Great tent and functional kitchen. Well done!
I purchased 'heavy duty' leafs a number of years ago and the jeep stopped hitting the rear bumb stops. I'm happy with my lack of lift. Maybe someday I'll get the bug for big tires. But lift isn't all good and I've not yet been shut out of somewhere I wanted to go because of tire size.Very creative.
I think you should look into 1" lift shackles for the rear, to level it out when loaded. I'd say to get 1" lift leafs, but I've never seen such a thing.
I think I built the tent for under $200. There's a bill of materials several pages back. You can follow the links to prices. Of course I didn't include the roof rack in the $200 since I purchased the jeep with it on top. It's expensive if you have to buy the rack.How much money do you have into the construction of the tent?
Canvas supplier says it is for outdoor use such as boat covers. My experience is limited since I only set up the tent when I'm using it. It doesn't get the day on day exposure a boat cover would. So no complaints so far, but no really long time in the sun either.how well has the canvas you used held up to the sun?
"You wouldn't need the tailgate..." You know I've thought a lot about how to get from the back to the top. Presently you have to take the casita walls off and roll the sombrero. It's not a major pain in dry weather.Wow... Just Wow... :Wow1:
I recently got myself an XJ, and this is an inspiration!
Just a thought: have you considered replacing the "sombrero" with a sleeve that zipps up to the edge of the tent? Using the same hoop as you currently have, it would cover the same area, and you could use the same walls of the "casita". The advantage would be that you wouldn't need the tailgate to hold it up, and you'd have a covered 'passageway' between the "casita" and the tent for less cooperative weather.
Not sure if that makes sense, but I'll see what I can scratch together in MS paint...
Here we go. Sorry for the pic mutilation...
Run lines/fiberglass poles as shown by the red lines, and cover w/ another piece of canvas.