G’day I’m Brett.
Imagine you’re out on your dream overlanding adventure and you’re late pulling up to
camp. It’s dark it’s raining and there’s a pride of lions outside. The last thing you
want to do is mess about trying to pitch a tent, or having to climb out on your roof
rack to deploy your roof top tent. So I’ve found the perfect solution to this
here in Sydney Australia, at the Expedition Centre. Check this out.
First undo 2 latches Next push the roof up
Your camp is ready for the night. A pop top conversion allows you to set up
camp wherever you are in seconds, without having to leave your vehicle. The 2 strong
gas struts raise the roof with minimal effort. By incorporating the camper into the roof
it reduces excess weight and size and minimises drag when compared to a roof top tent. This
also minimises any change in fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Due to its low profile the
converted vehicle remains container shippable, which is perfect for international transport
to your travel destination. There is enough room inside the roof cavity
to leave all your bedding and mattress set up, so it’s just a matter of popping the
roof and climbing into bed. It comfortably fits 2 people.
The lower bed platform can be raised allowing you to stand inside your Defender. This is
great for when you want to get dressed in the morning or if the weather outside is poor,
you can move around safely inside. The tent section is made from high quality
canvas to stop leaks with fine mesh for air flow.
I have here Daniel from the Expedition Centre and he’s going to tell us a little more
about the pop top roof conversion. Daniel. Thanks Brett. So I’m touching more on the
technical side. It’s a full aluminium construction. We’re building a lower frame to reinforce
the car and a top frame to reinforce the roof itself. In total we’re adding 160 millimetres
to the height of the vehicle. According to the engineer the vehicle is three times stronger
in both length ways and side ways impact after the conversion. In terms of roof load which
is a question I get asked often you can put a normal roof rack on it. We guarantee normal
standard Land Rover weight that you can put on the roof. So that’s about it.
Cool thanks Daniel. Thanks Brett. There are several manufactures of Defender
pop top campers around the world with similar designs. The only downside of conversion is
the price which starts around the $10000 Australian mark. But if you intend to go traveling for
a year or more, the additional comfort and convenience may be worth every dollar.
For a pop top conversion of your Land Rover Defender or Land Cruiser Troopy in Australia
visit Mulgo.com.au. And a special thanks to Daniel and the Expedition
Centre for allowing me access to their vehicle and workshop today.