James Baroud RTT - real world experiences

Submitted: Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 21:33
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Hi,

Hoping that there are some owners of these that can answer a few questions and share any feedback.

Can you store the ladder inside the RTT whilst travelling ?

Is there enough room in the RTT to leave bedding inside whilst travelling?

Would it be easy for SWMBO to open/close it?

Is it really as aerodynamic as they claim it is?

Any other good / bad comments?

These are seriously expensive compared to the canvas type, are they worth the extra $ for the advertised convenience ?

Thanks
Phil P
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 22:32

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 22:32
Using Mnemonics and Acronyms is confusing - what the heck is a RTT?
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 22:41

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 22:41
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Reply By: sweetwill - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 06:09

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 06:09
Hello Phil P.
My roof top tent is a heavy canvas one " Dingo doza", it opens out over the back
and it isn't heavy to open,or close but there is a knack to it, Also the ladder slides on top of the base when it is folded away As for the mattress and pillows and doona they stay inside when folded it then has a canvas cover over it "dust proof" Cheers Bill.
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Reply By: lkyphl - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 16:31

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 16:31
Phil,

a mate has one, and he reckons one "downside" is the fact that if you leave the bedding in the unit, it limits the maximum thickness of the mattress you can use, which is thinner than he and wife would like.

He has no other complaints with it,

(another) Phil P
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 18:20

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 18:20
Thanks, they are so expensive want to ensure I have all the facts before I commit to purchasing one.
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Reply By: stamps - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 18:54

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 18:54
Q1 yes
Q2 yes
Q3 yes the tent also has a stowage area on the roof so with a little load on it makes it easier to close.
Q4 yes
very happy with mine great quality and comfy.

cheers
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 21:04

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 21:04
Thanks for the info.

I noticed that the. RTT appears to be wider that the vehicle. Any issues with that?

Thanks
Phil P
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Follow Up By: stamps - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 23:19

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 23:19
No real issue still need to be careful on tight narrow tracks. My tent is the larger of the lot (like a bit of room when I sleep)

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Reply By: shakey88 - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 21:14

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 21:14
I can't argue that they are expensive, but the quality and design is very good. If you have seen any of the print ads for them, then chances are that you have seen mine. I have no relationship with the company but happily allowed them to use some of my images which shows my confidence in the product. It has been from one side of the country to the other and survived plenty of rough tracks and endless corrugations. I've slept in it during howling winds and rainy nights, all drama free. I researched as many brands as I could before making the decision, because it was substantially more expensive that some of the other options and I'm am sure I made the right decision.
If I had to make one criticism, it would be that the ESpace model I have can be a little hard to close because the struts are very strong, but mostly because it was on top of a lifted 100 series and now a lifted 200, so it's a long way up. As mentioned in an earlier post, a little load on top would fix it.

So to answer your questions:

Yes. Easily
Yes. Heaps of room.
Opening, easy. Closing, a little hard. (Espace model) w people make it easy.
Aerodynamics are very good and it is a reasonable weight too.

It's one of the best purchases I have made. No question.

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Follow Up By: Phil P - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 22:36

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 22:36
Thanks for your feedback.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 21:22

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 21:22
I have an Airlander by Magnolina, it's similar to the JB being a hard shell RTT system, Italian made mounted on top of my off-road trailer.
Had it for around 5 years now and it's brilliant.
We keep the bed made, it closes with no issue and takes 60 seconds to wind up and your home.

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Follow Up By: Phil P - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 22:39

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 22:39
I had a look at these, they actually have a small size that would probably fit on my vehicle better (Hilux), I was a bit worried about losing the crank handle.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 22:48

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 22:48
Buy or make a spare :)

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Follow Up By: KevinE - Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 09:23

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 09:23
I recently saw a set up like yours & am very impressed with how user friendly it is! It also seems to be much lighter to tow than a conventional CT, while retaining a large storage area.





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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 19:37

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 19:37
Yeah its been a great set up, very happy with it after 50,000kms of travel.



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Follow Up By: Phil P - Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 22:53

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Very impressive setup.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 23:13

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 23:13
Thanks Phil, it was something I gave quite a bit of thought towards.
I didn't want to spend $40K on a camper but wanted something that could be setup in no time at all after a long day on the road and literally crawl into bed.
Also wanted to be able to carry an additional 120 litres of diesel for those long outback trips. It holds 4 Jerry's external and has mounting for 2 internal.
Two 65 litre water tanks underneath, stainless steel kitchen to keep the cook happy.
Cost was less than $15K at the time, $4,500- of that was the RTT & $1,200- for the BFG Muddies.
It would probably cost a little more today but not much.

It's been everywhere, CSR, Simpson etc and it's off on another 6 week trip come July across the Anne Beadell and a heap of other Beadell & desert tracks.
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 23:34

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I'm in the process of setting up a new Hilux as a tourer, my biggest headache is the tent. I'm past the days of sleeping on the ground and trying to lift out 15+ KG's of canvas tent at the end of the day.

Is the "Cook" happy to climb in and out of the RTT?

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 00:06

Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 00:06
Yeah she loves it, she is a very easy going we use a swag for our Vic High Country travels and she loves that also.

He biggest whinge is we don't get out bush often enough :)

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 00:08

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That should read "Her" not He......Doh!! :)

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