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Man, if RTT guys claim they are "poor," we ground tent people must be sub human Glad to hear that's the one you have. On the stock rack, is it easy to attach? No issues, aside it from being super high?

Height, did it create noise, lots of MPG issue, or did ladder not reach down enough?

Sounds like me and your wife had the same concern about the "hanging off" part. I am just thinking of car can take static weight of 2 adults and 2 kids up there. Sorry for the silly questions.


Thanks for the Key Fob Link - will go check it out. Edit: checked it out. Looks like my 12 FJ has the newer style key. Finally a mod I don't have to do


P.S. The quick attach from FrontRunner, is that something that goes on stock rack? I don't want to change my rack.
Ya I have zero funds to throw at my FJ, tent included, so I sell other stuff to fuel this addiction. Height may well have decreased the mpg, technically speaking it must have, but I didn't really pay attention to it. The ladder reaches down just fine, and if you lift it, there are ladder adapters out there. You would have to work something out to get the FrontRunner kit to attach to a stock rack, which would be the opposite of fun. I'm in the process of adapting it to my rack, and it is not fun, even though it's much more similar to the FrontRunner rack.
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Ya I have zero funds to throw at my FJ, tent included, so I sell other stuff to fuel this addiction. Height may well have decreased the mpg, technically speaking it must have, but I didn't really pay attention to it. The ladder reaches down just fine, and if you lift it, there are ladder adapters out there. You would have to work something out to get the FrontRunner kit to attach to a stock rack, which would be the opposite of fun. I'm in the process of adapting it to my rack, and it is not fun, even though it's much more similar to the FrontRunner rack.
Appreciate the info. I am not keen on changing my OEM rack. So if I can't find a RTT for my OEM rack, then I will keep ground tenting, the 4 times a year I go camping

THank you for the help once again.
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Still working on the roof rack and the quick attach, although it is now the lowest roof rack I have seen, with one of the cross bars directly on the roof....

But in the mean time, my voltmeter was running low, and having read other threads explaining as to why, I decided to get the replacement fuse to boost the alternator output.



The packaging was sketchy....





Installation could not be easier, so I actually didn't mess it up!



And BAM! Instant desired results.



ETA, all cleaned up, still needing some labels.

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So I picked up a roof rack from a forum member, and they did awesome in shipping it out to me. I was looking for something lower and that I could shift around more to my liking, and their roof rack seemed like exactly what I was looking for. The problem was, I installed it incorrectly, because again, I like to mess things up at first just to make things more difficult on myself. So every time I went above 65mph, it sounded like a jackhammer on my roof.

So I poured some liquid gold last night....



And got to work (repainting the crossbars because I didn't want silver, even though I never look up there anyway), an re installing the roof rack. Then this morning I did some freeway runs, and zero issues. Although I have no idea what I did wrong in the first place, it seems to be just fine now.

While I was at it, I also installed the FrontRunner quick attach for my roof top tent, which I have yet to try out, I will likely get to it on Monday or Tuesday, holiday and all.

But the rack sits really low, which is exactly what I wanted.

The pictures were taken without the bolts screwed in, so yes, they were sticking out in the pictures....



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So I picked up a roof rack from a forum member, and they did awesome in shipping it out to me. I was looking for something lower and that I could shift around more to my liking, and their roof rack seemed like exactly what I was looking for. The problem was, I installed it incorrectly, because again, I like to mess things up at first just to make things more difficult on myself. So every time I went above 65mph, it sounded like a jackhammer on my roof.

So I poured some liquid gold last night....



And got to work (repainting the crossbars because I didn't want silver, even though I never look up there anyway), an re installing the roof rack. Then this morning I did some freeway runs, and zero issues. Although I have no idea what I did wrong in the first place, it seems to be just fine now.

While I was at it, I also installed the FrontRunner quick attach for my roof top tent, which I have yet to try out, I will likely get to it on Monday or Tuesday, holiday and all.

But the rack sits really low, which is exactly what I wanted.

The pictures were taken without the bolts screwed in, so yes, they were sticking out in the pictures....



What brand/model rack is that?

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What brand/model rack is that?
It's just the D3, which you can get off ebay for $300, it's nothing fancy but I wanted to try it out and so far I like it. It accomplishes everything I want it to.
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We decided to take a weekend trip (5 days total) and drive from Phoenix to Del Norte for some camping a couple of weeks ago. The drive was good, no issues or complaints, except that I may choose to go with the smaller in size hard top RTT over this one. The single reason being the ability to leave it on at all times and still fit in the garage. Even with the “quick attach” mount from Front Runner, it’s still a monumental pain to mount and dismount alone. But once it’s up there, it’s awesome, with a ton of room, and the kids absolutely love it.

Packed for the trip (the mess was my wife’s jackets, although the weather was actually rather warm, upper 60s-70s.



But there are some pretty sweet and entertaining roads to drive throughout the whole area, such as this one, with a ton of great hiking as well.



The campsites were pretty awesome, although my wife wasn’t a fan of the “ton of mosquitos”, there were like a handful, at most…. It didn’t rain so I didn’t get a chance to try out the awning, perhaps next time.



Setting up camp took about 7 minutes.

There was no rain, so no point in really setting out lines, or anything else, but this setup was good to go as it was.





The kids had a blast, and had no issues climbing the ladder themselves, which saved some work with forgotten toys, etc. On the return trip, there were a few bugs… And this was only within 200 miles or so.



The fridge worked without issue, running the whole time. The battery stayed nice and charged and everything worked great. Except that any time we crested 80mph, the needle for the fuel gauge about fell off. I’m guessing because it’s a 2007 FJ, also with the brick mounted to the roof. But I think in the very near future will be an auxiliary tank.

Also, my antenna was not put back on properly after my line-x, and on the rive home it fell off on the freeway. Blah! So I ordered a new one, a stubby one. Didn't think anything of it until it arrived, and it wasn't stubby so much as micro. It's maybe 5", and my reception blows, I thought it might be a foot, but I didn't read well enough I guess. Sorry for the picture, I don't have access to my truck right now.

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So there are large gaps between work that I can do on the FJ, being deployed and all. My wife messaged me last night saying that the FJ wouldn't turn on. Absolutely nothing, no lights, nothing.

Had her flip the switch for the dual battery, started just fine. So I was happy I got to test it out, not happy that it had to be tested..... A proper battery trickle charger will be on its way soon. Suggestions?
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