I've been tossing around the whole RTT thing for a while now. Carefully considering the pros and cons of carrying weight up high. My goal is to get a trailer but I'm not sure when I'll get that-so for now, it's on the roof and up high.
The next choice was size. I wanted something that was at least 2 person.
I watched a bunch of videos on installing/using and I came to the realization RTTs are effectively all the same. That's not entirely true but the ones I was considering differ in price only.
I looked at costs of both the tent and of shipping before deciding on Tepui. I could avoid shipping ($75 for "local", $150 for everyone else). I also emailed some questions and asked if I could come by and look at the tents. I was really surprised to get a reply a few hours after I sent my message as it was Sunday but I did and the short answer is I was able to call and make an appointment to come see the tent I was interested in on Tuesday. When I arrived, I looked at the tent and was impressed by the quality and ease with which it could be installed. I also liked the attitudes of those in the shop, Bernard & Ricardo. Evan and Bernard are the two principals behind Tepui. Anyway, I decided that was the tent and chose the Siberian Camo (I'll include some better pictures next time I go camping.). Here's what I got as it was installed at the Tepui shop:
(just a note that the fly and windows aren't deployed)
I had expected to come back to install it but Bernard, Ricardo and I installed it in about 20 minutes or so. The hard part is getting the thing on the roof-you need help for sure.
I am very happy with the service I received from Tepui.
I've attached a little spreadsheet of the tents I considered. No shipping cause it'll be different for everyone. Hope it helps.