Built-in cargo rails for the fitment of optional load bars
Hard-shell structure that can carry additional gear – solar panels, kayak, mountain bikes or camping table
Streamlined aerodynamic profile
3-point access with a door / window on each side
Gas-strut assisted pop-up design
Opens and closes in seconds so you can still go on that late-afternoon game drive
75 mm high-density foam mattress with zip-off cover
Quick release ladder that stows inside your tent when closed
Internal USB power points
Internal 12V plug point
Rear door awning to keep the entrance dry
Dual-layer canvas for better insulation and protection
Wind resistant design thanks to single-sided opening
Top and bottom foam insulation for class leading insulation
LOAD RATING FOR CARGO RAILS:
The load rating for the cargo rails on the tent roof is 50kg. It is important to note that where the load is located on the roof, will determine how easy or difficult it is to open the tent.
It is always suggested to shift heavier loads towards the front of the tent, and much lighter loads, like a solar panel, to the rear.
When rooftop tents first hit the market they were revolutionary, mostly because your tent and mattress (the two things that take up the most packing space) were now conveniently stored on your roof. Of course, there are many more benefits to owning a rooftop tent, but likewise, there are plenty of cons, too.
Fortunately, most of these drawbacks are associated with soft-shell rooftop tents, as well as heavy canvas units that are difficult to flip open. For these reasons, our Expedition Tent has always followed a hard-shell design. The benefits of this setup include…
A gas-strut assisted design that takes seconds to open and close
A three-point entry / exit layout so you don’t have to plan your campsite around your tent
A more aerodynamic shape
You can close the tent with your bedding inside, and lastly…
Our Expedition Tent has always followed a hard-shell design.
What’s more, hard-shell tents typically last longer than their soft-shell equivalents, they’re also easier to clean, and far more resilient to rain, snow and windy weather conditions.
But most of all, from an overland-travel perspective (where you’re moving from one camp to the next), you just can’t beat the convenience of a popup rooftop tent; which is why our ever popular Expedition Tent is now in its 3rd Generation design.
Over the years, we’ve been adding continuous improvements to our Expedition Tent, opting for a wider, more spacious layout, as well as a streamlined design that’s both aesthetically pleasing, and far more aerodynamic.
But even more so, three critical features have always been important to us while developing our hard-shell tent:
1) Comfort and convenience
Buying a rooftop tent is no different to buying a household bed, where comfort is critical; which is why we’ve specced our Expedition Tent with a generous 75 mm high-density foam mattress. We’ve also included a reading light, USB charging ports (for your mobile phone), a 12V power socket, and a series of storage pockets where you can keep your keys, books and even your shoes.
Thanks to the Expedition Tent’s robust aluminium housing, you have the option of fitting our Alu-Cab load bars. This means you can still pack large bulky items on top of your tent. Whether it be a solar panel, camping table, kayak, mountain bike, or our very own Rack Tray, the Gen 3 Expedition Tent doesn’t prevent you from packing gear on your roof like other rooftop tents do.
Recognising that our tents are used by extreme adventure travellers across the globe, we wanted to build a tent that offered the best possible insulation against blazing African heat, as well as sub-zero temperatures found in Europe and North America. That said, the Gen 3 roof structure and base are generously insulated with a closed-cell foam lining that offers excellent comfort and insulation all year round. We’ve also included an awning cover over the tent’s rear door, which helps to keep rain, snow and frost off the rear opening.
TIME FOR AN UPGRADE
So, if you’re looking to upgrade your current rooftop tent with a far more durable, versatile and easy-to-use option, look no further than our Expedition Tent – a third generation product that has evolved into a supremely comfortable, spacious, and fast-pitching home away from home.
Although it’s a topic of hot debate, we prefer top-opening doors and windows for the following two reasons:
If you’re camping in moderately cold conditions, but you still want a bit of ventilation, you can unzip a small portion of the tent flap to allow air to escape.
Even with most of the tent door unzipped and open, you still get too enjoy privacy while lounging in bed.
FITMENT BRACKETS: Various options available, attaching to strong roof rack, tents, campers or load bars
ORIENTATION: LHS and RHS
The material is acrylic impregnated, with a heat reflection silver coating on one side.
It has an additional water repellent coating on the surface side, which allows water to bead off of the surface of the material.
Its 315gsm and has a water head of 600mm and is made from a 100% polyester base cloth that is impregnated with an acrylic based resin.
It also has a built in Fungal resistance chemical to prevent mould.
AWN-LHS or AWN-RHS
Whether you’re exploring the Outback, trekking through Nevada’s Death Valley, or charging red sand dunes in the Kalahari, no camping accessory’s job is more vital than the ability to cast shade.
For seasoned campers, an awning is very often the first accessory they bolt to their vehicle, knowing that the ability to cast as much shade as possible (in the quickest time) is crucial to overland travel. What you don’t want is to be battling with poles, pegs and guy ropes in blistering midday heat, or when rain is thundering down.
This is why our globally popular 270º Shadow Awning is designed to open, and setup, all in one. There are no additional steps or poles to pitch; you just unzip the bag and swing the awning through a full 270º. It’s so easy, one person can manage it.
This wrap-around effect means that you get to enjoy 10 square metres of shelter around the full working area of your vehicle, especially where it’s needed – at the rear, where your drawer system, fridge, and supplies are stored.
The awning features four heavy-duty aluminium arms that span the 270º spread, making the Shadow Awning resistant to inclement weather. If conditions happen to get worse, the awning’s centre arm features a tucked away drop-down pole that can be used to brace the awning for extra support. What’s more, each of the four arms boasts a tie-down strap for really gusty conditions, and you can also equip the awning with our optional Storm Kit.
Because we’ve made these extra supports a step-by-step option, you’re saved the time of pitching poles and securing ropes when wind or rain isn’t a problem – perfect for a quick trailside lunch break! Lastly, because the 270º Shadow Awning is made from reflective ripstop material, the awning casts a noticeably lower-shade temperature.
Without a doubt, the Alu-Cab 270º Shadow Awning is one of our proudest products that’s all out #DesertProof and Africa-proven.
The Alu-Cab Shower Cube is a modular and universal accessory, designed to interface with all existing Alu-Cab base unit platforms. There are brackets available separately for: Generation 3 Tent, the Canopy Camper, the Khaya, Icarus & Hercules as well as most popular roof racks.
The shower cube can be used as a shower or simply as a privacy cube. Being very quick to open and assemble, the shower cube is a quick change or shower just minutes away.
The main box once open, acts as a shelf, allowing you to place your shower necessities inside [Do remember to remove before closing the cubicle].
> Light-weight aluminium construction
> Easy to open and close
> Arms lock into place, ensuring the cubicle is secure
> Quick drying taffeta shower curtain, weighted at the bottom to retain shape
> Heavy duty zipped storage bag
> Double access point ( two zips) – Enables one to mount to LH or RH side of your vehicle.
> Adjustable tent peg straps, to accommodate vehicles with differing ride heights.
There are no rules to overlanding. What works for one person, may not work for another. In much the same way, a family of four may have camping requirements that differ to those of a retired couple. Your needs, and therefore your vehicle, are constantly evolving to suit your lifestyle.
But, much like any evolutionary process, your vehicle’s ability to adapt to these changes is based on sound building blocks, and we believe that no overland solution is more fundamental to the success of the journey than an off-road canopy.
Whether you’re a family of four, a retired couple, or loan-star traveller, your Alu-Cab canopy can adapt to the journey.