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Old 12-01-2017, 08:56 AM
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Was wondering if anyone here has used a roof top tent and how you liked it?
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:18 PM
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I had one for about a year, mounted atop a rack I built on a Harbor Freight trailer. Since they weren't very popular here in the south, I got a lot of ooohs and ahhhs at the camp ground.

Easy to set up, nice to be up off the ground, roomy for one, cozy for two.

It's kinda dicey to navigate the ladder if you need to make a bathroom run after dark.

A good one with an alcove or annex room is gonna run you $1500-1800. If you get a cheap one and then go and try later to buy accessories, forget about it.

Obviously, if you put it on your vehicle, you gotta pack it up if you want to go somewhere. Putting it on a trailer lets you set up a base camp and then go exploring.

1000's of ideas for them on most of the over-landing forums, especially Expedition Portal.

Also, a lot of them for sale as it was the "it" thing a few years ago.
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:25 PM
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The tent on a utility trailer reminds me of the old pop-up in the sixties. They were more or less a tent on a trailer. In fact I worked with I guy who actually made one.

So one could mount some plywood on piano hinges that fold out on both sides. Then you'd have to make some legs to hold the plywood in the open position. Then pitch the tent on this frame.

Perhaps somehow one could remove the floor from a big wall tent and pitch it on the platform but leave the utility trailer open in the middle. The plywood on each side of the trailer bed would be the sleeping beds and the bottom of the trailer bed would be where the porta-potty goes.

Like this but maybe cheaper;

https://theusatrailerstore.com/doubl...SABEgJp1fD_BwE

This actually looks like an old Nimrod pop-up we had in the 70's;

http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/s...6905/cat123119

Like this and you wouldn't have to make it up to the platform on a ladder;

http://www.instructables.com/id/Buil...op-Up-Trailer/

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Old 12-01-2017, 09:29 PM
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I would agree Davis that one on top of the primary vehicle might be a pain. Usually one has to use the vehicle to go to the bathhouse or to buy ice.
I guess it would be ok if one never moved or had a moped.
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how long did it take to set up?

I was thinking I could put one on the rack on my truck shell for a camping trip to the fla keys. Then I could keep stuff in the truck while I was fishing and unfold the tent at night.

The ground there is terrible for setting up a normal tent and I cant pull a camper trailer and my boat. My truck bed is only 5.5 feet so it is tight to sleep in and I have to take everything out.
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:46 PM
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I would purchase a small used pop up camper instead. I just purchased one for deer hunting . I got it for 500 bucks. It has ac, furnace, water heater and a refrigerator. Plenty of space .
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Mine took about 10 minutes from zipping the cover off to ready to sleep.
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I would purchase a small used pop up camper instead. I just purchased one for deer hunting . I got it for 500 bucks. It has ac, furnace, water heater and a refrigerator. Plenty of space .
if I did not need to pull a boat I would do that. I like the pop up truck campers a lot but they are expensive.
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if I did not need to pull a boat I would do that. I like the pop up truck campers a lot but they are expensive.
Gotcha , yes cabovers are crazy expensive. There are some popup cabovers that are reasonable.
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I had a camper shell on my truck that my wife and I camped in. It was higher than the cab. We slept on a piece of plywood sideways. It was a bit tight for me at 5"9". I mainly sleep on my side so it wasn't too bad.
We would camp in it all week. We had a porta-potty in it. Even camped in it when my daughter was a toddler.
It was a pain to unload the gear that wouldn't fit under the bed. Most of it I put in the cab at night.

It looked like one of these;
https://www.glen-l.com/campers/husky.html
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The roof top tent might offer more ventilation for camping in the Keys.
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If I every try a rooftop tent you will be able to see it on u-tube .
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If I every try a rooftop tent you will be able to see it on u-tube .
Why would you put it on YouTube?
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Had a Smittybilt roof top tent. It's easy to set up and close. I sold it to my friend because I rarely use it.
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Hard shell RTTs tend to be faster to deploy and takedown. They can be more expensive than one made purely of cloth. I like Alu-Cab Gen 3s but they can be pricey. Hard shell RTTs tend to handle high winds better too along with snow if you are wanting to camp out in the Rockies in the winter time...lol.

I am in the process of ordering an Ursa Minor J30. They are a replacement top for JKU Wranglers that pop up, they are wired and allow for entry via inside the vehicle. They ain't cheap though.
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Why would you put it on YouTube?
The key word is TRY .
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I ended up getting a smittybilt roof top tent for $500 through 4 wheel parts. I have used it a few times now. It is pretty heavy duty for a tent and stays dry in heavy rain but it does not have much space on inside and the cover is a pain. It is also a 30 minute job to buy on my roof.

I like the roof top tent a lot and it is awesome for sleeping in and camping in the boonies but there is not much privacy in a packed keys campground. I am thinking I will end up getting a camper.
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