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Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby yellowranger1 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:49 am

This weekend we got to try out the tent on the taller rack for the first time, no Dramamine necessary. You do fee the truck rocking a bit when moving around to get situated or changing. It's nothing excessive, I'd say it feels similar to how a camping trailer moves when it's hooked up to the truck without the jacks down. It got really windy Saturday night, but it stays pretty steady.

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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby MikeKey » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:01 pm

Should consider getting some leveling blocks for the truck. Makes a difference.
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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby yellowranger1 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:34 pm

Actually had some of the lego looking leveling blocks with us, but landed pretty darn close to level where we parked so we didn't bother. Or do you mean like jackstands to stabilize it?


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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby littletires » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:57 am

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I've owned my CVT tent for about 5 yrs. now, It's a Mt. Rainer model. I have about 12,000 driving miles on this current setup, west coast trip - 2015, east coast trip 2016. Lots of Midwest trips also. Close to 100 nights in it. We've been in some extremely winding nights with it which makes the rain fly flap like crazy, no matter how tight you try and pull it down. I haven't tried to take the rain fly off though on those occasions, usually we end up sleeping through it, sucks though. So far, no issues with the tent, rain stays out. If it's really coming down, it'll pool a little bit over the ladder part, right above where you enter the top portion of tent. The lower annex room works for me, but since my tent is mounted up high, we are able to stand up without worrying about hitting our heads on the under side of the tent. Later this spring I'm gonna make another rack system, without the use of the truck cap, so I can mount a canoe and kayak above the tent, sacrificing the head room when the annex room is used. Always a compromise.
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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby TwinStick » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:50 pm

Now that we also have a 4Runner on the way, a RTT makes more sense. Especially when we don't take the camper. It could be switched between both vehicles, not that i would.
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G-56 Gear ratios: 1st) 6.29:1 2nd) 3.48:1 3rd) 2.10:1 4th) 1.38:1 5th) 1.0:1 6th) 0.79:1 Rev 6.29:1 --- = 78.01613:1 Crawl Ratio
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545RFE----------------3.0:1---------1.67:1--------1.0:1--------0.75:1-------0.67:1------------------3.0:1 -------=37.21:1

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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby 2wagons1driveway » Sun May 14, 2017 3:19 pm

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This is how I did mine this weekend pretty sturdy


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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby TwinStick » Tue May 16, 2017 7:55 am

Thats cool. I have read that many people seem to eventually have issues (I'm talking long term-like 5-8 years down the road) with mounting hardware and/or brackets on rooftop tents. It can never hurt to increase the surface area and strength of mounts. :rockon:
2008 Red QC PW G56. No lift yet, stock size tires. It pulls a 2016 Starcraft AR One Extreme, 3500 lbs.
Load Pro 35 helper springs. 2015 A.R.E. MX Series custom cap. PCP front diff cover protector. Mag-Hytec 6 qt rear diff cover. K&N replacement air filter only. Dual grounded throttle body. Winch TPC bypass. Fab Four rear bumper. DURA BAK lined rocker protection. And a bunch of new front end stuff.

G-56 Gear ratios: 1st) 6.29:1 2nd) 3.48:1 3rd) 2.10:1 4th) 1.38:1 5th) 1.0:1 6th) 0.79:1 Rev 6.29:1 --- = 78.01613:1 Crawl Ratio
-------------------------5.94:1--------3.28:1-------1.98:1-------1.31:1-------1.0:1-------0.74:1-----5.42:1 ---- = 73.675:1
545RFE----------------3.0:1---------1.67:1--------1.0:1--------0.75:1-------0.67:1------------------3.0:1 -------=37.21:1

2013+ 32.47 crawl ratio...............Can you see the trend ??????????????
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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby 2wagons1driveway » Thu May 18, 2017 10:19 pm

TwinStick wrote:Thats cool. I have read that many people seem to eventually have issues (I'm talking long term-like 5-8 years down the road) with mounting hardware and/or brackets on rooftop tents. It can never hurt to increase the surface area and strength of mounts. :rockon:
ya I want it to be able to take going airborne if necessary so I made it very robust!


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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby Colibri » Fri May 19, 2017 8:12 am

IF necessary he says! :rofl: :rofl:


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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby 2wagons1driveway » Sun May 21, 2017 8:53 am

Colibri wrote:IF necessary he says! :rofl: :rofl:


It's always necessary Lee!!!!!
lol yes I turned the bypassed up a bit just in case! Image


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Re: Roof Top Tents - Suggestions

Postby agpilot » Tue May 23, 2017 5:24 pm

Also in the bed tent category - Image I've found this setup works great with ramboxes (they serve as ledges to hold stuff like flashlight etc inside the tent). I put a 50" wide sleeping pad and a double sized sleeping back in the back and was very comfortable with my girl camping for a few nights.
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