Is this better than a solid roof

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  1. Ian1357

    Ian1357 Member

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    Being originally from the UK I had forgotten about this type of folding camper. I just wonder if this might take away the worry of the roof raising mechanisms.
    https://pennineoutdoorleisure.co.uk/folding-camper
     
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    gardenbliss Well-Known Member

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    wow, pretty cool, never seen anything like that here in the states. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Antipodes Call me Paul

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    Interesting.
    Pretty well appointed with internal walls for shower etc. (pathfinder)
    Wow the more I look at it the more I like it. Price wise, too much for my blood

    I guess not having lifting gear or solid roof makes it lighter and less maintenance.
    But I like my ventilation fan and the fact I can hang my awning of the side of the roof and cabin.
     
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    Yes I agree the lack of a place to fit AC is a problem. However the awning actually fits on the side almost doubling the size of the camper.

    https://pennineoutdoorleisure.co.uk/images/pictures/products/pathfinder-awning-(colorbox).jpg?v=36d57323
     
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    Cool
     
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    I have a Quicksilver 8.0 model from LivinLite with the AC option. Set up is very quick-- fold the bunk ends over, attach the bunk braces, pull the canvas up and over (one side at a time), and then attach the snaps on the bottom all around. It can be done in less than 5 minutes by just one person.
     
  10. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    The first one looks exactly like the Skamper which was available in, what, the late 60's and early 70's?
     
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    We've got a QuickSilver with its canvas roof. It has a very quick setup, low maintenance, and nothing much to go wrong. The only reason we need to level the trailer is so that we don't roll out of bed, but the trailer itself will be perfectly happy being unlevel -- no mechanism will bind, no problems with setup and takedown. It's also very lightweight.
     
  12. frankvanw1

    frankvanw1 London, Ontario, Canada

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    Ian,
    The first tent trailers in North America were soft top as some have chimed in here.
    Then the solid roofs or 'hard top' tent trailer became popular. There are still some soft tops made in North America. A quick internet search will find a few of them.
    Good luck and happy camping.
     
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    After I sat back and thought about this. I realised the need for AC probably brought about the need for a solid roof. There may be other reasons. I know most of the time I camped in the UK AC was not top of my list of needs. [;)]
    Cheers
    Ian [PU]
     
  14. frankvanw1

    frankvanw1 London, Ontario, Canada

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    I think the solid roofs came about because people/campers were tired of getting wet.
    Happy camping!
     
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    Why? Did the early campers have no roof?

    PS Tongue firmly in cheek
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    I really like the Pathfinder! I like how the awning continues out like it's part of the roof. The interior is really nice. Too bad these are not here in the states!!

    Gotta agree about no place for an A/C unit. Guess those Brits don't have the heat and humidity like here in the states!!

    Also, at about 20K us dollars, that's a little steep...but still nice unit..
     

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