Yep, Camp King and MotoFomo are giving one lucky reader the chance to win this hard-shell, Australian made Camp King Roof Top Tent.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED… But, don’t worry, we’ll have another one up and running soon.
No-one likes sleeping with a creepy crawly, or being cuddled up next to a Joe Blake, or even feeling grit beneath their toes when they’re climbing into bed after a hard night on the tracks. And that’s why we’re flocking to roof top tents.
But it’s not just being able to get away from bugs and stuff, roof top tents just make sense. They take minutes to set up and pack down which is awesome if you’ve made it to camp just as the last rays of sun are disappearing behind the hills. And, mounting them up and out of the way frees up heaps of storage space in the back of your rig.
Sure, they’re a lot more expensive than, say, a touring tent or a swag setup, and don’t misread us, here at MotoFomo we’re big fans of the traditional tent and swag camping. But as I get older, sigh, the ease and practicality of a roof top tent appeals to me.
And there must be a bunch of people like me out there because the popularity of roof top tents is through the roof and not just in Australia, either. Do a Google search for ‘roof top tents’ and you’ll be bombarded by a staggering 43 million results. Yeah, 43 million. But not all of them are created equal and you only have to wander around on Facebook to find horror stories of roof top tents gone bad, like canvas that’s more like tissue paper and brackets that rust out when they’re shown a picture of the beach, or hinges that crinkle and warp after a few uses.
That said, there are plenty of cracking roof top tents out there, but one of our favourites is the original Australian-made hard-shell roof top tent by Camp King Industries in Queensland. Camp King really was the first in Australia to build these things, launching its RTT in early 2018, after working on it for almost 2 years.
And one of the things we like most about the Camp King RTT is that the thing wasn’t just designed here, it’s also built here from Australian materials. We love that. If you’ve not seen a Camp King RTT before, then do yourself a favour and check one out, because you’ll be blown away by the quality of the thing.
Now, for some unknown reason, I love a good welding job, maybe it’s all those years of watching my old man welding at home and pointing out when something was good or bad. Or maybe I’m just a bit of a weirdo. Whatever, I defy anyone not to be impressed by the quality of TIG welding on the Camp King RTT. But enough of a gush for now.
Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Camp King RTT. The one-piece shell is made from 2mm thick 5005 grade aluminium with all joins TIG welded and secured with Orlock dome-head rivets, and the unit is fully sealed against dust and water ingress.
The gas struts are designed to self open the tent yet be easy to close with one hand. The roof of the tent is insulated with closed-cell foam and the floor is lined with soft-speaker carpet which makes it super comfortable.
And because everything is CAD designed and laser cut for precision and powder coated for durability, literally every Camp King RTT is identical. There are mounting rails on top for installing a solar panel, and there are mounting rails underneath with all brackets supplied.
The same precision and quality is applied to the canvas with all bodies cut and hand stitched in Brisbane. Too many makers bring in their stuff pre-cut and just assemble here in Australia. As far as the canvas goes, Camp King uses Australian Made Wax Convertor Coolabah Tear Stop Canvas and that stuff is considered to be the Rolls-Royce of canvas. You get two massive insect proof windows measuring up to 1500mm wide and 900mm high which double as side entrances if needed. There are six internal pouches for storage and there’s a mount for internal lighting (a 12-volt system including USB outlets and LED lighting is an optional extra).
One of the cool features is the large rear awning that provides shelter at the rear of the tent, allowing you to open the rear door for ventilation in any weather. The bed is a standard-size double although Camp King can provide longer mattresses if needed (for $85 extra). You get four Aussie-made Supepeg awning poles and an aluminium ladder that will extend to 2.6m as standard.
Mounting the Roof Top Tent is pretty simple, all of the brackets and fittings are supplied. There are two mounting rails spaced 1100mm apart so you’ll need to make sure, if you’re mounting it to cross bars they’re located correctly. There are also two inner rails at 500mm apart but these are for support only, rather than for use when mounting to your vehicle’s roof.
The Camp King Roof Top Tent weighs in at 90kg and lists for $5970.
But the best bit of this whole yarn is that we’ve partnered with Camp King and we’re giving one lucky punter the chance to win a Camp King Roof Top Tent. All you’ve got to do is jump on to the Camp King Christmas Giveaway page by clicking these Blue Words and tell us inn 500 words or less ‘where and why you would take your new Camp King Roof Top Tent’.
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