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Old February 13th, 2016, 08:45 AM
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I'm looking to purchase a roof top tent to go camping with the family. Was wondering what brand people recommend. It would need to fit two adults and one child. Any recommendations on where to buy in the UK? I know Nene Overland has quite a big selection and is just up the road in Peterborough.
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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:40 AM
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I have the Autohome AirTop and love it(and more importantly the GF loves it). The sizing on those might preclude this particular variant, but it looks form their site it will house 3 people in Medium. The shell is brilliant, easy to set up and stable in winds. We spent two weeks in Baja with it and wish we had bought one earlier. Good luck in your search!

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Old February 13th, 2016, 11:21 AM
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I love RTT's. That said, they have advantages and disadvantages over ground tents. And there is a spectrum of considerations within the RTT's themselves. I have alot of experience with using an RTT for family camping.

couple questions
-is this your DD?
-how old is your child?
-is your family willing and able to participate in deploying/redeploying the tent?
-is your family willing and able to do other tangible tasks to help with setting up/collapsing the campsite if you have to do the RTT yourself?

couple thoughts based on my experience
-there really is no RTT I can think of big enough to accomodate parents and a single child over the age of 7-8 that you would want on your roof. the large RTT's range between a double to a queen size mattress. if you and your spouse have a queen and feel crowded, throw in soft toys, boots, clothing and sleeping bag bulk.

-the #1 factor in family camping is comfort for the less hardy family members. RTT's excel at that when they are right sized for the occupants. The #2 factor is fast camp setup. Complex RTT's go fast if you have help (aka annexes and window rods). If you don't, they lose their setup time advantage with ground tents.

-you need to have an expansion plan for your camp setup. you can't get the fam an RTT and be done for good. just like your kid's clothing, they will outgrow their space quickly. once they get close to double digits in age, someone is going to be sleeping somewhere else. given it has a mattress and is in effect, a clubhouse, that someone is going to be you. where will you sleep?

-RTT's are ultimate luxury for 2 adults. with a family, you need an RTT and ground tent combo. no way around it. you will learn it quickly after the investment. It might take a year or two of denial before you reach this conclusion, but all roads lead to Rome.

-if you are a weekender, or constantly on the go on your trips, go with a light, fast deployment RTT. simpler the better for fast deploiyment. use the ground for your family space.

-if you generally stay in one place when you camp AND often encounter bad weather, this is where the annex really has the advantage. covered entrance and exit for the ladder, plus the privacy for the ladies.

-RTT's are not for trail rigs. period. nobody can change my opinion on that. if you are looking for extreme trails and 4'wheelin as your focus for family fun. don't get an RTT. RTT's are for those focused on the camping and overlanding crowd that focus on the journey. if you go with an RTT, and when you find yourself outside admiring your rig with the RTT on it appreciating it for what it is, force yourself to also acknowledge your rig for what it is not now. Every 4wd configuration is a compromise of some type. Choosing an RTT is choosing a road forward at the Y.

-when your camp is setup with RTT, annex and such, ask yourself this. What would I do if i had to take a child to the emergency room at 1AM? Nobody wants to hear this question, particular after spending the coin on an RTT and then emotionally bonding on it's visual awesomeness on their rig. However, this question has forced me to really re-think some things, and has shaped my camp configuration (of which my vehicle is a component of) to be more pragmatic about my choices. if it takes me more than 10 minutes to pull away from camp with no notice, I'm doing it wrong.

-if you get an RTT, give up on covered parkiing. not a big issue for me, but you are now grouped together with the RV crowd, and when parking in urban areas, you must be vigilant about height restrictions.
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Old February 13th, 2016, 11:22 AM
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I'm going that route once I get my TDI figured out. Is it a bitch to put on/off?
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I'm going that route once I get my TDI figured out. Is it a bitch to put on/off?
I have only mounted it and removed it once. So I am learning. I removed it with the GF and a buddy that is not known for being strong. I had to handle most of the weight, but it helped having three people. That being said my buddy and I mounted it. I think as I get better at it, it will be easier...and it will be mounted to a Defender, and left for the camping season.
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2 OZ Tents connected will give you much better space, ease of setting, no risk when peeing at 3 am, etc

Price wise, you might be even on a decent RTT with annex vs 2 OZ tents with front walls

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At first I really wanted a RTT to place on my sankey trailer, but after much deliberation I am leaning towards an OZ tent.
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At first I really wanted a RTT to place on my sankey trailer, but after much deliberation I am leaning towards an OZ tent.
in my opinion, for a trailer install, RTT is definitely the way to go. no doubt about it in my mind.
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in my opinion, for a trailer install, RTT is definitely the way to go. no doubt about it in my mind.
The only draw back with a RTT is the late night ladder pissing adventure.
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The only draw back with a RTT is the late night ladder pissing adventure.
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I had 3 Trailers with RTT ( 2 Sankeys and one Bantam ), the sankeys were low and mid high ) and the Bantam was high mount

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It is my daily driver so I am a little concerned about the decrease in gas mileage with a commute from Cambridge and back every day. Our kid is 3 so it would work for now, but if we have another we would need something bigger. Thanks for all the info. I really would like a RTT. The only thing I don't like is the price. Any recs on where to buy in the UK?
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Old February 14th, 2016, 09:43 AM
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buy used. in uk, you have all the overlanders completing trips to africa and elsewhere that buy kit for the trip and sell when complete.
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I'm going that route once I get my TDI figured out. Is it a bitch to put on/off?
It's a struggle but I can do a front runner RTT alone if I have to. Done it three or fours times. My wife makes it way easier.
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Howling moon makes a nice sturdy tent.

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Maybe fab up a roller on the crossbars and use my winch to pull it up?
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in my opinion, for a trailer install, RTT is definitely the way to go. no doubt about it in my mind.
Agree 100%. Looking for a Sankey to mount my RTT tent on. It would be nice to be able to run paddle / surfboards up top and tent on the trailer. It's not the easiest right now.

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Maybe fab up a roller on the crossbars and use my winch to pull it up?
One buddy has a hoist he can use on garage rafters or a tree limb. Once off the truck it's a easy 2 person carry.
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One buddy has a hoist he can use on garage rafters or a tree limb. Once off the truck it's a easy 2 person carry.
yep. this is my long term goal. but the prob is you wont be able to get a defender with rtt through a standard height garage door.
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