> Repeat all the above steps in the reverse order to pack away your rooftop tent. It is helpful to have all windows and doors secured. Install the internal bungee cords, these help the tent fold evenly. It is recommended to remove the rain fly poles from the pockets.
> A Ladder Extension may be required depending on the height of your vehicle ( Smittybilt part # 2785)
> The tent weighs approx 116Ibs/139 lbs, make sure accessory it is being installed on can hold this and content weight. Failure to do so may cause damage to part and/or vehicle
> The weight capacity of this tent is approx 661 lbs./770 lbs. (XL only) (evenly distributed) If tent is overloaded it can cause damage to your tent and/or vehicle.
> Disconnect 12v wire when not in use, do not use accessory that draws more than 5amps.
> Never drive with tent set-up
> Assist children when using ladder
Storage and Handling Guidelines
- Do not pull down on side retaining Velcro straps when closing the tent. These straps are designed only to hold the tent base together, and are not designed to be used to pull the bases together. When you are closing the tent, hold down the top folded base to compact the tent, then use the velcro straps to secure the bases in this position. These straps will tear out of the tent if excessive force is applied to the strap.
- Do not store the tent wet. If you do have to pack away when the tent is wet, zip closed all canvas doors and windows to protect the inside of the tent, and pack away. As soon as you can, open the tent and let it dry out thoroughly to prevent mold and rot. If the tent is to be closed up for extended periods of time it is very important that the tent is completely dry.
- Do not drill locking holes below the existing locking pin holes in the ladder. This will weaken the structure of the ladder and can cause injury. If you need to extend the length of your ladder, please purchase a ladder extension. If you need to shorten the ladder you can drill holes above the existing ladder locking pin holes.
- Be aware that with a rooftop tent fitted to your vehicle the overall height is increased. Your should measure the overall height of your vehicle with the rooftop tent fitted as you will need this information to decide if the vehicle can enter carparks etc.
- Centre of gravity. The attachment of a rooftop tent to your vehicle (similar to any other load on your roof rack) will alter its centre of gravity. Adjust your driving accordingly.
- In trip inspections. Regularly check that all nuts and bolts attaching your rooftop tent to the roof of your vehicle are tight and in good repair. Check all tent hardware, such as hinge attachment hardware, ladder mounting hardware, EVERY nut and bolt. It is your responsibility for this maintenance. Improper or lack of maintenance will void tent warranty.
- Please note: The roof top tent is not made for extreme conditions, and a fair use policy is required. Excessive rain, wind and other extreme conditions can affect and/or damage the tent.
Storage of the Tent
1. If storing the tent off the vehicle, ensure the tent is packed away completely dry.
2. Be careful not to drag the tent on the ground. This will damage the cover and allow potential water ingress the next time you use your rooftop tent.
3. Do not store directly on concrete floor.
1. Clean only with cold water and a soft brush - do not use soap or detergent, this will remove the waterproofing compounds.
2. Do not expose to petrol, oil or solvents.
3. New poly/cotton fabric will initially experience some weeping through the seams. This will reduce over time as the fabric cures.
4. Well worn products may be re-proofed using a good quality waterproofing solution. This is highly recommended. Generally this is re-applied every 2 years depending on how much you use the tent.
5. It is recommended to season your tent before your first trip. You can season the tent fabric by setting up tent on a level surface before actual use. Do a full set up, use all window rods. Make sure all windows and zippers are completely closed. Do not have the rain fly installed and remove all internal contents. With a hose, wet down the tent lightly. Then focus on all the areas that have been stitched and water log the fabric the best you can. Let tent dry completely on its own, do not use heat or compressed air to dry tent, let it dry naturally, avoid direct sunlight, this may take a day or so. Repeat this process two more times if necessary. This process allows the canvas and threads to shrink and expand as much as they can effectively sealing the seams. Do not be alarmed if the tent leaks for the first or second time you season the canvas as this is normal as the thread and canvas contract and expand together. Seam sealer can be applied after the 3rd seasoning.
6. Zippers can be lubed with a silicon spray, this keeps them lubed and helps with water resistance.