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wayoflife
08-28-2019, 09:08 PM
Okay boys and girls, I'm gonna be honest and say that when it comes to roof top tents, I don't have a clue as to who makes what or why I should by this over that. If any of you have any experience with one, I'd be grateful if you could help school me on what I should be looking for and why. Cost is a factor and so please take that into consideration. Also, whatever we get, it needs to be no longer than the bed of our Gladiator.

Thanks for your help :cool:

Brute
08-28-2019, 09:17 PM
Check out James Baroud...Iíve owned two, and they are excellent...but they are in the upper end cost wise. Best thing I can say about them is for one...they have a very low profile being a fiberglass clamshell...two, they are the easiest thing to set up; unlatch four latches and the spring up on gas struts, with your sleeping bags, pillows and pads inside already...three, super easy and fast to break down...

Brute
08-28-2019, 09:20 PM
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Sharkey
08-28-2019, 09:22 PM
While I have never owned one (or even used one), it seems like the natural starting place is to decide whether you want the clamshell style Brute runs or the flip over soft top style (like a Tepui).

If you want the former, I'd go with Brute's recommendation because he has experience with the product. If it is the latter, It seems to me that there is a lot more competition in the flip over soft top style these days which hopefully means you can find great quality for a better price than the long-time market participants like Tepui.

Brute
08-28-2019, 09:22 PM
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Brute
08-28-2019, 09:25 PM
,compact for those Uber rad ascents...

wayoflife
08-28-2019, 09:25 PM
Thanks guys, I really like the idea of the hard or clam shell type but they're on the long side and the bed of the Gladiator is short. We'll be running the EVO bed rack and it sits lower than the cab of the truck so I don't think it's an option for us.

Brute
08-28-2019, 09:28 PM
Thanks guys, I really like the idea of the hard or clam shell type but they're on the long side and the bed of the Gladiator is short. We'll be running the EVO bed rack and it sits lower than the cab of the truck so I don't think it's an option for us.

Tupui has a small clamshell I am looking at for Brute for that very same reason...it only opens from one side like a laptop...

Exodus Jeeps
08-28-2019, 09:30 PM
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Thatís pretty sweet


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jjlong
08-28-2019, 09:31 PM
I'm no expert, but I have a Freespirit Recreation RTT and love it! It's a few years old now and has held up great. I use the Annex downstairs for the dogs. Mine has aluminum diamond plate floors instead of a plastic composite that some RTT's come with. I've seen things puncture through composite. Also, the type of ladder you have is important. There's two types that I'm aware of, telescoping and sliding. Telescoping let's you fine tune the level and keeps even spacing between the rungs. 333704

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wayoflife
08-28-2019, 09:36 PM
Tupui has a small clamshell I am looking at for Brute for that very same reason...it only opens from one side like a laptop...

Cool - got a model number or name for it?

wayoflife
08-28-2019, 09:37 PM
I'm no expert, but I have a Freespirit Recreation RTT and love it! It's a few years old now and has held up great. I use the Annex downstairs for the dogs. Mine has aluminum diamond plate floors instead of a plastic composite that some RTT's come with. I've seen things puncture through composite. Also, the type of ladder you have is important. There's two types that I'm aware of, telescoping and sliding. Telescoping let's you fine tune the level and keeps even spacing between the rungs.


That looks cool but probably a bit more than what I'm needing. Thanks for posting up though.

Mountainjk10
08-28-2019, 09:44 PM
Okay boys and girls, I'm gonna be honest and say that when it comes to roof top tents, I don't have a clue as to who makes what or why I should by this over that. If any of you have any experience with one, I'd be grateful if you could help school me on what I should be looking for and why. Cost is a factor and so please take that into consideration. Also, whatever we get, it needs to be no longer than the bed of our Gladiator.

Thanks for your help :cool:

Have you looked at Roam Adventure Co. ? The Rambler is a hard shell tent thatís nice.


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wayoflife
08-28-2019, 10:18 PM
Have you looked at Roam Adventure Co. ? The Rambler is a hard shell tent thatís nice.

