For those of us out there that were deprived of our own clubhouses as a kid, the folks at Darche here to give the public what it wants – and that’s a cubby house for grownups who like to tour.
If you’re an SUV or soft roader, the Intrepidor 2 is the perfect model for you as you can set it up on top of the car away from any creepy crawlies or other floor dwellers for a solid night’s sleep while touring. You also won’t need to worry about a tarps or sheets as you’re off the ground, which means no nasty prickles or crunchy bits will get tracked in.
The Intrepidor is a great tropical tent as it has a fly that is built especially for warmer conditions so you’ll have plenty of airflow through the triangle side vents, plus protection from any mozzies buzzing around when you’re trying to get some rest thanks to the extra strong and fine mesh used.
The Intrepidor comes with all of the super comfortable and durable features that Darche are so well known for. With a 65mm high-density mattress so you won’t add to the bulk in the back of your SUV, plus the square alloy slide ladder to help you get to and from your sleeping quarters.
I purchased this tent about 3 weeks ago and absolutely love it! It so roomy. Upon zipping it up I pulled a little hard on the zip and it came off the tracks. I contacted darche directly in less than 20 hours they had a courier ship me the replacement part free of charge!
Bigger than I thought
Great, but you need to adjust the pracked dimensions on the website to include the ladder in the height
can you mount the tent so its sideways i.e. the tent opens up on the side of the vehicle I have a hyundai I LOAD van where the back door lifts up and could knock against the tent structure thanks bill
We haven't heard of any of our customers doing this, but that doesn't mean it's definitely not possible.
Your best bet would be to contact your local roof rack specialist and give them the details of this tent - from there they may be able to come up with a safe way to mount this tent sideways on your vehicle.
Darch Intrepidor 2 RTT
That's a great question! The video linked above is more of a guide to how to set up the tent, the model that they've used is the Darche Panarama 2 tent which is slightly different to the Intrepidor.
The ladder that comes with the Intrepidor 2 is a square alloy slide ladder according to the infor provided by the supplier, so I hope that clears everything up for you.
Can I leave my sleeping bags, quilt and pillows in the tent when packed up?
We'd say that in the Intrepidor you could get away with leaving a sleeping bag or light doona flat in the tent when it's packed down on top of your vehicle.
However, pillows would probably be a stretch as they can be a bit too bulky to compress properly, so you might risk causing damage as you'd have to force it closed. I hope this helps!
I understand the total weight of the tent is 55kg and the max roof load of a Prado is 120kg. This leaves 120-55= 65kg for tent occupants. Does this make sense to anybody?
*Since first answering this question, we've found some updated info which you can read below*
That does make sense, but unfortunately this isn't our area of expertise (and it can get a bit complicated) so we don't want to give you inaccurate information. There's a good article that's quite helpful which you can read here about roof loading and roof top tents. We'd also recommend getting in contact with a roof rack specialist like Roof Rack City - they've got several locations around VIC so you should be able to find a local store that can give you an accurate calculation.
I do apologise that we couldn't be more helpful, but we'd rather you get the best advice about this particular topic from a specialist.
We have discussed this with Darche and they have pointed out there are a few things to consider here. The vehicle manufacturer’s maximum roof load generally is an understatement of what it can actually hold.
The manufacturer allows for dynamic loading (forces generated whilst the car is moving) so the safe rating for most vehicles is somewhere between 80 and 150kg, but in actual fact when the car is stationary it can hold a lot more. The manufacturer of roof racks will also put a maximum load rating on their product. Once again this is a safety rating designed to allow for extra forces when the car is moving.
Consider this rating as an understatement of what they can physically hold when stationary. It’s also worth noting that when the roof top tent is setup 1/3 of the weight is placed off the back of the vehicle and supported by the ladder.
To put it simply, if you have good quality racks that are mounted correctly you won’t have any problems holding the weight of a tent and two people.
Tent 55kg plus 2 adults? How is the max roof weight rating not exceeded?
The weight listed on our website is just the total weight of the tent (55kg) as for the maximum weight rating of the Darche Intrepidor 2, I’ve spoken to Darche - and they’ve said that that figure depends on the weight rating of your racks, and the type of vehicle that you have.
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