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Old 19-04-11, 09:01 PM
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We got a trailer rooftop tent fitted on Venter bush baby and always worried someone is going to fall from the bed about 2 metres to the ground. Howling moon trailer rooftop trailer tent.
Anybody got info how to overcome this problem/something to fit between side of bed.
I know some trailer tents do have something fitted.
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Old 19-04-11, 09:14 PM
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Gain 50% probability - use 1 sleeping bag.

I've once seen a rooftop tent with a stretch pole.(One pipe into another with a clamp. Don't know if it came with the tent, but the people had small children sleeping on top.

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Old 19-04-11, 09:16 PM
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I'm sorry, but I don't understand your question. If you are in a tent, you can't fall "off" without falling "out"..........so zip up the door?! That is clearly not what you are getting at.

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Old 19-04-11, 09:41 PM
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That bed is 2m off the ground and occupies only half of the "tent" on top of the trailer, the rest of the tent opens up to the side. Or am I also missing something?

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Old 19-04-11, 09:52 PM
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That bed is 2m off the ground and occupies only half of the "tent" on top of the trailer, the rest of the tent opens up to the side. Or am I also missing something?
Jip I know these tents. My buddy is in the same situation.

Nasty height to fall from if you roll over to the wrong side.
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How many times have you, if ever, fell out your bed at home?

My HM trailer tent have a green insect net that hangs from the roof and you can fold it in under the matress if you are scared you gonna fall off. It is supposed to work that if you come close to the edge that your weight will hold the net tight under the matress, but if you are prone to fall out of bed, you should maybe put some velcro on the net and under matress. Just check, sure all the HM tents got that protection.
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Old 19-04-11, 10:32 PM
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Hi Albie

There is a piece of shade net stiched to the inner roof lining of the Howling Moon trailer tent - you tug that under the mattress and that is to prevent you from falling off. It is normally hooked to the tent frame on the opposit end to keep it out of the way just unhook it.

You will see it only covers about 3/4 of the bed so that you can still use the ladder.

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Old 20-04-11, 06:50 AM
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Fortunately my conqueror has a square bed meaning we can sleep across the trailer instead of in line with it.

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It's all about mixers. More water/coke/soda.

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The human brain remembers where your body is, except if you drink too much.

It is like a bunk bed, you will not fall out cause your body knows that you are there and the risks involved, but it has happened especially in heavy dreamers that the mind is so busy chasing a pretty girl down a beach that you roll over and for a moment feel weightless.

Good luck with this one, think the guys who have used these tents before will give you the best advise.

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Hi Albie,

I would suggest that you roll a small blanket or something an insert it under the mattress by the door for form a slight up-hill. It will not bother you in getting in and out, but you will not roll out.

This will give peace of mind in the beginning and very soon you will be used to the idea that you are sleeping "pezulu". Conditioning I think it is called.

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How many times have you, if ever, fell out your bed at home?

My HM trailer tent have a green insect net that hangs from the roof and you can fold it in under the matress if you are scared you gonna fall off. It is supposed to work that if you come close to the edge that your weight will hold the net tight under the matress, but if you are prone to fall out of bed, you should maybe put some velcro on the net and under matress. Just check, sure all the HM tents got that protection.

This is exactly right, but I enjoyed Duncang's comment the most.

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Old 20-04-11, 11:24 AM
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I have thought about attaching a mosquito net to the ridge pole and tucking it under the matress - I am sure its a question of time before I fall off mine - and its going to hurt!

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Let SWAMBO sleep on that side.
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Old 20-04-11, 12:20 PM
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Here's some ideas for new pajama's...



And you can sommer use nylon rope to secure the stuff...

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Let SWAMBO sleep on that side.
My ex fell out of the RTT on top of my Disco and broke her foot. Mind you, she wasn't really in the tent, still on the way up, but it is a hell of a distance to fall.

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A helmet for him and a breast feeding bra for her ? I don't see the solution here. I'm too old maybe?
Why not ask for advise from those that HAVE ALREADY fallen out ?

