Some answers to common questions in the Fibreglass canopy industry:

1. How difficult is it to remove and replace the canopy?

2. Will the canopy leak?

3. How long does it take to fit the canopy?

4. What is the difference between a centre mounted handle and an offset mounted handle?

5. What are the advantages and the disadvantages of Gas-Stays?

6. What is the difference between a cab slider and a cab connector?

7. Can steel reinforcements in fibreglass canopies rust?

8. Does curved rear glass eliminate reflections?

9. Are canopies able to carry the extra weight of a Roofrack with its contents without extra reinforcement?

10. Are there any deflectors that can actually clear the rear window of the canopy?

11. What is the difference between double moulded and double skinned?

12. What is the differences in weight between fibreglass and steel canopies?

13. What type of glass is used for the windows and is it shatterproof?  

1. How the difficult is it to remove and replace the canopy?

It is not difficult at all.  The canopy is fitted with four rust free bolts and requires no drilling on the truck bed for easy mounting and removal.  For the additional brake light, an electrical connector-plug is fitted and can be disconnected and reconnected.  Two people should be able to lift a double cab canopy and four should be enough to handle a long wheel base canopy.

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2. Will the canopy leak?

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3. How long does it take to fit the canopy?

Fitment should take no longer than half an hour on a fibreglass canopy due to our no-drill bolts.  Removing the canopy is much easier and should take only five minutes.

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4. What is the difference between a centre mounted handle and an offset mounted handle?

A center mounted handle is usually easier to operate with one hand than a offset handle.

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5. What are the advantages and the disadvantages of Gas-Stays?

Gas-Stays provide a smooth lift action but can cause the door to be under constant stress as the gas is under compression when closed.  Depending on the geometry used, the Gas-Stays will either be exerting an upward or downward pressure on the door.  When geometry is used that creates a downward pressure on the hinges, the door is constantly being pressed down.  There will be no need to realign the door catches for side-to-side locking doors, as the locking pins can get out of alignment with the corresponding holes on the canopy door frame when the geometry is used that creates an upward pressure.

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6. What is the difference between a cab slider and a cab connector?

A cab slider is a sliding window in the cab and in the canopy.  A cab connector is a piece of rubber that connects the cab and the canopy.  A canopy with a cab slider is much easier to install than a canopy with a cab connector.  The cab connector has to be pressed against the cab for water- and dust proofing but that reduces wind noise and dirt collection on the cab window.  If the vehicle travels on a dirt road, the high movement caused by the bumps may cause the cab connector to wear and tear.  A canopy fitted with a cab slider will not have any such problems but the gap between the cab and canopy may cause dirt to collect on the windows.  Driving with an open window will cause a wind noise.

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7. Can steel reinforcements in fibreglass canopies rust?

When stainless steel, bras, aluminium and galvanised steel are used, the steel will not rust.

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8. Does curved rear glass eliminate reflections?

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9. Are canopies able to carry the extra weight of a Roofrack with its contents without extra reinforcement?

Not all canopies can accept a heavy=duty roofrack without re-inforcement.

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10. Are there any deflectors that can actually clear the rear window of the canopy?

There is no deflector or other devise that really can clear the rear window of your canopy.  If there were any such devices, all vehicles would have had the device installed instead of a rear window wiper and washer.

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11. What is the difference between double moulded and double skinned?

Double moulding gives a box-section effect, which implies that each outer mould has an inner mould of the same dimension as the outer mould which is inserted into the outer mould, bonded into the canopy whilst in the mould.

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12. What is the differences in weight between fibreglass and steel canopies?

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13. What type of glass is used for the windows and is it shatterproof?

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