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    Quote Originally Posted by EHoffmann View Post
    According to this page, it can go on a Jimny and the standard one weighs 48kg (sleeps 2)

    Edit: I also see other sites list it as 84 / 85 etc. Perhaps a good idea to contact a distributor direct.

    Phone Johan and speak to him, he has one on a Jimny himself, like I said he doesn't mind customizing so the weights could differ from tent to tent.
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    Davin - I have a hard shell RTT - Hannibal (no longer available) on my Gen 3 weight around 44kg.

    No problems but you have to become used to driving with it. You have to take special care in high winds where I have dropped speed down at times to below 80kmh. I take sharp bends slowly. Good to drive defensively!

    I am also using spacers (not installed due to the RTT).
    Would recommend hard shells - quick up and down.

    In spite of driving on some of the worst roads have no cracks in the car's roof structure but this might have something to do with the way the Frontrunner rack was professionally installed. There is a post in the forum by a member who had cracks. I have carried 80kg on the rack before without hassles but clearly the less weight on top the better!

    On weight issues and mounting chat to Frontrunner. They are very helpful and have specs on moving weight and standing weight.

    https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/za/
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    In my experience the bundutop is the most desirable out there with top class quality, workmanship and after sales backup the only negative is the cost. Easy awn make excellent products, hard shell and soft, their Manta awning is probably one of the easiest I have fitted to date.
    Other side of the coin is the tentco range, good value for money and works well, never worked with their hard shell stuff but the softies are good.


    Personaly I will never put a softie on top of a vehicle ever again. Pitching camp is easy and climbing up is not a problem but come the next orning and you need to close and fasten everything ..... . Huge mission, standing on the wheel to pull the cover and then going to the other side to do the same and back again ...... If it is mounted on a low level it is a brilliant piece of kit but on top of a SUV or canopy.. never again. The clamshell or solid stuff does not have these issues.
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    +1 hard shell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Davin - I have a hard shell RTT - Hannibal (no longer available) on my Gen 3 weight around 44kg.

    No problems but you have to become used to driving with it. You have to take special care in high winds where I have dropped speed down at times to below 80kmh. I take sharp bends slowly. Good to drive defensively!

    I am also using spacers (not installed due to the RTT).
    Would recommend hard shells - quick up and down.

    In spite of driving on some of the worst roads have no cracks in the car's roof structure but this might have something to do with the way the Frontrunner rack was professionally installed. There is a post in the forum by a member who had cracks. I have carried 80kg on the rack before without hassles but clearly the less weight on top the better!

    On weight issues and mounting chat to Frontrunner. They are very helpful and have specs on moving weight and standing weight.

    https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/za/
    My first overlanding trip in my Jimny was two weeks through Namibia. I have a frontrunner on it. It was loaded with a gas bottle middle left, 45l front runner water tank back right, two 20l Jerry cans with fuel back left. It was a stock suspension. Half way through the trip I realised that the Frontrunner was almost lying on the roof at the back. The frontrunner had bashed straight through the roof. I took it to a panel beater in Pretoria West that was highly recommended. Can't remember by who.

    The guy reinforced the roof with a square tubing "rollcage". 2 years later I did the tour through Angola with Voetspore with 4 Jerrycans on the back, two left, two right. I did upgrade the suspension to OME. Worked perfectly. I am guessing that as I have had about 80kg on my roof before now and drove on some terrible roads, having the Moremi on their could probably be ok. I might need to have someone look at my roof to make sure it is still ok.

    I am tired of dusty tents. I have a Tentco Senior Trailer tent on my trailer and the normal ground tent that has to be on the roof when I travel as it doesn't fit in the car anymore. This might be a good option. Just waiting for them to run a special again

    Will have a chat to Frontrunner as well.

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    I use OME.
    I would be interested in seeing how you pack Jimny
    for trips. Pics?



    Quote Originally Posted by Kradenko View Post
    My first overlanding trip in my Jimny was two weeks through Namibia. I have a frontrunner on it. It was loaded with a gas bottle middle left, 45l front runner water tank back right, two 20l Jerry cans with fuel back left. It was a stock suspension. Half way through the trip I realised that the Frontrunner was almost lying on the roof at the back. The frontrunner had bashed straight through the roof. I took it to a panel beater in Pretoria West that was highly recommended. Can't remember by who.

    The guy reinforced the roof with a square tubing "rollcage". 2 years later I did the tour through Angola with Voetspore with 4 Jerrycans on the back, two left, two right. I did upgrade the suspension to OME. Worked perfectly. I am guessing that as I have had about 80kg on my roof before now and drove on some terrible roads, having the Moremi on their could probably be ok. I might need to have someone look at my roof to make sure it is still ok.

    I am tired of dusty tents. I have a Tentco Senior Trailer tent on my trailer and the normal ground tent that has to be on the roof when I travel as it doesn't fit in the car anymore. This might be a good option. Just waiting for them to run a special again

    Will have a chat to Frontrunner as well.

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    Asking which is the best RTT is a bit like asking what is the best car.

    It depends on your priorities. If price is the determining factor its probably Tentco seeing as they are the cheapest. If its ease of use its Bundutop.

    Personally we have a Custom Leisure Tech Quick Pitch RTT (I'm still waiting for them to be sued over that name). For us it was a nice blend of ease of use, lower price and weight.

