Mahindra Thar is a very popular vehicle among overlanders and off-roaders. This is because of its off-road capability and go-anywhere nature. So, many people end up modifying their Thars according to their particular needs. Here, is a Mahindra Thar that has been modified as a camper van with a rooftop tent.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by caravan bharat. We can see that the SUV has been modified heavily for overlanding. The first thing that the host shows us is the Annex room. The frame of the room has been attached to the crossbar on the roof. This means that the entire room can be folded above only. So, it is always there when you need it and will not occupy additional space in the interior. It can be folded within just 5 minutes. There is also a facility for people to sleep in it or even work. The room is waterproof, can withstand heavy winds and also has windows for ventilation. The room measures 6.5 x 6.5 feet. The poles that form the structure are made up of aluminium and can be adjusted according to the vehicle.
Then the host shows us the rooftop tent. The opening of the rooftop tent is towards the backside of the SUV. To climb up to the roof, there is a ladder and a shoe bag is also installed to store the shoes. The rooftop tent has windows for ventilation. The upper portion of the tent can also be opened so that the person can look at the night sky while the SUV is parked. The rooftop tent measure 4.5 x 7 feet. There are other tents also available which are larger than this. There are 5 x 7 feet and 6 x 7 feet. There are additional vents placed so that the moisture cannot enter when it is raining. The fibre used for the tent is Polyester so it is waterproof.
There is also a kitchen setup where the tailgate is present in the SUV. There is a gas stove, and chopping board which can also be used as a tray. Then there are different compartments for storing things. There is even a tap and gas for the stove. The water tank capacity is 45 litres. The tank capacity can be increased according to the car and requirement. All the space at the rear has been used for storing things. The modified Thar is now a three-seater vehicle as the fourth rear seat has been removed.
Then there is the washroom. There are two pockets to store stuff like soaps, shower gels, shampoo etc. It measures 3.5 x 3.5 feet. There is also a window with zips that give you access to the vehicle. So, you do not need to carry your clothes inside the shower. To take a bath there is a shower.
The cost of the tent is Rs. 45,000 which is more affordable than some other tents that are available in the market. The Annex room costs Rs. 25,000. All the things are manufactured in India.