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    Hi everyone.

    I recently got the trailer. Now I need the RTT.

    Does anyone know any pro's and con's or experience of certain brands (Echo, Eezi-Awn, Howling Moon, MyWay etc)?

    I want to buy one with the closed side tent which they call "T -Top". An attached awning would also be great.

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    I looked at them all and there are so many advantages and disadvantages to all of them.

    I eventually chose the Howling Moon Trailer tent because of the quality and ease of use. I also found that it is totally waterproof and has stood up to extremely heavy rain and wind this December where most other tents where leaking.
    However, this past December one of my mates had a Big Boy trailer tent which was very impresive and has alot more space and cover compared to the HM.

    If I were buying again, it would be a hard choice between the HM and Big Boy tents.

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    I agree with Bruce, I have had a HM for about 5yrs now and been through some real bad wind and storms with it with no problems. Cant comment on the others.

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    Search the forum as there's heaps of info comparisons on the tents. I had a HM tent for 7 years and haven't had any problem with them. Now got a Hannibal which is the same i.t.o. useablility, but not quality. I'd still say HM is the top in all departments.
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    I had an Eazy-Awn and an Echo. I sold the Eazy-Awn but hung on to the Echo. It is totally waterproof. I have only one complaint about the Echo and that is the cover. It has a lot of latches to loosen and tighten. A bit of a hassle. If i have to buy again........Echo again!!!!
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    When deciding on a tent for a trailer there are quite a few points to consider: Are you using it as an off-road trailer, a tourer or a camper. Three very different applications, three different tents.

    Off-road: keep it as light as possible, consider ordinary RTT as apposed to trailer tent. Go large (1,8 or 2 m wide) for family or small (1,4) for couple.

    Tourer: keep the pitching and taking down simple, not more than 10-15 minutes. Many trailer tents would do this, but some can get very tricky with lots of poles and lots of pegs. But do consider the little more accomodation these will offer.

    Camper: If you are going to camp at Buffelsbaai for 14 days you need a good, strong, sturdy tent, preferably with enough inside room for those occasional rainy days. Wind and waterproofness are serious factors.

    Very often you want to do a bit of two or all three, then you have to compromise. I use my tents mainly for touring, so it's an easy decision. RTT, takes me about 10 minutes to pitch total camp.

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    My Easy-Awn is about 5 years old. Slept through huge hailstorm at Morgensbay and the best winds PE could come up with and never had any problems.
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    Thanks for your advice!

    Howling Moon sells a huge trailer tent for the best price and is easily available (supported). Eezi awn seems to be the father. Echo seems to be the prefered option for many.

    Will however do a physical inspection and first look at the options iro variations to setting up camp using all the awnings & side panels vs none.

    I heard there is an outdoor show soon in Joburg.

    I appreciate all your advice.

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    Dif, just a practical comment: I think all of the brands mentioned will do - choose the one manufactured closest to you. I am in Pretoria where Echo's factory is and it happened often over the past years that you want/need to do a modification/alteration/ replacement or something and it is easy to then get it done.
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    Another option that was not mentioned is Tentco. They now make a variaty of RTT and at this moment are by far the cheapest. The 1.2x2.4 tent is going for for less than R4000. They are situated in Jetpark next to the N12 just outside Boksburg towards Jhb.
    What the quality is concverned I can not comment but looking at it, it seems to be quite well made. Maybe worth your while just to pop in and have a look.
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    Hi All

    Anybody got any feedback from using a Tentco Rooftop tent?

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    Recently bought Serengeti (1.3m x 2.4m) from one of the forum members for R4 500. The Serengeti was my first option because of the weight - only 45kg but new the price can not be compared to Tentco. The packed height of the Serengeti is also the lowest (+/- 220 mm). You won't better Tentco at the current Tentco prices. I've visited them and the quality is excellent. Just some specs and prices to concider:

    Hannibal (1.4 x 2.44) - 50kg - R7 200 (packed height 300mm)
    Tentco (1.4 x 2.5) - 52kg - R5 500 (280mm)
    Open Sky (1.4 x 2.44) - 45kg - R6 500 (280mm) colour blue??
    Howling Moon (1.4 x 2.4) - 56kg - R6 700 (360mm)
    Eezi Awn (1.4 x 2.44) - ? 50kg+ - R7 500 (?)
    Serengeti (1.4 x 2.4) - 45 - R7 500 (220mm)

    I mainly concentrated on tents with propper ripstop material.

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    I dont know about the other makes construction but the echo trailer tent uses velcro "joiners" and my whole set up collapsed during our December hols at Yellowsands EC.Strong winds and this construction method does not work.I would like the Howling Moon trailer tent but at+/- R20K from Campworld its a bit out of reach
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    Chabby

    To say the system does not work, considering Echo have sold literally thousands of these tents, is a little harsh. I have the same tent which has endured many days of gale force winds. Once 3 days of 65 km/h plus winds, no problem.

    IMHO your setup looks a little loose and this probably contributed to your tent's collapse.

    Did you use storm straps? Any large canvas surface with open sides will be negatively affected by severe winds, Velco or not. By the way your tent should have the double Velcro where the awnings attach to the main tent, this is a recent addition and is not present on my unit. Still no collapse though.

    I will post a few pic's of our setup during the gale force winds in January 2008 at Oyster Bay, one of the worst wind spots in our area.

    Having defended the tent, I will concede that most of the fold open trailer based tents are not very comfortable in heavy winds, but i still enjoy my Echo immensely.

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    Pic's, one with storm straps (Oyster Bay), one without (Willows).
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    Hello Stockman
    My Echo setup has the double velcro system but....in strong winds it starts "tearing" loose from the rhs (when facing the tent/trailer).I used two 50mm washers and a 6 mm nut and bolt to reinforce the awning/tent velcro joint.I bought the trailer and tent second hand and dont think that the initial installation is correct as the window flaps on my setup are on the outside??I think i'll take it to Echo for a service (they are 30 min from my house.

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    Thanks for the reply and info, will let you know what I choose and whats its like.

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