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Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

Okay I think I have narrowed it down to two types. Can someone chime in that owns both and let me know the Pro's and Con's of both. Also, what rack they have on their FJ to support these RTT's.

Pictures would be appreciated if possible as well.

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Re: Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

I had a Columbus and loved it. Easiest tent to setup I ever had.
I will also say that everyone I know with the Mag loves it and won't change.
If you want more advice go over to expeditionportal.com and check out the forums, lots of RTT owners there.

I have seen 1 technitop and I liked it, of course being ontop of a Defender 110 helped Looked like a nice tent.

It is hard to give advice without knowing more of what you are looking for.
The mag line is great for fast setup & take down but you don't feel like you have as much room as a regular RTT. Depends on what your needs are.

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Re: Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

Maggiolina AirLand owner here.

As mentioned, ease of setup.
I also like the hard top tents.
Plus no folding in half like the soft ones, all my bedding it setup as soon as I crank it.

I can think of nothing negative about these.
Here is a setup video I shot yesteryear.

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Re: Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

I had my Technitop up for all of spring, but just got a M100 for it to trail behind. I had several nights in it. The Overland Journal update review was pretty accurate. It wasn't the weight so much as the desire to have my wife come with me (deathly afraid of a midnight walk way up there). I bolted on a flat surface to the back of my Gobi rack.

Nothing like warming the hot chocolate from my bed while watching the sun come up!
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Re: Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

The hard tops are awesome, if they made one with a roof rack on top of it, instead of under it, I'd buy one in a second.

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The hard tops are awesome, if they made one with a roof rack on top of it, instead of under it, I'd buy one in a second.
They do.
It is on the Italian site, I am not sure if US shipper Welcome to AutoHomeUSA - Suppliers of Roof Top Tent Campers for SUVs, vans, trucks, or cars can get that one, but you could ask.
Mike is his name that mans the US import side for these Italian tents.

Here are the roof racks.
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All the Maggiolina models including the Airland I have.
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The Extreme model has the roof rack option.
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The Grand Tour model here shows crossbars on top too.
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But yeah, talk to Mike at the Nevada store where these are imported into to see if he can get the other models too with the roof rack option.

I could probably add the kit to mine too, but I would not add it as long as the tent is still mounted up high like it is on my stock rack.
That will be remedied later when I have a new rack that sits lower.

You might check the vid in my sig too to see if any of the ones in the video have racks on top.
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Re: Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

PS, there is a cool news option coming soon for the Maggiolina models.
Currently they have a Verandah on the Italian site.
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If you scroll down to the bottom you will also see an awning that attaches to the roof line of the tent.

I bought one awhile back, but have not set it up yet.
However I will not be using it, as a new enclosed privacy tent will soon be landing here in the US.

This one attaches to the loops at the top of either side on top of the doors.
I will be using it to enclose my ladder and protect the entry way to the tent in case of a downpour.
Here is some info from Mike in a thread over at Expo.
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The new Changing Room is available in standard height (shown in the photo) and in 4X4 tall.

Standard is for vehicles from 155 cm (61 in.) to 170 cm (66.9) in height, including the roof rack.

4X4 is for vehicles from 185 cm (72.8 in.) to 200 cm (117.7 in.) in height, including the roof rack.

Here is a clip from the Spec sheet.

Yes, I have one on order.
This is pretty cool, as you can use it for a shower, crapper, or dressing room.
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Re: Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

My sister has the Maggiolina on her Forester.
I've seen it for myself and have to say it's absolutely awesome. I'm sure there are other good other ones out there, but this thing is incredible. I'd buy a Maggiolina over anything else in a heartbeat if I actually needed one...lol.


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Re: Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

Cool, would dig seeing some pictures of it.

Oh buy the way, elephants love Technitop roof top tents.
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Re: Technitop vs Maggiolina RTT

Corey,

Do you want to sell your awning for the tent? I can use it for mine.
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