The Air-Camping Roof Top Tent

Air-Camping ®

THE ORIGINAL ROOF TOP TENT


Air-Camping is a synonym of roof tents in fabric. Originally patented in 1959, and since 1961 has held an International Brand Patent.Sometimes it happens that a company brand is so well-known that the name refers to an entire product category.
For many years, the name Air-Camping has been improperly used to mean any roof tent in fabric, whatever the shaped, type or origin. In reality the Air-Camping fabric tent is just the one manufactured by Autohome and still made according to the original design and manufacturing processes. A design must manufactured in Italy as defined by a high executive of the purchasing department of a famous car manufacturing company. Air-Camping is the only roof tent with the trademark: fitted with wind-proof windows (for silent nights) easily opened from inside the tent, a mid grey fabric roof with dark blue side panels and yellow mosquito netting protection. Exactly the same colours requested by Nino Cirani, and used for 30 years on his famous vehicle based raids and expeditions.
Purchasing an Air-Camping roof tent gives you guaranteed access to 50 years’ experience of desert, jungle and glaciers, where every component has been tested in extreme conditions.
No marketing strategy required, just proof of a long-lived pedigree of surviving in the field.
Air-Camping: to live a magical adventure to the full.

COLOUR OF FABRICS

BLUE

MODELS AND SIZES
AIR-CAMPING

STANDARD MOUNTING

Opening and entrance at the side of the vehicle.

ac_ms_smallSMALL
Recommended
for 2 adults
Art:AC/01
Air-camping Small
Sizes:130 x 220 cm
Closed h:35 cm
Open h:125 cm
Weight:about 45 Kg*
ac_ms_mediumMEDIUM
Recommended for
two adults and a child.
Art:AC/02
Air-camping Medium
Sizes:160 x 220 cm
Closed h:35 cm
Open h:125 cm
Weight:about 54 Kg*
ac_ms_largeLARGE
Recommended for
two adults and two children.
Art:AC/03
Air-camping Large
Sizes:180 x 220 cm
Closed h:35 cm
Open h:125 cm
Weight:about 65 Kg*

EXPLORER MOUNTING

Opening and entrance from the rear of the vehicle. Excellent for many off-road vehicles. On request, for SMALL and MEDIUM.

 ac_me_smallSMALL
Recommended for
2 adults
Art:ACE/01
Air-camping Small
Sizes:130 x 220 cm
Closed h:35 cm
Open h:125 cm
Weight:about 45 Kg*
ac_me_mediumMEDIUM
Recommended for
2 adults and a child.
Art:ACE/02
Air-camping Medium
Sizes:160 x 220 cm
Closed h:35 cm
Open h:125 cm
Weight:about 54 Kg*

AIR-CAMPING FEATURES

The automatic pop-up, swivel opening is the main reason for the Air-Campings’ success: since 1959, it has remained unchanged, faithful to its original design and well known simplicity.
Once you have removed the cover, the tent opens in three seconds, simply by pulling down and lowering the ladder. Nothing further is required!

1 - Two mounting channels on the underside of the tent base, plus locking clamps, enable a quick installation of the tent on any vehicles roof bars or rack, they also allow you to customize the opening system: Standard or Explorer. The whole installation can be completed without further drilling or modification.

2 - Exclusive hinge system allowing the two halves of the tent base to “lock” together.

3 - Ladder anti-slip mechanism.

4 - The removable inner elastic cords (supplied) make folding the fabric much simpler.

5 - Two attached cam buckle straps keep the tent closed and compact, when sleeping bags or blankets have been left inside the tent.

6 - The poles supplied create a practical awning.

7 - Double opening.

COMFORT ALWAYS HOLDS THE FIRST PLACE

FABRICS

The roof and sides are made of a heavy duty single skin 420g/ m2, 50% cotton and 50% acrylic fabric, which is water proof, breathable and rot-proof.
This fabric has several advantages: it’s extremely breathable, so inside the tent is fresh and airy, unlike plastic-coated or resin-treated fabrics, which are non-breathable and therefore create lots of condensation, which is the main cause of moulds. However the breathable nature of the fabric doesn’t reduce it’s impermeabilty to rain: on contact with water, the fabric weave swells and thickens; where sewing has occurred, the holes created by the needles swell and seal as does the thread used for stitching, whereas in plastic-coated fabrics, some permeable holes will still remain.

PLATFORM BOARDS

The boards used for the tent base are made of a poplar plywood, which, thanks to its long fibres, is very resilient and hard-wearing. This 12 mm thick plywood has been developed for this particular application; the different layers are bonded together by the cross-overlapping method, following the wood grain to produce the products unique features. The Air-Camping procedure includes, veneering both outside and inside of the tent base, by applying two 0.3 mm thick Silver-Quartz CHPL (Casework with High Pressure Laminate Finish) laminated sheets. The plywood, therefore, has a double protection: it is waterproof and water-repellent both outside and inside, does not absorb humidity, will not warp and prevents the formation of harmful mould.

LADDER

Made of aluminium with steel stiffeners and extendable up to 2.30 metres. Quick release spring clips allow easy adjustment to the height of the ladder, and also keep it firmly locked in place on the tent base when in transit. With the tent in use, an automatic blocking mechanism prevents the ladder from slipping when being climbed, and allows for using the tent on uneven ground and smooth or slippery asphalts or pavements.

YARNS

A widely used, high-technology yarn, made of two different fibres: pure cotton outside, to swell on contact with water and fill the holes made by the needle plus a synthetic fibre core is used on the inside of the yarn to obtain a high strength seam.

