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    Default Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    Hi guys

    Anyone with advise where to mount a RTT. In the front or back of the car?
    I will be carrying 4 jerry cans (petrol) and 2 jerry cans (water).

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    Hi,

    What type of car do you have? How long is your roofrack?

    6x full jerry cans is already about 120kg give or take. A tent of 50-60kg will make you very top heavy, so be careful and make sure your vehicle can withstand that weight when moving.

    But to answer your question, I mounted the 4x jerrys at the back of my roofrack and the tent on the front.

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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    Its a Prado 120
    Frontrunner slimline full size
    Howling moon stargazer 1.6

    They say the roofrack can take 350kg. But legally im only allowed to carry 150kg when driving.

    Most of the time the jerry cans will be empty. Just want to get advise on the balancing and some tips. Must say I am a bit nervous about the weight on the top.

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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    There is also the carrying weight the roof and roof pillars can carry to keep in mind.

    It also depends how the RTT folds out? Forward? To the side? Where is the ladder leading to the tent located?
    Fit it towards the front if you need to access the jerry cans and water often.
    It will make it top heavy and obviously affect fuel consumption quite a bit.
    On my rack I can only fit it on the front, as I have guard rails on the back side of the rack.
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    I would try to cut back to 4 jerry cans and I would mount the jerry cans on the front, tent to the rear.
    The main reason for this is weight distribution as the rear of the vehicle invariably is already heavily loaded compared to the front.
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    It does make a difference, on my old Pajero I had the drawer system in the rear and the tent as far forward on the rack as possible. When you fill those jerries up there too, you can feel it
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    There are some more points to address:

    If you mount the jerry cans in front they act as protection of the tent cover when driving in the bush or below low hanging branches. They deflect the branches without damaging the tent cover.
    Also if you misjudge (and you will !!) some obstacles you don't damage the tent frame when hitting a tree branch or similar.

    Mind as well that it will be difficult to open the side windows on the tent when there is a load on the same roof rack, so if you mount the jerries in front you won't be able to open the side flap widow easily, I myself I keep it closed as there is no point in watching the roof rack load from inside the tent.
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    This is exactly what I bought. I think this is a great comfortable setup. But 80lt of fuel above my head?

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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    I have the same 160 Star Gazer on my trailer and a 140 Howling Moon (actually designed for the Jurgens trailer) on my Patrol

    I fitted it to open backwards, so I have sun and rain protection over the rear door of my Patrol.

    I did this for my safari into Botswana and Zimbabwe in January when we had so much rain, rained for 8 consecutive days! I was glad I had some protection, but it was not enough! I then made some awnings that slide into the runners of the RTT and now I have a roof that is about 3.5m wide and 2.4m long.

    I did the same for the tent on my trailer. What is nice about it, is that I leave the awnings attached to the tent, and just fold them neatly onto the top of the closed tent and then cover it all with the RTT cover.

    This is what it looks like now. Contact me privately and I can help you sorting out a similar awning if you are interested. It actually worked out very cheap. I designed it myself and bought my own material (Ripstop with silver on top) and had a tentmaker make it all for me.
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    I made only one awning two use on the two trailers, with the centre piece between the two sections (over the ladder) being different.

    Here are the pictures of it on my Patrol. As you can see, I have a Roof rack on the front and it there is a 60lt water tank mounted on the rack. Balance is fine! And as Kalahari Safari mentioned, the tank protects the tent. It is a lot stronger than the tent frame and cover and deflects the branches without suffering any damage itself.
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    MvColler that looks comfy. Your tent guy did a great job!
    Thanks for the advise. I like the awning but we will be driving everyday. That's why i took the swing awn

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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    Quote Originally Posted by Edw1n View Post
    I like the awning but we will be driving everyday.
    This is as quick! Set up time once it is attached to your RTT, is as long as it will take to knock in 6 tent pegs and pulling the guide ropes tight. Same with taking it down. You only remove it from your RTT after the trip is done and you are back home. For the rest of the time it stays on and folds up onto the top of the closed RTT!!! The poles go in a bag and it is also packed on top of the RTT, before putting on the cover.
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    I have my tent on the front, and six jerrys all the way on the back, then with the space in between the jerrys and the tent I have the camp chairs, gas bottle, and firewood.

    The reason I have the jerrys at the back is it makes it easier to siphon them into the vehicle.

    I also have the tent opening to the left of the car, although I learnt this when I still had the Landy, it was so if I broke down in the middle of nowhere and had to sleep the night, at least the tent wouldnt open into the road
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    I have my tent on the front, and six jerrys all the way on the back, then with the space in between the jerrys and the tent I have the camp chairs, gas bottle, and firewood.

    The reason I have the jerrys at the back is it makes it easier to siphon them into the vehicle.

    I also have the tent opening to the left of the car, although I learnt this when I still had the Landy, it was so if I broke down in the middle of nowhere and had to sleep the night, at least the tent wouldnt open into the road
    Hahaha thanks

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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    Reviving this old thread. With the new tents Ike ikamper mini, front or rear placement opening to the left. Aerodynamic I presume better in front, weight distribution for a fully loaded car not so sure.

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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    I found mounting it at the rear and opening it backwards gives me sun and more importantly, rain protection when working in the kitchen area or when sliding out and opening the the fridge.

    That has also afforded me the opportunity to fit an awning to the overhanging base of the tent to give me a 3.5 x 3.5m shaded area.

    Inflatable air spring helpers sort out the excessive sugar from the extra weight.

    For extra fuel it is best to fit a long range tank UNDER the vehicle for a lower centre of gravity, even if it requires a custom designed tank built by a specialist welder.

    I am lucky, the Patrol (mine is a 3.0 Di) comes standard with a 40lt auxiliary tank, giving a 135lt total capacity. With driving carefully and slower, I have managed 1200km on that much fuel, fully laden and with 100lt of water, the 140 Howling Moon RTT and roof rack.
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    Quote Originally Posted by mvcoller View Post
    I found mounting it at the rear and opening it backwards gives me sun and more importantly, rain protection when working in the kitchen area or when sliding out and opening the the fridge.

    That has also afforded me the opportunity to fit an awning to the overhanging base of the tent to give me a 3.5 x 3.5m shaded area.

    Inflatable air spring helpers sort out the excessive sugar from the extra weight.

    For extra fuel it is best to fit a long range tank UNDER the vehicle for a lower centre of gravity, even if it requires a custom designed tank built by a specialist welder.

    I am lucky, the Patrol (mine is a 3.0 Di) comes standard with a 40lt auxiliary tank, giving a 135lt total capacity. With driving carefully and slower, I have managed 1200km on that much fuel, fully laden and with 100lt of water, the 140 Howling Moon RTT and roof rack.
    thnaks for this, my rear door opens upwards, leaning on putting it in front so I can access from the side.

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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    I am fitting my RTT this afternoon. I will fit jerrycans at the back because then I can stand on the back bootlid to load/unload full jerrycan. No idea how I can do that if fitted in the front
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    Default Re: Where to mount your Rooftop Tent

    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    I am fitting my RTT this afternoon. I will fit jerrycans at the back because then I can stand on the back bootlid to load/unload full jerrycan. No idea how I can do that if fitted in the front

    We want pictures when it is done
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