Only the necessary stuff has been added to
this Toyota Troop Carrier and anything not used within 3 months gets
replaced with something useful.
Sandra and Peter (the owners) have done a
really clever and practical setup in the rear for sleeping, cooking, relaxing
and general living.
The way it’s been laid out in the rear is
categorised into how often its being used.
Enjoy the video.
Vehicles factory stats (NOTE* modded details below):
Make model: Toyota Landcruiser Troop carrier
Engine: 4.5 litre V8
Suspension: Standard Toyota (with rear airbags)
Peter & Sandra’s
mod list for his 78 series Toyota Troop Carrier
no mods on engine
Dual battery system with Redarc BCDC25
120W Redarc folding solar panel
12V and USB outlets
350W Redarc inverter
· + camping headlamp :)
Smartphone with Google Maps
· Here App with offline maps
· Avenza Maps, Galileo for off-road
General Grabber AT2 265/75/16R All
Bar work and exterior
· Genuine Toyota bullbar
2x90L fuel tanks (Toyota standard)
Rhino pioneer roof rack
Bunnings garden flares
Front Recovery points
Rydge Rider 2.5m x 2m side awning
· Custom stickers on sides
Back of the wagon:
· Custom built sofa-bed, living space
· ARB 47L fridge
· 120W Redarc folding solar panel
· 350W Redarc inverter
· Slime air compressor
· 2x10L drinking water jerry cans
· Maxtrax mounted on roof rack
· 11t Oztrail snatch strap
· tyre repair kit
· Bushranger pressure gauge
· Extra spare tyre (2 total)
Peter & Sandra’s
top 3 trips in the 78 series Cruiser:
Rag Track in Victoria High Country -
Rock/Uluru Red Centre -
Unstoppable moment in
the 78 series Toyota Troop Carrier:
Crawling up on the
rocks of Blue Rag Range was one of the best moments. It really showed us what
this incredible vehicle is capable of, and that it could go almost any terrain
Most scary situation
in the 78 series Cruiser:
Our very first
4wd-ing experience was Rainbow beach south of Fraser Island.
We came from Noosa
via the ferry, incorrectly estimated our arrival time to Rainbow Beach, and
arrived on an incoming tide.
We were a couple of hundred metres from our
destination, we knew there was no way back, so we just had to take a deep
breath and cross next to the Mudlo rocks. Luckily we didn't get bogged there.
It was more of beginners luck than experience.
Peter & Sandra’s
Always buy things as
you need them. Plan what's the minimum you need in order to recover your car
should you get bogged on your upcoming trip. This way you can keep your car as
light as possible, and also spend your cash on trips.
Top 3 tips with
1. There's no standalone clock in VDJ Troopy. To Turn clock mode on
on the radio, push “SEEK/TRACK /\” button while pushing down number button 4!
(and do the same for turning it off) – it only works when power source to audio
system is turned OFF
2. To avoid shaking of the bonnet during trips, adjust the two rubber
knobs above the headlights
3. When you are on a
long trip and fill up both tanks, first use the rear tank to keep the centre of
gravity in the middle, and also to lower fuel consumption.
Things to look out
for if buying one:
Rust, especially at windows
Best 3 mod/s you have done
1. Custom built
furniture in the back
2. Redarc dual
3. Unique stickers
What made you decide to
choose this vehicle?
Durability, easy repairs, V8 engine
Best thing about the Custom 78 series:
Its power and standard dual 90l fuel tanks (total 180l)
Worst thing about the Custom 78 series:
6th gear would be great for
The Modified Video.
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