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Unread 29th October 2010, 06:30 AM
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Default Roof mounted tent????

Hi Guys

I have a 2006 Forester X. Camping in Botswana and other places in Africa might lead to some encounters with big cats and things like hippos and stuff. Much better to be in a roof tent.

Do you know what the roof load capacity of my car is? My wife and I weigh a combined 130 kg. Add 40 kg for a tent and suitable mounting and you have 170 kg.

Surely this is not too much to ask of the roof?

What is your opinion?
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My non-technical opinion is that pretty much all cars nowadays are designed to support the full mass of the vehicle while it's on its roof. Otherwise, you'd be pretty well **** outta luck if you were in a rollover accident.

I could be wrong.
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Static load is not a problem. That B pillar has 7 layers of steel in it! Just don't leave your wife up there while driving
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You've got a roof mounted tent don't you Kevin? Got any other pro's and con's of a roof mounted tent that you could share with us?

I'm keen to know some more about them from someone who's used one on a subi...

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Pros - quick set-up / pack-up; most designed for wet pack-up as well; provides shade for the vehicle when parked; fantastic when touring with overnight stops; off the ground when camping; can move camp without packing up e.g. to a better position and/or rotate to catch the sun in the morning; bedding remains all set up (no matresses to inflate etc)

Cons - must have garage roof space to store (and be able to open to dry if packed up wet); if base camping have to pack up every day for day trips; getting in & out can be interesting in the wet; (I keep a plastic bag in the camper to store boots); effort to attach for a weekend overnighter may be more than pitching a tent; if you get the large bulky type, drag and hence fuel use will increase.

I'll add more if I think of anything............
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Carrying roof weight for a Subaru forester is 70kg, this is multiplied by 4 when stationary so you are safe to put 280kg up there on your standard rails......Sounds like fun, thinking about getting one myself.
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Saw such tent. These children have made round-the-world travel on the Forester. Probably they now in Australia.




I think with it it is possible to communicate in its blog.

http://www.getjealous.com/getjealous...7&go=subaroute

http://www.getjealous.com/getjealous...d&go=subaroute

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A reminder of mine:

packed up




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Yeah I've been following the 'Subaroute' blog and last i read they were here in Oz for most of the year, but are now in Argentina. I've seen Kevin's roof top tent in action. It works a treat.

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I have once tried the Maggiolina which I though was great
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