Overlanding with a Rooftop Tent
What Wikipedia has to say about Overlanding
What is the meaning of Overlanding?
Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal sometimes using a Rooftop Tent. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.
Rooftop Tents, a little history
I think Wikipedia describes it best. They say that a rooftop tent is an accessory that may be fitted to the roof of a motor vehicle which allows the users to sleep in relative safety and comfort above the vehicle and leaves the internal load-space free. The first example of roof-tents appeared in Western Europe in the 1930s.
Roof tents are particularly seen on expedition-prepared four-wheel-drive vehicles like Land Rovers but can be fitted to almost any vehicle. Generally, they will mount to a vehicle’s roof rack or aftermarket roof bars. They are particularly popular in Italy and one manufacturer advertises them using photographs of their devices fitted to cars as small as the Fiat Panda.
Designs and styles
Traditionally Roof tents have taken the form of a conventional ridge-pole tent which can be folded into a compact package, resting on marine plywood, and mounted on a roof rack. Beginning in 1958, more modern tent designs appeared. Housed in a waterproof, molded fiberglass or carbon fiber box.
This way it can be erected and taken down more quickly, only by using a simple crank-operated cantilever arrangement or gas rams. This erects the tent when the latches are released. In 2003 a French manufacturer introduced another design of simple and lightweight tents. Resembling modern sprung-pole types of ground tent.
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