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How many times have you, if ever, fell out your bed at home?
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Old 20-04-11, 01:29 PM
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Howling moon tents have a "blind" (not shown in this picture 'bed') that comes down from the center. All you do is tuck it under the mattress and all is safe. I have never used it but it should work just fine.
From the other side 'bed2' you can see the green 'blind'
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We got a trailer rooftop tent fitted on Venter bush baby and always worried someone is going to fall from the bed about 2 metres to the ground. Howling moon trailer rooftop trailer tent.
Anybody got info how to overcome this problem/something to fit between side of bed.
I know some trailer tents do have something fitted.
Get your caravan dealer to make up an extendable pole with fittings on the end that clip around a pole. Then fit this between the upright (centre) poles of the tent, this will result in a pole that is parallel to the bed and will stop you rolling out.

Sorry for pic quality, but I'm sure you get the picture!
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Dont even need an extendable pole, I just used fixed pole cut to length with same ends as above picture and slide it on, leave it lying loose on bed with ladder when folding up tent.
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I have taken a tumble from a RTT (DIY) on top of a landcruiser '76,1995 in Moz, sliding down a nylon rope when the bladder is full, and the mind empty, is not a nice feeling when you wake up with a thump, and, wake up the rest of the company!!

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"Gravity rulz" The closer you are to the ground the less the impact!!....but I love my RTT, on top of the LR Def 90 td5, at 100kg and 6'1, can't afford to fall off!!

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Maak vir jou 'n lekker dik groot "wors" met materiaal en stop dit op, werk aan die onderkant velcro, ook aan jou laken. Sit hom daarop, jy behoort darm te voel as jy daarteen rol. As jy jou tent opslaan bere hom - kan selfs vir 'n kussing gebruik.

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Ja only guys that owns trailer rooftop tent will know what i am talking about but you always get wise cracks that only want to say something to be heard.

Thanks i got the answer about the shaded netting that hang down and folded under the matress. Thanks to the guys for the real answers.
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Thanks my friend . I am sure this will work and my wife will feel much safer now because unfortunately it is her side where the 2 m down is.
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Maybe you should be more careful when scrumming in your tent. The last time I "rolled around", was playing rugby. Maybe just swop sides with the other team so that you score on the safe side (of the field). I just remembered, two guys in a pink landy... No! Please tell me it is not you two asking!!! NOOOOO!
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My thoughts went the same route re mixers. I have never had the fear of falling out/off the rooftop! I still think a 4X4 trailer with a tent on top of it will deminish the distance to mother earth. You do not really increase speed and using E+mc (sqr) will tell you that your weight increase will be negligible. Thus hitting earth with minor concussion and having a reason for the headache the next morning!

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Hi Albie , ek deel jou bekommernis . Die gevaar is groot en ek sal graag wil sien hoe die verbruikerswet dit gaan hanteer. 'n Vriend van my wat baie rondrol in die nag het uit 'n daktent geval.Gelukkig was daar 'n tent onder die daktent. Sy dronk dik pel het daar geslaap en het die val gekeer. Om herhaling van 'n potensiele ramp te voorkom maak hy nou 'n tou aan sy enkel vas.
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I have a troublesome Land Rover and with the current price of parts, I cannot afford a rooftop trailer tent, so I use a ground tent. I cannot fall off the bed.

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Default Interesting - do you have a ladder to get up the 2m ?

I have never fallen (yet) out of my rooftop on my trailer - I have fallen into it ! - However I do have a ladder which straps onto the side of the Bed with velco should you wish to attach it - especially for children,

maybe worth a try - Tent by the way is a dropside Echo
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Boet, don't worry, I have slept in these tents for years, and unless you fall out of you bed at home, then you are safe..If you are worried about kids..then simply use some safety pins and some cargo netting, the pins will not damage the tent and if install nicely, will prevent you rolling out of bed...but I say again, once you have done it, you will see, a trailer tent is TOPS!!
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