Outfitting for Camping 20-Year-Old Land Cruiser

I love doing this at about this time of day the Sun is just gonna just going down and I’ll come and just stand and listen to the traffic and and just enjoy a enjoy a moment alone the cars running well very very well in the previous part of this story I drove the restored Land Cruiser 105 1600 kilometers to Pretoria to arrive to convert plane station wagon into a camper tourer type thing now my it’s not this is not a conversion I’m going to find products like some of brand new so I’m kind of trying them for the first time that I think will suit the vehicle really really well I want to keep it simple but I also want to increase comfort and practicality around the camp and here this is quick pictures Factory in Victoria and they have three products that I think take to be like the look of and to be honest with you all three of them I’ve seen the drawings I’ve seen little bits of video they’ve just been released on the market right now but I like them because well I think there’s something special here it includes a rooftop tent and awning I am told that is something something really really special and I decided not to go with a traditional draw system instead a self-contained kitchen I’m Andrew st. Pierre White join me as I share my passion for bowling four-wheel drive trucks and traveling to the remotest parts quick pictures rooftop tent is new on the market I know little about it each will like all of the others before it make its mark on the industry and go into competition with manufacturers like ez on al you cab but the devil is in the detail what makes a product like this really really good the way you live with it way it treats you not just the way it looks or how practical it is so I I’m going to have to go on a proper camping trip to be able to report and do a proper review on this tent but what I can tell you right now is that because of this strip here going the entire length and this strip here going the entire length for the first time that I can see a roof tent manufacturer has actually designed it with the idea that the tent is the roof rack why have a roof rack that is a hundred percent covered in a tent and most tents you need a rack then you put the tent on top then you attach the bits and pieces onto the sides of the roof rack but the rest of the roof rack is taken up by tent this is a roof rack and a tent or it’s a tent and it’s also a roof rack because my goal is maximum roof Rek total weight under 100 kilograms a few days later I left the vehicle with them for them to do the installation and here it is where I basically consists of a quick picture with a shade of their new awning the quick pitch rooftop tent and the kitchen unit that’s basically what they’ve done I’ve still got to put in the electrical systems and things like that which will now be added to the vehicle at some time in the future so I selected the 56 litre snow master dual door I have it in my Trippi in Australia and I have been told it will fit and I don’t think it will I think that space is too small that sticks out a lot eh those hinges with so I’m going to leave now with the vehicle as it is I would have loved to have spent more time getting to know these products I just do not have the time to do that in Johannesburg this moment so there will be when I get back to Australia I’ll have a closer look at the products obviously not on this vehicle and then the first big trip for this vehicle is scheduled for July 2020 but before I leave town seat covers many of you that watch the channel will know

that I have a particular favorite seat covers I’m actually a little bit fussy about seat covers because well some make you sweat some absorb sweat some are just very heavy some kind of a okay but they don’t fit nicely and they don’t look particularly nice some look gorgeous for the first year and then when you wash them they don’t look very good after that and I could go on and on so that’s why I’ve just keep coming back again and again to these guys Tecla it’s again it’s a South African product I tried a few of the Australian products none quite match the quality of these or doesn’t it look good now with its roof reckon Tenten everything on anyway yes where was I seat covers yes so lightning visit to tackler and they are fitting a set that I asked them to make for me and it’s happening now actually and this time I’m taking a little bit of a risk and then I’m trying one of their new products they call it the signature range it has a very very thin layer of foam between the seat and the seat cover itself and I’ve been told and in addition to all the other properties it enhances comfort and another one of tacklers brilliant products it’s called tech met their floor mats that cover the entire floor space completely washable incredibly robust absolutely love them and some of them even have sound insulation built into them for the first time during this entire build I just feel a sense of excitement but at the same time disappointment because I now have to leave and leaving the vehicle here and all I really want to do at this very moment is stick around and finish it right now the fact what I’m gonna do now is I’m gonna erect the tent I have never pitched it before it is a brand new it is brand-new to me I’ve seen a few videos and that’s all so I have absolutely no idea if it’s going to be any good it is a new product made by quick pitch okay so that actually it was like a vacuum inside it seals so well it seals so well I couldn’t open it but now actually it’s very little effort to lift it very little effort alrighty okay that looks big it’s bigger than I’m used to in terms of just the sheer size of it so really now guys this is my first impression of this of this tent I really okay here’s an interesting thing this is the ladder that they’re not making their own ladder thank goodness you’re not making it around a ladder because some of the tents are available today the letters are a joke and a lot of people that actually buy those tents replace the letters with these commercially available expandable letters okay so okay alright I’m going to show you up there now first what I’m going to do first before I do that is I’m gonna open the awning because again first time I’ve ever opened it I don’t know how long it’s gonna take me and I’m gonna pretend it’s like my old one just kind of treat it the same way see if it opens all right one two three pull those out okay let it drop grab this and walk all right let’s see all right here you go it’s got four legs arms I should say four arms not the normal three I wonder why they did that let’s think is real here somebody somebody was using their brain when they decide when they designed this really this guy here so it can clip onto any bot that looks like an eight probably a mile it might be two nights I think it’s an eight okay so any any ten mumbled but here’s the thing I think this is really clever you can take this in so if you’ve got a pole okay if you’ve got a pole any kind of pole and you want to wrap this around the pole you just do that and see how versatile that is and that is unique that’s a unique completely fresh look at the clasp here and then we tighten it and there’s the awning wow it’s big

