The all Australian made
ShippShape rooftop tents are now being manufactured again. New owner
Mark Allen who purchased the business about twelve months ago said they will continue to follow the original design, but have
made some minor changes in construction which offer improved ventilation
for summer camping. Mark went on to say to offer as low a price as
possible, we will not have a shop front & at this stage wont be
attending shows. ShippShape will deliver tents Australia wide, right to
their customers doors via courier. Mark is no stranger to the camping &
canvas world as he is the owner of
Erik and Inga Shipp starting making the
roof top tents in 1985 using the family kitchen where the sewing was
done by Inga & the lounge room was Erik's welding and fabrication
They then moved onto a dedicated factory premises in Sydney to supply
hundreds of ShippShape tents to happy customers throughout Australia.
Sadly Erik passed away in 2011.
Shippshape uses the reliable Australian
Dynaproofed Billabong canvas which is the choice of the majority of
Australian camper trailer manufacturers. The roof top tents can be
fitted to almost any vehicle or trailer & can be set up in minutes for
comfortable sleeping and camping.
The Shack is the base model &
ideal for people on the move. It is fast & easy to set up or pack away by
one person. There are no poles or pegs on the main tent. The
zip on water & dust proof PVC travel cover unzips on three
sides & remains attached to the front of the tent bed base. It can
be simply folded over the vehicle windscreen or the draw bar if fitted to a
trailer while the tent is set up.
The side of the opened tent features
an attached awning/wall that is 2.1 metres long & drops 1.9 metres to the
ground for an instant privacy & weather shelter or can alternatively be propped up
on two poles to act as a handy awning. The walls can be left attached
when folding the tent away. All up the Shack only weighs 55kg.
The Bush Hut includes four additional
canvas walls to the above creating a living room which have canvas & mesh screens,
perfect for allowing the breeze to flow through. A separate floor is
available if required.
The package has been tailored to suit the tourer or
traveller for extremely fast setup & pack down, plus has the added
advantage of adding walls one at a time as required to act as
privacy screens or wind/sun blocks. Each wall has either a large window
or a door.
The standard awning/wall still provides an additional awning as per
The Shack, so you'll have an enclosed room of 2.1 metres by 1.4 metres
plus an awning
of 2.1 metres by 1.9 metres, that can be quickly & easily set up and packed away by
the bush hut
The Homestead package is
ideal for longer stays & for accommodating extra people. It includes a
large one piece completely enclosed room of four walls & floor. The
Homestead room measures 3.3 metres out from the vehicle & zips under the
standard Shack side awning. There are two doors & three windows, all of which have canvas
& mesh screens allowing the breeze to flow through.
Please check the Shippshape website for more details
or their facebook page at
Thanks to mark Allen for the info