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Gidday Silver

The Amarok does come in twin cab form in Oz, I have seen plenty of them. I agree with your reasoning about this aspect. See here:

http://www.volkswagen-commercial.com...ls/amarok.html

and here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VW_Amarok

Have you considered anything from Great Wall? A mate has one of these (Forester type) and has been all over the place in it with no problems. Chinese quality control has improved enormously over the last ten years, in everything they make ... Perhaps worth a look?

With your boat specs, it seems to rule out a camper trailer with a slide on boat carrier (either RTT or pop-top), so a slide on tray unit for your vehicle could be the answer. Some rellies have travelled around Oz using one of these, and they are both about 6 feet tall!

I also agree that you need to consider your finances carefully.
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no no no!!! we rescued one (a wagon) on Cape York after it sheared studs and the rear wheel fell off!
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I don't think a twin cab is the go for me. A space cab/extra cab would give me a better tray length,possibly for an extra spare and a jerry can or two. Passengers are not a consideration in the overall scheme of things but i would like some extra in car storage. I had thoughts of building in a storage system where the back seats are in an extra cab.
As far as Great Wall go...i don't trust their food and i certainly would not trust my life in a 2star rated chinese car...for ANY reason!
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That's downright ugly, Kevin!

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no no no!!! we rescued one (a wagon) on Cape York after it sheared studs and the rear wheel fell off!
I have always had my doubts about these vehicles, and the reviews aren't that crash hot (pun intended ... ); but then reviewers aren't exactly renowned for getting even simple stuff right!
After reading a review of the SG Forester in the Age Drive section recently, I wondered if the writer had ever even seen one, let alone sat in or driven one. Maybe hadn't even seen a brochure for one. Different car from the one/s we own ...

He sure as heck knew next to nothing about Foresters
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Sorry, Silver. I misunderstood you when you originally mentioned that.

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I don't think a twin cab is the go for me. A space cab/extra cab would give me a better tray length,possibly for an extra spare and a jerry can or two. Passengers are not a consideration in the overall scheme of things but i would like some extra in car storage. I had thoughts of building in a storage system where the back seats are in an extra cab.
As far as Great Wall go...i don't trust their food and i certainly would not trust my life in a 2star rated chinese car...for ANY reason!
I do see your point now.
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no no no!!!
I totally agree.
I've heard a few bad stories about them.
In particular with the way they spray & treat the chassis, or should I say only half spray & treat them.

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I'm not sure how comfortable I would be with a Great Wall when I'm in the middle of nowhere with no phone reception & havent seen another car for days

IMO if you're travelling around Oz, esp if you're going to out of the way places to get in some fishing in almost never fished locations, then reliability is paramount!

Re the tray top camper, I have seen versions that bolt onto the tray. When you get to your destination, wind down the legs, unbolt it & drive away
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Yep. Lots of versions of them with roof top tents etc.,but they can cost $30 grand or more. Weight could be an issue with some of them. By the time you add 80/100ltrs of water,general stuff,2 jerry cans of fuel etc..it soon mounts up.
I'm watching Bathurst and just saw the tail end of a Nissan ad flogging a Navara for $37,990 driveaway. Come on the price wars!!!
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Here in Europe, we no more have the 3.0 turbo on the Dmax, only the 2.5 biturbo diesel and everything written in the specialized press says its better, same power, more torque...
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I was just reading that yesterday and the Dmax guy told me they were going to a twin turbo next year so that could be what we are getting. Australia tends to get the bigger motors so maybe they are doing a twin turbo 3ltr or just giving us the 2.5.
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