Roof top tent

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:12
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Hi All
My sister in law has bought a roof top tent, she was advised by the sales people that this was a liightweight model suitable for all small vehicles (in this case a Forrester). To ensure everything is all OK she has contacted Subaru and they have told her that the maximum weight that a Forrester can handle on the roof is only 60kgs. It has been stated that this is the stationary weight not necessarily the maximum travelling weight.

Any comments or advice would be appreciated

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:21

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:21
What does the tent weigh?
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Follow Up By: Rocky_QLD - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:25

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:25
Not too sure about that but then weight of 2 adults would go past 60kg alone.
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Reply By: stephen looking - Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:27

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2009 at 21:27
Take it back if you where concerned enought to contact subaru to check the load capacity of the roof.

Dont think you will have a problem, as the sales people sold you some thing that wasn't correct for the purpose that it was brought for.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 09:39

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 09:39
I think that you will find that in this case, the onus will be on the buyer .... for once!
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Reply By: Ted (Cairns) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 00:17

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 00:17

She'll be right. Max roofrack weights apply to loads during driving. They are relatively low (apparently 60kg for the Suby - sounds right too) due to consideration for drag, vibration, rough roads and stability. When immobile you can go way about that - after all roofs are built to withstand rollover! Just make sure the tent is mounted on decent well anchored racks.

Sales people are trained to sell - not to understand what specifications mean!

The roof will even withstand a bit of activity in the tent :-) Sorry couldn't resist...

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Reply By: Member - Greg T (ACT) - Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:41

Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 at 20:41
hey rocky.
i ahve a GU with an ARB roof toptent.
this weighs 65kg alone and im no small bloke either (125kg) my roof irack s rated at 100kg. thatsdriving weight and has nothing to do with stationary weight.
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Reply By: Canyon-ero - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:48

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:48
Hi Rocky,

My guess is that it should be fine. My grandfather used to have a roof top tent that sat on his 1975 Corona. He used it for over 15 years without a problem. He and Nan used to sleep in it on all the annual vacation trips as they couldn't stand being in the big canvas tent with their three adult childen & partners as well as half a dozen grand kids. (Cant say I blame him). Anyway that roof top tent was made out of canvas - the poles were all steel and the base was solid timber. (When pop built something - he built it well) so I'm guessing it must have weighed quite a bit - yet it never seemed to have caused a problem.
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