Fold-Up Car Top Camper Tents

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Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

6 Responses to Fold-Up Car Top Camper Tents

  1. okay, can someone tell me, what really is the point of having the tents up on top of the Truck/Car/Van?

    have seen many of these things, and keep wondering why they aren't just set on the ground. Seems to me up there …
    more exposed to wind
    more exposed to elements
    a pain in the acc to put up


  2. uhm….really?

    am thinking any predator which is a concern (bear/cougar/etc) wouldn't have much trouble getting up there to those tasty mortals…

  3. Why?
    -up off ground (no snakes, spiders etc. in desert)
    -quick setup time. When you unfold it, tent pops up, mattress, sheets, pillow in place
    -good view. I used to park mine looking out at the ocean in Mexico
    -clean, airy
    -beats sleeping in back of pickup truck
    For me, it was the best way to camp in 12 years of (off-and-on) desert travel.

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