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Old 11-22-2015, 01:40 PM
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Question Smittybilt Overlander Tent

Okay, I am looking into getting the SRC Roof rack from Smittybilt, and planning on getting the Overlander tent in the future. Pictured on their website, that is the exact set up they have going on...however the Overlander tent sleeps 3 people while the SRC Roof Rack can only hold "up to 300 lbs of evenly distributed cargo," How does this make sense? Has anyone had this setup before??
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Old 11-22-2015, 02:41 PM   #2
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I was researching the same thing about a year ago. I contacted a representative from smittybilt... Heres what the guy explained to me: he said that the overlander is compatible with the SRC roof rack(for TJ) even though the roof rack that is typically sold with the tent is designed for JKs. The SRC rack is designed for 300 lbs of evenly distributes weight WHILE DRIVING. But when stationary the SRC rack wile support the overlander with the family of 3.
A good source would be to go to the contact us link on their website so you can get something in black and white from the company.

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Old 11-22-2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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I always thought I wanted one too. Then I camped beside a guy with a rooftop tent and realized he was stuck until he folded it up. Want to go cruise the beach at midnight... close up the tent. Need eggs or milk in the morning...

Mount it on a trailer is the best way to go. Don't worry about the roof rack capacity.
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Roof tents make many people think of exotic safaris so they buy into the image and buy one. Then once they get one, they find out it's no longer exotic or cool, they end up just being a PITA. I was surprised by how much trouble they are until a fellow club member bought one and I watched him setting it up on a Friday night... he wasn't real happy with it by the time it was actually ready for him to crawl up its ladder and go to bed. Then, since he's nearly as old as I am, he discovered just how much of an even bigger PITA it is when he had to climb up & down the ladder 3X during the night to go pee. He didn't want to chance peeing into a bottle in its cramped interior.
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Okay,
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that said...

If you really want one I'd look on Craigslist for a "used once", half price.
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I have this setup on my Cherokee. I have the tent mounted on 4 load bars which is very sturdy supporting the weight of the tent with people inside. The 300 pound rating is while vehicle is in motion. Static weight capacity is much more.

I have only had my wife and I with our dog in the RTT, which is comfortable. I don't think 3 full grown adults would fit very well.

In my opinion, having the roof top tent is awesome. Set up and tear down is quick and easy, I'm faster than my brother and his tent every time. All our bedding (sleeping bags, pillows, blankets) can stay inside the tent when folding it up. I love not having to roll sleeping bags and pads each time we move. That is less gear and clutter in the Jeep on long trips. The tent has a nice comfy mattress too; it's like a bed. Like stated above, the most inconvenient thing is not being able to drive once set up. Also, I can't haul my canoe on top at the same time.

It is all personal preference and what type of trips and camping you are doing. I couldn't go back to sleeping on the ground during our long road trips. I also don't want to pull a trailer. It is right for the adventures my wife and I go on.

Here is a pic of our dedicated camping Jeep. I call it Cherocamp.

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Thumbs up Smittybuilt trailer

I was at SEMA & there was a neat little trailer with a tent up top and I THINK it was going to be offered by Smittybuilt. (I haven't seen it on their product list yet)...It will be out after the first of the year. It has some pretty cool features: Price includes THREE tires, one being a spare & the ones they were showing were huge....all with nice off road wheels. The trailer has a TON of ground clearance & an extra long tongue that I seem to remember had a tool box or something on it. Standard hitch for now but a pintel type is coming later....The spare mounts on the front of the trailer box. It's an enclosed trailer with small doors on each side & a wider door on the rear. It's not made to stand up in...just a cargo hauler. There was little refrigerator in it (display only), a generator, (display only) and one of the pop up tents on top. The whole deal, 3 tires with off road wheels, the trailer & tent, access doors etc. and I THINK it had slide drawers...(might be wrong on that...saw so many things at SEMA)...but it will be priced at approx 5k for the whole package. I asked about buying without the tent & you can't at this time...it's an entire package. Neat deal though and it looked VERY rugged with the aggressive tires & wheels. It kinda resembled an old military trailer with a tent on top. You could set up camp with it & still be able to explore.
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I got to see the trailer. It comes with a 2" coupler that slides into the 2" receiver on the front. This allows you to use a max coupler, lock and roll, or pintle. They were running the maxcoupler when i saw it. All the doors had some kind of slider. From what i heard , they are loosing the leaf springs and going to an independent trailing arm suspension with airbags.

As far as roof rack capacities. They list the 300 lbs as a dynamic capacity( capacity while vehicle is in motion) The rack has a much higher static load capacity. most racks ive seen are rated this way. A few years ago they had a TJ with the src rack and tent on display at offroad expo, they allowed people to climb in it.

Ive had their tent for about a year. Setup is easy. The longest part of the setup is putting in the window poles, but still doesn't take more a than a few minutes. This will vary depending on the height of your vehicle. one thing to remember, is that most RTT need the fabric to be seasoned. I set mine up and hosed it down and let dry a few times before the install. The rain fly does a great job, i left the windows open while on a hike only to find out it began to rain, two days later of rain and it was still dry inside.
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As far as roof rack capacities. They list the 300 lbs as a dynamic capacity( capacity while vehicle is in motion) The rack has a much higher static load capacity
So while up there do not engage in any dynamic activities???
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So while up there do not engage in any dynamic activities???

LOL yes if your really big. I had a friend thats approaching the 450 lb. mark jump into the tent and do some " dynamic movements". I didnt notice anything to be concerned with out of the ordinary. Jeep was sure rockin. i dont know if we added another person up there if the jeep would stay on its tires during very enthusiastic movements. Think i would have to bump up the pressure in the bumpstops for his movements.

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