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    Hey all,

    I have found some mixed threads on which tent to buy but I'm not really being swayed in either direction.
    The type of tent I am looking at is the traditional fold in half type and so far Tentco does not look bad. They are a few thousand cheaper than other brands and I have not found anything bad about them.
    Both companies have been very helpful and friendly so far.
    The Tentco claims a folded height of 200mm and Hannibal 300mm, I'm guessing the ladder might not be included in Tentco's folded spec?
    I'm not sure how many people have tried out multiple brands but any user experience would be useful.

    Thank you in advance.
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    I can only comment on Tentco products in general as I have some of them. Never had a problem with any product and whenever we visit the store, we find them most helpful.

    As for RTT's in general:

    What weight canvas

    Does it have awnings for the windows and or doorway

    Can you access from either side or just one

    Does it have a fly sheet

    Does it have a travel bag and if so is it completely removable.

    The first RTT we had was a Myway Serengeti. Really enjoyed the tent, it was easy to put up, the canvas weight was enough for rainy days and it had a flysheet and spring steel rods for the door and window openings.

    It also had a wooden floor which I enjoyed as it was a nice chore to give it a good polish and keep it in good condition.

    The things I did not like was:

    Could not keep pillows and duvet inside, biggest problem as we always had to find space for them somewhere else.

    The travel cover was stitched to the base of the cover and this meant that it was always hanging over a door.

    The original mattress was 50 mm which was not comfortable for me, I had to go to 75mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    I can only comment on Tentco products in general as I have some of them. Never had a problem with any product and whenever we visit the store, we find them most helpful.

    As for RTT's in general:

    What weight canvas

    Does it have awnings for the windows and or doorway

    Can you access from either side or just one

    Does it have a fly sheet

    Does it have a travel bag and if so is it completely removable.

    The first RTT we had was a Myway Serengeti. Really enjoyed the tent, it was easy to put up, the canvas weight was enough for rainy days and it had a flysheet and spring steel rods for the door and window openings.

    It also had a wooden floor which I enjoyed as it was a nice chore to give it a good polish and keep it in good condition.

    The things I did not like was:

    Could not keep pillows and duvet inside, biggest problem as we always had to find space for them somewhere else.

    The travel cover was stitched to the base of the cover and this meant that it was always hanging over a door.

    The original mattress was 50 mm which was not comfortable for me, I had to go to 75mm
    Thanks for this detailed response. Both products seem to come with similar kit, fly sheet, spring steel type awnings, mattress etc. The Hannibal has a heavier canvas, probably a good thing but perhaps not necessary.
    I think both tents have the shade net style windows.
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    Please look at the Clamshell's - up and down in seconds etc.
    Hassle free camping.

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    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Please look at the Clamshell's - up and down in seconds etc.
    Hassle free camping.
    I would love one of these but the price is a bit out of reach unfortunately.
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    Every now and then one comes up for sale on the forum.

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    Thank you for all the replies.
    Hannibal has offered me a slightly secondhand 1.4m tent including fitment at a very good rate. If everything goes according to plan I should have it fitted late next week.
    Motivation for choosing this tent was that they are manufactured within a 45min drive from where I stay, the price and good feedback that I found on the forum.
    Hopefully what people have been saying is true and a majority of your bedding can remain in the tent when folded.
    I'm sure the Tentco would have been a good tent as well but it would have been a slightly more complicated process to collect it, mount it, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reflex View Post
    Thank you for all the replies.
    Hannibal has offered me a slightly secondhand 1.4m tent including fitment at a very good rate. If everything goes according to plan I should have it fitted late next week.
    Motivation for choosing this tent was that they are manufactured within a 45min drive from where I stay, the price and good feedback that I found on the forum.
    Hopefully what people have been saying is true and a majority of your bedding can remain in the tent when folded.
    I'm sure the Tentco would have been a good tent as well but it would have been a slightly more complicated process to collect it, mount it, etc.
    Hannibal... never again. Think twice before you spend any money with them.
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    May I ask what went wrong?
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    Default Re: Hannibal or Tentco RTT

    Between those two Hannibal without a doubt...
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Between those two Hannibal without a doubt...
    I had a railing fitted to my Hannibal roof rack the week before last. The quote email and follow up emails to accept and arrange fitting was answered by Jacques same day every time. I popped in and was out in less than an hour. Quick considering it had to be made from scratch. Service was friendly so my experience was good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooskop View Post
    I had a railing fitted to my Hannibal roof rack the week before last. The quote email and follow up emails to accept and arrange fitting was answered by Jacques same day every time. I popped in and was out in less than an hour. Quick considering it had to be made from scratch. Service was friendly so my experience was good.
    Yes I've also been dealing with Jacques who has been prompt, friendly and very helpful.
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    I wound up fitting the Hannibal 1.4m. See https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...37#post4050937
    Can't say I'm impressed with the service but I will close my eyes to the issues and try make the most out of it.
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    So sorry you had a bad experience.

    Here is wishing you many exciting adventures to make up for it.
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    I have used a Hannibal for years with no problems. It is a great tent and can handle strong winds and heavy rain. Maybe upgrade the mattress or add eggshell foam on top of it to give a more comfortable sleep. Mine is about 10 years old so not the latest model.

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    Default Re: Hannibal or Tentco RTT

    Quote Originally Posted by reflex View Post
    I wound up fitting the Hannibal 1.4m. See https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...37#post4050937
    Can't say I'm impressed with the service but I will close my eyes to the issues and try make the most out of it.
    Reading your response in the other thread, I don't think I would be equally "understanding". "Not impressed" would be an understatement.
    Trust the tent makes up for it!
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    Default Re: Hannibal or Tentco RTT

    Very happy with Front Runner, extremely light with a low aerodynamic profile and integrated ladder, but requires a supplementary mattress as the original is a bit thin. Easily manhandled onto the roof of the FJ by two people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonN View Post
    Reading your response in the other thread, I don't think I would be equally "understanding". "Not impressed" would be an understatement.
    Trust the tent makes up for it!
    Yeah you know there is almost no chance they will replace a massive piece of trim worth a couple of grand. They will probably attempt to repair it and in the process of removing the roof lining a second time screw up more things.
    I was planning on doing it myself but as usual my trust in "experts" has let me down.
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    I can but empathize. Doesn't help slamming the door after the cat's run out...
    Anyhoe....enjoy the tent and happy miles!

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