I lusted over a new airtop for quite awhile and finally resigned to the fact that I wasn't going to spend the money on one and then a week later I found mine on Craigslist in my town for $1,300, I was just browsing not even looking for anything in particular! Since then I've noticed they pop up from time to time, but not often and the ads aren't up for long. I like it so much, if I had to replace it and couldn't find it used I would pay for a new one. Unless of course I could talk the wife into letting me get an AT habitat, but I don't think that will be happening... I am 6'4" and can sit straight up with plenty of room over my head. The rear is about 6" taller than the front but I sleep with my head facing whatever direction is slightly higher, and try to get the side to side level when parkingI like those hardshells but am not a huge fan of the cost! Great if you can find them used though!
How do you find the headroom in it? The wife and I like to read before bed sitting up.
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I don't know about the other brands, but Autohome actually makes a changing room/annex for my airtop hard shell. It tents the entrance and ladder like the soft rtts. It's not cheap and since I live in ca. weather usually isn't an issue so I haven't broke down and bought one yet. my wife seemed interested in it so I probably will get one eventually.How, when, where you use it and camping style play into it as well as what you mount it on. For us the manufacturers that provide the Extended Annex and quality that provides a broader camping experience than just the tent itself was key to our decision. Budget is important and I agree but your perceived value is most important.
For us the community support around the tent was especially important as well as buying from a family owned US business that backs its products and growing. Next like we said the Annex and having extended space was a real consideration and having a larger one that standard RTT's mattered next understanding for us the trailer RTT made more sense to minimize packing unpacking setup etc. RTT is more than just about the tent..... how will you get in and out is the ladder on the outside in the rain... can you cook out of the rain, what if you are having to do "your businesss" at night and it's storming... can your initial RTT investment get you started on the right foot? Hardtops have benefits and compromises and actually they all do. Me I want a place to get in and out of the weather before I crawl up in the RTT. I've not seen a Hardtop that does that. Think of your own personal functional requirements and biases. Gordigear has a video that talks about what to look for in a quality tent. You can buy a less costly build and if it is better functionally for you and because it fits your budget buy it. If you will beat it up or use it allot maybe you need to go smaller or pay more.
Don't really want to guide you into my biases and functional requirements but you asked . I hope knowing the best is what is right for you perspective helps.
We are very happy with our tuff stuff. Its held up against torrential rain, heavy wind, and a thick low hanging branch. Xmas deal with annex awning and led strip 1400$.I am happy with TuffStuff, especially for the budget minded. It comes with annex which as mentioned is great for inclement/cold weather paired with MrHeater. I really haven't seen any notable quality deficiency given the price difference to the well known brands.
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Thanks RR, hoping to head to Utah later this year.Congrats Joe. If you think about it enough and do the right research usually it's the right call. It's always fun anticipating gear... Plan wisely and ease into it!! We are all here to help.... it's all about enjoying the experience !!
Yes if really folds up nicely. They are carpeted and extremely stable and well made. They are multi use for in and out of the back cargo or back passenger door of our JKU (one door that we allow to swing open forward by removing the restraining strap) We Alison added aditional steps (are adapting someWow! Those are pretty amazing ... love the way the fold down.