Roof Tents - Fitment and Set Up


  1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on as flat a piece of ground as possible Loosen the cover straps. Take care when flipping the buckles down so as not to scratch the paintwork of your vehicle. A good idea would be to cover buckles with a section of bicycle inner tube if required. 
  2. Unzip the cover, taking care to flip up the pvc zip protection flap when passing the zipper around the corners. The zipper will open to three sides.  
  3. Carefully lift the two reinforced front corners of the cover over the sharp corners of the tent base. Flip cover off the tent.  
  4. Loosen the two webbing straps securing the base boards together. Roll up the cover and tie up by threading the aforementioned webbing strap through the eyelets situated under the base.  Remember – take care when unrolling the cover in wet conditions as water may have collected in the cover.  
  5. Make sure that the cover, especially the zipper section of the bottom cover fall free from the hinged end, and aluminium joining extrusions of the tent. The zipper would be permanently damaged if it is nipped between the hinge plates when the tent is opened.  
  6. Remove the ladder bag from on top of the tent and remove the ladder extension.
  7. Fit ladder extension section into the corresponding section on the top ladder. (Lift the free end of the fixed section slightly from the tent base to be able to do this.) Make sure the bottom section is fully pushed up against the top section. The ladder should now be lying horizontally over the tent with the lower section protruding over the hinged end of the tent. 
  8. Push down on the bottom section of the ladder, which will now lift the top half of the tent. Continue doing this until the ladder is almost vertical, taking care not to damage your vehicle. As the ladder goes through vertical, grab the lower step of the top section of the ladder and pull the ladder towards you, still keeping it vertical. This will fully open the tent. Place the ladder on the ground, at a slight angle. Whilst doing this, take a look at the two closing edges of the tent to check that the zip or mattress is not being caught.
  9. Make sure that the two halves of the tent engage properly and the tent floor is flat. You may find that the tent will only lie fully flat once the elastic straps have been loosened full and some weight has been applied to the base board. The ladder should be positioned carefully to just support the free half of the tent. It is important to remember that the ladder should be placed in a stable position so as to be able to support the weight of the occupants inside the tent – if in doubt re-position.
    NB! Although the tent structure is able to self support itself in an emergency, the ladder is required for support at all times for normal use. 
  10. Climb inside the tent and release the elastic cords and remove the spring steel bag.
  11. Ensure that the top fly sheet pole is in position in its canvas pockets at the apex of the tent exterior. Insert one long spring steel rod -  firstly into the hole in the angle aluminium section (on the base board either side of the door.) Take care when tensioning the spring steel rod and ensure that your face is never in line with the rods -  should your hand slip the tensioned rods are dangerous and could cause harm. Tension up the rod and locate the s section into the eyelet of the fly sheet – do the same for all four long rods. 
  12. Follow the same process with the short rods, which hold the window flaps in position. The holes for the window rods are situated on either side of the window, on the aluminium angle below the window.
  13. Close the Velcro hinge flaps on either side of the tent.
  14. Now you are ready to climb into your Hannibal Roof Tent and relax. Open and adjust window flaps and mosquito netting as required.

Hannibal Roof Tents - Setup and Fitment

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