Renodemona wrote: ↑Tue Aug 10, 2021 4:48 pm
There's a youtube guy with a roof top tent on a grand wag, termite off road. It's intriguing and he has some good setup tips. I have no experience with them but he totally does, hopefully that helps!
That's a cool channel! Here's a link if someone's can't find it - Termite Offroad
. Rack they built looks very strong, but it's probably a awful lot of extra weight on the roof. Raising center of gravity and stuff...
I'm planning to get a RTT for my JL Wrangler as soon as I can get my hands on good roof rack for it, so over past couple months I've did quite a lot of research about RTTs. You'll definitely need a good sturdy rack for it.
There are 2 types of tents - hard shell (HS) and soft shell (SS):
- SS are more common (because they're much cheaper, smittybuilt one start at $1100-ish) and usually lighter (150ish lbs, depends on the size), but they take much more time & effort to set up and especially take down when compared to HS
- HS are more expensive ($2500+), usually weigh more (one exception being GFC Superlite at just 80 lbs, but they are always sold out). HS are much easier to set up/take down as it's usually just a matter of undoing couple latches and pushing it up (for clamshells it is really under 1 minute). They also handle wind better if positioned correctly (SS tents flop around a lot)
So it all depends on your budget (roof rack, RTT and shipping (they are bulky and heavy, so shipping tends to be around $200 within US)), overall weight that you're ready to put on the roof and if you want to pay more for ease of setting it up
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