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Default Review: James Baroud Espace Evolution Roof Top Tent"

Pain in the back! Comfort & ease of camping in the Scrub. Thread has been moved HERE

Picked up the Espace from Track Trailer Bayswater




Hi all, very happy with the Espace & the service I received today from David at Track Trailer was fantastic, they installed it for me which was great & much appreciated.

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All fitted:


Very happy with the drive home too hardly noticed it on.. just a little wind noise every now & then at 110Klms on freeway otherwise none..

I had filled the Paj up the night before & normally see 400-425 to the half way mark & its just above half & it's done 395 so can't really say yet but looks good at the moment the Townsville trip will give me a good idea.

The unit itself is very well made weighing 59kg.

Pic from back:


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PS. sorry forgot to take pics of it set up as I was more interested in that... So I'll add those later too.
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Espace Evolution specifications




Construction:



  • Wind resistance of the tent when opened: 120 km/hr
  • Reinforced upper and lower hull with stainless steel fittings
  • 4 x ALKO supporting gas struts
  • 4 x adjustable safety catches to secure closed
  • 2 x built-in aluminium rails to attach the hull onto the roof racks
  • 6 x mounting brackets for attaching to roof bars
  • Fabric secured to hulls by cable fitted into recessed groove
  • 2 x air inlets with dust proof system
  • 2 x fixing points for the ladder on the hull
  • 1 x aluminium ladder (and storage cover), with sliding action to follow vehicle movement
  • 1 x removable and rechargeable LED torch

Ventilation:


  • Ventilation fan
  • Capacity 11.6m3/minute
  • Automatic and silent operation
  • Vent powered by an integrated solar panel, giving 24 hours battery life between charges
  • Draws away accumulated heat and avoids condensation build up
  • Supplied with dual blades allowing vent to function as a fan or extractor

Fabric:


  • 1 x back door with mosquito netting, zipper and Velcro fastening
  • 2 x side doors with mosquito netting and rain awning
  • Top quality double stitched, aluminised polyester fabric. (6 x ISO ratings)
  • Stitched-in elastic drawstring around the tent retracts the fabric when stowing
  • High density foam mattress with zipped cover. ( 3 x ISO ratings)
  • 6 x fabric coatings; reflects the sun rays, anti UV, non perishable, 100% waterproof and breathable
  • 1 x fixed storage pocket across the width of tent
  • 1 x ceiling storage net

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  • 2 x auxiliary tail lights
  • Color of hull
  • Thermal insulation, gain up to 6 degrees in winter

Guarantee:


  • 5 years guarantee on fabric, hull and mechanism
  • Traceability with serial number


Looking forward to the Trip to Townsville & will report on all features, ease of use & economy.

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When are you in town mate? Drop into Townsville TJM and say g'day, I work there these days.
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Will do mate leave here Boxing Day PM me your mobile number
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Looks slick - what sort of money are they Gus ?
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Here's some pics of the Espace Evolution set up:















Rechargeable Torch & the Solar Exhaust/Fan


Went around to AL's & had a play setting it up & closing. As the clips to fasten down the back are on the side you must always open back 1st so you don't bend or weaken the mounting points of the clips & when closing Front 1st. I have found when closing if you pull the cord at the back down, but don't clip this will allow the front to go down easier which you clip down 1st. Doing it this way stops the need to push the roof towards the back as you pull down which is not as easy with a crook back.

Also I'll make up a strap that I can hook onto the tow hook which will hold the back down while & if I'm by myself.

Had a good lie down on the Mattress it's very supportive so my back will like that too!

I've already done 1 modification, (suggested by David at Track Trailer), to the Ladder. It's self levelling which is great for the bush but setting up on slippery surface or on concrete it can slip so I've drilled a 6mm hole & added a bolt & wing nut to lock in position, while at it I drilled 1 to lock closed too.

Now bring on the Townsville Trip.

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No doub't it's the ducks guts Gus............... looks good as well as functional.
Just need to work out how I can move it back on the roof far enough so I don't have to cut my kayaks in half so I can fit them both up there in length available
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Cheers Pete,

Do a little Google search some of there models will take racks mouted to them just not sure of the load limit & weight of kayaks though.

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Doesn't look half bad Gus. Pretty roomy inside
Solar fan is the go mate, you could fart in there and it would get sucked out before the missus cottons on
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