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Roof top tents

Posted 01-14-2009 at 05:33 AM by Corey
Updated 01-14-2009 at 05:37 AM by Corey

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I am into roof top tents, me thinks they are a very cool way to set up a rig for camping and expedition use.

I have pics of my setup in my buildup thread in my sig file, and also my camping pics from Mt. Rainier from August of 2008.

I will include a few pictures here and links to my model.









Autohome site in Italy
http://www.autohome.it/file_gb/magg_airlander.html

Autohomes site in the USA
http://autohomeus.com/rooftop/maggiolinaAirlander.php

A very rad Flash video showing Autohomes hardshell and soft top tents in action
http://autohomeus.com/video/video2.swf

Link to a thread here on tents.
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    Here are some brands of roof top tents in alphabetical order

    I will add more to this list if I run across more brands which I am sure I have seen, I just can not remember all the brands out there.

    ARB
    http://www.arbusa.com/Products/Touri...-Tents/43.aspx

    AutoHome (the brand I have, they make both hard tops and soft top tents)
    http://autohomeus.com/

    Camping Lab
    http://campinglab.com/

    Eezi Awn
    http://www.eeziawn.co.za/rooftents.html
    Ezi Awn Roof Tent Demo Video
    http://www.overlandjourney.tv/compon...ectlink&id=116

    Hannibal
    http://www.hannibal.co.za/

    Howling Moon
    http://www.howlingmoon.co.za/RoofDeluxe.html

    Mombasa
    http://www.mombasaoutdoors.com/

    Racktents
    http://www.racktents.com/Tents.html

    Technitop
    http://www.technitop.co.za/

    And last but not least, a home made one

    As you can see, there are many brands out there as there are price variances.
    Pick the style you like and the type of environment you will encounter.
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    Posted 01-25-2009 at 01:00 PM by Corey Corey is offline
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    Roof top tent bedding

    Even though this info is on my website and probably my buildup thread, I have been asked to include it here too so the info is available.

    The nice thing about roof top tents is you can leave the bedding in it full time.
    Some use sleeping bags, however after researching online when I bought my tent, I found out that many use sheets and comforters much like they do at home.

    With my medium size Maggiolina AirLand tent, full size sheets fit the mattress to a T.

    For a comforter I went with a nice winter weight down one sized in a twin.

    I bought the comforter for the tent but used it on my bed at home before I had a chance to put it in the tent.
    I liked the comforter so much I ordered another one for my bed at home in a queen.

    The company I bought the comforter from makes them slightly larger than a standard one, so there is extra length to it which is fine.
    Gives you more to double up at the top or bottom if you want to.

    Here are the links to the flannel sheets I bought and the down comforter.

    Pinzon 160 Gram Yarn-Dyed Flannel Sheet Set
    Very high quality, you will think you are at home in your bed and not camping.

    Twin size down comforter from The Company Store - Ultra Warmth weight with 35 oz. of goose down
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    Posted 01-25-2009 at 01:01 PM by Corey Corey is offline
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    Super sweet idea. Will one of these fit on my GR roof rack?
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    Posted 04-28-2009 at 03:24 AM by usnpsranger usnpsranger is offline
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    It looks like it might.



    However it will be up kind of high like mine with the factory rack.
    Hopefully next year I will have a new rack to lower mine down substantially.

    As long as an aftermarket rack though has built in or aftermarket crossbars that go width wise of the rig, this will allow the tents bottom to mate to it.
    Here is how they mount.
    http://autohomeus.com/details/install_magggolina.php
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    Posted 04-28-2009 at 05:04 AM by Corey Corey is offline
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    Nice! thanks for the photos..
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    Posted 10-28-2009 at 11:59 PM by FJ Hank FJ Hank is offline
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    That is so sweet! I see they even have your FJ featured on their website.

    Nice Rig!
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    Posted 12-08-2011 at 08:30 PM by Zombinator Zombinator is offline
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    Thats very nice!!!
    Can the manufacture put an A/C boot on it for us southern guys?
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    Posted 08-07-2015 at 10:52 PM by TactilTex TactilTex is offline
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    They cannot, but some guy's actually do put a portable air-con unit into their roof top tents in very hot climates.
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    Posted 08-08-2015 at 06:19 AM by Corey Corey is offline
 
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