Question for Roof Top Tent users

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 22:53
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Hi all,

I'm currently using an ARB RTT and it is really working well. Survived a night of nearly 50mm of rain and another night of the strongest winds I have ever experienced. There is 1 really annoying thing, when I open it up, the mattress cover gets jammed in between the join in the floor. The mattress cover has got stretched and is quite lose. Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this and have found a work around?

I'm about to ditch the mattress cover.

Thanks in advance.

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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 23:01

Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 23:01
Maybe you could glue or staple a strip of canvas across the floor join.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 23:24

Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 at 23:24
I sikaflexed a piece of thin marine type carpet to one side of the roof top tent floor. The other side I have left unglued.

When I fold it up it moves and the mattress is always behind it. When I set it up, it slides back under the mattress.

The good thing is it also adds another layer of insulation.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 09:58

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 09:58
This may seem like a silly question but which end is glued? Is it the section on the opening or top half or the bottom or fixed half.

Re carpet size: The width is the same as the mattress but how long did you make the "folding" or shorter side.

I like this idea.

Doing it on your own, you need long arms and a stick to push the mattress back in, and just as it gets to the heaviest part of opening or setting up.

Good one Anthony.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 10:47

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 10:47
Hi Phil

The carpet is cut to fit the entire floor. I have sikaflexed the carpet onto the folding section of the RTT. You don't need to glue the entire section, I have just done a strip about 100mm wide along the joining edge - in case it didn't work I could remove it.

It was inititially done for the insulation properties, it just happened to also solve the same problem Shaker has.

The secret is to get a carpet that does not have rubber backing - otherwise it doesn't slide easily. Sometimes it will buckle the mattress (it gets caught on my fitted sheets) at the door when it opens but it isn't really an issue as I sort it out when I climb in. The mattress will slide easily over the carpet surface.

Hope this answers your question

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 10:54

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 10:54
I believe that I know the material that you are referring to. Clark rubber has oodles of it.

Helpful having the insulation "side effect" as well.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 11:04

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 11:04
Sounds like your onto it - not sure what it was called but the one I got has a rubber backed and non rubber backed version.

It looks the same as the carpet they cover draw systems in. Black, grey and white flecks. 2 m wide and about $49 bucks a metre.

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 11:20

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 11:20
Bunnings sell that carpet as well
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 11:24

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 11:24
Same as the material glued to the top of the drawers.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 09:10

Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 09:10
Hi Anthony

Is this it? Charcoal Flat Marine Carpet

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 09:42

Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 09:42
Yeah! That looks the same.

I got mine from Clarke Rubber so not sure about the quality being the same.

I did get some velour car carpet from Clarke's and ran out so grabbed some extra from Bunnings - looked he same but, when installed they wore differently and I had to redo the job completely. The Bunnings version fluffed and piled quite badly.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 09:56

Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 09:56
We just had a look on line atClarks. I think the Velour range has some non slip backing. I think that we will get the Raider product. No backing and looks just like some that I have in the back of the car. Cost is slightly up on Bunnings but that isn't an issue.

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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 10:08

Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 10:08
That is the one I used.

Just check that you get the version without the rubber backing. They look the same on top, but the rubber backed on is a couple of mm thicker.

You will spot the difference when they are side by side.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:19

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:19
Thanks for this discussion, Phil & Anthony! Was a bit alarmed by the wear on the floor of our new canopy after the recent desert trip of 1400kms. Was at a bit of a loss to know what to do to stop the wear.

Well, you blokes have provided the answer, many thanks. Will grab a couple of metres when we get close to Clark or Bunnings in the near future.

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Reply By: Hoyks - Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 19:10

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 19:10
Sounds like a good simple solution.

If you can only find the rubber backed carpet, just stick it in there with the side with backing against the mattress.
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 21:08

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 at 21:08
I would check that the rubber will slide against the mattress - especially if you use sika flex to glue it down.

I don't think it will work given the rubber is designed to be non-slip...

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Reply By: tim_c - Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 09:54

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 09:54
The previous owner of my tent had made a mattress cover from polar fleece - it was stretchy so it would stay tight on the mattress and not sag down and get stuck in the join in the floor, it was also a lot softer and a more comfortable surface than the original mattress cover which seemed like some sort of canvas (which I think was still fitted underneath the fleece cover).

I never found I needed more insulation under the mattress.
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