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Rooftop rack system for rooftop tent?

Anyone running a rooftop tent? What rack are you using? Looking into Thule or Yakima but the maximum load is 168lbs. Is that moving weight or static?

Any insight is appreciated. It would go on a 16 CM


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I too have been researching this topic. Here's a link to a post here that contains good options, explanations and links to other Tundra owner's experiences:

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I followed the links to see what these are like.IMO stupid idea.Why spend big bucks when you can get a conventional ground tent for a fraction of the cost?For what they cost you can buy everything you need for a family of 4 to go camping in comfort.More comfort!
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Anyone running a rooftop tent? What rack are you using? Looking into Thule or Yakima but the maximum load is 168lbs. Is that moving weight or static?

Any insight is appreciated. It would go on a 16 CM


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Over the cab or over the bed? Unless you are going to a bolt on rack over the cab, my guess is that you will be pretty limited. Thule and Yakima both seem to use only a foot with a hook over the door frame - I wouldn't expect that to take much more than what they are rated for. Some people have said that bolting through the channel in the roof allows for more weight bearing.

If you are going over the bed, there's quite a few options in various threads here.

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I followed the links to see what these are like.IMO stupid idea.Why spend big bucks when you can get a conventional ground tent for a fraction of the cost?For what they cost you can buy everything you need for a family of 4 to go camping in comfort.More comfort!
I want one to be a cool kid. But yes, I agree with you.

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I followed the links to see what these are like.IMO stupid idea.Why spend big bucks when you can get a conventional ground tent for a fraction of the cost?For what they cost you can buy everything you need for a family of 4 to go camping in comfort.More comfort!
until you try a RTT you'll never understand.
ground tents take close to half an hour to setup and break down.
they are on the GROUND
the fabric is THIN so you are cold

the RTT takes literally 2~3 min to setup
the fabric is THICK so you are cozy, the mattress is already in there along with your blankets and pillows
you are NOT on the GROUND

my wife, two kids and I comfortably fit in ours.

but its not for everyone.... so it depends on what your objective is.


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It's all relative. Some can afford it, some can build their own mounts/racks. Some need this set up when ground tenting isn't ideal (heavy snow, mud, impromptu overnight Walmart parking lot stops to name a few reasons). Dragos28 made logical points as well. We all see value vs. cost differently. So, links and info that actually address his questions or provide a reference surely help.

I agree with ottsville on limitations for roof mounting. My '08 doesn't have factory threaded bolt holes in the weather strip channels (like the Tacoma does) and I don't believe the '16 does either. For that reason, over the cab may not be the safest route. I read a thread somewhere explaining how someone drilled and fastened via the channels and will post if I can find it. I'll be curious to see what solution you come up with. Good luck.
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Better thread RTT talk

I have a RTT for my 07 land cruiser, it's awesome! I have it connected to Yakima corebars w/ Timberline mounts on the factor rails.


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until you try a RTT you'll never understand.
ground tents take close to half an hour to setup and break down.
they are on the GROUND
the fabric is THIN so you are cold

the RTT takes literally 2~3 min to setup
the fabric is THICK so you are cozy, the mattress is already in there along with your blankets and pillows
you are NOT on the GROUND

my wife, two kids and I comfortably fit in ours.

but its not for everyone.... so it depends on what your objective is.
This pretty much is my thoughts on it. It is also easier I think to get your vehicle level than find a level patch of ground. If it rains hard your tent doesn't flood (because even well prepped, it still happens). ANTS, etc.

Unfortunately for five people we'd need to have two, so that makes it even more expensive.

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This pretty much is my thoughts on it. It is also easier I think to get your vehicle level than find a level patch of ground. If it rains hard your tent doesn't flood (because even well prepped, it still happens). ANTS, etc.

Unfortunately for five people we'd need to have two, so that makes it even more expensive.
Or you get the lower extension, giving you extra space.


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Or you get the lower extension, giving you extra space.

that annex is nice, but is quite a chore to put up and take down.


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Oof. There goes my productivity today. Great thread! The Land Cruiser looks killer planomateo!

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Or you get the lower extension, giving you extra space.

I get your point, but I'd be using that for the kitchen area, etc.

The stupid thing is this: I'm looking at a Tundra so that I can haul my three kids around comfortably and do all these things in nature, etc.

By the time I'm able to afford all of it, they will have moved out. I might have to name the truck Catch-22.

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I'm in the same boat trying to figure out a solution to mount one. I just picked up a ARE Z series cap with Yakima core bars and was hoping to mount it on that. ARE just responded to an email of mine telling me that the max static load for the cap is 200lbs distributed evenly. That just doesn't seem right to me. As for the question above about the load rating of the racks, Yakima just released their own RTT so it's obviously designed to mounted on their crossbars etc, I believe that load rating of 165lbs is while in motion.

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Oof. There goes my productivity today. Great thread! The Land Cruiser looks killer planomateo!
Thanks, still a work in progress

I've added sliders and a bumper/winch on it since the photo. I've moved my RTT onto a m416 trailer (which I'm slowly working on).

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