You can’t go any­where on or off the road these days with­out see­ing a well set up 4x4 rock­ing a rooftop tent and/or some sort of quick fold-out awning For years the pre­ferred ‘off-the-ground’ op­tion for trav­ellers across Africa and Aus­tralia, rooftop tents are now grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity here in New Zealand. Awnings for both tem­po­rary day shade and ex­tra cov­ered room to move overnight are also be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar, as the de­mand for sun pro­tec­tion dur­ing the day and room for ex­tra bod­ies or gear/ uten­sil stor­age at night grows. Spe­cial­ist Aus­tralian-based 4x4 equip­ment man­u­fac­turer ARB has long been a leader in the de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and spec­i­fy­ing of rooftop tents, and the com­pany has an up­dated de­sign with new ma­te­ri­als for bet­ter strength, rigid­ity and wa­ter re­sis­tance. Man­u­fac­tured from high­qual­ity poly/cot­ton fab­ric and in­cor­po­rat­ing an Ox­ford polyester fly­sheet, the com­pany’s rooftop tents are eas­ily mounted to ARB’s pur­pose-de­signed roof racks, or sim­i­lar, suit­ably load-rated rood bars made by Thule or Rhino Rack. Su­per Strong 25mm an­odised alu­minium poles im­prove strength and pro­vide cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance prop­er­ties, a high­den­sity 65mm foam mat­tress ( with re­mov­able cover) en­sures you’ll sleep soundly, in­sect screened win­dows and doors en­sure the in­te­rior re­mains mos­quito and sand­fly-free, and a re­tractable alu­minium lad­der makes ac­cess sim­ple and stress-free.

ARB Simp­son 111 Rooftop Tent

The ARB Simp­son III rooftop tent un­folds in minute, and be­cause all bed­ding can re­main in­side the tent dur­ing your jour­ney, hav­ing one frees up valu­able stor­age space in the ve­hi­cle. A unique bungee cord sys­tem keeps walls tucked in to as­sist in speed­ing up the pack­down to get you back on the road faster. A re­mov­able zip-on an­nexe which pro­vides added space for ex­tra sleep­ers, pri­vacy for chang­ing and pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments is now in­cluded with ev­ery Simp­son III tent. And the ‘Simp­son III comes com­plete with a UV sta­bilised, lam­i­nated PVC cover for when the tent is packed away.

ARB Awnings

ARB also pro­duces a wide range of awnings per­fect for the ad­ven­tur­ous 4x4 off-road ex­plorer. These self-stand­ing re­tractable shade prod­ucts at­tach neatly to most ve­hi­cles via the side of most roof racks and roof bars, and are con­ve­niently stored for im­me­di­ate use on ar­rival. There are any num­ber of op­tions in­clud­ing:


Com­ple­ment­ing the de­sign and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of modern 4WDs, ARB’s alu­minium en­cased awning of­fers a sleek and con­tem­po­rary al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional awning cov­ers, while adding im­proved func­tion­al­ity. Three quick-re­lease bungee cords re­move the need for zips, while the flip-up lid pro­vides un­matched sim­plic­ity. An added abra­sion-re­sis­tant ma­te­rial im­proves the pro­tec­tion of the 300gsm, PU-coated, fully wa­ter­proofed and UV-pro­tected can­vas while stowed and trav­el­ling.

Deluxe ‘room’ with floor

De­signed to func­tion as a fully en­closed room or mos­quito net, the new ARB Deluxe ‘awning room with floor’ pro­vides pro­tec­tion from the weather and in­sects as well as of­fer­ing ad­di­tional pri­vacy. Easy and quick to set up the ARB deluxe awning room can be used with 2500 and 2000 model awnings and fea­tures a durable wa­ter­proof floor and its own sep­a­rate ceil­ing to help keep you cooler.

Mesh multi mat

The ARB mesh multi mat comes with zinc-coated pre-set eye­lets to fit the ARB 2500mm awning and 2000mm awning, as well as the ARB Skydome sin­gle or dou­ble swag. The mat has been built so it can be used with the ARB awning as well as the swag at the same time. The ARB mesh multi mat also can be used as a shade sail pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion from the sun.

And an ARB Awning ‘room-with-floor.’

An ul­ti­mate ARB Awning set-up in use.

An ARB Simp­son III rooftop tent in its el­e­ment.

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