this is really big okay this is not not the same as I’m used to ah actually that’s not that not too dissimilar and it’s much bigger than my previous number I kind of figure out why it’s much bigger I think I figured it out the previous one had one arm here then another arm here so it went straight from that arm to this arm and because this has got another arm you’ve got an extra give or take well know that much I suppose you’d have to put them next to each other to compare but this is much longer this feels it feels this much longer than my previous one so that’s oh I think it’s fantastic I like that very much bread and press now the next test is those mornings like this are really good for those people that want a quick shade solution if I was camping at a beach for a week and a half I might have something like this but the thing is that when the Sun gets very low you can’t tilt the arms down and so they have a limited appeal for people that are on the move quite often and one shade quickly 270 like this that’s the deal okay so but the question is you could see how quick it was for me to open it was really quick for me to open I have never opened or closed this before and I’m gonna time myself to see how quickly I can close this over before I do I’ll show you one thing that’s been worrying me though because this has got an upper and lower tailgate another side opening tailgate whether the awning would actually be a problem for this to be open and it’s not but it is touching so what I would do to modify mine is I would put a little strip of little strip of rubber here so it doesn’t damage the but it doesn’t interfere at all and in fact there is there’s a massive amount of shading behind me massive that’s a bit bigger this is much bigger every rooftop tent that I think I have ever used particularly this type the closed-shell type have problems with ladders because they’re not long enough and when they are long enough they don’t fit into the tent capsule itself the tent isn’t long enough for the length of the ladder so then what do you do with the ladder you add an extension to it and then it kinks in the bank and it’s a hassle okay and every one of them has had that problem and I used to think to myself why don’t you have an expandable letter they’re available there my tension made in China they’re cheap and it doesn’t matter how high your car your vehicle is it doesn’t matter how high they are it just doesn’t matter how far they are look at this so what we do is right so we tilt that in there now must tell you there’s the first time I’ve done it so I don’t know what I’m doing I don’t know what I’m doing I’m actually doing for this for the very first time genuinely oh that’s how you do it that’s how you do it okay right so now this thing to do is to hook this on actually I’d probably leave this strap closed do this first so all you do is you take that and you drop that in like that yeah some of that simple is that that’s so easy okay so quick bitch thank you the amount of times I’ve suggested this to other tent manufacturers just ignore you well they ignore me maybe it’s just me so climbing up the ladder into the tents now let’s have a look at this tent haven’t been up the timber for so let’s just get it ready nice so I mean it is it is impossible to do a proper review of a tent without sleeping in it for a couple of nights a week you got you know just like the psycho Hammond material that’s good lots of storage space on top I have seen them make it there’s good I actually thought over-the-top insulation underneath did you know he’s metal tents you get a lot of coldness

