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Old February 15th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Heavy Duty Roof Top Tents

I am researching roof top tents for my NAS D90 and am looking for the most durable on the market. The tent will need to be suitable for some weather usage as I will be returning to Alaska in the future. Any thoughts or experience?
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Old February 15th, 2013, 12:53 PM
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Well IMO Eezi Awn is the way to go...but if you want a really outstanding experiance look at http://www.adventuretrailers.com/horizon.html. Alot of guys use expedition tents here so opinions will vary. Good Luck.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 12:56 PM
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Maggiolina are probably the "best".
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Old February 15th, 2013, 01:01 PM
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Maggiolina look nice however on a D90 they would use up all my roof space. I would like to retain some of the rack space in the rear and have a forward opening tent over the hood.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 01:18 PM
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I am researching roof top tents for my NAS D90 and am looking for the most durable on the market. The tent will need to be suitable for some weather usage as I will be returning to Alaska in the future. Any thoughts or experience?

After you find one and you get back to Alaska. Look up Alaska Tent and Tarp. They should be able to make you an insulated liner for it.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 01:29 PM
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My choices are Eezi-Awn or Howling moon. I have an EA, but consider them equal. I really like HM's new stargazer, but that would not be the choice for a future in Alaska.

If I lived in Alaska or very cold climate, then I would say Maggolina is way to go. I can't imagine fiddling with all the straps and covers in arctic conditions for recurring trips.

If I lived in Alaska, I doubt I would have an RTT. I'd probably get a hard shell overland trailer. While I've never heard of any attacks of anyone in an RTT in Africa, I have a feeling that bears and wolves have a higher level of tenacity, given that it's slim picken's out there, especially in winter. If I did go with an RTT, I would mount it to flip over the front, not the rear like I have it now. That will make it much more difficult for predators to jump on the bonnet and up on the rack when they have a bout of curiosity not driven by desperate hunger.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 02:09 PM
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The ARB's are pretty stout as well (Howling Moon clone)and ARB USA's customer service is probably better than the South African tent purveyors if you need anything. I needed the spring bars that hold the flys open and they sent me a complete set via fedex free of charge for a tent I bought 2nd hand.
I was amazed and needless to say that made me exceedingly happy with my purchase.
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Short of a magnolia, I don't know that I would want to be in any roof top tent in real weather. I think my tent is pretty cool, but I would just sleep in the truck it is were windy/cold/heavy rain.
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After spending 3 months in a roof top tent traveling around mexico and one or two windy rainy nights in the PNW. I wouldn't want to use a RTT in Alaska in the winter it is a pain to put the tent away just being wet, I couldn't imagine frozen and icy.

The other thing about non hard shell tents is being on top of a defender its very hard to reach to repack them. I am finishing a trailer build now to put the RTT on top of, and going to have Alaska Tent and Tarp make a larger one piece cover to go over trailer and tent to ease repacking.


Nice looking 90 when do you plan on coming back to the fridged North.


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After spending 3 months in a roof top tent traveling around mexico and one or two windy rainy nights in the PNW. I wouldn't want to use a RTT in Alaska in the winter it is a pain to put the tent away just being wet, I couldn't imagine frozen and icy.

The other thing about non hard shell tents is being on top of a defender its very hard to reach to repack them. I am finishing a trailer build now to put the RTT on top of, and going to have Alaska Tent and Tarp make a larger one piece cover to go over trailer and tent to ease repacking.

Nice looking 90 when do you plan on coming back to the fridged North.

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I ran into some Germans on the Homer Spit. They had a fancy roof top tent. The said they bagged that idea when they left the lower 48. They started using a regular tent or slept in the 110.

As a self proclaimed tent expert. I will say the tents from Alaska Tent and Tarp or Bomb Shelters are the only way to go in Alaska. Unfortunately when hunting in winter north of Chicken we only had the Arctic 10 man tents.....
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Old February 15th, 2013, 05:04 PM
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thats funny you mention chicken...when I was a teenager I wanted to move to the area between Chicken and Eagle! Man did my life turn out different.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 05:07 PM
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I had to go outside for school a couple of yrs ago and while out my unit was activated for Afghanistan. I am now back on track, but still have a year or two more until I can come home.

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That is interesting about the Germans on the spit.... I usually tent it when on the spit, but being off the ground would offer even better views! I can't wait to move home!
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Old February 15th, 2013, 06:33 PM
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Take a look at these- and you could grab it in BC:
http://rooftoptent.webs.com
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X2 on the ARB. Had mine for 3 years in wind, rain, and snow. The only issue I had was the velcro straps on the travel cover. Called ARB...and one showed up in 3 days. Depending on where I am going, I switch it from the truck top to the trailer.
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Thanks for all the info!
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Ment to post this before....oppps...
I use a buddy heater in the "room" when its cold. It melts any snow on the tent, and keeps it dry. It was 17f in this pic, and 72f inside.
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