Roof Top Tents..Got one - let us see um!!! what do you like or dislike?

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  1. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I took the legs off of my double tent cot and mounted it to a painted cut to size piece of plywood.

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  2. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I have looked at these and can't figure out what the benefit is.

    You have to climb a ladder drunk to go to bed and fall off the roof when you go pee in the middle of the night.

    You have to break down the tent if you are basecamped for a few days and want to explore (or go to the store for more beer).

    I mean you are up in the air so you are protected from mountain lions, giraffes and rabid squirrells. But what are the other benefits, other than looking cool and picking up chicks.
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  3. mmitchell57

    mmitchell57 Vulcan Halfbreed

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    You could add a cool Tarzan swing. That'd be fun. :)
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  4. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Pouring rain? (no swamped camping) .
    Dont have to clean the tent when you get home and eaiser to dry out when you get home - lot of condesation down south.
    EZ set-up
    Kids think it is really cool!
    The down side (or up side) colder in the winter time off the ground.
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  5. Bump Stop

    Bump Stop 2 Wheeled Drifter

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    limits the size of your dates.
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  6. lorazepam

    lorazepam Two fisted burger

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    Why not just a platform 6" off the ground? That would suck if it was windy.
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  7. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    The tent cot with the legs ( or without) will not fit in the Raider...also more room in the truck for camping gear.... BTW The tent can still be set up in the ground as it...
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  8. jazzmans

    jazzmans fickt euch

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    dunno 'bout the roof top tent, but I hate you because you still have a raider & mine got killt in a rollover about 4 years ago.




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  9. Nico

    Nico The Sexiest of Silverbacks.

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    Caribou Aqua Buddha Long timer

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    I have to pee too much for that, maybe I could bring a pee bottle like when I am snow camping.
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  11. Hodag

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    hammock, don't even get up to pee
    sleep on a hill with rocks no problem
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  12. sideshow

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    I look at that setup and just wonder why not sleep in the car? :dunno

    I mean, if you're going to camp where you're parked, pull the rear seat and rock the driver's seat back, get drop-over-door screens for the windows, rock the seat back, and sleep. You could pull the passenger seat out, too, for more space for the beer cooler, since I doubt you'd talk a chick into a rooftop tent. But if you could, man, she's a keeper.
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  13. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Well, I've thought about doing a roof top tent but most are expensive and take up a lot of room. There is no way to sleep in my Jeep since the seats don't recline and there isn't enough room in the child sofa they call the back seat. Not to mention all of the scaffolding/junglegym/rollgage. I see the advantages of sleeping up top though. Don't have to deal with mud, rocks, water, animals and other smaller creepy crawlies. Still, you have to climb up there and that's a bit of a PITA to do in the dark. Most are bulky and leave little else for anything else on the roof rack.

    I wouldn't mind doing something like this though.

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  15. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Bingo!


    Always remember to unzip the hammock first. :baldy
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  16. RichBeBe

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    GF was looking at used Elements after we saw this:
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    They are way too expensive for what they are though.
    Though now she is digging the Ford Transit Connects, make it into an ultr-mini RV
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  19. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    I've got one of these, mine's the Maggiolina extreme. Been made by Zifer of Italy for 30+ years.

    Pros:
    -You can set it up in the dark, in the rain, in less than a minute. Flip three latches, crank the hand crank, and you're ready for bed.
    -Your sleeping bags, pillows, and mattress are already inside, ready for you to crawl in.
    -The floor and inside are always flat, level, and dry. No sticks or rocks poking your back
    -Thick fabric walls and fiberglass top and bottom warm up pretty good over the course of the night, better than nylon.
    -You don't have to carry tent, sleeping bags, mattresses, and pillows stowed inside the vehicle, where space can get pretty tight on a long adventure trip.
    -Sleep in a rest area or side street safer and without getting hassled by the po-po.
    -Easier to get chicks to go camping.
    Cons:
    -Takes about three minutes to close up. You gotta do this every time you want to go somewhere in the car.
    -You gotta climb the ladder to get in or out, as stated, can be tricky after imbibing.
    -Tent is only as level as your car.
    -Price.

    I've had mine 5+ years, spent about 250 nights in it, and love it.
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