Another Aus manufacturer gone

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 08:37
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After years of tenting we bought a CT to have a bit more comfort. There are some places better visited without a CT so we decided to look at rooftop tents.

Decided to look seriously at Shippshape. Rang the Sydney factory hoping to arrange a visit. No - sorry we have shut the factory and are in the process of arranging to have them made overseas. Groan says I, no they will be just as good and cheaper I was told. Yeah sure.

Seems to be the way everything is going.

alastair
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 09:15

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 09:15
Universal canvas here in adelaide make a very good Aussie-made rooftop tent, and have done so for at least 15 years. They've been in business since 1958.
http://www.universalcanvas.com.au/car-top_tent.htm
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Follow Up By: Hopper51 - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 10:53

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 10:53
Ernie at Universal Canvas recently made the camper tent for my trailer. He is not cheap but the quality and attention to detail is outstanding. I also got him to make a mesh stone quard for the trailer. I can highly recommend him.
Chris W
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Follow Up By: Outbacktourer - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 13:01

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 13:01
They make the tents for the Heaslip products too..
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Follow Up By: Louie the fly - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 15:00

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 15:00
From my experiences, Universal's gear is nothing short of 1st class. Nothing more to say.
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Follow Up By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 18:38

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 18:38
Phil et al,
Yes I have seen Universal but it is a bit far from us and they seem only to operate locally. Only local in Sydney with a good reputation re rooftops was Shippshape.

Am going to look at an Aussie Traveller on Monday, made in Brisbane but they have an agent in Sydney.

Thanks Phil - may still get to Universal as I saw one of theirs last year whilst on the road and was impressed.

cheers
alastair
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 14:40

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 14:40
Hi Alastair,
Another alternative is theAussie Traveller
They are based in Queensland so a visit may be a little difficult.
We bought a second hand unit a little under two years ago. Very happy with it, it's fitted to the top of our trailer and we were able to source a new orthopaedic mattress that is very comfortable.

No affiliation etc, etc........ just happy with their product.

Cheers,
Wayne.
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Follow Up By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 18:39

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 18:39
Wayne,
Am going to look at an Aussie Traveller on Monday, made in Brisbane but they have an agent in Sydney.

Don't seem to be any locals in Sydney now who have a good reputation for rooftops.

thanks
alastair
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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 19:54

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 19:54
Hi Alastair,

When you are looking at tha Aussie Traveller you may want to keep this thought in mind. There are two wall sets available, we picked up both with ours :-)))
The "small" walls are a single room, the "large" walls offer the same standing room/space but extend further to half height for use as a sleeping area.
Over nighters... small walls,four pegs, all done.
Three days or more.... large walls, more pegs, a couple of poles and guy ropes.

If you would like a picture or two as it may explain it better, please let me know an e-mail address to send them to. After my last attemp(s) to post a pic of the Cargills on this site, I'm not game to try again.

Regards,
Wayne.
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Follow Up By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 02, 2008 at 08:04

Sunday, Mar 02, 2008 at 08:04
Wayne,
I would be interested in some pictures. In the info I have on the Aussie Traveller it only has the basic straight walls. Even though they should do all we want I would like to see the alternatives.

email:
adav2 at internode.on.net

Just replace the spaces and 'at' with @ - avoids the automated email sniffers getting it.

thanks
alastair
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Reply By: jskogsta - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 22:57

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 22:57
Have a look at used Shippshape's... there's a few around .. I bought ours last year and been very happy with it thus far. Good build, good quality .. even though ours was 'used' and a few years old, it came virtually flawless...
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 22:54

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 22:54
Hi Alastair,

See post 55070.

All good and all happy.

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.
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