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    I have been toying with an idea for some time. This idea has been inspired by the fact that I get rather annoyed at night whilst we are sleeping in the rooftop tent. Any movement by either of us causes the suspension to roll or bounce, especially side-to-side.

    I can not even imagine what it must be like on vehicles with 2 rooftop tents with 4 occupants.

    So before I get into reinventing the wheel, are there any universal stands or locks out there that can be fitted quickly and easily and that do not take up a load of valuable space? I have conventional suspension in my LC, and while I can, I guess, fit blocks between the body and axle (or wheelarch and wheel) I would prefer something more stable between the body and the ground.

    It must also be self contained, i.e. no loose handles and feet and clips and pins that can get lost and render the unit useless.

    As said earlier, I do have an idea in mind and have scoured the www but cannot find anything close to what I would like.

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    Two small bottle jacks?

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    Hmmmm hou die hande buite die komberse
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Two small bottle jacks?
    Sadly, they would need to be rather long bottle jacks to go from the ground to the chassis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Hmmmm hou die hande buite die komberse
    @WAJ, ek het nie die probleem terwyl ek wakker is nie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    Ratchet strap. Compress the suspension.
    That would involve crawling under the vehicle every evening and every morning. Bit of a PITA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghouwens View Post
    That would involve crawling under the vehicle every evening and every morning. Bit of a PITA.
    Strap from wheel to roofrack if possible without damaging body.

    There is no easy solution.

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    Would air helpers not assist with reducing the movement quite a bit if inflated to max? You would still have some movement through the tyre and airbags. But should help a bit.

    Alternative dakar style built in pneumatic jacks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gootka View Post
    Alternative dakar style built in pneumatic jacks
    That is the kind of thing I have in mine, but a manual version.

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    Caravan Jacks, fitted on the chassis under the rear bumper?
    Or similar jacks as used on the Bushlapa miskruier. Can be fitted and removed easily?
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    Which way does your tent open? Across the vehicle or along the length?

    If across, and assuming you have rock sliders fitted, try a hi-lift jack under the overhang?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    Which way does your tent open? Across the vehicle or along the length?

    If across, and assuming you have rock sliders fitted, try a hi-lift jack under the overhang?
    I have had tents both ways. I do find that having the tent length wise (with the ladder at the rear of the vehicle) exaggerates the effect, as the vehicle tends to have more movement side to side than it does front to back. I prefer having the tent folding out to the side.

    I sat with a pencil and paper this afternoon and an idea is taking shape. Will play with it a little and make a bit of a prototype over the next 21 days and see what transpires.

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    [QUOTE=ghouwens;4355692]I have had tents both ways. I do find that having the tent length wise (with the ladder at the rear of the vehicle) exaggerates the effect, as the vehicle tends to have more movement side to side than it does front to back. I prefer having the tent folding out to the side.

    I sat with a pencil and paper this afternoon and an idea is taking shape. Will play with it a little and make a bit of a prototype over the next 21 days and see what transpires. Maybe a frame that slides out underneath the roof rack with supporting legs adjustable (Broadsides)
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    Seems lockdown is at the order of the day now. I think it's a bit too much, lockdown here there and everywhere.

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    If it is a real kitted 4x4, should you not have some mounting points for your high lift jack on both sides of the bumper?
    Get a 2nd jack and prop up both sides.
    You really do not need to lift your car in the air, just support it.
    Problem fixed!!!


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    A 4x4 obstacle driver once complained his rear diff articulated too much so he used a small chain to prevent the rear diff from moving too much downwards.
    He welded the chain to the diff and to the chassis. You can just hook it in before you go to sleep.
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    If you take a ratchet strap and hook it onto the rim of the wheel and onto the top edge of the load box you might have won more than 50%

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    Morning. Why do you not fit the legs like on camping trailer or caravans on each side of vehicle. May that they can slide in and out and be stored when not in use.

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    Or if you have fancy yourself an engineer of some sorts why not try and do a kind of foot rest/legs like truck trailers have when they unhook the trailers from the cab section
    Quote Originally Posted by zebraas View Post
    Morning. Why do you not fit the legs like on camping trailer or caravans on each side of vehicle. May that they can slide in and out and be stored when not in use.

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