Roof Tent

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Toots

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Aug 22, 2005
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I was put off the roof tent idea by the weight issue so went for this:-

Outhaus tent and awning. I reckon it'll do the job nicely. The tent it's self is a manageable weight for one person but doesn't quite fit in my Brownchurch roof rack but that can be overcome.
This is a test setup in the garden, just before lockdown so not been put to use yet sadly. I have had time to make some side walls "baker tent style" however.
 
May 18, 2020
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I just remember my dads landy in the early 70's with his 2a swb when I was a kid going on our hols towing our big heavy caravan with a home made roof rack made out of conduit ( spelling ) an out board motor, hors, fuel tank for the boat full of fuel 2 gals tank I think it was, fishing rods, wind breakers and then the Fibrecell dingy on top and once it was all loaded the landy stood taller than the caravan and we never had any issues at all so a roof rack with a roof tent on top shouldn't be that heavy surely.
 

Broch

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Jan 18, 2009
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The maximum roof weight (including roof rack) for a Defender 110 is only 75 or 80 kg - I reckon my roof tent was way over that. I do not believe the Series Landy's are any better, probably worse. There are no steel supports to the roof so the load bearing capability is severely limited and, probably more important, the centre of gravity and cornering are seriously compromised.
 

lou1661

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Jul 18, 2004
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I had a Brownchurch model on my 110, I Know the weight was well forward and it was an old model so fairly heavy but very rugged. Made the car wallow like a pig.
Used it all year around in the UK, down to -7 was warm enough, the canvas kept the wind out and kept it dark in the early sunrises really comfortable to sleep in. It did get a bit "interesting" in high winds.
It was really quick to pitch, probably only 5 mins from arrival to cracking a beer. which was nice. When I rebuilt the car I got rid of the rack and tent to try and keep the weight down, and also SWMBO didn't like climbing up and down the ladder in the night. Do I miss it? yes. Would I get another no....... well maybe, they are cool.


Louis
 
May 18, 2020
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Manchester
The maximum roof weight (including roof rack) for a Defender 110 is only 75 or 80 kg - I reckon my roof tent was way over that. I do not believe the Series Landy's are any better, probably worse. There are no steel supports to the roof so the load bearing capability is severely limited and, probably more important, the centre of gravity and cornering are seriously compromised.
Hmmm mite depend on year then as the very early 90's before they became Defenders had the same roof as series the only difference was where the roof fitted over the windscreen, I did have an early 90 with the ribbed roof like a series has and later changed to a smooth roof which had the ribs inside the roof but other than that it looked the same, so maybe later roofs was stronger.
 

sunndog

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May 23, 2014
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I just remember my dads landy in the early 70's with his 2a swb when I was a kid going on our hols towing our big heavy caravan with a home made roof rack made out of conduit ( spelling ) an out board motor, hors, fuel tank for the boat full of fuel 2 gals tank I think it was, fishing rods, wind breakers and then the Fibrecell dingy on top and once it was all loaded the landy stood taller than the caravan and we never had any issues at all so a roof rack with a roof tent on top shouldn't be that heavy surely.
Yep I've overloaded landrover too lol

They aren't TOO heavy...just heavy
Series on stock springs would probably handle it better than a coil sprung landy lol