Yeah, that's nice but again, it's too long. I will be mounting whatever I get on the bed rack of my Gladiator and it sits lower than the cab.

trailraider
08-28-2019, 10:20 PM
As much as I try to stay away from Smitybilt products, they have a RTT that the 2nd version seems to actually be decent. but of course time will tell. but the price point is reasonable.

i don't run one or plan to but i have seen it on vehicles and it is a far cry better then the 1st version they came out with. i think 2nd version is pt# 2783

Braxtonsag
08-28-2019, 11:07 PM
We had a tepui kukenam Sky 3 person tent for a while and did a month long cross country roadtrip with our kids(0 and 3 at the time). We hit up Route 66 beginning to end, Grand Canyon, moab, San Juanís in Colorado, LA to pismo beach, and a ton of national parks in between. For 2 adults it was PERFECT. I highly recommend it for a soft shell style tent and if you go with it go ahead and get the premium mattress. That thing provided me some of the best camping moments of my life. Iíll update this post with pics from that trip. Excuse me being a subaru owner at that point in life.

Itís kind of important to note that almost all soft shell tents are made in the same factory like campers and just use different colors, branding, and materials. Iím not 100% positive but I believe tepui, fsr, and cvt are all essentially the same.


https://tepui.com/products/explorer-series-kukenam-3

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I donít have many pics of it set up, we usually explored until night time and didnít stick around long in the mornings so we could cover more ground. But it was a great time even with the kids being so young

wayoflife
08-28-2019, 11:14 PM
How long would you say it takes to set one of these up or fold it back up?

Braxtonsag
08-28-2019, 11:17 PM
How long would you say it takes to set one of these up or fold it back up?

I just updated my previous post, but youíll start out around 10-15 mins for setup and take down. Youíll get better rapidly. By the end of that trip I could set that tent up in pitch black wilderness with a phone light by myself in under 5 minutes. Itís so easy once you get the choreography figured out.


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HighwayTrout
08-28-2019, 11:21 PM
A few years ago I was dead set on a RTT and Tepui was my choice. My main reason for them over others is that they are local to me in Santa Cruz. If I were to have any problems I could just drive over and have them take a look.

During a demonstration they had it folded up ready to roll in minutes. Obviously that would take me 10x longer till I got the hang of things. But it looked simple enough. They had me and my wife set one up and break it down also part of the demo. Super simple.

OverlanderJK
08-29-2019, 01:35 AM
Roam Adventure Vagabond is on my radar. Gets solid reviews and doesnít break the bank. You could get one and let me know if it sucks or not. Lol


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Andy5160
08-29-2019, 01:43 AM
Roam Adventure Vagabond is on my radar. Gets solid reviews and doesnít break the bank. You could get one and let me know if it sucks or not. Lol


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Brute
08-29-2019, 02:31 AM
If length is an issue due to the height of the rack, why not use some spacers to raise the rtt above the cab level...since most clamshells are half as thick as soft one, your end height would be about the same ...

fiend
08-29-2019, 02:50 AM
Didnít the EVO JT have an RTT? Why not just go with that model?


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wayoflife
08-29-2019, 03:01 AM
I just updated my previous post, but youíll start out around 10-15 mins for setup and take down. Youíll get better rapidly. By the end of that trip I could set that tent up in pitch black wilderness with a phone light by myself in under 5 minutes. Itís so easy once you get the choreography figured out.

Okay, 5 minutes I can deal with. Thanks.


A few years ago I was dead set on a RTT and Tepui was my choice. My main reason for them over others is that they are local to me in Santa Cruz. If I were to have any problems I could just drive over and have them take a look.

During a demonstration they had it folded up ready to roll in minutes. Obviously that would take me 10x longer till I got the hang of things. But it looked simple enough. They had me and my wife set one up and break it down also part of the demo. Super simple.

I do like that Tepui is a part of Thule. I will have to give them a harder look. They are pricey though.


Roam Adventure Vagabond is on my radar. Gets solid reviews and doesnít break the bank. You could get one and let me know if it sucks or not. Lol


Price is right but I didn't even know where to start looking for reviews. That being said, if it's what you'd been looking at, I may have to too :crazyeyes:

wayoflife
08-29-2019, 03:03 AM
If length is an issue due to the height of the rack, why not use some spacers to raise the rtt above the cab level...since most clamshells are half as thick as soft one, your end height would be about the same ...

nah, Mel is making a rack that will get the job done. I just wanted to have things sit a bit lower. But, if the clam shell thing really is that much better, I may reconsider.


Didn’t the EVO JT have an RTT? Why not just go with that model?

Because EVO was just given it to them. They've never even used it other than for a photo shoot. I'd rather buy something based on what others have actually used and can speak from personal experience.

OverlanderJK
08-29-2019, 03:08 AM
nah, Mel is making a rack that will get the job done. I just wanted to have things sit a bit lower. But, if the clam shell thing really is that much better, I may reconsider.



Because EVO was just given it to them. They've never even used it other than for a photo shoot. I'd rather buy something based on what others have actually used and can speak from personal experience.

