The Icarus Roof Conversion – There’s no denying the convenience of a rooftop tent, but that’s not to say the solution doesn’t have its shortfalls…
- You lose the ability to pack bulky items on your roof-rack
- It may raise your vehicle’s center of gravity
- Reduces aerodynamics, and…
- May prevent access to underground parking
But most of all, a rooftop tent doesn’t quite provide as many benefits as an all-out camper solution, where you get to enjoy simultaneous access to your tent, as well as your vehicle’s kitchen / storage area – no matter how bad the weather. Well, that’s where our roof conversion comes in…
We can’t think of a more capable overland solution for two of the most capable overland vehicles. While our Icarus conversion kits are designed solely for Land Rover Defender owners, our more recent Hercules conversion is designed strictly to suit the Land Cruiser Troopy models.
No matter which of these iconic vehicles you own, the conversion is available in kit form and can be shipped to any corner of the globe. The job takes about 1-2 days to complete, and once done, you’ll then have access (via an internal roof opening) to your tent, your clothes, your cupboards and your kitchen – all in one supremely capable and compact package.
It’s also worth noting that the Icarus conversion is 100% reversible, so should you wish to migrate the kit to another Defender, or simply restore your vehicle to its original state, you have that option, too.
The roof conversion does away with having to climb up and down ladders, and also frees up packing space where you now have the option of mounting a full-size roof-rack. Bear in mind, however, that packing heavy items on top of your vehicle’s roof will affect how easy it is to open, so some experimenting will be needed to determine what works for you.
Otherwise, the roof takes seconds to unlatch and open, and thanks to the flip-up bed and mattress, you not only have access to your clothing and cupboards, you also get to stand upright while changing. Lastly, the roof can be closed with all your bedding inside, which means you never have to deal with stuffing away a sleeping bag, and you don’t have to find packing space for your duvet and pillows. Provided your bedding is relatively neat and flat, it’s all stored up top and is just a latch-and-flip away.
Overlanding has never been so easy, so convenient, and so unbelievably capable. It’s the ultimate overland solution for two ultimate overland vehicles.