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jerryd
20th August 2009, 10:51 PM
I have to purchase a rooftop tent/ annexe for a camping trip that's coming up shortly and have a couple of questions......

Has anyone purchased a tent from the company on the gold coast ?? Gordigear ?? If so are they any good / value for money ?? The enclosed pic is one they are selling at the moment for $1500.00

Or would I be better to bid for an "aussie traveller" tent/ annexe that's on ebay at the moment, roughly the same sort of money so far .

Final question is........ is the annexe big enough for two boys 9 + 12 to sleep in ??

shining
21st August 2009, 01:32 PM
Hi Jerryd,

I have always stayed clear of any setup that is attached to the vehicle. Before I bought a trailer I used a centre pole touring tent which folded nicely into a large square bag which went onto the roof racks nicely. I preferred the option of setting up away from the vehicle a little especially if parking areas were logged off as the are in so many places now. This is similar to my model Freedom Camping, The Tent and Camping Specialists (http://www.freedomcamping.com.au/ft.html)

hans
21st August 2009, 01:48 PM
i have just done simpson desert,flinders ranges and i had a aussie traveller roof top tent . couldn,t be happier with it .
stayed dry and warm and its made of real canvas ,a plus
we cooked all our meals in the bottom annex and didn,t have any problems although you did have to move the ladder but no great concern
new price of roof top tent $3000
ebay price????
hope this helps
regards
hans

melissa
3rd September 2009, 06:52 PM
Hi Jerryd,
I purchased a rooftop tent from gordigear ($925 without the annexe) months ago and they had it shipped to Cairns. I couldn't be happier with it. Used it on half a dozen trips ontop of my disco. Rain, wind and crocodiles 20m away :). Camped next to an open sky roof top tent of the same model and honestly couldn't tell the difference, except for the price. Gordigear cost less. I am so happy with mine hope u r 2

Gordigear - Roof Top Tents, Camper Trailers and Car Awnings (http://www.gordigear.com)

jerryd
3rd September 2009, 10:43 PM
I'm hoping to collect the one that's pictured in the next couple of days, I've looked at a few others which cost heaps more and there doesn't seem to be much difference.

I was impressed with the swagman tents, but can't justify that cost for something that will only get used 2 / 3 times a year

Chops
4th September 2009, 01:54 AM
Well,,, I've checked out the web site, they look as good as anything I've seen, and so much cheaper too,, :)
I think I know which brand I'll be getting when I can,, getting sick of the swag,, :(

rangieman
4th September 2009, 05:15 AM
Hi Jerryd,

I have always stayed clear of any setup that is attached to the vehicle. Before I bought a trailer I used a centre pole touring tent which folded nicely into a large square bag which went onto the roof racks nicely. I preferred the option of setting up away from the vehicle a little especially if parking areas were logged off as the are in so many places now. This is similar to my model Freedom Camping, The Tent and Camping Specialists (http://www.freedomcamping.com.au/ft.html)
And when you need to get fire wood or go for a scenic drive you have to pack up your bed and gear to do so :eek:

I use a single pole touring tent :cool:, Not what you wanted to hear , thats my 2 bobs worth:p

flagg
7th September 2009, 10:29 PM
You only have to be stung by a scorpion once to know the benefit of a roof tent..

I spent a year in one going around oz as well as 2 others on various trips (cape etc) and wouldn't want anything else. I'm a fan of the larger full length ones which give you the annex beside the car.

The amount of times I've woken up to minor floods (6 inches, while not a major pain would have been in a ground tent!) stung by scorpions, seen people nearly trampled by boar in the night etc... you just get that peace of mind that you are 2 mts above the ground, and what ever is down there can stay down there..

The argument that you have to pack up each time you move the car is valid, and obviously they don't suite everyone. However it really does take less than a minute to pack one up so it never bothered me at all. Also if you are concerned you can always pack a second smaller tent to use if you need to.. but 99% of the time you wont use it because the roof tent is so easy.

Its also great in the middle of the night then the missus starts with the 'did you hear that noise? There is something down there!!' you can say 'well wake me again if it works out how to climb a ladder'.. as of yet... nothing has :p

101RRS
8th September 2009, 11:59 AM
Calls of nature during the night for us older folk can be a pain with a roof top tent. Falling down the ladder or if too lazy to climb down - piddling over the ladder - yuk:(

Garry

Chops
8th September 2009, 12:14 PM
Calls of nature during the night for us older folk can be a pain with a roof top tent. Falling down the ladder or if too lazy to climb down - piddling over the ladder - yuk:(

Garry

:D

Now what was it my old folks used to say us kids before we went anywhere????
,, "ok,,have you all been to the loo yet?,,no?..Well Go Now!!!,,"

And I find if you dont sleep for too long,, it'll be right,, (doesn't account for when ones really :twobeers: hard but,,:wasntme: )

jerryd
9th September 2009, 09:15 PM
Picked up the tent (as in the pic) earlier today, It's made of heavy canvas and weighs 81kg :eek: But the county tugged it home no problems. I thought it would really affect handling and cruising speeds but it hardly made any difference at all :) I was pleasantly surprised.

