Makeshift rooftop tents.

Discussion in 'Camping & Outdoor Gear' started by Pskhaat, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. Pskhaat

    Pskhaat

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    Quite simply the rooftop tent prices are outrageous, I know they're cool and they obviously can command those prices, but it's just WAY too out there. I might as well stay in hotels for those prices.

    SO: has anyone devised a fold-out roof platform on which I could tie down/pitch my own tent
     
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    I've just been throwing my tent out on the ground in the traditional manner and have yet to be eaten by the wild beasts that roam in the night. :D

    One of those one-man biker tents would probably fit on a regular full sized roof rack.
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    Floor dimensions - 82 x 32 inches
     
  3. re_guderian

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    Thought about that. See my half-baked idea in post #5 here . Also, check e-bay for this one.


    While these seem way cool, I'll probably head the tent-trailer route, since my family (2 kids, wife) want to tag along now that I have an 80, and the days where I'd want to camp where I can't pull the tent trailer are limited. My trips will most likely be drive, set up base camp, wheel all day, and the family would be MUCH happier in a tent trailer than the roof top one. Besides, when you buy a top of the line roof-top, plus a good rack, you're half way there, price-wise. OK - maybe not, but close :)

    One other question, how sturdy are these on the overhang? I'm a big guy (6'4", 250) and I'd worry about only a ladder supporting one end of the platform on the overhang.
     
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    A small CLip-Flashlite Fits on my full length FJ 62 rack. I used a piece of ply wood for the base. I think I might get some aluminum for a more durable floor.
     
  5. Pskhaat

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    I've got NO issues about sleeping the old-fashioned way, but the wife DEMANDS that if I take the kids out they sleep up. Normally not a problem to spend some $ on the cruiser but man this is $$$
     
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    That is exactly what I was thinking prior the the "JMoose", fold out one one side and put legs off a slide in truck camper. The ATV ramps is just the icing on the cake. I'm gonna throw some ideas around in my head about this one

    Cheers
    Geoff
     
  7. Mike S

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    3FJ40:

    I grant that rooftop tents are more expensive than a lot of other options. They are WAY less money than a tent railer, and are always there when you need them. Please bear in mind that putting a 'regular' tent on your roof may entail some problems - wind (they can act like a sail), setting up (climbing around the top of your vehicle in the dark is dangerous while trying to accomplish set up), not to mention the time it takes to set up a makeshift roof tent.

    That said, you should contact me, as we sometimes have used or end of inventory tents for sale at reduced prices.

    Mike S

    PS: Our tents are warranted for 5 years, and they commonly last for 15 years or more, can be moved from vehicle to vehicle, and have earned very high marks for customer satisfaction.
     
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    Building on re_guardian's and dieselROCKS' ideas. You could add legs from the outer corners of the fold-out portions that go down to sliders at the rocker panels, similar to the way a pop-up camper's slide-out beds are supported.

    Just more fuel to the fire.

    Ary
     
  9. Pskhaat

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    I would think the `fold' or hinges should be in the front and could fold forward over the hood so that I could make braces coming up from the front bumper/ARB.
     
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    Actually, I tried calling you a few days ago, but I can't remember what time and I'm sure it was beyond business hours. Please know I question neither the quality nor the convenience of these products, just rather what the wife would allow and wallet can afford; and I do know that often you do get what you pay for.

    I'll give you a ring later this afternoon.
     
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    I made an aluminum roof rack to fit a black diamond lighthouse or bibler ahwahnee tent. These tents have the right foot print, side entry, and are single wall--no fly to put up. More on the rack here . The ATV rack idea has got me rethinking my rack, though.
     
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    Scott, if I am on the other line, or off fooling with tents, just leave a message and number and I will get right back to you.

    Mike S
     
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    Sent you an email.
     
  14. e9999

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    I put a utility rack on my utility trailer, threw a 4x8" plywood sheet on there, and have a little tent that fits just right that I can use up there. I can sleep on top with all the stuff still inside underneath.
     
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