Rooftop Tents

Submitted: Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 07:01
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Does anyone know what the max weight for people to sleep in the rooftop tents? I am 6'3" and weigh 115kgs and my wife is 59kgs are we within the limits of these tents ? we are thinking of buying one instead of building an offroad trailer for our eight week trip across the topend in May next year part of the trip will be on the Tanami Track.
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 07:50

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 07:50
Any weight restrictions would depend on the strength of your rack system - not the tent. The tents are incredibly strong, as long as the ladder is at the right angle on the ground to take your weight when you enter - that's all.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 07:54

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 07:54
Sorry - I forgot to add two images - showing the versatility of our rooftop tent - the EezyAwn.

On the car: [ View Image]

On the trailer: [ View Image]
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 09:15

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 09:15
Chrispy,

The rooftop tent on a trailer. What a BRILLIANT alternative to a camper trailer and I'll bet it saved you a bomb. Why didn't I think of that?

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 13:55

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 13:55
hehe.. thanks Jimbo :)

Yeah - it HAS saved us a packet. We now have:

1) Rooftop for the car when we can't tow a trailer (high country in the wet)

2) Camper trailer that we can leave at a campsite for the day and not have to pack up the rooftop tent just because we want to drive somewhere. The rear stabilisers mean theat the tent doesn't rock around at all and you can really level out the trailer on sloping ground (which you can't if you have the tent on the car).

3) A trailer!

Total cost - $2,000 for the tent, $1,200 for the trailer (ex British Army). Cheap camping!

We intend to make up a full canvas top that sits right over the frame, and build shelving inside the frame to house a spare tyre, slide-in/slide-out boxes. internal battery (250A/h), 1000w PSW inverter, water tank (underneath). All makes a very capable camper trailer without the weight.

Cheers
Chris
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 09:47

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 09:47
The Crow
You will have no problem with both of you in the rooftop tent. The weight carrying capacity of the roofrack is measured to make sure that under very heavy breaking the rack will stay on the roof and not land on the bonnett.
Regards Ray
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 15:47

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 15:47
Most of the tents (EezyAwn, Howling Moon, etc) of the same ilk are all about 60kg - with no-one inside obviously. That's really not a lot of static weight, which is what your racks must be rated at (at least).
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Reply By: RLNOMAD - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:52

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 14:52
Just a small word of warning ..... remember if you are playing the Rumpy Pumpy in the roof top tent make sure you dont have big aerial on bull bar of car , gets a sway up and is a dead giveaway to others in camp ground...otherwise the tent ( we have a HowlingMoon) will have no trouble with your weight.
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Reply By: Skinny- Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:58

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 08:58
Hi Crow, I am sure the tent will be ok my concern
is you are 115kg and your wife is 59kg, be care ful when you are on top
Ha ha Skinny
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