Recent content by Lemsteraak

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    James Baroud roof cave in

    I'm no expert but I know rooftent design and the materials have improved a lot. For example, back in the 90's Maggiolinas came in two styles, the Maggiolina Adventure and the Maggiolina OnLine. The Adventure was and still is one of my favorites, incredibly rugged and had a flat top with a rack...
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    James Baroud roof cave in

    I should have been more clear that his fiberglass composite uses polyester resins which can deform with heat and pressure. In this case gravity. It does bring up a good point that some view aluminum as a better material but I think each shell material has pros and cons. Aluminum shells...
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    James Baroud roof cave in

    Actually 'da Frenchman is on the right track by saying there is some science involved. Fiberglass is a thermoplastic and will deform with heat. There are so many ways and formulations to make the fiberglass shells,, everything from carbon fiber and epoxy on the expensive side to the old...
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    Autohome Carbon Fiber Columbus

    Vehicle dynamics - a pet peeve of mine with roof top tent. I like carbon fiber for its weight and strength. You will get the same weight savings from going to a notch smaller tent too. Weight in general, and especially weight up high adversely affects how your vehicle handles. I justified...
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    Rooftop Tents - you call that a rain fly!

    Good point, actually a roof tent in many ways is more like a bivy than a tent. The best ones use fabrics similar to what you see in rain gear with PTFE linings or DWR treatments so they are highly water repellant yet breathe. The hardshell tents need really special fabrics as there is less of...
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    Budget Hard Shell RTT from Alibaba

    Wow, maybe they have Rolex watches too. Interesting, I wonder if that is the real cost of a knock off? It is interesting that they are copying an old North American version of the Maggiolina Airland. The European version is blue, AutoHome's color they use for expedition tents.
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    Which roof top tent????

    I'm with James, and don't see the advantage of an alloy roof. Yes, it may be more resistant to puncture but I'm much prefer repairing fiberglass to aluminum. White fiberglass is great, it reflects heat and doesn't absorb it. Weight is a critical factor, if you have anything over 150 pounds...
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    Autohome Air Top and Columbus Variant (any in Vancouver, Canada?)

    This may sound harsh but you may just need to pick up a phone and call them. May be relatively high tech roof tents but it is an old school company. I had lunch with Mike who runs the company a couple weeks ago and he said that they are running flat out. Had a big display at SEMA, I saw...
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    Autohome Air Top and Columbus Variant (any in Vancouver, Canada?)

    I apologize, I need to correct my previous post. I shot AutoHome an email and Mike got right back to me, over the weekend even. They have been making huge (to me) investments to meet demand and have over 150 tents in stock for this season. He said the crew came over from Italy and they had a...
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    Autohome Air Top and Columbus Variant (any in Vancouver, Canada?)

    Yes, it appears AutoHome has addressed more windows with their new "360", that might be what you are looking for. Personally, I've always preferred the crank up system as long as I have an extra crank handle, easy to lose. My guess is that AutoHome here in the US is on allocation so they are...
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    Autohome Air Top and Columbus Variant (any in Vancouver, Canada?)

    Don't be so tough on AutoHome, it is probably difficult for them to just answer their emails. Personally, I don't like it when vendors monitor a discussion, it colors it. We are lucky we don't have to import these direct from Italy, you don't want to see what a box looks like if it wasn't...
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    Autohome Air Top and Columbus Variant (any in Vancouver, Canada?)

    Good point, the Maggiolina's mattress is a little thicker and the roof when closed is a little higher. It is a better cold weather tent, you need the extra cushion when it is cold. I've found the ACS mat from AutoHome is something special, from Germany. It is only about 1/2 inch thick and...
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    Roofnest's new Sandpiper Rooftop Tent

    Maybe I can offer a suggestion?, well more like opinion .... unsolicited, I know. If you want to keep the height low to get inside garages, you want the middle of the tent to be the highest part. If you look at the approach angles to get into most garages, driveways are sloped down for...
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    Painting / Protecting Maggiolina Extreme RTT

    I'd highly recommend sticking with the white gelcoat, it is really durable. Wax it once a year with 3M fiberglass polish and that is it. If the gelcoat gets really oxidized then wet sand with an ultra fine sandpaper to flatten and again fiberglass polish. The gelcoat is really thick. It is a...
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    Anti-condensation mat?

    I'm working on a fiberglass boat that will be heading to Alaska. Because the water is so cold, condensation is a concern. Kicking ideas around with a buddy up there and he recommended that I line the hull with sheet cork which I thought is a brilliant idea. Cork is natural and anti-fungal as...