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    Hi All,

    I have just been given a Echo roof top tent. Its 1.4 meters wide and 2.1meters long when opened.
    Now I would like to fit it to my roof rack. This weekend I put it up on the roof rack, opened it and tried to decide where to fit it. Im guessing it weighs around 50kgs so not easy to move on my own. (especially lifting it onto the roof rack )
    I can not decide where to fit it. I have narrowed the decision down to two options. Either mounting it so it opens over the drivers door or opens over the rear door. Either way I am going to have to cut some of the top railing off of the roof rack.
    I tow a trailer when I travel and this is making me wonder if its a good idea to mount the RTT over the back door because of the extra weight, but I do like the idea of a "roof" over the back door. (but then again it will mean I have to unhitch the trailer for those un planned one night stop overs in the bush.)
    Please let me know how you have mounted yours and why. (or any suggestions)

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    Bruce

    I also own a RTT and a trailer - in fact we used both just this weekend on the West Coast! I have my RTT fitted at the back of my RR, giving me a "roof" for the back door of my Disco if I do not use the add-a-room and allowing me to use the packing area of my Disco as the kitchen when using the add-a-room. The extension has a second door which allows access to the vehicle.

    Unhitching the trailer takes but a few minutes. I don't expect to use them at the same time too often though. The thinking is that the trailer goes along when we will be camping at the same place for some time whilst the RTT is for those trips where you stay in a different place every night.

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    Bruce,

    Take it from someone who's been there and put the tent on that nice trailer you made.

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    Search the forum. I'm sure this was discussed recently.
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    Thanks for th replies.

    Eben I have a trailer tent on the trailer.

    This tent is for the kids to sleep in, especially when in Botswana and in Zim, so they can be off of the ground for obvious reasons.

    So far it seems that the best place is the back opening to create a "roof" for the back.
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    Bruce

    I have two rooftop tents, fitted to a double cab. When I drive with both tents on, fuel consumption increases by about 15-25%. When I only have the rear one on, consuption only increases by 4-5%. (Think air rising over windscreen, bang into RTT.)

    A RTT only weighs around 45 - 55 kgs. That is less than your second spare wheel, and only slightly more than 2 jerry cans of fuel. It is infact better to have the RTT fitted at the back and heavier luggage more to the front.

    Having the Add-a-room over your tailgate makes a lot of sense. Bad weather simply happens, and we will miss a lot af pleasure if we always try to avoid that. But it is very convenient to at least have a bad weather contingency plan, like a roof or add-a-room over your tailgate.

    I manufacture rooftop tents, and as such fit plenty. Unless the user is very tall I would always suggest opening backwards.

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    Thankyou Jan. What tents do you make?

    I am tall (6ft 5) but I must admit I am leaning towards mounting the tent at the back for the cover like you suggested as I keep my fridge/s in the back of the disco.

    Im doing a soft trip next month to the Drakensburg so it will be a good time to test.

    Thanks for the replies.
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    Bruce

    For what it's worth, I am6 ft 2 and fit very comfortably into the Howling Moon Tourer. More than 6 inches spare when I am nice and comfortable.
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    Herbie, I think you misunderstood. We are talking about when the tent is open and standing underneath it without hitting your head....
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    Does it matter? Bumping your head walking next to the vehicle vs bumping your head when walking around the back? :-)

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    guess you got me there......
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    Im used to bumping my head but I still swear every time!!.....

    I think I will put the tent over the back door.

    Thanks for the advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    What tents do you make?
    The Myway and Serengeti Ranges, see www.mywaytents.co.za

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    Jan,
    For ethical reasons I e-mailed you, did not want to discuss your product on the site vs other products. I drive a Fortuner 3.0D and the rear door lifts open and higher than the top of the roofrack hence is forced to mount it sideways.
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    Herman,
    If you need some luggage space too (most Fortuner drivers do lack a bit of space) a full length roofrack is a good idea. Then you could fit the tent far backwards on the Fortuner, and stick some foam padding to the bottom of the opening half of the tent. This prevents the tailgate from being scratched when opened up against it. Again, for the tall guys, wear a safety helmet. (Or just a scrum cap!)
    Jan

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