COLOURS

The colours used since 1959, are for very practical reasons, including reducing the amount of light filtering through, by using medium grey on the roofs and dark blue for the sides.

METAL COMPONENTS

Both steel and aluminium are used in a combination that achieves a tent with strength, high resistance to wear and the elements, yet still maintain a light overall weight. The metal elements used are first quality; being hot-galvanized during the mills’ rolling process directly in the factory.

TECHNICAL DETAILS AIR-CAMPING

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A. B.

The closed tent can contain 2,3 or 4 pillows, depending on the model, and night-time accessories.
For example, a rucksack and blankets can be fitted inside the tent, so they don’t take up room in the boot or inside the vehicle.

C.

When choosing a roof tent, the height is important because it shows how much room there is inside and how easy it is to move about, hence the comfort.
Even just a few centimetres more or less make a big difference: everything has been calculated to ensure that a person of average height (170-190 cm) can sit comfortably without the head coming close to the ceiling.
The overall length of 220 cm provides optimum comfort.

D.

The width (SMALL /MEDIUM /LARGE) depends on the number of occupants.
The windows are big enough to give an excellent view and small enough not to compromise privacy.

E.

Standard bases include 2 strong C-shaped steel bars to hook the tent onto the vehicle roof rails, using the clamps supplied.
All small and medium models have Standard or Explorer opening, with pre-fitted “C” guides (specify Explorer with the order). For Explorer, the guides are moved to the holes on the Overland floor.

DESIGN MADE IN ITALY

Design Made in Italy means quality, originality and style. A production process based on master craftsmanship and industry, characterized by high-quality materials, aesthetic taste, a care for detail, sensitivity to beauty and durability,
making Autohome a leading and excellent participant in international competition.

The reasons for the worldwide success are based on a strong local artistic and cultural tradition. Just as a tree is nourished by the soil in which it is rooted, so Autohome draws from the skills and creativity of the territory, its art and culture.

ACCESSORIES FOR ALL REQUIREMENTS

A large number of accessories for extra comfort. To meet any additional need, they are quick to fit, easy to use and fully independent. Any Overland and Air-Camping model can be fitted with:
- Verandah in standard neutral colours: in matching Gray and Carbon, self-supporting, without the vehicle needing to be present on the campsite.
- Changing room available in the 3 Overland colours: Carbon, Safari, Bordeaux and blue for the exclusive Air-Camping range.
- Ground supports supports for Overland/ Air-Camping.
- The winter hood, for extra protection against rain, wind or cold.

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INDEPENDENT VERANDAH

Art. OL/04A - cm 200 x 200 x h 240

According to our testers’ experience, we have understood that also Overland verandah shall be independent.
Living & sleeping areas are communicating but at the same time separate rooms: it is the best solution to get a freedom of movement and at the same time a standing point of reference where tables, chairs, barbecue, food and drinks, etc. ... are kept.

Should the standing time be longer, the tent becomes a well-structured, comfortable and safe module, (art OL/06A) to go camping in a traditional way; this is possible thanks to its ground feet.

The framework is constructed from round anodised aluminium poles.

CHANGING ROOM

Art. OLC/07A for cars,
Art. OLC/08A off-road vehicles and vans

Sizes: Small 130 x 110
Medium 160 x 110
Large 180 x 110 cm.
Suitable for people, who “never stop”:
practical and lightweight accessory, it can also be used as a small verandah thanks to its zip.

The framework is constructed from round anodised aluminium poles.

FEET

Art. OL/06A

Four strong folding feet keep the tent raised some 25cm off the ground protecting the base of the tent from water, condensation and insects. Useful in campsites and residential areas that do not allow vehicles to enter during the night.

WINTER HOOD

OL/05A

Made of resin bonded nylon fibre and aluminium powder. Excellent protection from the burning effect of the suns rays, and equally useful for extra insulation in colder conditions.
Quickly attached, by Velcro strips, and removed, it can also provide additional protection in the most extreme of conditions. Can be left in situ when closing the tent.

UNIVERSAL SYSTEM

The exclusive Autohome security system allows all tents to be used on any vehicle: small cars, off-road vehicles, station-wagons, MPV’s (or people carriers), camper vans, and pick-up trucks... A universal, quick attachment system, allows you to position the tent safely in any position, with no risk of damage or modifications to the body of the vehicle. Various fixing kits are available to suit.

1st Advantage:

All tents are fully independent for easy installation on the car roof.

2nd Advantage:

The C-shaped steel rails integrated into the bases of all Autohome models strengthen the structure and make it possible to fix the tent to the roof bars by means of special clamps.

3rd Advantage:

Just two people (standing beside the car) can easily lift the tent and position it on the roof bars without risk to the bodywork.

4th Advantage:

The standard clamps slide along the C-shaped rails to fix the tent in the desired position. This position varies depending on the type of car, to be used as a carryall or for best appearance.

The tent bases must not be drilled for fixing onto the roof bars.

No holes are to be drilled in the roof bars to secure the tent. This operation is prohibited by current safety regulations. It is not permitted to make changes to the roof rack.

4 clamps are provided as standard for simple, easy mounting according to the rules.

Universal System Autohome is a mounting system according to the standards, certified by T.V - ID: 0000024461. Beware of imitations.

An example of a roof rack for motor cars without water channels.

Connection for off-road vehicles or motor cars with water channels.

Attachment bars for motor cars with fitted rails.

Special Order: Roof Bars or Expedition Roof Racks available in Steel or Aluminium.

CLAMPS SIZE AVAILABLE

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