Awesome setup...you have my dream rigging with that top tent. I really want to grab one of those one day.This is the rack I made four years ago to put my Maggiolina Extreme roof top tent on. Made of aluminum with triangulated bracing, overkill gussets, and front end tabs to mount a Thule windscreen on. Black powder coated finish.
Since the mounting points on the E are close together you can see how I brought the bracing back to the suporting stantions. The front is also higher than the rear so that the tent sits parallel to the ground.
Mine is wide enough so that the tent's ladder hooks on the sides.
My wife and I have slept many a night up there over the years. It is wonderful sleeping in up there.
Its nice to see a product that is superior to any aftermarket bars being offered to folks in TPS Lizard's racks. With all four mounting points tied together I'm sure his is rock solid.
Actually I think the Europeans used them most/first and then they migrated to Africa (common sense). The Italian company Autohome (my tent's mfg) is over 50 years old. I have a Popular Mechanics mag from the 40's with a home-made version on a station wagon.The roof top tents have their genesis in Africa, where things that crawl at night are mostly hungry and/or poisonous. So a ground tent would be more vulnerable.
Another advantage of the roof top tent: easy to pitch and no tracking dirt into the tent. Negatives include worse aerodynamics for the E and pricey.
Bottom line: different strokes...
Already one good reply: Camp where you parkI'm actually not trying to be a smart-a** here, I'm genuinely curious. Why would you want to pitch a tent on top of your car? The only reason I could thing of is that there isn't enough room to pitch your tent and park your car, but all the pictures I've seen so far appear to be in campgrounds where there is, indeed, enough room for both. It seems very precarious and difficult to climb in and out of. No?
Actually I think the Europeans used them most/first and then they migrated to Africa (common sense). The Italian company Autohome (my tent's mfg) is over 50 years old. I have a Popular Mechanics mag from the 40's with a home-made version on a station wagon.