Roof tent removal, storage, etc.

Animal Mother Sep 24, 2018

  1. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Well-Known Member Supporter I am in wales

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    I know many of you are using roof tents, of various shapes and sizes, from full length, to folding, clamshell, etc.

    Out of season (e.g. during UK winter) what do you do with the tent?

    How do you remove it?
    Where do you store it?
    Anyone have a fancy solution?

    I'd love to be able to reverse the 120 into the garage and ratchet strap the tent to the roof joists but my 120 wont fit in (or out again) with the tent fitted.
     
  2. fbnss

    fbnss Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    I got me a rosy to help lift it off the roof and then lean it against the garage wall.
     
  3. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Well-Known Member Supporter I am in wales

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    I've only got a 4'11" wife. Hence my need for an elegant solution. :laughing:
     
  4. fbnss

    fbnss Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    S thats not the perfect height then? :)
     
  5. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    I have a jib crane I fabricated on side of garage to lift my maggionlina rigid RTT on and off car, or use family or friends to help lift it in and off
    I then trolley it into garage on a small trolley I made
    Then another electric hoist hauls it up to rafters in garage, and ratchet straps hold it in place
     
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  6. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Snap! Barring an extra inch! :)

    I’ve partly made a trolley and slides to take our 1.6m Howling Moon over the back and down so it sits on its side. I then wheel it into the garage where it gets in the way all winter. I say partly as I’ve yet to fabricate the winch side of things. 60kg that size is a bit of a lump to shift about. It’s ok but not perfect and I may dream up something else.
     
  7. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Well-Known Member Supporter I am in wales

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    I've got the trolley bit sorted, it's bringing it down which is the PITA.

    I'll report back at the weekend with how many scratches and broken windows I have. ;)
     
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  8. nick_the_fish

    nick_the_fish Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    2 thoughts

    firstly, I got one down using a pulley on the limb of a tree (a very big, STRONG limb) once

    Secondly, 2 long lengths of timber secured to the back of the roof rack to be used as a slide. Use a piece of rope to control the decent??

    I guess it just takes some creative thinking and SAFETY FIRST

    Dare I say getting it off is the easy bit. Getting it back on next spring on the other hand.....
     
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  9. Bmonck

    Bmonck Member I am in england

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    I like the winch and slides idea.
    I normally invite a mate for a beer and then say “oh by the way could you lend me a hand with something on the Totyota ......”. Then we come close to putting our backs out lifting the Hannibal tent over the back of the car and tucked into the garage. I am 6 2” and can only just lift it high enough to clear the roof rack and off the back.
    However the beer then tastes richly deserved! :icon-biggrin: :obscene-drinkingbe:
     
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    Bmonck Member I am in england

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    Different mate but same beer ploy.....
     
  11. karl webster

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    ive done the plank idea.
    lifting one off myself (dont reccomend this)
    also pully system off roof of the shed
     
  12. chapel gate

    chapel gate Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Cheap ebay electric hoist from the rafters. Lifts it on and off the rack. Stays up there in between..
     
  13. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    The curved rails slot into the ends of similar rails on the roof rack and into slides in the trolley. A bit of silicone spray makes the whole thing work a bit too well. :lol: Ally channel on the bottom of the tent with PTFE strip in the root of it.

    It’s not perfect by any means but might be good if/when I figure out how best to do the winching.
     
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  14. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Well-Known Member Supporter I am in wales

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    That is very cool.
     
  15. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    It’s doable AM but it’s far from easy.
     
  16. Bmonck

    Bmonck Member I am in england

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    Thats very tidy indeed- but my roof rack (frontrunner) has no slots to join and my tent has 4 bolts that hang down, hence tent has to lifted clear before it can be moved backwards.
     
  17. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    Indeed, mine has been bolted to the custom made runners (inverted ally channel) that run on the rails (ally box section) that are bolted to the roof rack, a quick release system if you like.
     
  18. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    My system

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  19. Firewout

    Firewout Well-Known Member I am in belgium

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    My setup.
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  20. grantw

    grantw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    How do you guys go with storing the hard top style tents on their side? I've been scared to do that in case I damage it (Maggi airtop)
     
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