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    Hi All,

    Speak to me about your hard shell roof top tent. I am looking at fitting one on my 130 but am not sure which is best. So far shortlist is Bundutec and Eezi Awn Stealth.

    Please share pictures of your setups also as well as the good and bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Hi All,Speak to me about your hard shell roof top tent. I am looking at fitting one on my 130 but am not sure which is best. So far shortlist is Bundutec and Eezi Awn Stealth. Please share pictures of your setups also as well as the good and bad.Thank you

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    Had our Bubdutop for over five years now. It has been on the original Gen 2 Pajero, on the Gen 3 pajero and now on my trailer.

    Only good things to say about it, nothing bad at all.

    Last trip to Mabua we had a mix of TTT, off road trailer , ground tents and the Bundutop. Everyone except ourselves moaned that it was cold during the night. We never noticed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Had our Bubdutop for over five years now. It has been on the original Gen 2 Pajero, on the Gen 3 pajero and now on my trailer.

    Only good things to say about it, nothing bad at all.

    Last trip to Mabua we had a mix of TTT, off road trailer , ground tents and the Bundutop. Everyone except ourselves moaned that it was cold during the night. We never noticed.
    I think the Whisky had something to do with that!
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    The Bundutop is a seriously nice piece of kit and although it has a bit of insulating cover fabric in the top the sides are all of hthe same ripstop that the others are made of. As said maybe good single malt insulation anti freeze
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    Not strictly a hard shell tent but I have the Custom Leisure Tech Quick Pitch tent. Its a soft shell but operates like the clam shell tents. It has most of the advantages of a hard shell the main difference being that it has 8 clips and a zip to undo rather than 2 clips. Personally I don't find it a hassle and as the name suggests I am vertically challenged.

    The advantage is it costs about half of the hardshells and barely weighs 50kg.

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    Check this out Bruce

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    Bruce, anything that is easy to erect and pack away . Must be comfortable and not too high to climb into . My Budutec ( which really is brilliant) , I have also chosen to put on an overland trailer .

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    1. time - set up and down
    2. how easy is it for one person
    3. how much weight can you load on top (eg roof rack or solar)
    4. hight profile (depends how important that is to you)
    5. get a good ladder
    6. can you store your goeters inside that you want to store inside when it's closed up.
    and then enjoy whichever works for you
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    Some of the things I really like about my bundutop is:
    -The large flat roof, I have a 290W solar panel permanently mounted on top. That is enough power so that I don’t require a dc-dc charger, only mppt.
    -The small veranda is big enough to keep the rain out of the tent, but small enough that it doesn’t flap too widely around like most of the other RTT’s flysheets.
    -All 4 sides can be used to enter/exit the tent, and are obviously gigantic windows.
    -The 100mm mattress is amazing.

    Unfortunately the biggest downside is that it’s a complex system, so if you forget to release a latch you will probably bend or damage something.

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    Maybe a left-field question and I will be told to go buy a Tazz, but here goes: I would assume rooftop tents all have a negative effect on fuel consumption. Are there any that are better/worse than others? Some just look like a big shoe box while some seem to have a sort of aerodynamic shape. Has anybody ever tested this or seen tests, or are they are much of a muchness in that respect?

    Btw, might be slightly OT, but might also assist the OP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walkabout View Post
    Maybe a left-field question and I will be told to go buy a Tazz, but here goes: I would assume rooftop tents all have a negative effect on fuel consumption. Are there any that are better/worse than others? Some just look like a big shoe box while some seem to have a sort of aerodynamic shape. Has anybody ever tested this or seen tests, or are they are much of a muchness in that respect?

    Btw, might be slightly OT, but might also assist the OP.
    I found an improvement when my RTT was fitted lower on the roof - rather than with the original spacers (between RTT and roof) By how much I don't know - but the drag was significantly less.
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    I notice small details.
    If I remember from when looking at these hard shells, the BunduTech was the only one which window / door canvis zipped from the bottom to the top, this means you can half close the canvis for privacy or against wind whatever, but still have a opening at the top for airflow. With windows working the other way around you can't do this, unless you roll up and tie down the loose flapping piece of canvis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy529 View Post
    I notice small details.
    If I remember from when looking at these hard shells, the BunduTech was the only one which window / door canvis zipped from the bottom to the top, this means you can half close the canvis for privacy or against wind whatever, but still have a opening at the top for airflow. With windows working the other way around you can't do this, unless you roll up and tie down the loose flapping piece of canvis.
    same as Alucab
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    I have done a fair bit of traveling with a normal roof top tent on my Pajero and believe me it has its own unique drama playing out every day. My train of thought was a quick and easy camping opportunity as often as possible.

