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    Smile Our Home made roof tents.

    I've visited this forum for a long time following various posts about Roof Tents.
    A couple of years ago my Brother and I decieded to make our own.

    We both run Landrover Discos do had no problems with size variations. We can't sew but had a friend who had time to put a few zips in for us. What we ended up with is perfect for US. It may have some of you ranting about looks etc... but

    Photos show us in April this year on a few days away in Wales.


    The tents is up and tea on the stove in 5 mins.
    We have 5' wide by 7' long. I can sit up inside to get dressed. Entry is by the front , up the bonnet. Second door at rear is for ventiation in summer. (1500 x 1700)

    All bedding is stored inside whilst on the move. Height , packed away is 6'' ( 150mm ) Floor is carpeted, lights etc. Sockets for DVD player.

    Eberspacher blown air heating system.

    Both sit outside with snow on the roofs during winter. Never a problem with damp. Never a problem with offroading.

    Never had a problem with cornering, fuel consumption going up, or any other issues. My biggest gripe would be packing away. Takes 10 minuets sometimes.


    Thanks for reading.
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    Welcome to the forum, UKW.

    Curious way of entering the tent, if you don't mind me saying. Climbing onto the bonnet isn't the most obvious route to choose. Why did you go for that option?

    Mike
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    Looks good. Some more pics please?

    I'd give that bonnet a nasty dent.

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    Reason for entry via bonnet was our better halves not wanting to climb ladders at the rear. My bonnet has a chequer plate on it and that stops any issues with slipping or denting. The front bumper has a set of steps in the centre and the area above the screen has a short ladder. These are not used by the kids or myself when we go away but do add a touch of safety for the ladies. We also have an awning rail that slides out from the rear for our cooking area.

    More photos to come when I get chance.

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    And what about window's? In SA you need lots of fresh air.

    Some pics of our RTT on a trailor - made by ourself
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    We went for the windowless option. As I posted before....... we can't sew and the whole exercise was " I wonder if we could build a rooftent".

    In our initial build we had an hinge that folded similal to your. Ours was inside and caught the material when it was folded down.

    There are lots of things that we agree we'd do different.


    Ali box section rather than steel. Maybe a lighter fibreglass roof. The idea of a wedge shape was also talked about. Personaly I'd rather have my box. The space we have is well worth the extra time to put it up.

    The material for the sides at the moment is some sort of nylon tent that we had. Next time............ we'll look at canvas or twill or what ever.

    Thanks for reading. Well post some more images when I next have it up.

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