I think they actually have the roam adventure.


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wayoflife
08-29-2019, 03:18 AM
I think they actually have the roam adventure.


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I think youíre right


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fiend
08-29-2019, 03:38 AM
I think they actually have the roam adventure.


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I think youíre right


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It would appear so. 333724

Mel never slept in it?


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black pearl
08-29-2019, 04:32 AM
I just picked up a Tepui RTT a few days ago. I have to say the quality is great. Especially that Iím actually the third owner of this tent and itís about six years old. I bought it from a friend that I know used it a lot. The only issue I found on it is normal wear and tear things. One of the straps for cinching it down when folded, the Velcro is wearing out($6 bucks to replace) and the travel cover is starting to show its age. Outside of that the tent is in amazing shape. Iíll be sleeping in it this weekend so Iíll know more the. After setting it up a few times. I have it down to just under five minutes and closing it back up under ten.


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sunnysideup
08-29-2019, 04:33 AM
I bought a smittybuilt 4 years ago... on the tread lightly auction for 400 bucks. I think they go for closer to 700?

It has been in snow, rain, wind, hail... never leaked. Never got wet at all! Memory foam is comfy. Used it probable in the area of twenty times... couple nights each time.

I have looked at a few of the other brands up close... and several are identical to the smittybuilt. Same frame, same shape, same seams, same vents, same rainfly, same cushion. I have feeling these are all built at the same place and have a patch sewed on... (also in the same place on many).

It has the add on tent under as well for dressing or storage...but is sold separate.

But I don't buy most of the stuff they sell... but 400 was too cheap. But I expect it to last another 10 years... I mean it is still like new.

CalSgt
08-29-2019, 05:59 AM
Scheels in Reno had several set up on display upstairs by the boats & paddle boards earlier this summer... Not as good as honest reviews but putting hands on them before you buy might help.

19YJ94
08-29-2019, 06:41 AM
Had my Smittybilt RTT (keeping it simple) for a couple years now, so far no complaints. There are some great RTTs out there, and some expensive ones also. I heard some good reviews on quite a few, so just guessing what options your seeking will vary the prices.

PokerStogey
08-29-2019, 12:14 PM
I have been running a Tepui RTT soft tent for a couple years now either on a military trailer or on the jeep and am pretty happy with it (we use it a lot). I did go with the annex room option for the dogs, a crapper and so mama could have some privacy, but in all honesty it doesnít seem worth it to me anymore (adds quite a but of time to set-up and tear down). The tent alone is up and down in less than 5 minutes now. The biggest thing I would look for in this type of tent is just making sure the seams are sealed (taped/glued) to keep from leaking, not all of them are.

All that being said, if I could come up on some $, I would throw a clam shell on the jeep and just leave the Tepui on the trailer.


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Brute
08-29-2019, 04:48 PM
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Looking at the profile of this James Baroud on my trailer, it's pretty slim...and this is their largest tent. ..they have smaller ones that don't allow for cargo to be stored on top, which makes them even slimmer (and lighter)...I'm thinking if it extends over the cab by two feet, your overall height would be the same as a folding soft tent centered on the bed...and you will be moving the weight more forward over the middle of the truck...

If you want, I can take some pics today of the inside. It comes standard with a 2" foam mattress, a solar powered ceiling fan that can be reversed to pull air out to prevent condensation, and a Velcro mounted ceiling light that is 12v rechargeable...

wayoflife
08-29-2019, 05:05 PM
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Looking at the profile of this James Baroud on my trailer, it's pretty slim...and this is their largest tent. ..they have smaller ones that don't allow for cargo to be stored on top, which makes them even slimmer (and lighter)...I'm thinking if it extends over the cab by two feet, your overall height would be the same as a folding soft tent centered on the bed...and you will be moving the weight more forward over the middle of the truck...

If you want, I can take some pics today of the inside. It comes standard with a 2" foam mattress, a solar powered ceiling fan that can be reversed to pull air out to prevent condensation, and a Velcro mounted ceiling light that is 12v rechargeable...

Ideally, this would be the way to go. I really like how slim it is and setup looks like a snap. I'll have to talk to Mel before pulling the trigger on anything. Thanks for the help.

Exodus Jeeps
08-29-2019, 05:06 PM
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Looking at the profile of this James Baroud on my trailer, it's pretty slim...and this is their largest tent. ..they have smaller ones that don't allow for cargo to be stored on top, which makes them even slimmer (and lighter)...I'm thinking if it extends over the cab by two feet, your overall height would be the same as a folding soft tent centered on the bed...and you will be moving the weight more forward over the middle of the truck...

