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Message posted by whitepwhite on 21/10/2013 at 12:50pm
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Hi came across this item while looking at the 2014 Outwell collection on Cammpingworld.Outwewll do them for the Vermont,Georgia and Montana.Outwell say they protect the tent roof from uv light,bird poo,tree sap etc.Sounds like a good idea.I would post a photo but i'm not that technical minded.

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That's it thanks Jack+Jon.Does anyone have one and are they worth it?

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I don't have one but to me it seems like one more thing to set up, pack away, dry out and store. I like the idea that it protects from UV and bird muck but where do you draw the line? A tent within a tent?

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Wouldn't it make it darker in the tent?

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New for 2014, cuts down on condensation and makes the tent cooler (it works) due to the sandwich of air. Yes a bit darker in the tent.
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Just a pole diameter apart? How does it not just cling to the tent roof, particularly when wet?

My roof liner works well. It hangs loosely underneath my tight tent roof. As it should, and as you would expect.
But getting this outer roof sheet to be as tight, or tighter, than the main tent roof, to stop them making contact, sounds a bit beyond the realms of gravity to me.

Pure conjecture, of course, on my part, but even with a thumbs up from Gary, my flabber will remain gasted until I see it working with my own eyes!!



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Khyam used to do a roof protector, for their Ridgi dome range. We bought one for our new Screenhouse (day room) after our last one got ruined by loads of tree sap and horrendous purple bird poo (the poo was purple, not the birds, and there was tons of the stuff!), at a site in the south of France.

So, yes, they really are worth having, if you want to look after your kit. I guess you could argue they do the same job for the roof of the tent as a footprint does for the SIG.


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(P.S. Khyam stopped making them in around 2009, once they changed the colour of their tents from blue to green. We've no longer got the Screenhouse but we have got a Wayfarer and, if they made a roof protector for that, I'd buy one like a shot!)

Incidentally, we took our Cabanon frame tent to France this year (to the same site, la bird poo and tree sap) and things were so bad, we ended up putting our groundsheet over the top of it!

Maybe not of any use to campers who never pitch under trees in hot weather, or where pterodactyl-like birds roost, but a godsend to those of us who do!

(Pity we haven't got an Outwell! )

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iv seen a similiar idea on australian tents where the inner tent is the actual tent and then a large piece of canvas is hung over that and can extend to quite a way from it to form a canopy.
part of the function of the large canvas is to protect and shade the inner tent from the fierce australian sun.
the large canvas ( like the outwell roof protector ) doesnt come down the sides of the inner tent, its only covers over the roof area.

i wonder if outwell will introduce this idea for the other polycotton tents in the range like the airbeams - Gary?

i think when you spend a lot of money on a tent, its nice to have the option to protect it like this.

how much do these covers cost?

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No re the airbeams or poly cottons. Its just for some of the tents mentioned above.

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Just had a look at the prices...gulp!

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I wonder if the roof protecting sheet wouldn't rub on the tent fabric when the wind moves the tent/protecting sheet? Wouldn't it harm the tent fabric in the long run?

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Haven't people with frame tents been doing this for decades with those new-fangled things called tarps and roof liners?

Probably doesn't look as pretty, though (or make as much money for Outwell).

Also - I agree that it looks as though it would have to be pretty taught to maintain the gap (and if the gap isn't maintained, wouldn't a big black cloth increase the temperature inside the tent??)


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anybody actually bought and used one - feedback would be useful

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