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11-07-2003 02:31 AM
amzimmy
Automated TopTent


I have discussed this matter briefly with Barry, his idea is to use a small battery operated hand held motor with clutch, similar to a small cordless drill. The motor will be inserted in the existing lever key. Let's see how it works [;)]!

This weekend , Dirk and I will dismantle the back axel on the "G", there is a suspicion that the diff is damaged or something is not aligned properly since there is a suspicous play on the drive train which could be the cause of the diff-lock disingaging and ingaging. I will supply pictures of the findings!

Michel
11-06-2003 03:51 PM
Hipine
I know he's already thought of it but....

Make sure the motor is a through-shaft design, or better yet, an offset gear reduction design with over-running clutch, so that the hex shaft is still available for use when needed.

Just after I got the top-tent, a buddy of mine returned from a week-long jaunt with his pickup-bed camper. It's the kind with a roof that lowers a bit, and the roof is raised by an electric motor. He said he pulled into camp one night to find the thing only went up half way and stopped. The connection of the camper battery to the truck's electricals was loose and the camper battery had not been charging. This fellow (who's name also happens to be Barry, incidentally!) was in a position to simply pick up and move the truck to a camp site that had a mains hookup so his camper's battery charger could give enough power to finish raising the roof. (he didn't know where the battery problem lay at that point)

But the bottom line is, when I heard the story, my first thought was, "Man, I'm glad the TopTent doesn't depend on electricity."

There are two other things about the raising mechanism that bear exposure here.
1- NO cables. It's based on mechanical linkage and dry-run bushings on a threaded screw. Maybe it's unfounded, but I hate cables after one failed in our pop-up camper as a kid.
2- The crank for the lifitng mechanism mates to a standard hex shaft. If I forget/loose/break the lifting handle, I just pull a ratchet/socket/wrench/etc out of my tool kit and raise the tent.

There really is no price you can place on having something designed and built by the rare combination of someone who knows what's right, and cares enough to deliver it to the greatest extent of his ability to do so.

IMHO, the above statement goes for both Michel and Barry.

-Dave G.

PS - Brent, you ever figure out the house bat problem on the motor home?
11-05-2003 11:34 PM
amzimmy
TopTent

Thanks Dave for the kind words, I must say myself that the TopTent is a top product and even here in SA is regarded as one of the leaders in roof top tents.
Barry is rather a perfectionist and has applied improvements all the time. The next improvmet is to make it electrically operated!
The thing about the manufacturing of the tent is that he does not want to build them on a mass production plant, but rather on "as you order" production giving each customer to have his/her own wish, obviously restricted to the design and capability of the product a TV, HI-FI, inhouse Bar etc can not be incorporated [;)].
I am glad that you like the tent and wish you many years of enjoyment [:P] ,restfull sleep and problem free usage.
Should anybody wish to have more information on the product feel free to contact me.
I am NOT an agent or in anyway affiliated with the product or the manufacturing/selling/retail of the TopTent, I am just an offroader that enjoy sharing experiences and good products, I have several "T-shirts" for this and that in my cupboard [;)].

Michel
11-03-2003 08:21 AM
Hipine
Sounds cool!

The more access we have to good products the better. I think it would be great if you could bring a few more good tents in.

I found the same thing Dutch pointed out when I researched the Howling Moon tents. They seem to be REALLY similar to the Hannibal ones in ways that were significant to me. And the Hannibals already have a pretty well developed distribution system. You could maybe price-cut them a bit, but I'd think it would be tough going head to head, unless there's some significant feature of the HM that is a differentiator I missed.

Maybe bringing a few like the Top Tent would be a better venture since there's no direct competitor in the same design and materials. Of course, then I don't get to have the only one. [:(]

Yeah, maybe those howling moon tents would be a good idea.....[:)]

-Dave G.
11-02-2003 05:07 PM
Skenties
Re: Re: Roof Top tents from South Africa

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Anyone interested can contact me via email at:
h o o k a h i k o @ h o t m a i l . c o m (no spaces)

Attached is a photo of my tent. (Note that it's mounted to a Land Rover! I'm thinking about buying a G-Wagen, which is how I found this forum...) [:)]

Cheers,
JD
The tent looks a lot like the Hannibal tents, also from SA.

If you want email, please leave your address so it can be cut and pasted. Thanks.
11-02-2003 11:25 AM
DUTCH
Re: Roof Top tents from South Africa

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Anyone interested can contact me via email at:
h o o k a h i k o @ h o t m a i l . c o m (no spaces)

Attached is a photo of my tent. (Note that it's mounted to a Land Rover! I'm thinking about buying a G-Wagen, which is how I found this forum...) [:)]

Cheers,
JD
The tent looks a lot like the Hannibal tents, also from SA.

If you want email, please leave your address so it can be cut and pasted. Thanks.
11-02-2003 11:16 AM
Skenties
Roof Top tents from South Africa

Hi All!

I am new to the forum and this is my first posting...

NICE tent Hilpine. I have a "Howling Moon" tent that I slept in for three months while traveling through southern Africa.
It's great, and I still have it mounted to the top of my vehicle, now parked on the street here in Washington DC!

The tent has generated so much interest, that I now plan to bring several over in a container. Even if I pay retail prices for them in South Africa, I can re-sale them here in the U.S. for significantly less than what they cost through distributors. Of course, I will try to buy them wholesale...

There are US government incentives in place that allow for duty free importation of certain South African products. Depending on the brand, I may be able to bring in tents that qualify, reducing the cost even further.

I'm doing this as a private venture and am not setting up an import business. I don't expect to profit much from selling the tents, but if enough people are interested it will significantly reduce shipping costs, and make bringing over my kudu leather couch much more affordable! [8D]

Anyone interested can contact me via email at:
h o o k a h i k o @ h o t m a i l . c o m (no spaces)

Attached is a photo of my tent. (Note that it's mounted to a Land Rover! I'm thinking about buying a G-Wagen, which is how I found this forum...) [:)]

Cheers,
JD
11-02-2003 06:56 AM
Hipine
I'm guessing about 150 lb

My wife and I carried it into the garage from the trailer quite easily. I WILL need a lifting mechanism to get it up onto the truck, but that's something I should have had even for my roof rack, so I picked up hardware to rig something up. I'm not sure I'll get to it this weekend though. We'll see.

-Dave G.
11-01-2003 01:58 PM
Guy Sella
Hi Dave, Congratulation it looks like a grate roof tent. I am very intrested to know how...

Hi Dave,
Congratulation it looks like a grate roof tent.
I am very intrested to know how much does it weight.
Take care,
Guy
10-31-2003 03:15 PM
Hipine
Thanks Dave!


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