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Roof Top Tent Tips, Tweaks and Improvements


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Scott

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#1
I’m starting this thread as a place to:
- Sharing things I’ve found / have done over the years on tweaking RTTs.
- To hear cool things people have done to their tent units.
- For people to ask about improves they might like to see.

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Recently I picked up the Tepui line of Roof Top style Tent Units. With them came a new style collapsible ladder. It is much stouter than the Safari style sliding ladders, but found them a bit annoying on a trailer. When you open or close the tent, the ladder wants to fully extend. The fix is easy, use a strap to contain the unused upper rungs. Same trick could be used for shorter rigs that don't need the full ladder length. I've made up and have available Ladder Rung Retainer Straps

Notice the ladder rungs not extended at the top. They will slide freely if you lift the tent base to close it.
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Strapping the extra rungs together keep them from sliding open.
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I put a The North Face Square Gear Loft in my tent. It hangs perfect from the loops in the tent you secure the bungies to when storing your tent. It's a great spot to put your headlamp, phone, wallet, gun, balogna sandwich, tutu, Bluetooth speaker, etc.

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Yes Gear Loft's are a great roof top tent addition for organizing and easy access to items. Makes a midnight snack as simple as reaching up and grabbing your bologna sandwich Smile

I make a roof top tent specific Top-Tent Gear Loft

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Similar to my Gear Loft's, I also make a Shoe Hammock for hanging under your roof top tent base by the door. Perfect for keeping dirty shoes out of the tent, protected from the weather and convenient to grab. Could be used to hold a wide range of items. For details visit Top-Tent Shoe Hammock

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That's a nice loft Scott. It appears to sit higher than mine. I really like the boot hammock too. I always tie my boots to my ladder with the laces now. I will have to buy one of those for sure!
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Glad you like them, for folks with kids the Shoe Hammocks really help.
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Most roof top tent units need to have a pair of mounting tracks attached to the bottom before you can use them.

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Having done this more than a few times, here are a couple of tips. Start by taping the nut in place over the holes in the mounting tracks

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Then drop an ice pick through the first attaching hole to aid in aligning it with the hole in the mounting track. It normally takes some wiggling around to get the nut aligned up so the bolt can be started

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This especially helps with the track farthest from the door, it’s hard to lower and look under the platform to align things. The mount tracks attached and ready to go.

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In some brand roof top tents you’ll find steadying straps attached to the platform hinges and velcro’ed to the mattress by the door. I’ve had them before, but never actually used them.

Whether or not you use them, be sure the straps are attached to the velcro strips on the mattress. The reason for this is, to keep the door screen from getting snagged and possibly torn by the velcro.

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I am going to put some Driwall Rainscreen in my tent this summer to help fight against condensation on the mattress from the tent base. Here are some photo grabs from another that has used it in their tent. You can buy this material commercially for use in RV's and Boats but from what I understand its just construction rainscreen re-branded and sold at a way higher price.

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