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Submitted: Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 19:45
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I have a camper trailer which I’m more than happy with and don’t want to sell it. However, a recent injury means that I won’t be able to set it up anymore (too heavy).

After a bit of head scratching I’m looking at removing the tent section and replacing it with a lift up lid, which will also have a roof top tent attached.

Couple of questions:

Can anyone recommend a good aluminium or steel fabricator in the south east of Melbourne?

There are a number of roof top tents on the market....any recommendations? Ease of use and access will be the priority.

The only down side to this, is I’ll have to sleep with Damn Dog and listen to her burble, fart, whine and slapping all night. LOL.

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 19:57

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 19:57
Hi Kim,

don't know about the fabricator but wouldn't the lid aspect compromise the Roof Top Tent somewhat. It probably means you wouldn't be able to lift while the tent was set which is a pain because there is always something we leave in the bloody trailer that we need. Were you intending to have a frame above the lid which would almost act as a second "tradesmans" type rack for mounting the tent and gear but still leave enough room to raise the lid?

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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 20:18

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 20:18
Gidday Mick

I'm looking for a design that will allow the top to be opened when the tent is erected.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:55

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:55
Yep gotcha. I was thinking of having a frame put on my ATV trailer to mount the Roof Top Taj myself but not being a box type trailer, the uprights would need a lot of gussetting and cross bracing. Even then I reckon the roads I travel on would soon see me doing some bush repairs. Still working on it.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 01:29

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 01:29
Hey Mick there is a photo of one mounted on a trailer on this site.
Maybe a help with your ideas??

Roof top tent on trailer

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 06:11

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 06:11
Thanks John, That's exactly the concept and probably the same for Kim. With my trailer, I have to be high enough to allow access for the ATV unless I use the winch to pull it onto the trailer. The height would be better than 1.3 metres so there'd be a lot of leeway for movement due to vibration. I've got a couple of ideas. Thanks again, Mick

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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 19:59

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 19:59
Hey Kim....Kick her out and let the mutt in.....lol.


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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 20:24

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 20:24
Lionel

Christ al mighty keep your voice down.....I'm in enough trouble as it is. She gave me a fair sniff up today when I got home. LOL

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Reply By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 20:18

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 20:18
Shippshape Rooftop Tent

If you go ahead with the project not many better than these roof tops. Good Quality Long Lasting - Have one on top of my rig. Cheers Tony
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Reply By: stephen looking - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:36

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:36
G'day Kim, have you thought of using a maggiolina brand roof top tent, have a look here Autohome, they do cost a little more but for the easy of set up and pack up i think they are worth it.

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Reply By: Chris & Sue - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 23:20

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 23:20
G'day Kim,

I can't help with the metal workers in Melbourne, but we've just done the same thing. We've had The Camel Group customise one of their C/Ts and put a Maggiolina Airlander on a steel plate hinged on top of the trailer. Works a treat for us two old buggers.

It's really easy to set up, you can still open the trailer with the tent erected (after ensuring no one's in it!) and is a lot easier than using it on top of the Land Cruiser. We have an OzTent that attaches on either side for getting changed in, etc and a OzTrail gazebo over the kitchen area for longer stays.

I'll put up a couple of pics in the morning (my server's down at the moment). E-mai me (chris at rosscomp dot com dot auif you'd like more details.

Cheers,
Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris & Sue R (QLD) - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 10:58

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 10:58
Hi Kim,

Pics as noted above.
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The whole shebang with OzTent on the side and OzrRail gazebo over the kitchen. Side walls of gazebo missing due to very high humidity and the need to get any breeze around.

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Getting set up with tent up.

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Travelling position. All nice and low profile.

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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 15:25

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 15:25
Gidday Chris

Very similar to what I had in mind. Can you send me your telephone number on kimmc@satlink.com.au before I speak to Camel please. My number at home is (03) 97821701.

I have the Camel Bushman and would be interested to know if your lid could be fitted to my trailer using the existing hinges.

My main concerns are strength, dust sealing and ease of use.

I also spoke to John O'Brian from O'Brians Campers this morning regarding a trades top with the roof top camper above that.

Many thanks for your help.

Regards

Kim





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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 08:52

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 08:52
Kim, I have had work done by Greg Smith, Smithies Outback Gear 30 Cooper Crt Cranbourne, 59954325, very happy with his work. May be worth a ring.
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 16:35

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 16:35
Gidday John

I seem to recall this fella. From memory he was an agent for a trailer builder. Might be wrong.

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 08:53

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 08:53
Meant to add, he made the trailer in my rig pic.
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Reply By: oz doc - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 09:41

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 09:41
Hi Kim - what sort of camper trailer do you have? Which part of set up is too heavy for you? I'm just curious as to whether there are any options to help your setup, rather than ditching the entire tent top and refabricating.doc.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 11:33

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 11:33
Kim,

I've got an idea that may suit that frail, decrepid, old carcass of yours :-)

It will save the need to lift the lid and make everything nice and light.

This time bring the camper with you, I need to see it. You know where I am.

Give me a call first 9706 6527.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 16:29

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 16:29
Gidday Jim

***Frail, decrepit, old carcass of yours?***

Have a look in the mirror you grumpy old fart. You can't even get through a beer without sucking on an oxygen bottle!!!

We’re going to take the trailer down to O’Brians in Greens Rd next week. I give you a call after that.

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Moose - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 12:15

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 12:15
Kim
Do you get SSAA mag? If so they had an article on a nifty easy to erect unit in there - might have been the most recent mag - if not then one before. If you wish I can find it and email you a copy. Let me know.
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 15:37

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 15:37
Gidday Moose

I'm longer a member of SSAA. Can't see the value in it any more.

However I'd be intersted in seeing the roof top tent. My email address is kimmc@satlink.com.au.

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 17:34

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 17:34
Kim, Smithy is not an agent for any trailer maker.
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 17:40

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 17:40
Thanks John

I'll give him a call tomorrow.

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 17:54

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 17:54
Kim, make it Monday, I know he is away for the weekend. John
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