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Fishy 02-11-2013 03:07 PM

Rooftop Tent help
 
As per Nakmans pledge of using this forum instead of MUD as the first place to go for help/advice......here I am.

It's time for a RTT for me. We've got a lot planned this year and I'd like a RTT for my travels and for when I've got Keagan with me. I've been 2 days searching the websites and Youtube looking at all the different models. I was naive to think that there were only one or two companies. There's like 50 companies with 20 different models each. I'm not looking for you to say "buy this or that", but rather what features you like/dislike about yours or ones you've seen. I've got 5 or 6 trips planned so far this year, and we'll do a few local overnighters. I figure I'll use the tent +/-20 times a year.

We'll probably get a popup sometime in the future as the girls get older, but for now a RTT is at the top of the list.

I guess I'm not really sure what to look for in features/materials. And, I don't want to spend $2500, so Eezi-Awn and hard tops are out.

treerootCO 02-11-2013 03:17 PM

Find one that you can mount and un-mount by yourself. That should rule out most of 'em ;)

Fishy 02-11-2013 03:33 PM

I thought this was a pretty decent idea.

Jenny Cruiser 02-11-2013 03:44 PM

They pop up all the time. Just keep an eye on craigslist and you'll pick one up before long. Most people who bought them here rarely used them and have largely resold them for more than what they originally had in them. :rolleyes:

bgoodheart 02-11-2013 03:46 PM

Check the members forum Fishy (not sure how to link to it here), I got the gents at Tepui Tents to commit to a RS discount on their tents. From what I've seen of them, they are a pretty decent line of tents, and the discount is substantial.

BJ

DaveInDenver 02-11-2013 03:47 PM

I like the ones where you can stand up inside.

bgoodheart 02-11-2013 03:50 PM

Found it:

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/foru...ighlight=tepui

Caribou Sandstorm 02-11-2013 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by treerootCO (Post 226859)
Find one that you can mount and un-mount by yourself. That should rule out most of 'em ;)

Is there such a thing???

I have Camping lab which I think comes from the same manufacturer that makes Mombasa RTTs . Christo probably knows a ton about RTTs, I think many are made in South Africa.

Fernando is the owner of Camping Lab and is based out of Florida. He is a good guy and is from South Africa.

Mine has the plastic base vs marine grade plywood like EZ awn. I would agree EzAwn are probably best quality but I have had mine since 2009 and it has held up very well. I keep it in the garage and only install when I am going to use it. So I am happy with my $850.00 purchase.

Wife helps me lift it on the truck. Takes 20 mins to tighten.

The kids love the sleeping pad and it is actually warmer then a standard tent, I guess the canvas is heavier duty. I took the rain fly off, cause when it is windy, it is noisy.. The canvas is water resistant and never has leaked.

I have the smaller size of the Camping Lab. If I had to do it all over again, I might buy the bigger size. As it is now, wife and 2 kids fit well up there but I sleep in the truck. Not much different than at home..:D

If I could pic a favorite RTT and money was no bother, it would be the style Iggy has. Light weight and more arrow dynamic but those are like 3k.

Finally I would say buy one used. I bet it would have less than 10 uses, if you could find one slightly used. Then you could save bundles....

Fishy 02-11-2013 04:32 PM

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I have the smaller size of the Camping Lab. If I had to do it all over again, I might buy the bigger size. As it is now, wife and 2 kids fit well up there but I sleep in the truck. Not much different than at home..:D

If I could pic a favorite RTT and money was no bother, it would be the style Iggy has. Light weight and more arrow dynamic but those are like 3k.

Finally I would say buy one used. I bet it would have less than 10 uses, if you could find one slightly used. Then you could save bundles....

I'm almost getting talked out of a RTT here. I did sleep in my truck a bunch last year. I just used a tarp over the tailgate and bungee'd it to the truck. Worked great, the kids loved it. We stayed warm, dry and cozy.

nakman 02-11-2013 04:39 PM

I like the ones where the ladder is completely outside the footprint of the tent as opposed to underneath the tent and protected by it . Just seems to me like a waste of "tent space" up top for the ladder, and a waste of sheltered space down below. Twice I've sought refuge under a RTT during adverse weather (horizontal rain/snow awfulness) and it was kinda neat, being inside those changing room walls. But never so bad that I couldn't have made it up the stairs to go to bed.

Have you read that article that Kurt Williams wrote on these? I thought he did a great job explaining the +'s and -'s of RTT's in general, and some of the key differences. Pretty sure it's on Expo, maybe his site as well... lmk if you want help finding it.


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