Autohome Maggiolina Extreme
Autohome's Maggiolina is perhaps the most iconic hard-shell roof top tent ever and the Extreme bumps it a notch. The controlled and stable opening mechanism is reinforced with an additional strut, so the tent can carry a 25kg load on the roof, and it's supplied with two load bars up top. A great spot for things like recovery tracks, or bulky light-weight loads. We keep limited stock of the Extreme - please give us a call to check, or place a special order. The Extreme comes in small 130cm and medium 145cm widths.
What we like
Trying to decide between the boxy shape of the Airtop or the Maggi, and the Columbus? We've used both the boxy tents (Maggi & Airtop) and the Columbus extensively and honestly it's hard to decide. The boxy space is really nice - overall there is a little more volume than in the Columbus but it feels very cozy. If you want to top and tail with some kids then it's easier; we've often slept one adult and two kids in a 1300 wide Maggi.
The Maggiolina Range
The Maggi range is broad and comes in a variety of styles and colours. Ask us about ordering a Grand Tour, which has more volume in the shell and extra height internally, or the Extreme which has a roof rack built into the top shell with a load capacity of 25kg. The Maggi also comes in a 2300mm long option if you need the extra length. We don't stock all of these but are more than happy to make special orders with the factory in Italy.
Opening the Maggiolina
The Maggi uses a winding handle to operate a worm-drive which in turn controls a large scissor mechanism. German hardware, beautifully made and reliable. Winding up the tent takes about half a minute. It's very controlled and when the tent is up it's very rigid and stable in high wind.