coming from underneath because they Michael and it’s a big thing with these tents if you’re not well under insulated underneath it can get very cold in them because of that and I know that from firsthand experience and they have got big dense foam it’s about 12 mil covered with a layer of carpet and they’ve done something I was watching them make it and it’s exactly what they did but there’s a good insulation and this mattress is well my guess is it’s a very very good mattress some of these tents are really really cheap on horrible mattresses but you can upgrade them it’s not difficult to upgrade a mattress I mean what do you think first impressions first impressions are that it’s gonna be very nice and you know oh you know what you know what where are the power points now the competitors tent that I have used and it’s basically a sister of the Hercules design they have sockets and lights at the side the lights lie down they face up and all they do is blind you you can’t actually use them because if you’re in the tent changing or something you’ve got this thing blinding you I’m really hoping they haven’t made the same mistake with this one so okay okay okay yeah this is this is gonna be better it’s not plugged in so I can’t test it it’s an LED light there it’s got a nice high stalk okay so what you would do with this one is you could face it upwards yeah you sure so I’m not convinced about the light but then again you know you can’t tell with you have to do a proper review I’ve cannot tell without actually living in the tent spending night in the tent and you’ve got I’d be guessing so I think it I think it’s a better solution and the certainly looks better quality but I’m a light up top would be better and I actually use their little little lanterns but there’s nightcore lr10 lanterns with a little bit of rocker on it velcro and I stick it up there and I accidentally the lights at all in the tent so so what do you think hey what do you think shoes place for shoes thank goodness Preston is one of the one of the problems with any rooftop tent in wet weather where do you put your shoes where do you put your wet shoes thank you there must be other tent manufacturers that have pockets like if this in them I don’t know that there probably are I just haven’t seen them for myself I think okay here’s an idea tent manufacturers I think that you should actually include a pocket on the outside waterproof like a basket enough for two pairs of shoes or one on each side whatever and it hangs on the outside so you can literally stand here and take off your boots and put them in and then put the flap over so they’re kind of watertight there’s an idea for a tent manufacturer okay quick pitch how about that how about doing that hey okay oh this is an interesting design thing that I’ve just seen look at the angle of the strut you see that stretch it’s almost vertical what that means is that you can actually load stuff on top of the roof of the tent and the shocks which can be adjusted not by hand you have to get them pumped up and just it can easily be adjusted to carry loads on top of the tent I think that’s the reason why they’ve made it almost vertical it has an interesting design here on the so the leading edge there you see that leading edge it’s no hinge it’s actually I watched them weather weather assembling them that’s an extrusion then one of the trouble is with rooftop tents is that when it’s pouring with rain and you’re traveling at speed you get such a high air pressure and from the tent it actually pushes water into the tent and so unless you’ve got a really good seal it can leak so you know and over the years it might not leak first year one year two years three or four but eventually the rubbers start to deteriorate and then leaks start there are rubbers but in front of the rubbers there’s no hinge no hinge at all I think that’s I think that’s very clever all right now let’s have a look in the back show you the kitchen unit and then I’ll

