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How to set up a Darche Rooftop Tent Watch video

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 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.

  • 2 triangle side vents
  • Adjustable tropical fly
  • Lightweight alloy base
  • Seam-sealed
  • Strong and fine insect mesh throughout
  • Complete with window poles, pegs and instructions
Snowys Code:
Supplier Code:
3 - 4
Sleeping Capacity:
2 Person
Recommended Capacity:
2 Person
External Dimensions:
240L x 140W cm
Sleeping Area:
240L x 140W cm
Packed Dimensions:
124L x 146W x 28H cm
Max. Head Height:
120 cm
Mat Thickness:
6.5 cm
210D Polyester Fly | 600gsm PVC Transit cover
Inner Material:
260gsm Ripstop Polycotton Canvas Tent
Floor Material:
Lightweight Alloy Base
Frame Material:
1mm Gauge 16mm Diameter Alloy | Cast Alloy Frame Lugs
55 Kg
Staff tip:The Darche Eclipse Awning doesn't come with the Intrepidor sorry.
Staff tip:You'll need roof racks to mount this tent, a roof rack specialist will be able to advise on a suitable & safe set-up.

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Nov 06 2017

Bloody Brilliant!!

took it up north! was brilliant. survived the wet season without any mould or leaking.

- Adelaide
Jul 24 2017

Great buy

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!

- Adelaide
Mar 17 2017

Darche intrepidor 2 Rooftop tent

Bigger than I thought
Great, but you need to adjust the pracked dimensions on the website to include the ladder in the height

- Melton

set up on roof1 answer

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

- sydney (1 year ago)

G'day 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.  

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Your video set up features a telescopic collapsible ladder. Your photos show a different type of ladder. What can I expect to receive?1 answer

Darch Intrepidor 2 RTT

- South Fremantle(1 year ago)

G'day Paul, 

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. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Can I leave my sleeping gear in there?1 answer

Can I leave my sleeping bags, quilt and pillows in the tent when packed up?

- Adelaide(1 year ago)

G'day Dave, 

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! 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Max roof rating1 answer

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?

- Melbourne(1 year ago)

Hi Walter, 

*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. 


Hi everyone, 

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.

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Max roof weight rating1 answer

Tent 55kg plus 2 adults? How is the max roof weight rating not exceeded?

- Melbourne(1 year ago)

G’day Walter,

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. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)
Heads up! Our store in Brendale (QLD) doesn’t have footwear available for fittings. If you order online, your footwear will be sent from SA... quick-smart!
Heads up! Our store in Brendale (QLD) doesn’t have footwear available for fittings. If you order online, your footwear will be sent from SA... quick-smart!
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