If you want, I can take some pics today of the inside. It comes standard with a 2" foam mattress, a solar powered ceiling fan that can be reversed to pull air out to prevent condensation, and a Velcro mounted ceiling light that is 12v rechargeable...

Iím digging this man, and I am NOT a fan of the roof top tent. However if we fabricate a bed rack that would allow it to overhang the cab like you said, then a 40Ē spare should stand in the back easily.[emoji848]


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Brute
08-29-2019, 05:10 PM
Iím digging this man, and I am NOT a fan of the roof top tent. However if we fabricate a bed rack that would allow it to overhang the cab like you said, then a 40Ē spare should stand in the back easily.[emoji848]


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Roger that...

jmedgar
08-29-2019, 05:25 PM
I had a TEPUI AUTANA 3 on my Tacoma. I had it on low bed bars that kept it just under cab height and it was a few inches shorter than the 5.5ft bed. Keeping the weight low was great, and it didn't hurt mileage at all. I also liked that the doorway had a bit of a "porch" so that when it is raining and you need to go to the bathroom in the night you go to the bottom of the ladder and stay mostly dry. I haven't used any other brand so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but it seemed well made and stayed bug free and dry.

trailraider
08-29-2019, 05:30 PM
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Looking at the profile of this James Baroud on my trailer, it's pretty slim...and this is their largest tent. ..they have smaller ones that don't allow for cargo to be stored on top, which makes them even slimmer (and lighter)...I'm thinking if it extends over the cab by two feet, your overall height would be the same as a folding soft tent centered on the bed...and you will be moving the weight more forward over the middle of the truck...

If you want, I can take some pics today of the inside. It comes standard with a 2" foam mattress, a solar powered ceiling fan that can be reversed to pull air out to prevent condensation, and a Velcro mounted ceiling light that is 12v rechargeable...


I love the look, the fact it isn't a large brick mounted on top of a large brick.

-AINOKEA-
08-29-2019, 07:07 PM
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Looking at the profile of this James Baroud on my trailer, it's pretty slim...and this is their largest tent. ..they have smaller ones that don't allow for cargo to be stored on top, which makes them even slimmer (and lighter)...I'm thinking if it extends over the cab by two feet, your overall height would be the same as a folding soft tent centered on the bed...and you will be moving the weight more forward over the middle of the truck...

If you want, I can take some pics today of the inside. It comes standard with a 2" foam mattress, a solar powered ceiling fan that can be reversed to pull air out to prevent condensation, and a Velcro mounted ceiling light that is 12v rechargeable...

Thatís a pretty sweet setup and great idea about the overhang. Would work great given the profile of that particular tent.

I think something else to consider is the width. I believe the evo bed rack tapers in towards the top. There might be quite a bit of overhang on the sides of the rack. Could be rectified with cross bars though.


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ROBnTANK
09-01-2019, 01:43 AM
Kind of pricey, but have you looked at Go Fast Campers out of Bozeman, MT. If I had 6500 laying around this would be it. They just released their JT model.

Iíve owned a Tepui and Iíll say sometimes they can be a pain.

https://gofastcampers.com/collections/campers


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Jsouder53
09-01-2019, 02:10 AM
Kind of pricey, but have you looked at Go Fast Campers out of Bozeman, MT. If I had 6500 laying around this would be it. They just released their JT model.

Iíve owned a Tepui and Iíll say sometimes they can be a pain.

https://gofastcampers.com/collections/campers


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A.J.
09-01-2019, 02:39 AM
Seems to be a great small company but I wouldnít want to wait this long [emoji51]333851

That wait time was for the campers. Looks like roof tents are about 3 months. Still like the James Baroud style better though.


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Jsouder53
09-01-2019, 03:00 AM
That wait time was for the campers. Looks like roof tents are about 3 months. Still like the James Baroud style better though.


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I like the James Baroud style too... I would hate to fill the truck bed with an entire camper

Seahawkfan
09-01-2019, 06:24 AM
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Nice setup.. I think I see a Seahawk in the background. :thumb: Go Hawks

piginajeep
09-01-2019, 07:40 AM
Iím going to try out the smittybilt. I havenít heard a complaint yet. Plus I camp with dick heads who like to throw rocks. So Iíll go with something cheap.


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wayoflife
09-01-2019, 01:30 PM
Iím going to try out the smittybilt. I havenít heard a complaint yet. Plus I camp with dick heads who like to throw rocks. So Iíll go with something cheap.


