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Old 12-04-2019, 08:19 PM
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I want to put a roof top tent on my 95 YJ.

What rack should I buy to put a roof top tent on my jeep? Was thinking about the Smittybilt rack, just not sure.

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Scroll farther down the forum page and ask on the Overland and Expedition forum. They probably can provide a lot of insight. Good luck and happy trails.

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You should also look into how to keep moisture and mold out of your roof top tent, it seems to be a thing. Moisture gets in a sits cramped for weeks or months, you will need to maybe replace stuff.
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I would suggest reconsidering the rooftop tent.... for all I know you may well be the exception but they are super impractical for 95% of people
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I would not want to drive a jeep with a tent mounted on top of it you are going to get horrible gas mileage and make a vehicle that is less aerodynamic than a cow even less aerodynamic. If you really need a tent mounted to a 4x4 sell the jeep and get a Tacoma. You can get mounts that mount it in the bed and below the roof line keeping center of gravity low and keep the tent from acting as a sail.



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I don't see any practicality in a rooftop tent unless you're expecting an attack by zombie alligators. Then, don't forget to pull up your ladder.

agalloch07 makes a good point about reducing a Jeep's already bad mileage.
A small pop up trailer is way more practical and you should be able to find one for less than the cost of a rooftop tent and roof rack.

I looked at the Denver craigslist camper/rv ads. There were a few used small pop ups for under $2K. There is a nice small Jayco for a Grand. There's probably similar deals where you live or in a nearby large city.

When I was single I had a surplus Viet Nam jungle hammock. It had a tent top and mosquito netting. All I needed was one tree and I'd tie the other end of the hammock to my truck. I bought the hammock at a yard sale, but there's civilian versions that are available.

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I don't see any practicality in a rooftop tent unless you're expecting an attack by zombie alligators. Then, don't forget to pull up your ladder.

agalloch07 makes a good point about reducing a Jeep's already bad mileage.
A small pop up trailer is way more practical and you should be able to find one for less than the cost of a rooftop tent and roof rack.

I looked at the Denver craigslist camper/rv ads. There were a few used small pop ups for under $2K. There is a nice small Jayco for a Grand. There's probably similar deals where you live or in a nearby large city.

When I was single I had a surplus Viet Nam jungle hammock. It had a tent top and mosquito netting. All I needed was one tree and I'd tie the other end of the hammock to my truck. I bought the hammock at a yard sale, but there's civilian versions that are available.

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Sorry but I think it's laughable that you say a roof top tent is impractical and then suggest a trailer.

A trailer will kill your mileage soooo much more than a roof top tent.

If a roof top tent throws off your center of gravity while offroad, a trailer will screw up the offroading even more.

They may not be the best option but it is so much better than a trailer.

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You only pull the trailer when going camping and it takes only a few seconds to unhook it whereas the tent bolts to the jeep and take a fair amount of effort to remove....

The trailer stays at the camp site while wheeling, driving to get groceries, or visiting a shower house....

He didn't SAY it wouldn't hurt mileage while being towed, he said it was more practical....
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Since we're throwing alternatives around...how about no trailer and no RTT, just a regular old fashioned tent on the ground? Far cheaper than either even for a high quality tent that'll survive a snowstorm on Denali (a claim that most trailers and RTTs could not make), no impact to MPG, no impact to vehicle handling on road, no impact to off road performance, can set it up downwind of the Jeep for some shelter when no other is available to reduce wind noise (versus being way up in the breeze with an RTT), can get any size you want, can leave it set up while hitting the trails for the day instead of having to break it down any time you move like an RTT, and on and on.
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I have one like this that I picked up for $80, and was thinking about getting this one too.

Folds out in about 10 minutes, can be left at camp or in my closet at home.
A traditional tent is great if you find a valley with soft grass, but most of the time there are rocks or whatever.

I think I would rather have this on the ground, under an awning rather than on top of the YJ.
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On my last weekend trip I was happy with my little 3 man tent, sleeping bag, and an air mattress. (Pic1) The rest of my camp gear, fluids, tools, etc. all packed into this (Pic2). Stove, lights, cooler and food for 5 days all included.
Best part was the weight in the rear end really helped smooth out the bumpy ride...

Though I might go for the Tacoma route if the hot chick in post #5 came with the RTT...LOL
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I used to use a conventional tent but now I trailer the jeep so I can have this... I get the same or better gas mileage as driving the jeep too
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I'm not into keeping up with the Jones's or the newest fads on the market... Although I do enjoy spending quiet, peaceful time in Mother Nature. Got it at last has the right idea this method has served me well for a few decades.
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Lol... my 1987 skamper is far from the newest fad....
I would def take a tent on the ground over a roof top tent.... no pun
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Lol... my 1987 skamper is far from the newest fad....
I would def take a tent on the ground over a roof top tent.... no pun
That post was not aimed at you, just my opinion to the OP.

I don't like roof top tents at all for more than one reason. Also at one time had a slide in camper for my '65 F250. It was convenient but really didn't like it for sleeping with 3 kids, wife and me. Kids are grown and out of the house for at least 15 years now and still prefer on the ground tent camping.
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No worries

I'd take a tent on the ground over a tent on my roof.... no pun
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Just me and the Warden, so we make do with this. Off the ground and detaches for excursions. Same tire size and bolt pattern as the Jeep, though in the pic it doesn't look like it. The camera distorts things.
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Mrs. lucky and I gave up the tent 8 or 9 years ago.
The teardrop has a memory foam queen mattress, a 15 gallon fresh water tank and battery/shore power lighting in the galley and cabin. We have a HF generator for when there's no shore power and an old air conditioning unit that we've never used.
When any of you guys get as old as I am, you realize just how hard the ground is. I built the teardrop to go off road with a heavy duty frame and tires & wheels that interchange with the Jeep. It does well on rough forest service roads and some mining roads.
I pulled it at first with the Cherokee. Now, I pull it primarily with the F-150.

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I should have mentioned my wife and I are getting older, we don't like having to get up off the ground. We're not rock crawlers or serious off roaders. We enjoy driving on the beach surf fishing and taking our time going up to the high lakes. Skid roads and gravel normally, sometimes mud during hunting season. Oregon, it rains here. All 4 seasons in one day if you want.
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I should have mentioned my wife and I are getting older, we don't like having to get up off the ground. We're not rock crawlers or serious off roaders. We enjoy driving on the beach surf fishing and taking our time going up to the high lakes. Skid roads and gravel normally, sometimes mud during hunting season. Oregon, it rains here. All 4 seasons in one day if you want.
So not getting up off the ground but the whole mess of setting up a roof top tent seems easier.
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Not to mention slip and fall climbing up and down... Nothing like a broken hip or worse to ruin a weekend of relaxation.
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I should have mentioned my wife and I are getting older, we don't like having to get up off the ground. We're not rock crawlers or serious off roaders. We enjoy driving on the beach surf fishing and taking our time going up to the high lakes. Skid roads and gravel normally, sometimes mud during hunting season. Oregon, it rains here. All 4 seasons in one day if you want.
My bet is that you'll find the RTT to be far less satisfying than you think once you have it BUT in reply to your original question, about any quality rack will work, just make sure it's rated for about 500 lbs...

Do a little research on quality camping cots.... you get out of them just like your bed at home...

With a RTT you have to get up from the 'ground' and then crawl on your hands and knees to a ladder to get out...

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