I used black pvc pipe cut in half for protection of the stock rack ,also keeps things from sliding without over torquing the nuts!
The tent is mount on the side bars. Mounts that come with the tent allow you to choose your orientation.
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I must admit I do love the idea and depending on where you are this could be a much safer way to sleep. Awesome. I will have to have a look at getting one of theseView attachment 607521
A bit late for OP but may be use to others... RTT on standard rack with airdam to stop airflow under tent. Works well with little wind noise or noticeable lift.
I needed spacers under front edge of clamps due to the curved rails. Message for more info or close up pics.
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Do you have any pictures of how it is mounted? Also what size is that awning?I mounted mine directly to the rack. No crossbars or anything special. I used my sleeping bags as a wind deflector to reduce the drag. Drove over 3000 miles last month like this with 0 issues.
Not a thing, it just sat on top of the four Yakima crossbars.Hello Corey- a new person here. I saw your post's picture with the tent on top of the stock FJ roof rack. Did you have to level it at all? I'm confused because of the natural curve of the stock roof rack? Did you have to add anything to level it?
G'day, it looks like they were the Yakima Low Rider clamps, as I have the link my post from my thread when the tent was first mounted.I'm following this thread since I'm about to go off down this merry journey to a rooftop tent as well. I have a potential lead on a Tepui Ruggedized Kukenam (e) that I am pursuing. My understanding is that with minor modifications to the hardware, the Tepui options can mate directly to the OEM rack without 3rd party crossbars. I'm not quite at the point I can afford to swap out the entire OEM rack for a 3rd party expedition rack just yet. I've seen lots of comments that folks were not happy with the additional height and space between the roof when you put a RTT on the OEM rack, but thems the breaks for the near term...
That said, which Yakima towers were you using @Corey to attach the Yakima crossbars to the OEM rack? I have a set of the newer Yakima Timberline towers that I have yet to test out on the OEM rack still.
PS Does anyone with a Tepui know if you can mount these with the door unfolding towards the rear of the vehicle?
I assume you are running an OEM roof rack since this is in the "OEM Rack" thread? If so, the OEM alloy load bars and rails are rated at 156lb dynamic load. I would imagine switching out the stock thin-walled alloy load bars for the Yakima or Thule bars like @Corey has above this would increase payload capacity.I'm a big guy (315 lbs). With the wife and two toddlers we're going to be in 570lb country without the tent. Has anyone got experience with 4 man tents and sleeping 600 to 800 lbs of human in their RTT? I am planning to go the trailer mounted tent route, possibly soon, but I was hoping we could 'car camp' without the trailer if it's not a big expedition.