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LOL - they are pretty cheap. Hard not to consider one.

benatc1
09-01-2019, 02:58 PM
Iím going to try out the smittybilt. I havenít heard a complaint yet. Plus I camp with dick heads who like to throw rocks. So Iíll go with something cheap.


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LOL - they are pretty cheap. Hard not to consider one.One of the doctors I work with has one on his GMC, he really likes it. Uses it a bunch with his kids and hasnt had any issues. Mainly he went that route because it was much cheaper and wasn't sure how much use it would get but its been awesome according to him. But, lots of factors for you, I'm sure Eddie...

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wayoflife
09-01-2019, 03:01 PM
One of the doctors I work with has one on his GMC, he really likes it. Uses it a bunch with his kids and hasnt had any issues. Mainly he went that route because it was much cheaper and wasn't sure how much use it would get but its been awesome according to him. But, lots of factors for you, I'm sure Eddie...

I like the price of them for sure. My biggest concern was how long it would take to setup. Right now, I can setup and tear down my old camping tent in minutes. I've seen people with roof top tents spend way longer setting up and folding what they have up and it always looks like a pain.

TrailHunter
09-01-2019, 04:03 PM
I like the price of them for sure. My biggest concern was how long it would take to setup. Right now, I can setup and tear down my old camping tent in minutes. I've seen people with roof top tents spend way longer setting up and folding what they have up and it always looks like a pain.

Seems like the hardshell or "clamshell" tents are the quickest.... but offer less room. Maybe ok for 1 or 2 people.

Brute
09-01-2019, 04:39 PM
Seems like the hardshell or "clamshell" tents are the quickest.... but offer less room. Maybe ok for 1 or 2 people.

The JB on my trailer is easily wide enough for three...but I would get the smaller version for the truck...easily fit two and a Tessa...

TrailHunter
09-01-2019, 04:46 PM
The JB on my trailer is easily wide enough for three...but I would get the smaller version for the truck...easily fit two and a Tessa...

Holy Shit!! $3500 for one of their tents?? Does it come with a Kitchen and a Flat Screen TV?

wayoflife
09-01-2019, 04:56 PM
The price tag of some of these options is what's hardest for me to pull the trigger on. While Cindy and I love to camp, we also love staying in historic town and hotels. For the money, you can stay in a LOT of really nice hotels and I'm not opposed to pitching a tent if needed or wanted.

TrailHunter
09-01-2019, 05:47 PM
The price tag of some of these options is what's hardest for me to pull the trigger on. While Cindy and I love to camp, we also love staying in historic town and hotels. For the money, you can stay in a LOT of really nice hotels and I'm not opposed to pitching a tent if needed or wanted.

I'm with you on this one. Old school Hotel or Cabin if you can..... or $200 tent. The RTT's are cool though..... just bulky and mucho dinero.

Brute
09-01-2019, 06:10 PM
I'm with you on this one. Old school Hotel or Cabin if you can..... or $200 tent. The RTT's are cool though..... just bulky and mucho dinero.

Until you start camping in one...youíll not want to sleep on the ground again. Up here in the PNW, rain is not uncommon...you roll into a campsite late, itís raining...60 seconds later your in a nice tent off the ground and loving life...in the morning, the ground is muddy...but not your tent. Donít have to roll up the sleeping bags...donít have to let air out of the pads...you even have your pillows from your bed...and it takes 90 seconds to button up and go...

Like everything in life, you get what you pay for...

Iíll be camping up at Staircase in the Olympic Peninsula this Wednesday...Iíll take pics

TrailHunter
09-01-2019, 06:13 PM
Until you start camping in one...youíll not want to sleep on the ground again. Up here in the PNW, rain is not uncommon...you roll into a campsite late, itís raining...60 seconds later your in a nice tent off the ground and loving life...in the morning, the ground is muddy...but not your tent. Donít have to roll up the sleeping bags...donít have to let air out of the pads...you even have your pillows from your bed...and it takes 90 seconds to button up and go...

Like everything in life, you get what you pay for...

Iíll be camping up at Staircase in the Olympic Peninsula this Wednesday...Iíll take pics

Well.... when you put it that way... Lol. I really like them on an offroad trailer setup like you have. Yeah, take pics. :thumb:

TrailHunter
09-01-2019, 06:22 PM
I have a dumb question.... on the hard shell tents.... if it rains, or there is morning dew, and you close up the tent and go wheeling or drive all day (or a few days) .... when you open it back up, does it smell like mildew? Any Mold issues?

