Ordered today, but I do have one install question. How much overhang off the load bar can the tent have in the rear? Right now I'm looking at anyplace between 24" and 32". Is there a magic number that is too much?
Thanks. My overhang would be at the rear/fat end. I suspect I'm going to be OK, but I would like to know if I can push the overhang off the back to 32".I have a Columbus XL Small on a Jeep Patriot. There are several feet that overhang at the front (small end), and they (Autohome) said it would be fine "if you don't jump up and down on the overhang". I have never had a problem or warping.
Well, I see what you are talking about on the Yakima towers. An engineer buddy didn't like the fact that the tent was sitting on top of those projections, then pinched down in the middle. I ended up using 1" PVC sch40. I had to slice the pipe lengthwise, then use a heat gun to get it to slip over the load bars. I also used a 1/8" spacer under the t-track to space it so I didn't pull the t-track out from the tent.The Yakima towers have a very sharp edge on top where the alloy casting goes over the bar. Since you have a very wide tent, this will be in contact with the bottom of the tent. I used to file the edge so it had a softer contour. You can also put a piece of hard plastic or pipe insulation on top of the bars to "fair" them.