    At first I had my 1200 rtt mounted on my Mini and it worked like a charm, setting up was a couple of minutes and striking was a piece of cake. With the trailer only being 1300 high it was a doddle.

    Next was a 4 week tour of the eastern Cape where we pitched and struck camp every day and now that big parachute was mounted on top of the roof rack of the Pajero. Everything changed
    Fuel consumption went through the roof and one could hear the canvas flap around at highway speed together with the deep drone of full throttle coming from the snorkel. High drag + open throttle is not good for reasonable fuel consumption.
    Going in to parking lots often resulted in being hit by the height boom on open air parking lots, why have those on an open air parking lot entrance??

    Getting in and out was not much different than on the trailer and the extra height did not phase us but when it came to striking camp it was a different story. the height was a big negative, early on in our tour we had to go out and buy a short little step ladder. This made life a bit easier but at best it was an hour before we could move off in the morning.
    We have done a lot of camping with just the Pajero and a dome tent and we were kitted and sorted for living from the back of the Pajero complete with water tanks, dual compartment fridge/freezer and all the fancy goodies to make life easy just the pitching and striking

    Pitching was a bit easier than the strike and once the covers were off and the ladder hooked up it did not take long to make the bed.....did I mention we did not have space inside the contraption for our pillows that had to ride in the vehicle.
    Would I do it again? on top of any SUV or bakkie canopy? ...... Not on your nelly. It works perfectly on a low vehicle where you can walk around and tie everything down.

    My choice for a roof top tent is the clam shell or solid top Bundu awn. The bundu awn is higher than the clamshell and would have a bit bigger effect on your fuel consumption but being smooth and solid nowhere near that of a floppy tent cover.
    Besides the price this is 1st prize for me' with its motorized open and shut it fills all the tick boxes of a lazy camper.

    Clamshells are much of a muchness with a more slimline profile and a fixed hinged front that you don't have to walk around to tie down. They have elastic cords pulling everything in to the hard shell and have a loop to pull everything shut with a fair amount of space for bedding as well.
    Easy, simple and straight forward, nothing wrong with any one of these.
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    Thanks all for the replies.

    I have always used Howling Moon traditional type roof top tents, and to be honest they are brilliant and comfortable but a PITA to set up and pack away.


    Will also take a look at the Freeline Campers option - Thank you Brucehun.

    Anyone use the Quickpitch product?

    For reference I will be fitting it to this canopy. (sorry not great pictures but will give you an idea)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Thanks all for the replies.

    I have always used Howling Moon traditional type roof top tents, and to be honest they are brilliant and comfortable but a PITA to set up and pack away.

    The Ezzi Awn Stealth is out although I really like their products. At over R40k and over R10k more than the Bundutec I just do not see the added value.

    The Bundutec is definitely leading the pack so far. And they seem to be the only ones interested in selling me one. They replied to my request with questions about what vehicle it would be fitted to, and even phoned me to ask a few questions about the canopy. The rest so far have basically just emailed a quote. I prefer people and companies that show interest.

    Will also take a look at the Freeline Campers option - Thank you Brucehun.

    Anyone use the Quickpitch product?

    For reference I will be fitting it to this canopy. (sorry not great pictures but will give you an idea)
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    Quote Originally Posted by EHoffmann View Post
    you know what you want make sure it fits in the garage!

    It doesnt fit in the garage currently
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    Quote Originally Posted by EHoffmann View Post
    1. time - set up and down
    2. how easy is it for one person
    3. how much weight can you load on top (eg roof rack or solar)
    4. hight profile (depends how important that is to you)
    5. get a good ladder
    6. can you store your goeters inside that you want to store inside when it's closed up.
    and then enjoy whichever works for you
    Item 2 is made a lot easier with a normal RTT if you tie a 5m cord to the top rung or, better, axle of the ladder.
    ... one can then push with the extended ladder or pull the cord when opening or lowering the tent.
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