Brute
09-01-2019, 06:25 PM
I have a dumb question.... on the hard shell tents.... if it rains, or there is morning dew, and you close up the tent and go wheeling or drive all day (or a few days) .... when you open it back up, does it smell like mildew? Any Mold issues?

No...they have vents to allow a little bit of circulation while buttoned up. On the ceiling, there is a reversible fan that can pull air out to prevent condensation...

Exodus Jeeps
09-01-2019, 06:29 PM
No...they have vents to allow a little bit of circulation while buttoned up. On the ceiling, there is a reversible fan that can pull air out to prevent condensation...

I love when a product is good enough that customers end up being salesman.


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piginajeep
09-01-2019, 06:36 PM
The price tag of some of these options is what's hardest for me to pull the trigger on. While Cindy and I love to camp, we also love staying in historic town and hotels. For the money, you can stay in a LOT of really nice hotels and I'm not opposed to pitching a tent if needed or wanted.

Thatís my issue with spending that kinda money. If Iím honest about it. I might use it 3x a year. Iím not willing to spend a ton of money on something that doesnít get used that often.

I spoke to Hart at 4wheel parts. He said he gets good feedback on it. I trust what he says.


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Andy5160
09-01-2019, 07:05 PM
I love when a product is good enough that customers end up being salesman.


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Best advertisement right there love it [emoji7]


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Andy5160
09-01-2019, 07:10 PM
Until you start camping in one...youíll not want to sleep on the ground again. Up here in the PNW, rain is not uncommon...you roll into a campsite late, itís raining...60 seconds later your in a nice tent off the ground and loving life...in the morning, the ground is muddy...but not your tent. Donít have to roll up the sleeping bags...donít have to let air out of the pads...you even have your pillows from your bed...and it takes 90 seconds to button up and go...

Like everything in life, you get what you pay for...

Iíll be camping up at Staircase in the Olympic Peninsula this Wednesday...Iíll take pics

Canít argue and never will with you get what you pay for part [emoji106]


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Sharkey
09-01-2019, 08:57 PM
Thatís my issue with spending that kinda money. If Iím honest about it. I might use it 3x a year. Iím not willing to spend a ton of money on something that doesnít get used that often.

I spoke to Hart at 4wheel parts. He said he gets good feedback on it. I trust what he says.


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Like a vette? ;)


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Jsouder53
09-01-2019, 09:12 PM
Until you start camping in one...youíll not want to sleep on the ground again. Up here in the PNW, rain is not uncommon...you roll into a campsite late, itís raining...60 seconds later your in a nice tent off the ground and loving life...in the morning, the ground is muddy...but not your tent. Donít have to roll up the sleeping bags...donít have to let air out of the pads...you even have your pillows from your bed...and it takes 90 seconds to button up and go...

Like everything in life, you get what you pay for...

Iíll be camping up at Staircase in the Olympic Peninsula this Wednesday...Iíll take pics

Sold... One day Iíll have one

piginajeep
09-01-2019, 10:10 PM
Like a vette? ;)


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Not the same. Besides, thatís not my car.,


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wayoflife
09-01-2019, 10:11 PM
Until you start camping in one...youíll not want to sleep on the ground again. Up here in the PNW, rain is not uncommon...you roll into a campsite late, itís raining...60 seconds later your in a nice tent off the ground and loving life...in the morning, the ground is muddy...but not your tent. Donít have to roll up the sleeping bags...donít have to let air out of the pads...you even have your pillows from your bed...and it takes 90 seconds to button up and go...

Like everything in life, you get what you pay for...

Iíll be camping up at Staircase in the Olympic Peninsula this Wednesday...Iíll take pics

If I lived in your neck of the woods, I could see the value in a RTT.

wayoflife
09-01-2019, 10:13 PM
Thatís my issue with spending that kinda money. If Iím honest about it. I might use it 3x a year. Iím not willing to spend a ton of money on something that doesnít get used that often.

I spoke to Hart at 4wheel parts. He said he gets good feedback on it. I trust what he says.

As in Brian? When did he go back to Trans?

OverlanderJK
09-01-2019, 10:27 PM
The price tag of some of these options is what's hardest for me to pull the trigger on. While Cindy and I love to camp, we also love staying in historic town and hotels. For the money, you can stay in a LOT of really nice hotels and I'm not opposed to pitching a tent if needed or wanted.

The older you get the less ďpitching a tentĒ youíll be able to do. Little blue pill.


