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Old 09-16-2008, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rooftent ?!?

What do you have? what is available?
Please post your folding Roof or trailer mounted tent (or whatever you sleep in lol) ;
pictures, weight, likes, dislikes, price, etc would be great


thanks for any info
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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pardon my ignorance...

Whats the point to a roof tent? Other than getting off the ground, I dont see how it protects you from aggressive animals. They can still climb up the hood??!!??

I certainly would feel safer up there, but is that the main reason?

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There are a few good images in the "Post pics of your expedition rig" thread.

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Old 09-18-2008, 09:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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pardon my ignorance...

Whats the point to a roof tent? Other than getting off the ground, I dont see how it protects you from aggressive animals. They can still climb up the hood??!!??

I certainly would feel safer up there, but is that the main reason?

Thanks

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There are a few good images in the "Post pics of your expedition rig" thread.
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i used to "overland" a lot in Europa and here in the States ... (but after not doing it for more then 10 years i`m now kinda "out of the loop" so i try to gather some information to get back into it )
IMHO one of the things that was always a pain was searching for a flat spot and setting up and taking down camp. even with self-inflating sleeping pad and easy-up tent it is still time consuming (and messy if you add bad weather )
back in the days when i was dreaming about crossing Africa i have seen many interesting rooftents that have a permanent foam mattress and fold up in seconds
i did a little search on the net ...but IMHO nothing is more valuable then first hand experience
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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From what i've heard you will get less creepy-crawlers with the roof-mounted tents. They do set up very quickly as well, as long as you don't have too many additional attachments -- extra rooms etc. at the base.
The better (read more $$$$) are built quite well with both good ventilation for warmer days and nights, as well as thick material for added insulation during cooler days and nights. They tend to use high quality materials, zippers etc. etc etc.

And if you think of warmer times, how much more breeze you'll get flowing through your tent at night if your tent is 6-7 feet off the ground.

I do agree on the aggressive/large animal lack of protection thing though. A bear would still be able to get at you whether you're on top of a roof or not. Just make sure to store your good-smelling food (and toothpaste for that matter) away from where you sleep.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have one of these mounted on my trailer http://www.loftyshelters.com/ They are very well insulated to keep the cold out. I was lucky to buy mine used, but I highly recommend them..
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I have the medium Maggiolina AirLand.
Paid around $2.2K for it last March, but they have gone up a few hundred.







Video of me setting it up showing how easy it is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHd77e7PbIE

Specs:
http://autohomeus.com/rooftop/maggiolinaAirlander.php

A rad video from AutoHome
http://autohomeus.com/video/video2.swf

I have no dislikes about it.
It is well worth the cash to me to have a nice unit.
I ground camped in tents for years, and after sleeping just one night up in the air in this I would never want to go back to sleeping on the ground again.
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yup we have a maggiolina, too. very easy setup, very warm and comfy. hard to do it with kids, so we ground tent now, but RTT's are a very viable option.

oh, and the poster was correct, RTT's are not designed as a defense for predators, its to keep bugs and small venomous critters like snakes/scorpians(the real danger when on safari) away from you. Same idea as a hammock in places like south america to keep away from the the jungle nasty's(lice, leaches, venomous ants, etc).

2nd to this(but no less important) is a simple dry warm place to sleep that easy to setup and takedown when travelling long distances, i.e. across simpson desert, empty quarter, north africa, serengheti(sp?)...etc.
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pardon my ignorance...

Whats the point to a roof tent? Other than getting off the ground, I dont see how it protects you from aggressive animals. They can still climb up the hood??!!??

I certainly would feel safer up there, but is that the main reason?

Thanks

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There are a few good images in the "Post pics of your expedition rig" thread.
It was the South Africans who promoted the RTT as a way of getting up off the ground from animals.
The other reason for having it up there is to save on storage space.

What kind of animals are likely to drag you away in Cali?

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