Cascadia Roof Top Tent FAQ
How Much Weight Can My Roof Rack Hold?
Generally 100-200 lbs. By law 165 lbs is allowed going down the highway. When parked (static weight) is a different story. Read your owners manual to get exact weight limit. If you need a rack system or more capacity take a look at Thule or Yakima Roof Rack Systems.
Is my roof strong enough to handle the weight of the tent and occupants?
Cascadia Vehicle Tents are designed to mount simply on your stock rack system or on a couple of Thule, Yakima and other aftermarket crossbars, the same as you would use to carry your bicycles, canoe or kayak.
The rack system transfers the weight to the structural parts of your car's roof. All roof racks carry a dynamic weight rating, to provide guidance on the tested limitations of the rack system when the vehicle is in motion. Most racks carry a maximum 165 pound dynamic rating, which means the rack can support 165 pounds of weight while driving down the road. Cascadia Vehicle Tents weigh only 108 pounds, so the rack system can easily handle the weight on most vehicles. When you are occupying the tent, this is a "static load" much more gentle and the racks can easily handle this weight. Always check with the manufacturer of your car and of your roof rack to determine the applicable weight limitations as they vary from vehicle to vehicle.
Cascadia Vehicle Tents are warranted against defects in material and manufacturing for 4 years from the date of original purchase. CVT will repair or replace, at its option, any defects during the warranty period. This warranty does not extend to normal wear and tear, or to damage or cosmetic blemishes sustained during use. CVT will repair or replace at their option. In the event that the tent must be returned to the repair facility for inspection and repair/replacement, owner must assume the cost and liability of freight. Shipping damage is the responsibility between tent owner a freight company.
Differences In Fabrics
- Cotton - 100% cotton fibers are fully breathable, extremely durable and abrasion resistant. As the thickness of the cotton increases, the breathability decreases and with added thickness comes added weight. Cotton absorbs moisture, and any natural water resistance is a result of swelling and tightening of the material weave.
- Polyester - 100% polyester fibers are light, strong and tend not to stretch. A tent made from polyester has a natural water resistance, is quick to dry, and is tear resistant due to its elasticity. Polyester does not, however, breathe, and it is not very abrasion resistant.
- Poly-Cotton – These blends combine the strengths of both cotton and polyester fibers and tend to be breathable, tear-resistant, and abrasion resistant.
- Rip-Stop Nylon - Most rip-stop nylon fabrics are poly cotton blends with nylon threads in crosshatch patterns used to reinforce the material against tearing. The fabric exhibits the same qualities as poly-cotton with additional strength to resist tearing.
- Poly-cotton has very high resistance to abrasion. Being core spun, the exterior cotton fibers are smooth, giving the material a soft feel. When a tent made of poly cotton is folded away, the smoothness of the fabric creates very little friction or wear between the layers. In contrast, pure synthetic fabrics have coarse fibers and exhibit strong abrasive qualities. Your tent material should be selected for its low abrasion qualities, and its strength to resist the abrasion
Roof Top Tent Care
When you first get a poly-cotton tent lightly spray the tent fabric with a gentle shower of water from a garden hose. This allows the cotton portion of the thread in the weave and stitching to absorb the moisture and swell up. This tightens the weave of the fabric and swells the stitching to fill the hole created by the needle.
When the fabric is sewn together the thread that is used is also poly-cotton, and because it has the ability to absorb liquid, when it does it increases in diameter and fills the hole created by the sewing needle. It's important that the sewing machine has been fitted with a needle that is the same diameter as the thread to create a watertight seam. On occasion the stitching will weep moisture through the seam. The simplest solution for this is to rub some bees wax along the seam to seal it.
If your tent is fitted with a coated poly-cotton flysheet, follow the same wetting procedure. Even though the flysheet is coated, the poly-cotton can absorb water into the weave and the stitching.
Can I cook or put a candle in my tent?
NO! WARNING! DO NOT OPERATE ANYTHING THAT BURNS FUEL IN A TENT: i.e. STOVE, CANDLE, GAS LANTERN OR A PROPANE HEAT BUDDY.
Combustion consumes oxygen and can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which could lead to serious injury or death. Although most tent materials are treated with a fire retardant they will burn if left in contact with a continuous ignition source and so will you. Also your Tent will sweat like crazy! Yes that means condensation! Please be careful and always think before you act.
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