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wayoflife
09-01-2019, 10:28 PM
The older you get the less ďpitching a tentĒ youíll be able to do. Little blue pill.

LOL - I forget sometimes that you are in fact getting older. :yup:

Irish JK
09-02-2019, 12:19 AM
We have a Toyota friend who has had the smittybilt for at least a couple of years now. Be originally thought he would get a more expensive tent later on but it has done just fine for him. When we pitch a tent, I would say heís never slower unpacking or packing than us.


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piginajeep
09-02-2019, 01:53 AM
As in Brian? When did he go back to Trans?

Yup. Heís been at trans since they closed 4WD.

He still lives in Ohio. Heís does business accounts remotely.


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JKbrick
09-02-2019, 01:23 PM
I found this pic and it seems like it would be short enough to fit over the bed of your truck Eddie
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wayoflife
09-02-2019, 01:33 PM
That's probably even a lot smaller than needed being that we have a 5' bed. :crazyeyes:

JKbrick
09-02-2019, 01:49 PM
That's probably even a lot smaller than needed being that we have a 5' bed. :crazyeyes:

It must flip open I hope, or its for the people that sleep in the fetal position!


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TrailHunter
09-02-2019, 02:00 PM
They do look decent when it doesnít go higher than the cab.

wayoflife
09-02-2019, 02:01 PM
LOL - Oh yeah, they flip open but even still, it'd be nicer to have something just a bit bigger. :yup:

Oh, and yes, sitting below the cab makes for a nicer look in my opinion.

JKbrick
09-02-2019, 02:12 PM
Are you going to do an overlanding trip for JTs?


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wayoflife
09-02-2019, 02:19 PM
Are you going to do an overlanding trip for JTs?

If by "overlanding" you mean camping trips in between destinations, yeah, that would be the plan. :yup:

JKbrick
09-02-2019, 10:05 PM
If by "overlanding" you mean camping trips in between destinations, yeah, that would be the plan. :yup:

May have to steal my sons gladiator when it comes in


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JK296
09-02-2019, 11:44 PM
Eddie, hereís my Gladiator with a Tepui Kukenam on an American Adventure Lab rack. It works perfect for me. It light and deploys well. It also fits really well over the bed.

Sharkey
09-03-2019, 04:01 AM
Iíve always wondered how wind and rain proof these RTTís are? Anyone ride out really nasty weather in one? (Like the kind of wind and horizontal rain that folds up or soaks 3-season dome tents)

wayoflife
09-03-2019, 04:05 AM
Iíve always wondered how wind and rain proof these RTTís are? Anyone ride out really nasty weather in one? (Like the kind of wind and horizontal rain that folds up or soaks 3-season dome tents)

Good question. I'll bet this is where the JB and other clam shell types do much better.

Sharkey
09-03-2019, 04:12 AM
Good question. I'll bet this is where the JB and other clam shell types do much better.

Honestly, thatís a big deal for me and itís why I keep going back to looking at teardrop style off-road trailers. Itís also why I use a top of the line, 4 season, mountain hardwear tent (even in the summer). As you well know, the high Sierras can be unforgiving. There are few things worse than waking up in the middle of the night to a collapsed tent.

TrailHunter
09-03-2019, 04:16 AM
...There are few things worse than waking up in the middle of the night to a collapsed tent.

Waking up in the middle of the night to a collapsed tent... and a Bear is giving you a back massage?

Sharkey
09-03-2019, 04:19 AM
Waking up in the middle of the night to a collapsed tent... and a Bear is giving you a back massage?

Sounds like you have been camping with Overlander. ;)

HighwayTrout
09-03-2019, 04:31 AM
Just looked up Alu-Cab tents thinking they look pretty good and bomb proof. But Jesus Christ they are proud of them. They go for around 4 grand.

TrailHunter
09-03-2019, 05:22 AM
Sounds like you have been camping with Overlander. ;)

Ha! Negative...

Brute
09-03-2019, 06:34 PM
JBís are good to 60 mph winds...

jesse3638
09-03-2019, 07:52 PM
I love when a product is good enough that customers end up being salesman.


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My mom was a sales person and always said you have to believe in the products you sell. Up until she passed away she would still write letters (not e-mail) to companies she believed in.


Like a vette? ;)


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Good one!


Honestly, thatís a big deal for me and itís why I keep going back to looking at teardrop style off-road trailers. Itís also why I use a top of the line, 4 season, mountain hardwear tent (even in the summer). As you well know, the high Sierras can be unforgiving. There are few things worse than waking up in the middle of the night to a collapsed tent.

