Smittybilt appears to have listened to the feedback about the annex for their Overlander tents. They have formally changed the design of the annex for both of their rooftop tents. This is an introduction to those changes.
In the video below we recap some of the criticisms of the initial annex version and then have a look at each of the latest annex designs.
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We purchased the Smittybilt annex for their Overlander rooftop tent in September of 2016 and have only used it once. That gives a pretty good indication of how much we like it. Evidently, that was one of their initial design versions. You may be interested in our review of that Smittybilt annex.
We posted the review video of the annex on December 27, 2017. Before posting the video review on our YouTube channel, we checked the Smittybilt website to be sure the annex we have matched the one they market on their website - and it did. The picture and information were still the same as they had been when we purchased the annex in 2016.
A couple of oddities of the annex we have are:
A number of people commented on our Smittybilt annex review video. Some of them who had purchased their annex more recently said that their annex looks different than ours.
I checked the Smittybilt website every so often to see if new annex information was available. Sure enough when I checked in late January/early February 2018, the entire Overlander tent page was updated. There are now new photos and information about both of their Overlander tents and their accessories.
Smittybilt sells two Overlander tents.
It it clear that Smittybilt listened to the feedback about their initial tent annexes. They have changed the design - and much for the better.
Their website shows that there are now two annexes; one for their Standard tent, and one for their XL tent.
The vast improvements that appear to be made in the new versions of the annexes are:
While all the changes in the annex design are welcome, we have no plans on getting the latest version. Why not? For one, we have the rooftop tent on a Morris Mule trailer. The top doors of the trailer open out to the sides like wings and the one on the annex side sticks into the back of the annex quite a bit. The second reason also has to do with our tent being on top of a trailer. The tent is not as high off of the ground as it would be if it were on top of a 4WD vehicle. That means there is a lot of extra annex material that bunches up on the ground.
See the Tents & Annexes on Smittybilt website: https://www.smittybilt.com/overlander_tent_and_awning
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