buy the paint from protech the green is called camo green
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Mick on May 06, 2021, 09:51:12 PM
Hey Craig,

I know it's off topic but tell us about your dog.

Looks like a great offsider :)

Some of your pic's are awesome 👍

Cheers,

Mick
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on May 07, 2021, 05:12:44 PM
you can buy the paint from protech the green is called camo green

Cheers mate!
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on May 07, 2021, 05:30:49 PM
Hey Craig,

I know it's off topic but tell us about your dog.

Looks like a great offsider :)

Some of your pic's are awesome 👍

Cheers,

Mick

Thanks Mick,

She's a good little mutt. She flunked out of puppy school due to bad behaviour. Apparently in Mika World, when another dog even glances at you it means WWIII. She's great with people but is only now coming out of the jumping-up phase. Her mum was a working dog so she has all the traits. They are a bit wasted in this environment, although we live on 5 acres, but she gets some satisfaction out of seeing off the mob of young Indian mynas which has shown up the past couple of months and she is known to indulge in the odd spot of impromptu rabbit coursing since we have a ton of them around here.

She's been on a couple of short trips with us and is pretty well-behaved. I have a germ of an idea that I should finish off my interrupted circumnavigation of the continent sooner rather than later, so either September, October, November this year or January, February, March next year. Stupid-hot weather doesn't bother me, so a January departure might be nice. I'll head over to the west and then up to the Pilbara and then the Kimberleys. The plan would be Sydney to Perth to Broome to Darwin to Adelaide to Sydney, with the Little Dog in tow. I just have to research ahead of time where they may have been baiting for wild dogs because I'd be heartbroken if she took a poisoned bait. She should come out of that trip with a great deal of respect for creeks and rivers too.

The only issue I can see with her acting as offsider on a transcontinental trip is route planning to avoid national parks, etc. She loves the Rover and she'll have a ripper of a time.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: Mick on May 07, 2021, 11:13:45 PM
Mate I think you have answered the " meaning of life " question.

It's having a great, beautiful country to explore, a Land Rover and a awesome dog.

I hope the trip is a lot of fun and look forward to your updates.

Enjoy 

Mick
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on May 10, 2021, 01:59:37 PM
Mate I think you have answered the " meaning of life " question.

It's having a great, beautiful country to explore, a Land Rover and a awesome dog.

I hope the trip is a lot of fun and look forward to your updates.

Enjoy 

Mick

Thanks mate, I haven't quite found the meaning of life, but I'll get there sooner or later ;-)

A word on the RFSV or RFSV-esque bits bolted onto (or soon to be bolted onto) my FFR. None of this stuff is necessary to travel in a Perentie, but it makes it a bit easier.

Brushbar - original. Light "mass reduction" component. Purchased NOS off gumtree
Scrub rails - original. Light "mass reduction" component. Purchased NOS off Facebook marketplace.
Footwell kick vents - commercial item same as original. Purchased new off ebay.
Side panniers - reproduction. Brand new manufacture from a group buy off Facebook. These are a true, nearly exact reproduction.
Interior bins - original. These were on the original spec RFSVs before the "mass reduction" upgrades. Since I have specific places I carry fridge and tucker box, these work better for me than the later type with jerrycan racks attached.
Underslung dual jerrycan carrier - original. Purchased NOS but a bit beaten up from a well-known repairer/supplier.
Driver's side rear dual jerrycan carrier - reproduction. Brand new manufacture from a group buy off Facebook.
Dual rear tyre carrier - original. Purchased from a well-known repairer/supplier.
Rear step - reproduction. Purchased off gumtree
Rear Hi-Lift jacking points - reproduction. Purchased off gumtree

I have been surprised at the amount of good repro stuff that is out there. That's a great thing since you don't have to hunt around as much and you can leave the ridgey didge parts to collectors and restorers. Despite having some mechanical upgrades similar to the RFSV like disc brakes, power steering, etc. mine will always only ever be an FFR dressed up a bit to look like an RFSV, but no-one who knows these vehicles would ever think it WAS an RFSV.
Title: Re: craigb's Perentie FFR and No. 5 Trailer
Post by: craigb on June 21, 2021, 12:48:03 PM
The Mrs and myself are in the early stages of trip planning for another expedition in the Rover.

The basic route is Sydney NSW to Sydney NSW via:

- Perth WA
- Broome WA
- Darwin NT
- Ayers Rock NT
- Beltana SA
- Broken Hill NSW

At the moment we're looking at September/October this year. If we can't make it work by then, we'll postpone until May/June 2022. The Mrs can only get around 3 weeks off, so I'll pick her up at Broome Airport then drive her to Darwin over the course of a fortnight . At Darwin we'll pick up her mum at the airport and they'll hire a car and do the Kakadu/Katherine Gorge/Litchfield tourist trap loop. I may tag along in the land rover or I might go off and do something else. I'll see them off at Darwin airport maybe 5 days later and then start my trip south.

Last trip was my first to Ayers Rock and the whole place (and the Olgas) was packed with foreign, predominately Chinese people off tourist buses - absolutely packed. It wasn't worth stopping so I drove around it and then high tailed it out of there and didn't look back. This time I'm hoping to stop in there and have a good look around for a couple of days without the massive throngs of people. I have a good camp within sight of Ayers Rock, and far enough in off the road that there was no one else around during peak tourist season pre-COVIDs, so I'll probably use that one again.

After Ayers Rock I'll drive the Oodnadatta Track, which I haven't travelled as yet, then head home via Broken Hill.

The whole thing will probably take between 6 and 8 weeks.