Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23

Thread: Roof Top Tents - Any Tips

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    200

    Roof Top Tents - Any Tips

    Hi All,

    I'm looking at buying a second hand roof top tent for my Puma. I have a Rhino full length Pioneer Rack I hope to be able to mount it on so when I take the tent off when not in use (or if I sell it) I don't need to make any mods. It's for my wife and I (no kids) so a mega awning isn't important but would be nice. Budget is on a case by case basis. We will potentially be camping in winter in Vic and Tassie but more occurrences in summer.

    Any tips?
    2013 Puma: Pretty Factory with ARB Bar, IPF Spotties & Wiring Ugrade, Mulgo Seat Sliders, ExBox, Rhino Rack Tradies Roof Rack

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Brisbane, Inner East.
    Posts
    10,005
    Don't go to bed ****ed and get up for a leak and forget you are up on the roof.
    URSUSMAJOR

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    8,132
    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbjorn View Post
    Don't go to bed ****ed and get up for a leak and forget you are up on the roof.
    Yes one of the downfalls,also don't go through the Macdonalds drive through,some have low clearance.......

    We have one,its great,and very warm in the cold weather,just got back from a long cold trip in NSW.

    And super cool in summer.

    I can also fit the foxwing on the rails as well,but we didn't use it much on the last trip.It didn't rain,and wasn't that sunny so didn't need it for shade.

    Mine sits on Rhino roof rails,and its slim enough to lift up above the car,in the carport, when not in use.

    We didn't want a van because it restricts where you can go,in fact on the last trip,almost every place we stayed,couldn't be accessed with even a small van in tow.The RTT gives you a lot more freedom.

    Ours takes 10 seconds its up,60 seconds its down,with the bedding all ready to go.

    Good luck with your choice,its the old story with price,you only get what you pay for.
    paul

    D4 MY12 white,2.7(with a few more killer wasps) rear air,e diff,xenons,arb bar,7 seat ,18" bfg KO2

    2009 Defender 110 (son's)ARB
    bar,snorkle,rocksliders,rack,KM2's,BAS chip, always needs a wash

    '56 S1,been in the family since...'56

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Brisbane, Queensland
    Posts
    5,108
    We had this set up for a Simpson Desert trip. It worked well.

    L322 tdv8 poverty pack - wow
    Perentie 110 wagon ARN 49-107 (probably selling) turbo, p/steer, RFSV front axle/trutrack, HF, gullwing windows, double jerrys etc.
    Perentie 110 wagon ARN 48-699 another project
    Track Trailer ARN 200-117
    REMLR # 137

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Logan
    Posts
    19,486
    Make sure the floor is strong enough for the likely weight. I know someone who had to strengthen a floor after it cracked.
    Think about what to do if the tent gets wet. Does it have a good fly? Will wet canvas land on the bed?
    Consider the quality of canvas. Is it good enough?
    Will the thing flap like crazy in a high wind?
    2009 Defender 110 2.4. ARB bulbar, Ironman winch, Safari snorkel, Steinbauer chip, AP HD clutch, Lightforce spots, larger tank, Off Road Systems drawer, Traxide 160 controller, Tekonsha brakes, Mulgo seat runners, Uniden UHF, Nuggetstuff seat corners, breathers, Polaris GPS.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    114
    Quote Originally Posted by scarry View Post

    Ours takes 10 seconds its up,60 seconds its down,with the bedding all ready to go.

    .
    Am curious to know what set up you have...at a guess given the set up pack times itís a hard shell??

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    114
    Our one and only RTT was a secondhand Aussie Traveller full length type I.e. donít fold in half. Yes it takes up all you roof rack space but we could easily keep a doona, four pillows, ladder and solar panels in it when packed up, the bonus was a much bigger under cover area and/or room. We swapped this between the defender and camper trailer. Now sold.

    If I had to buy again Iíd buy a hard shell with 270 degree self supporting awning.....although we are really liking our Expedition Centre Mulgo Poptop

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    8,132
    Quote Originally Posted by W&KO View Post
    Am curious to know what set up you have...at a guess given the set up pack times itís a hard shell??
    Yes sure is.
    paul

    D4 MY12 white,2.7(with a few more killer wasps) rear air,e diff,xenons,arb bar,7 seat ,18" bfg KO2

    2009 Defender 110 (son's)ARB
    bar,snorkle,rocksliders,rack,KM2's,BAS chip, always needs a wash

    '56 S1,been in the family since...'56

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Eltham, Victoria
    Posts
    179
    I love my RTT,

    Pros: - minimal setup time
    - Doona, 4 pillows, electric blanket with underlay all ready to go
    - no thinking required when packing car to go.. just need food and job done

    Cons: - The Whole roof area is gone
    - Fuel Drag

    Sometimes I think would a Soft RTT be better as i get a bit of my roof back Or a Swag on a stretcher under an awning.

    ps
    Yes its a heater and no I don't normally have it in the RTT. I was experiementing with the windows down to see how well it would warm up...

    20190608_172637.jpg20190607_073649 (1).jpg
    Lee

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    All New Discovery (2017) HSE Lux

  10. #10
    p38arover's Avatar
    p38arover is offline Major Part of the Heart and Soul of AULRO Gold Subscriber
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Western Sydney
    Posts
    27,179
    What about max roof loading? The Defender owners handbook says:

    The MAXIMUM roof rack load is 150 kg.
    A tent, roof rack, and me would exceed that.

    For my L322, the handbook says:

    The MAXIMUM load for approved roof rack systems is 100 kg for normal road
    use and 50 kg off-road. The above weights include the mass of the roof rack system.
    Is the Defender also downrated for off-road use?
    Ron B.
    VK2OTC

    2004 L322 Range Rover Vogue 4.4 V8 Auto
    2007 Yamaha XJR1300
    Previous: 1983, 1986 RRC; 1995, 1996 P38A; 1995 Disco1; 1984 V8 County 110; Series IIA



    RIP Bucko - Riding on Forever

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Search AULRO.com ONLY!
Search All the Web!