Hoping to unpack it and set it up on the weekend

Hoges
9th September 2009, 09:26 PM
Hi Jerryd
the specs mention the weight at about 49kg for the extended model ...interested to understand where the extra 32kg comes from... or might they have changed the specs? did you buy the so-called "utility"tent with it?

jerryd
9th September 2009, 10:30 PM
Hi Hoges,
The tent I purchased is the basecamp model, I think it's now a discontinued line. The annexe is actually part of the main tent and cannot be seperated. I do believe it's slightly larger than their other models that they sell, or at least that's what I've been told.

It's also proper canvas and not the ripstop canvas, which is much lighter I'm told. So maybe this is why it's so heavy. I'll post a couple of pics when I set it up on sunday.At the moment it's sitting on the roofrack all boxed up, so it will be interesting to unwrap it and secure it ;)

CJT
10th September 2009, 07:52 PM
Evening all,

Further to what tent to use, has anyone used two rooftop tents on top of a Discovery?

I want to try and fit my wife, 8 year old, 6 year old and myself.

Also, does anyone know how much weight you could place on the roof of a discovery before you would start causing issues. I was thinking that you would require minimum of four mounting points either side for the rack as a base of the tents.

Cheers,

CJT

SteelNerve
10th September 2009, 09:28 PM
I built my own roof top camper based on the campers you could hire from WA. There is a similar commercial one built by megallan (or something like it) from Italy.
It has a flat bottom with a fibreglass lid over the bed. Hinges at the front and makes a triangle when raised. At the highest point I can stand up (6ft.).
I made the roof rack with a full length gutter brace. I haven't weighed the unit but I'm guessing around 60-70kg. You then add the weight of two adults, (jumping around) you should have as much support for the gutters as you can I feel.
I used to have a 88 Range Rover but now have a 96 TDI Disco, so had to extend the legs of the roofrack. Even with that and the weight of the camper on top of the vehicle, I hardly notice it driving down the road. If I was seriously offroading and getting it on a lean then I might be more nervous but general normal driving and average off road then it is not a problem.

jerryd
13th September 2009, 11:28 PM
I had a play with the roof tent this afternoon, took about 15 mins to set up as I'm a complete novice :eek: Discovered that my homemade rack is seriously too high as you can see in the pics. :(

I 'm quite pleased with it apart from the ladder is not long enough, so I'm going to make an extension piece for it. Looks like I'll have to re think the roofrack too.

All in all quality seems very good, first outing is to Castle Hill so we'll be putting it to the test ;)

SteelNerve
14th September 2009, 01:20 PM
Here are a couple of photo's of my homemade camper.
I had to make the roof rack legs high enough to clear the roof bars, this gave me enough space to slot the ladder in between the car roof and the camper.
The only down side to the long legs is the flexing I am getting, I can feel the roof rack rock a little as I'm driving down the road with my hand on one of the legs. So I am going to have to do more bracing to make it ridged.

Because of the stepped roof line I have a considerable gap in the front. Not sure yet if I will fill it in with something but it doesn't seem to make much difference driving down the road unless your pushing gale force winds, but then you'll have a battle just the same without the camper on.

And no the camper doesn't rock bad in the wind, the stability of the vehicle hold's it quite steady. It is 6ft at it's peak so that I can stand up inside.https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2009/09/993.jpghttps://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2009/09/994.jpg

Chops
29th October 2009, 12:36 AM
I had a play with the roof tent this afternoon, took about 15 mins to set up as I'm a complete novice :eek: Discovered that my homemade rack is seriously too high as you can see in the pics. :(

I 'm quite pleased with it apart from the ladder is not long enough, so I'm going to make an extension piece for it. Looks like I'll have to re think the roofrack too.

All in all quality seems very good, first outing is to Castle Hill so we'll be putting it to the test ;)

So jerryd,,,,, how'd the new tent go,, the girls said we need one, so Im frantically researching before she changes her mind,,,:D

jerryd
30th October 2009, 01:00 AM
So jerryd,,,,, how'd the new tent go,, the girls said we need one, so Im frantically researching before she changes her mind,,,:D

Hi Chops,
We've been away twice now and used the roof tent, Castle Hill was not a good experience as it was so cold :eek: and windy. But we've just spent a long weekend at Neurum Creek and thoroughly enjoyed it. The tent works fine and seems reasonable quality for the money :) The ladder is the only thing that lets it down as it has round rungs which are not too kind on your feet, but I'm going to fit some timber treads to it.

If I was to whinge about anything else about it, it would be that as the annexe is sewn in to the tent it's impossible to do a quick "pack up and go" as it takes about twenty minutes and is a bit tricky in the wind :D The mattress could be better too but now I'm being a "whinging pom" ;)

Overall I'm very pleased with it, the tent part is big enough for my two lads to sleep in and I also like the awnings over the windows which give a bit of shelter from the elements.

101RRS
30th October 2009, 08:57 AM
So how do you manage night calls of nature with the annex and having to climb down each time rather than just opening the door and watering the grass :D.

I am also considering a roof top tent - and night time calls of nature are important to us older people - especially after a few shurberts before going to bed.

Garry

TerryO
30th October 2009, 02:31 PM
Broken hips from falling down ladders half tankerd are also a major concern for the oldies... :wasntme:


cheers,
Terry