tie myself putting it away is actually a kitchen unit is not a traditional drawer system because well you’ll see in a minute and they left this area clear for me and I like that I’m not going to put another draw in here because the fact is that I can put six ammo boxes in that space six that’s a lot of stuff alright so I don’t have the fridge and you saw earlier that we tried to fit that fridge that were to say 57 litre I think dual door being a dual dog is a little bit bigger than some of the others so unfortunately the one that I wanted couldn’t fit but it’s actually designed for a 60 litres so some 60 litre models actually do fit in here so you need to get that if you’re interested in one of these you need a contact quick bitch and say what fridges fit alright you need it you need they need to give you that information because it’s impossible for me but this is I want to show you this because when I saw this I just went oh wow you’ve solved a major problem like the ladder you’ve solved an ongoing problem with fridges in the back of station wagons watch this so that now would be my fridge said this level I can see into it isn’t that cool kitchen draw prep table sturdy enough maybe not sturdy enough quite sturdy enough to chop big bits of biltong but sturdy enough of Fripp and my stove other cooking stuff and I want to put it away I was a bit too it was a bit too energetic of me there you go and what do you think about this tackler Tecla seat cover nice NASA did a cover cover for that for me which was nice because it had some wear marks on the toilet and I sort of that out fantastic absolutely it’s wonderful I do want to repeat and I’ve never done this before to me if you time it who you’ve never done it before then it’s kind of accurate it’s it’s you know it’s a real representation of I mean once you’ve done it a few more times the speed is going to be reduced so if I do it in time it’s a very first time and you know it’s it’s fast then well then that’s pretty good isn’t it it means it’s not complicated and I don’t have to figure it out so that’s really what I’m trying to achieve here so it’s got let me see okay it’s got fat so I need to put my hand over there and grab the straps and pull them down let’s see let me know I’m here and I think they were three when they’re the two only two maybe the third one is aside you see this is what’s taking up time there is those three so okay easy this is so hope you guys have got your watches going because I don’t know how long it’s taking me but okay familiar way of doing it works pretty well with the slots are a lot bigger so they’re easier to thread slots where you slap this in okay so now three of them and very nice okay that’s pretty easy wouldn’t that really nothing to it really absolutely nothing to it at all now they call it away the shade because I think that trying to say by the word where the shade that it’s not just for sure it’s not just for show you whether to so anyway I’ll know okay stop the clock I think that’s pretty quick but I am i cheating I it’s best to nursing my previous one so I did kind of know what to look for alright so packing this away how easy is it this now so I don’t know how the letters gonna work because this is interesting because how okay so push it up to her let’s try this okay all right push it up ah that’s how you do it okay alright that makes sense it actually makes sense not difficult to do it all and then the final one you lift it out okay that was

very easy that’s vzz alright again the first time I’ve ever done it so and actually I think this still goes down more no oh I know what happens this goes up over here okay and that can now go up there so that was pretty straightforward again first time yeah I’m gonna put that in there so I can it’s so short that I can put it this way this way this way this way this way oh my a m– was to get the roof load under a hundred kilos here now ah is the actual weight there how did how did I do this very moment I have no idea I reckon I’m within 10 kilos or 100 kilos I might be if I’m over and don’t think I’m over by 10 that’s my guess that’s the result there you see it written there I wonder what at this very moment I wonder what it is because well I don’t know gee that looks big that opening is huge all right let’s see how easy this is to pull down Oh My heavens that’s easy to pull down that’s really easy to pull down really easy to pull down practice there’s no effort in this at all okay but now here’s my very important you must be able to put it this is very important with a roof top 10 you must be able to open it even this much is enough okay so that now you can tidy up your stuff make sure it’s all good make sure it’s pulled in without this thing without having to hold it down which is important to me okay I forgot to put this out okay does help it and then close it alright quick picture I’m going to make a little design suggestion that is very fast very quick very easy alright I’m going to make a little design suggestion for you and I hope you understand this criticism and where it comes from you see this handle it’s wonderful put another handle here because climbing up on here on whatever I’m climbing on to have a handle here to pull myself up to the end a pitch or close the tent will be a huge help okay all right you need another handle just an idea just an idea okay I hope that helps if you’re interested I believe that would be a helping hand so how did I do timewise pretty good so I that’s it that’s that’s my trip done I’m I’m sad to be leaving actually to be honest with you man I’d love to take this thing on a trip now but all the other pressures on my work everything remotely requires that I return to Perth it’s gonna be a button it’s going to be almost ten months between now and when I get to play with it some more so you know my daughter Kate and her husband Cameron and they’re sailing channel they’re going to be borrowing it to do a few trips very light trips not afraid or anything like that I’ve said to them they can use it because hey a couple of young people like that with a truck like this and mostly I want to thank our patrons the channels patrons you made this possible you are making this content possible you are the guys that are going to make the trips that I’m planning next year to Zambia Malawi maybe Uganda okay big trip next year you are making it possible and for those of you that are not patreon patreon basically is thank you Andrew I’ll support all you have to do is support one video that I make by paying a contribution towards one video I make each month if you choose support one video or I normally make four months sometimes five if you even if you choose to support this one video you get every video you become one of the family it’s as simple as that and it’s you guys and you know who you are and make this possible I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart and also the YouTube you YouTube guys I know there are a lot of they love the work some of you many of you have been patrons for a while you’ve gone away for one reason or another that’s cool fine just enjoy the shows comment share be a part of the community it’s fantastic thank you so much all of you for watching and if you haven’t subscribed

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