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  • G’day I’m Brett. Imagine youre out on your dream overlanding

  • adventure and youre 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.

  • Were building a lower frame to reinforce the car and a top frame to reinforce the roof

  • itself. In total were 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

  • And a special thanks to Daniel and the Expedition Centre for allowing me access to their vehicle

  • and workshop today.

G’day I’m Brett. Imagine youre out on your dream overlanding

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