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    I think the recent YouTube by Ronny Dahl and Tyler Thompson has changed many views in Australia re weights on vehicle's roof and should be checked;

    (1) I STUFFED UP!! Overloaded my Roof - YouTube

    (1) Is your ROOF RACK a DISASTER waiting to happen?! Every 4wder needs to see this! - YouTube

    In addition there is a recent website post on the Jimny Roof Load Limit posted last month

    Jimny Roof Load Weight 😱 – Geordie Jimny

    I think the bottom line is to check your vehicle manufacturer's rating for your vehicle rather than the roof rack or RTT manufacturer's recommendations. Your vehicle warranty or insurers could have a lot to hide behind if you are not careful. What happens if the roof top failure results in a bad injury or death to a 3rd party, that becomes even more serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    I use OME.
    I would be interested in seeing how you pack Jimny
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    Eezy Awn Blade ek dink dis n puik RTT

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    Hands down the IKamper 4x

    Yes the stock mattress sucks balls.... I replaced it with Quomoto self inflatable mattresses.

    Best thing ever!

    I can close my mattresses plus a sheet and a double duvet with ease!

    This RTT is massive! Easy to set up and break down, faster than most others!

    Definatley IKamper had my vote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by empire View Post
    Hands down the IKamper 4x

    Yes the stock mattress sucks balls.... I replaced it with Quomoto self inflatable mattresses.

    Best thing ever!

    I can close my mattresses plus a sheet and a double duvet with ease!

    This RTT is massive! Easy to set up and break down, faster than most others!

    Definatley IKamper had my vote!
    Have u had it a while? Last time I looked at pricing on it at front runner it was a ...wow...

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    One enemy of a 4x4 is excessive weight, especially on the roof. This has been drummed into me by this forum, and further confirmed by Ronny Dahl and other 4x4 specialists.

    In keeping with this, I've been looking for the lightest roof top tents available. Many 4x4 accessories manufacturers / resellers do not list the weights of their products on their websites, and some do.

    So far the lightest soft shell I've found is the Frontrunner RTT, tipping the scales at 43kgs.
    I like the soft shell as I have a roof rack, and the soft shell leaves space for other stuff.

    The lightest generally seem to be the smallest too. Better for packing space on the roof, but may not suit everyone.

    Here's a (very short) list of the RTTs I've found so far, on the interwebs, that had their weights listed:

    1) 42kgs - GZ Aluminium Canopies ultra-lightweight carbon fiber clam shell - https://www.gzcanopies.com/product-p...inium-canopies
    2) 43kgs - Frontrunner soft shell - https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...-top-tent.html
    3) 45kgs - Eezi-awn jazz and series 3 soft shells (smallest) - I phoned and enquired
    4) 48kgs - Thule Tepui Ayer 2 soft shell - https://www.thule.com/en-za/rooftop-tents-and-accessories/rooftop-tents/thule-tepui-explorer-ayer-2-_-901200
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    Another light clamshell

    https://www.customleisuretech.co.za/...-roof-top-tent

    +-50kg including mattress

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    Quote Originally Posted by slodj View Post
    Here's a (very short) list of the RTTs I've found so far, on the interwebs, that had their weights listed:

    1) 42kgs - GZ Aluminium Canopies ultra-lightweight carbon fiber clam shell - https://www.gzcanopies.com/product-p...inium-canopies
    2) 43kgs - Frontrunner soft shell - https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...-top-tent.html
    3) 45kgs - Eezi-awn jazz and series 3 soft shells (smallest) - I phoned and enquired
    4) 48kgs - Thule Tepui Ayer 2 soft shell - https://www.thule.com/en-za/rooftop-tents-and-accessories/rooftop-tents/thule-tepui-explorer-ayer-2-_-901200
    Thank you much for your research! As I did extend the list for my article, it could be useful for you too, have no idea about the quality: 24kgs - Decathlon RTT (noname)

    I did try to do the calculation for the Ford Ranger UTE for using them to carry a RTT for offroad purpose



    Article:
    https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021...-top-tent.html

    Looks like not only many Pickups did have an Issue if they are plan to do serious offroad with a equipped RTT.. Just the bigger Landcruisers like the J20 did bring enough capacity...

    I did try to collect any link for other car brands and different models there too, too here to this thread. Hope that helps. Not anyone want to watch extended YT Videos where they need 20 minutes to say something you can show with some sencences and pictures a lot quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by empire View Post
    Hands down the IKamper 4x

    Yes the stock mattress sucks balls.... I replaced it with Quomoto self inflatable mattresses.

    Best thing ever!

    I can close my mattresses plus a sheet and a double duvet with ease!

    This RTT is massive! Easy to set up and break down, faster than most others!

    Definatley IKamper had my vote!
    Where do I get this mattress?

    i have a bad back, so a new mattress will be essential.

    Can i get one made?

    Thanks

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    Thank you...

    I am still looking at the options...

    at this stage the Budutop looks high up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scalci View Post
    Thank you...

    I am still looking at the options...

    at this stage the Budutop looks high up

    You won’t go wrong with that choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobscratchit View Post
    Where do I get this mattress?

    i have a bad back, so a new mattress will be essential.

    Can i get one made?

    Thanks
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