Or being soaked from rain run off coming up through the bottom of the tent. We carry "60 second" tents to use at work. They are fine when its dry but when it gets nasty you wake up cold and wet. For years now I've carried an REI half done 2 person tent. I've spent many nights in torrential down pours and woke up nice and dry inside. Also they are smaller so when its cold they hold heat better than the large tents.

Brute
09-03-2019, 09:34 PM
My mom was a sales person and always said you have to believe in the products you sell. Up until she passed away she would still write letters (not e-mail) to companies she believed in.



Good one!



Or being soaked from rain run off coming up through the bottom of the tent. We carry "60 second" tents to use at work. They are fine when its dry but when it gets nasty you wake up cold and wet. For years now I've carried an REI half done 2 person tent. I've spent many nights in torrential down pours and woke up nice and dry inside. Also they are smaller so when its cold they hold heat better than the large tents.

Small tent is warmer...that is truth.

JKbrick
09-03-2019, 10:18 PM
JBís are good to 60 mph winds...

That may be true but BJs are good in any weather condition [emoji50]


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Abntroop
09-04-2019, 01:43 AM
Hey Eddie, if you want hands on time, feel free to swing by and Iíll run ya though our CVT tent in the trailer.


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Abntroop
09-04-2019, 01:47 AM
Iíve always wondered how wind and rain proof these RTTís are? Anyone ride out really nasty weather in one? (Like the kind of wind and horizontal rain that folds up or soaks 3-season dome tents)

Having come from the PNW, our CVT tent was all taped seams and we have camped in it in snow conditions, full nasty rain storms, etc etc. have never been anything but warm and dry. Was a great investment and beat all hell to air mattresses, ground tents, and mud. Having used ground tents for years I do not miss them in the slightest.


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highoctane
09-05-2019, 12:50 AM
Following this one. Iíd really like one to put across the bed sides.


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Andy5160
09-11-2019, 01:31 AM
Passed by Toyota 4Runner today with this tent on top
https://cascadiatents.com/


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Rancho
09-11-2019, 06:24 PM
We just got done with a Jeep Jamboree and one of our Jeeps has this.
The Tepui, my boss really likes it.
Another in our group stayed in a hard shell. After a solid night of rain ( I was on ground in a tent I have had for 20+ years LOL) when we went to shut it, the water on top of the hard shell DRENCHED the owner. :doh: Just a heads up on that.
But as others have said, the hard shell set up fast.

Brute
09-11-2019, 06:38 PM
We just got done with a Jeep Jamboree and one of our Jeeps has this.
The Tepui, my boss really likes it.
Another in our group stayed in a hard shell. After a solid night of rain ( I was on ground in a tent I have had for 20+ years LOL) when we went to shut it, the water on top of the hard shell DRENCHED the owner. :doh: Just a heads up on that.
But as others have said, the hard shell set up fast.

Not sure which hardshell he has, but Iíve spent a few nights in a hard rain in mine...never been drier in a tent...

Rancho
09-11-2019, 07:41 PM
No he was dry in the inside but when he pulled the tent down the next AM after the storm, the rain that was on the top drenched hmm
:cheesy:


Not sure which hardshell he has, but Iíve spent a few nights in a hard rain in mine...never been drier in a tent...

Brute
09-11-2019, 08:30 PM
No he was dry in the inside but when he pulled the tent down the next AM after the storm, the rain that was on the top drenched hmm
:cheesy:

Ha...I could see how that could be a possibility...although it's never happened to me...

hinrichs
09-18-2019, 06:05 PM
Curious to see what you end up with, I need something since I cant stand the ground tent anymore. We have a cot with an air mattress on top but its so annoying to deal with.

gatorator
10-24-2019, 01:17 PM
We just got done with a Jeep Jamboree and one of our Jeeps has this.
The Tepui, my boss really likes it.
Another in our group stayed in a hard shell. After a solid night of rain ( I was on ground in a tent I have had for 20+ years LOL) when we went to shut it, the water on top of the hard shell DRENCHED the owner. :doh: Just a heads up on that.
But as others have said, the hard shell set up fast.

great look on that truck

CaliforniaWheelin'
10-25-2019, 06:12 AM
My wife and I had the Tepui Kukenam Ruggedized and absolutely loved it. They are extremely tough and look great. I've also found they tend to appear to have a lower profile when closed which I really liked. We used it during some pretty heavy rainfall and it did great. They come with an anti-condensation mat and diamond plate floor. I'll be getting one again soon when I decide whether I'm going to keep the JK or upgrade to a JLU or Gladiator.