Camper Trailer Australia

Quick Pitch Rooftop Tent

- Reviewed by GLENN MARSHALL

When it came to adding an RTT to my camper trailer, a hardtop RTT was the only way I was going to go. Having dealt with Quick Pitch in Western Australia a couple of times over the years, I was excited to be able to purchase its RTT, which had only just hit the market.

The sleek design of the Quick Pitch now sits perfectly atop the camper trailer and the speed in which I can now set up camp is awesome. Within a couple of minutes, with the tent set up, I’m enjoying a cold beverage under the 20-second Weathersha­de awning.

This could have become challengin­g, as the installati­on notes were missing, but thankfully I was able to phone Quick Pitch and the manager talked me through the process. The first job was to bolt three load bars evenly along the camper roof and because this meant drilling 12 holes through the roof, I measured each hole 15 times and drilled once. Although not required, I siliconed a piece of rubber between the roof and each of the brackets so that it wasn’t stainless steel mounted onto painted steel. It’s these load bars that the RTT is bolted to using M8 stainless bolts and nyloc nuts.

As I was installing the tent so the rear end lined up with the back of the camper, I had to measure the distance between the back of the trailer and the middle of the first load bar to fix the first of the tent brackets to the load bar. The second bracket was then loosely fitted to the middle load bar. With the help of my wife and a mate, we lifted the tent onto the roof and bolted it to the brackets. Once lined up and seated evenly, the front L-brackets were bolted to the third load bar and the RTT was finally secured. In the end, the installati­on was quite straightfo­rward, but I sense that most of the time the RTTS are installed by Quick Pitch or its distributo­rs.

After a long day on an outback track, my preference is for simple and quick set-up and pack-down times, and the Quick Pitch RTT certainly fits these criteria. It’s as simple as releasing the two latches on the end of the RTT and lifting the lid using the attached handle.

With gas struts on each side providing assistance, the lid lifts easily, even with a load on top. After pulling the paracord used to hold the canvas awning down to the tent base, slot the two spring poles into their holes and attach to the 13mm stainless steel grommet eyelets on the awning and the job is done. Attach the 2.6m telescopic ladder to its bracket and you can be lying relaxed in bed within a minute.

The canvas awning is riveted to an internal roof frame and covers the three sides of the tent preventing rain and dew shelter from dripping onto the tent.

Packing up is the reverse of setting up, unhook the spring poles, move the paracord up to hold the awning and tent sides tight and then close the lid and remove the ladder. It’s better to leave the windows unzipped a little to make opening and closing of the tent easier as it is almost impossible to perform this function with all windows zipped up.

The internal space of the tent is cavernous for a clamshell design, measuring up at 215cm long by 128cm at the shoulders wide and 160cm height at the tallest point, providing loads of room to change clothes. The insulated roof holds six storage pockets for your books, pj’s or even to hang your tablet to watch Foxtel. A shade cloth bag can be zipped to the external wall to hold your boots, preventing mud and sand from entering the internals of the tent.

It’s a real bonus being able to keep your bedding in the tent, including pillows, when packing up as it makes it so much easier to set up. With a volume of 4.4 cubic metres, the tent is extremely spacious with plenty of room for getting dressed, sitting up to read a book or just relaxing. Tucked away nicely you’ll find 2 x 12V power points and a dual USB power point, but sadly only one LED directiona­l stork light for reading, although it does have a red-light option, the best colour to deter bugs.

The Quick Pitch is a great example of a top-quality RTT and is well priced, starting at $4800. It does have a couple of minor flaws, but nothing that makes me regret my purchase. I like that this tent is well constructe­d, brilliantl­y designed with its unique front extrusions and suitable for conditions in Australia. This RTT is also extremely popular in the US, South Africa and parts of Europe.

The comfortabl­e interior offers excellent insulation, functional storage and ample room to move, everything that you want in a popup bedroom. If you’re a weekend camper, someone who loves extended touring or enjoys being parked up beside a beautiful river, this RTT is certainly one that will fit what you’re after.

 ??  ?? The Quick Pitch rooftop tent looks right at home on top of a camper trailer
The Quick Pitch rooftop tent looks right at home on top of a camper trailer
 ??  ?? The poles fit into stainless steel grommet eyelets on the awning
The poles fit into stainless steel grommet eyelets on the awning
 ??  ?? Weathersha­de 270 degree awning The is super quick to set up
Weathersha­de 270 degree awning The is super quick to set up
 ??  ?? The inside is quite spacious with big windoes allowing lots of light and great airflow
The inside is quite spacious with big windoes allowing lots of light and great airflow
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This is a good piece of real estate
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GLENN MARSHALL

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