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Offline XVD.C.

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Rooftop tent
« on: July 04, 2013, 02:57:43 PM »
Good morning everyone –
Does anyone know the rooftop capacity of the XV. I was thinking about getting a rooftop tent such as the jamesbaroud.com discovery tent. I've seen sites in which people put those kinds of tents on the top of an outback or Forrester but no one seems to have done it yet on a crosstrek. Any thoughts?

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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2013, 04:50:44 PM »
You mean something like this?   

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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2013, 09:35:14 PM »
My fibreglass Columbus rooftop tent weighs 60kg, so it's within the dynamic weight limit on the rails. I wouldn't put any more up there, as this 60kg lump turns into substantially more when you're off road and the car is jumping about. Inertia turns that 60kg into hundreds of kg when you hit a large pothole or corrugations. Add to it your weight and someone else's, and your 60 kg turns into 200. If i were sticking to well constructed roads then I'd have no hesitation in putting mine up there.

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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 01:28:21 AM »
No, not exactly the one pictured above but more like these ones. I understand there is a dynamic load limit (150) but I was trying to figure out the static load limit. Tent is around 100lb and me and the wife would be like 300lbs or under together. Is that too much weight?

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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 02:34:44 AM »
Is my post visible? Just wondering if anyone actually sees what I contribute?

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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 06:40:01 AM »
Yep, your posts are visible Omaroo.
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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013, 07:27:04 AM »
I think its doable for sure.... you are not point-loading the roof.   I am not sure of the roof capacity, but 300-350lbs sounds like it's in the ballpark.  There are a few nice rooftop tents out there.... good luck with it!




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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 10:38:17 AM »
Hey XVDC....The pic you show appears as if some of the weight is supported away from the roof of that Toyota.  That can only help with weight distribution if you intend on setting up that way.  I say go for it.  IMO, the roof weight limit of 150 lb is expandable....almost certainly engineered to go beyond that lb. limit when static.
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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2013, 01:21:15 PM »
You mean something like this?   




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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2013, 01:43:25 PM »
You mean something like this?   




Every time I see an Aztec my soul shudders. I get that they were trying to do something different and fun, they just failed miserably at it....


I hear you.  How they ever greenlighted that albatros is beyond me.  People will buy "quirky", cute, different, and practical vehicles.  As GM and Pontiac found out, they will not buy Fugly.
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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2013, 06:29:38 PM »
I think its doable for sure.... you are not point-loading the roof.   I am not sure of the roof capacity, but 300-350lbs sounds like it's in the ballpark.  There are a few nice rooftop tents out there.... good luck with it!

Omaroo..... yes... we see your posts.... got any pics of the setup? 8)

Apologies - I wasn't sure whether the OP saw my response or not.

Here's my actual tent, on top of the previous owner's vehicle - a Forester. Best thing I've ever owned.


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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2013, 06:45:01 PM »
I love that tent on the forester what's the maker of it and rough price ?


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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2013, 06:56:25 PM »
In the USA, the Columbus is worth anywhere between $2,500 for a single bed in fibreglass to $5,000 for a double in carbon fibre.

http://www.autohomeus.com/rooftop/columbus.php

Are they worth it? If you spend a lot of time touring and stopping each night - YES. Unequivocally. To set it up - five seconds. To put it down and pack up - thirty seconds. Drive off - done.

I firmly believe, after owning several differing types that are similar, that this tent is my absolute favourite.

PS - I never sleep in my car. On a really cold morning you invariably end up with a ton of condensed water in your interior - including the instrumentation. Not good for your car if done on a repeated basis.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2013, 07:00:05 PM by Omaroo »

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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2013, 06:58:16 PM »
Those things look seriously cool ... but I wonder if their exterior dimensions are a little much for the Crosstrek?

Do you sleep lengthwise or crosswise in them?

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Re: Rooftop tent
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2013, 07:03:11 PM »
Those things look seriously cool ... but I wonder if their exterior dimensions are a little much for the Crosstrek?

Do you sleep lengthwise or crosswise in them?

I haven't tried mine on the XV. It's a double, so yes it might be a little large. You sleep with your head at the canvas end - feet towards the front of the car.

EDIT: I just measured it to be 2100mm long, which means that of you position it so that you could open the tailgate fully, it would have to come forward to the base of the windscreen on an XV. The roof bars aren't widely enough spaced either - meaning that the forward bar would nestle at the mid-point of the tent. The Forester has a much longer roof. The XV, therefore is too small in my opinion for a body-length rooftop tent. There is an alternative in the South African EezyAwn style of canvas rooftop tent that folds over in half, so are about 1400mm long packed - but they are very heavy. I've had two of these on my Nissan Patrol and Land Landrovers, but I certainly wouldn't flatten an XV under one.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2013, 07:44:55 PM by Omaroo »

 


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