Roof top tents

Submitted: Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 17:01
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Wanted: second hand roof top tent suitable for Nissan Patrol & Cape York conditions.
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 23:04

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 23:04
Look in the Trader section for an Aussie Traveller Roof Top Tent and if your lucky you will get the best in the business !!! You could also consider buying one and selling it after your trip... yes I know all about expense but you have a quality product and the best available ... sorry i am biased , but I spent the dough. ... and am reallly happy with the product.... outstanding !! and made in Aussie !!
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Follow Up By: Rors101 - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 11:30

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 11:30
Steve, have you compared the Aussie to a Shippshape?
I am after a Shippshape but am now keen for a comparison.
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Reply By: Jack - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 17:32

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 17:32
Hi Simmo:

Just noticed this in www.tradingpost.com.au and thought it may help ..
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Camping equipment near new, roof top tent $1500 and awning $400, HF radio, emergency beacon $1400, Rhino racks and tray, freshwater bladder, fuel can from $100 ROSE BAY 0409-53 0925
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Jack
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Follow Up By: Simmo - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 09:43

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 09:43
Thanks Jack
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Reply By: dougie - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 00:30

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 00:30
Don't let the crocs scare you,
by a dome, it gets warm up there and often you can leave the fly off and sleep under the stars. When you get to moreton telagragh ask about the secret lagoons.
BIG BARRA!!!!!!!!!!!!
And a million pigs
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Reply By: Steve - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 13:07

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 13:07
Simmo,

We have just been thru this exercise for the same reason (Cape York, etc).

We looked at everything we could. Howling Moon, Dingo Doza, Shippshape, etc.

We opted for a Shipphape Bush Hut 2nd hand from the guys at Shippshape in Thornleigh. They were very helpful!

Reasons why?

1. We like the flexibility of the Shippshape. We can have just the tent, the tent and the awning (travel cover), or the ten, awning and any one or all of the 3 walls (making an enclosed room). Either way the entry is protected from the weather which is a big plus for the lady of the house.
2. We like the design. Very open and airy, easy to put up and close (very!), good quality materials.

Friends have a Howling Moon and they love it. We were tossing between these 2 tents but opted for the Shippshape in the end mainly for the first reason above (plus we had to stop procrastinating over it).

Like all roof top tents they can be issues getting in on anf off the car (if that's what you have to do regularly) and they do add weight and bulk to the top of the vehicle affectng handling and economy. You just get used to that.

We've only had ours for a couple of weeks and done just the one short trip. It handled the very windy day and the afternoon storm with ease.

Time will tell whether we end up thinking it's the best tent we;ve had or not. Still you never know if you don't give it a go!


Cheers
Steve (Canberra)
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Reply By: bob_h - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 22:55

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 22:55
we spent four weeks on Cape York in 2001 with an Aussie Traveller Rooftop tent on top of a 100 series cruiser- all hired from 4WD Hire Service Cairns...EXCELLENT.
There are windows on all sides,allowing cool breezes, also weatherproof in relatively light rain with all windows open.
The unit was quick to erect & dismantle after the first few days. I'd recommend a light PVC tarp or drop sheet dedicated for covering the mattress and bedding- to protect from moisture when the top is dropped following heavy dew or rain- it's much more pleasant that night!
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