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Old 02-18-2019, 01:39 AM
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Solo loading/unloading of RTT

I need to tap into the brain trust here on ideas on how to easily load and upload a RTT onto a stock height JKU.



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1. I have a low garage door so I can't drive the Jeep in and hoist the RTT on and off. That would solve all my problems.

2. I live in a normal neighborhood so I can't have permanent contraptions outside.

3. I live alone and don't really talk to my neighbors so I can't get an extra hand at will.



I've seen a few youtube videos but they seem overly complicated. Any ideas from those that solo load and unload a RTT?

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Old 02-18-2019, 09:03 AM   #2
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I have an electric hoist from Northern tool set up in the barn. Any chance you could rig up something that is easy enough to take down, maybe between 2 trees that would support a hoist? RTT's don't weigh much so it would really be just a stability thing.

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Do you have a garage wall high enough and with enough clearance to install a davit?
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I live in a vanilla cookie cutter house in the suburbs. I have a tree in the yard and that’s about it. I looked around and don’t have room for a davit to be mounted either.
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It sounds like given space restraints any sort of out door lift will be impractical. I have seen somewhere a picture of someone who used 2 2x6s which hooks on the end. Then a fabric cover on of the "2" sides with fabric to make the tent slide easier. You then hook each 2x6 to your roof rack, probably best to do it on the side of your jeep for stability, and push the tent up the ramp. If that doesn't make sense let me know. A few general comments on this method.

1. Your physical strength is important, since you are moving 100lbs+ above your head by hand.

2. Longer ramps keep the slope down.

3. If you rig this up you can walk in between the two ramps to easily hold onto everything.

4. Removal might be a bit more complicated, be careful of the height of the top of the ramp in relation to the edge of the roof rack. ideally you want it level for easiest time going on and off.

I use a slight alternative to this method. I have 2 2x4s with hooks as discribed but instead of slight up alone. I press the unhooked ends of the ramp over my head and then my wife slide the tend on. But solo I think sliding it up the ramp will be much easier.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:12 PM   #6
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I need to tap into the brain trust here on ideas on how to easily load and upload a RTT onto a stock height JKU.



Issues:
1. I have a low garage door so I can't drive the Jeep in and hoist the RTT on and off. That would solve all my problems.

2. I live in a normal neighborhood so I can't have permanent contraptions outside.

3. I live alone and don't really talk to my neighbors so I can't get an extra hand at will.



I've seen a few youtube videos but they seem overly complicated. Any ideas from those that solo load and unload a RTT?
I had the same requirements. I bought a $99 crane from Harbor Freight, and welded an extension on the end. It works great, takes me 20 minutes to remove/install. Everything folds up and takes maybe 4 square feet in the garage. Tent stays on side of house.
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Oh dang! Such a simple solution. Do you mind taking an upclose pic of the extension?
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For what its worth once I'm out of an apartment, if I can't fit out of the garage with a tent on I plan to go the crane route.
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Oh dang! Such a simple solution. Do you mind taking an upclose pic of the extension?
Sure, I'll get a picture later in the weekend. Just don't mock my welding skills
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@cdtjk Did you get a chance to take a pic?
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@cdtjk Did you get a chance to take a pic?
Here is the extension; it is two sections of 2.25" square steel tubing welded together, and a scrap 2x4 for my "load leveler". I attach ratchet straps to eye-bolts (see the original picture) to distribute the load.

If you make one, let me know if you have any improvements or suggestions.
Regarding the crane, Harbor Freight usually discounts them to $129, but occasionally to $99.

Originally I was going to make a Gantry crane, but that would've been too large to store. I also had ideas to use a hand cranked boat winch, but it would have been too convoluted.
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Thank you very much. Which model engine hoist did you get? They have one that lifts pretty high.
Did you have to play with the angles before you made the weld?
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Thank you very much. Which model engine hoist did you get? They have one that lifts pretty high.
Did you have to play with the angles before you made the weld?
I used the 1 Ton shop crane.

Yes, I took my time to calculate the angles and length. What I did was take a side profile picture of the Jeep and crane, then used a graphics program (Inkscape, free) to overlay graphics and draw the extension. I then printed out a template which I used for cutting and welding.
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All I use are two 10' 2x8's. I lean them up against the roof rack, there are two wood screws in the end of each board which straddle the rack and keep the board from sliding off. Then I slide the RTT up the ramp and onto the rack. Easy to do by myself. Removal is the reverse of installation.



Then I store the RTT on shelf brackets mounted about a foot off the floor in the garage so it's out of the way:

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All I use are two 10' 2x8's. I lean them up against the roof rack, there are two wood screws in the end of each board which straddle the rack and keep the board from sliding off. Then I slide the RTT up the ramp and onto the rack. Easy to do by myself. Removal is the reverse of installation.
Man, that would have made my life easier.
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I get it you don't talk to your neighbors, but how about your friends?



"hey rick, swing by after work either Thursday or Friday? I wanna get the RTT mounted, i'll buy you a beer"



That's worked for me every time I've needed it.

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