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I'm looking into buying a roof-top tent, and wanted to share my research with ya'll.
This is a work in progress, so please let me know if there are any changes or updates I need to make.


ARB Simpson II
$1329.00
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Dimensions
Size closed...........55"x47"x15"
Size open.............55"x94"x52" (35.9 sq.ft.)
Weight................133 lbs.

Other Features
2.5" foam mattress included
optional zip-on awning

Roof-Top-Tents Expedition Series
$825.00
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Dimensions
Size closed...........47"x55"x12"
Size open.............94"x55" (35.9 sq.ft.)
Weight................120 lbs.

Other Features
2.5" Foam Mattress
Optional Changing or Shower Room

Oasis II Roof-Top-Tent
$995.00
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Dimensions
Size closed...........61"x46"x8"
Size open.............85"x58"x57" (34.2 sq.ft.)
Weight................39 lbs.

Other Features
Lightweight, Easily Removed
Low Wind Resistance

Eezi-Awn Series 3
1200 series.....$1650.00
1400 series.....$1750.00
1600 series.....$1850.00
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Dimensions
1200 Series
Size closed...........48"x48"x11"
Size open.............48"x96"x51" (32 sq.ft.)
Weight................110 lbs.
1400 Series
Size closed...........54"x48"x11"
Size open.............56"x96"x51" (37.3 sq.ft.)
Weight................121 lbs.
1600 Series
Size closed...........48"x57"x11"
Size open.............96"x64"x51" (42.6 sq.ft.)
Weight................110 lbs.

Other Features
Durable
Spacious

AutoHome Maggiolina Extreme
$2699.00
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Dimensions
Size closed...........51"x83"x13"
Size open.............51"x83"x35" (29.4 sq.ft.)
Weight................136 lbs.

Other Features
Low Wind Resistance
Allows Storage on top of tent
Easy Open

AutoHome Maggiolina AirLand Medium
$2699.00
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Dimensions
Size closed...........57"x83"x12"
Size open.............57x83"x36" (32.8 sq.ft.)
Weight................ 128 lbs.

Other Features
Small and Large Available

AutoHome Columbus Variant Medium
$2699.00
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Dimensions
Size closed...........57"x83"x12"
Size open.............57"x83"x59" (32.8 sq.ft.)
Weight................108 lbs.

Other Features
Storage for gear
Opens Almost Instantly
Small and Large Available
Low Wind Resistance

AutoHome OverZone Medium
$2499.00
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Dimensions
Size closed...........44"x63"x11.5"
Size open.............63"x115"x49" (50.3 sq.ft.)
Weight................117 lbs.

Other Features
Available Awning and Shower Curtain
Spacious
Small Available

AutoHome OverLand Medium
$2099.00
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Dimensions
Size closed...........63"x43"x12"
Size open.............63"x87"x49" (38 sq.ft.)
Weight................108 lbs.

Other Features
Small and Large Available

Camping Lab Roof Top Tent
$800
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Dimensions
Size closed...........50"x57"x12"
Size open.............94"x55"x47" (35.9 sq.ft.)
Weight................~100 lbs.

Other Features
3" Foam Mattress
 

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Based on my research, I really like the Roof-Top-Tents Expedition Series Tent
It is almost identical to the ARB and Eezi tents, for hundreds of dollars less.
 

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I am more than happy to sleep on the ground in a sleeping bag. With or with out a tent. Why not throw a 12" thick blow up mattress up there and call it good. Mattress = less than a $100. Roof top tent = $800-1500. Juzt my 0.02:wave:
 

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Doo not buy the ARB. It is a rip off. But, i freakin LOVE IT!



Buy CAMPING LABS!

They are the exact same tent, material, mattress, design (kind of.. just a little different).


Most of these tents are all made by the same manufacturer.


ARB
Camping Labs
Mombasa car top tent
Open Sky Rooftop Tents
Eazy awn



 

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I am more than happy to sleep on the ground in a sleeping bag. With or with out a tent. Why not throw a 12" thick blow up mattress up there and call it good. Mattress = less than a $100. Roof top tent = $800-1500. Juzt my 0.02:wave:
I have no problem sleeping outside, in fact, I've built my own shelters many times. I just saw a need in the forum and tried to fill it.

If I run out of other things to add to my FJ, It would be nice to have one of these.
 

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Nice job on the reviews :cheers:
 

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Nice!! I stated a while back that if someone created a Maggiolina style hard shell popup with a low profile roof rack on top of it I would buy it in a heartbeat. Most the RTT's take up too much roof room. As it is the only one I have seriously been considering is the oasis II as it is more lightweight and not a permanenet mount. It can be thrown on and taken off after a trip with minimal effort and still leaves more usable rack space than the other options.
 

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This is the one I've been looking at. The wife likes it as well:clap: Thanks for the list.
And it is only eight more lbs. than my medium AirLand.
Mine weighs in at 128 lb.



 

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RTT Specific Roof Racks:

ARB Touring Rack

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BajaRack (i think.. is it out yet?)



The biggest issue for me with my RTT is removal and mounting. The ARB rack i have is low and close to the roof line in the middle... which sucks (but a bonus.. lower profile)! The rack is so close to roofline, that it is almost impossible to bolt down the RTT. For removal/mounting i have to tape to wrenches together and turn an 1/8 of a turn everytime, or have someone with girly hands do it.
 

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The Bajarack RTT version is currently shipping, we have made some modifications to the original design to be compatible with Eezi-Awn Series 3 1200 series, Camping Lab, ARB, Mombasa car top tent and soon AutoHome Maggiolina.
The EXPEdition (RTT) measurements are 48" wide x 84" long, flat area is 48" wide x 58.25" long. The mounting brackets for the FJ allow easy access for a guys hand to tighten all 6 mounts:
The price for this rack is $565.00 plus shipping (approximately $110)
Current accessories for this rack are: Light tabs (4 per box), Light cage for larger (up to 9” diameter) lights as seen on this picture:




 

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Awesome thread!!!!:rocker:

Camping Lab FTW!!!!:cheers:
 
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