Rooftop tent recommendations/experiences?

Submitted: Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 09:27
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Hi I'm new here, and very new to the camper trailer thing...we are looking for something we can add on to our tradie trailer that we have already that isn't being used for anything at the moment. We are a family of 2 adults, 2 young kids and are really only looking at weekend getaways, 3/4 nights max. Has anyone got any experience with the Serenity Campers Rooftop Tent? A few friends have said we will want more rooms/space, we were thinking if necessary we could purchase a separate shade/annex thing....any help/tips/recommendations would be very much appreciated :)
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 10:33

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 10:33
Try typing 'roof top' in the forum search ... plently of threads have asked this question.

Good one recently ...

thread 109648
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 14:14

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 14:14
I have the same setup and experience as Freshstart. I have had slept in mine over 800 times over the the last seven years and apart from being a bit faded and the odd replacement cover it is just as water/wind proof as the day I brought it. Hannibals can be brought from 1.4 metres up to 2 metres wide which is just huge.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 14:19

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 14:19
What you plan is not new refer to this http://www.drifta.com.au/offroad-tourer/

Drifta use a modified Hannibal but the standard model is just as good.
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Reply By: Freshstart - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 13:28

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 13:28
I an't talk about the Serenity Campers Rooftop Tent but with your indulgence I will tell you about ours.

We have the 1.6 meter wide Hannibal tourer tent with full annex. It's mounted to the rear of the 100 series so that when we open it and use the annex we can also use the rear of the car as a "kitchen" with the tailgate as the kitchen bench/table. The tent itself opens up to a 1.6 x 2.4 bed with enough room for us plus a couple of the grandkids. The annex is also large enough to sleep one or two others on a stretcher on the floor of the annex. We take a fold up ensuite with a portable toilet when facilities aren't available.

The only issue I have with roof top tents is that you can't set up camp and go for a drive. It has a habit of "coming along". When this happens to us we set up a cheap tent and leave it where we are so that the camp is still occupied and "set up" when we come back. Been no issues as yet. However if you are going to use your trailer this is not an issue.

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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 16:02

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 16:02
Amy,
We had an Aussie Traveller RTT for a number of years on our LC100 and found it great. It has plenty of room 'downstairs' if the weather turns bad to sit, cook and eat. We only sold it when because of age and joint issues we found the up and down aspect becoming an issue, especially in the middle of the night. The ladder is solid and good to climb. The cover is big enough so that all your bedding and the ladder can stay there when you fold it up. Many are too tight and it makes the convenience far less if you can't leave everything there.

Make sure you see one unpacked and put away. Several of the cheaper ones we saw were not easy to do despite the sales people saying they were.

We had the smaller tent part but there is a bigger 'downstairs' version which may be good with kids.

We had ours mounted so that it came out to the passenger side and had a separate awning across the back so we could have cover over the back whilst preparing meals etc. Ours had a zip flap so you could access through the rear side door from inside which was useful in bad weather.

There are many options so check them out carefully before buying. My feeling is that some of the cheapies have very light grade canvas and zips and may not stand up to robust use with children.


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Follow Up By: Amy E - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 16:39

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 16:39
Thank you Alastair that is very helpful info. It is all so overwhelming and when you are looking at so many they all blur in to one! I will have a good look at the Aussie Travellers :) Thanks!
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 22:35

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 22:35
Hi Amy,

As Scott M mentioned about thread 109648, we made comment about our Aussie Traveller RTT being added to out trailer. It works for us ;-)
Can't post a photo of it here because we are not members.

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.
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