Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Your Roof Top Tent

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Awesome review of our portable Diesel heater by one of our customers. Btw, he was not paid to do this!

 

JCS2179

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I am really not seeing any point to the security nuts for RTTs. The way most are mounted you could hacksaw, dremel, angle grind, or use bolt cutters in seconds and easily defeat them. The absurd amount of money some of those products cost don't seem worth it.
I know this is old, BUT, I disagree with you. While it might be easy to take a "...hacksaw, dremel, angle grind, or use bolt cutters in seconds..." to likely cut the crossbars your RTT sits upon, the truth is it takes much more than "just seconds" and it also takes somebody who is so broken than they would NOT care about getting caught?? Most thieves might not be super smart, but NONE of them ever wanna be caught. Those tools you named are all loud, specially against metal, and also accounting for the fact it would be extra quiet in the area as there would be nobody around (presumably when some ************ -or two or three!- is/are going to steal your RTT). This all accounts for one thing for sure: IF it's between stealing my RTT with security bolts/nuts VS stealing yours, I can guarantee you with 100% certainty it's yours the one they'll try for. It's the same principle of house alarms: YES, they can still "easily" get in if they really want to, but why tho, when they can just go to the house next door with no alarm?
Fast forward to April 2021, and I just received my new RTT. It has the usual Chinese-made complete crap brackets that bend upwards when you try to torque the nyloc nuts. A 17mm ratcheting wrench does "quick" work of them, but you still have 8 of them to deal with. A PITA. Anyway, I just purchased a set of custom-made for my Rhino Rack VORTEX bars CNC security brackets from Wheeleveryweekend.com for $180 shipped to me. Absurdly expensive? yes, agreed. In fact, *****k, yeah they are :rolleyes: ...but there's more and more reports nowadays of ppl trying to steal RTTs. Just my opinion.

https://www.wheeleveryweekend.com/products/rtt-security-clamps
 

JCS2179

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Last fall, I decided to try something to improve the ol' RTT. I finally got a couple of rolls of duct insulation. That aluminum floor does a great job of radiating cold... I'm talking about the 20ºF in the morning cold at Green River Lakes in Wyoming (8,000ft) in September.

This past September, we camped at 9,200ft on Cinnamon Pass, CO, and it was unbelievably cozy! The insulation adds R3. Just enough to really make a difference. Now we have a 3.5 season tent. Hope this answers someone's questions about doing this.View attachment 490146View attachment 490147View attachment 490146View attachment 490147

Would this help with condensation also?? or you are thinking temperature improvement only??
 

JCS2179

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Easy loading and unloading.....

Pictures, write-up and videos here:

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Awesome ingenuity....but watch your back!:eek: I'd be afraid to slip one of my lower back discs. Like you, I no longer fit into my regular 7' door garage, and my RTT is nearly 160lbs so I had to go with the modified cheap HF Franken-hoist thinghy. I added HF 6" casters, a HF boat trailer hand winch, some 2x2 steel to extend the legs about 24" each, and an extended 2x2 steel tube sleeved into the boom arm. It looks bulky, but it moves around easily, it allows for a 1-man operation (loading/unloading), and when not in use it folds up to a very small foot print in the corner.
 

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I know this is old, BUT, I disagree with you. While it might be easy to take a "...hacksaw, dremel, angle grind, or use bolt cutters in seconds..." to likely cut the crossbars your RTT sits upon, the truth is it takes much more than "just seconds" and it also takes somebody who is so broken than they would NOT care about getting caught?? Most thieves might not be super smart, but NONE of them ever wanna be caught. Those tools you named are all loud, specially against metal, and also accounting for the fact it would be extra quiet in the area as there would be nobody around (presumably when some ************ -or two or three!- is/are going to steal your RTT). This all accounts for one thing for sure: IF it's between stealing my RTT with security bolts/nuts VS stealing yours, I can guarantee you with 100% certainty it's yours the one they'll try for. It's the same principle of house alarms: YES, they can still "easily" get in if they really want to, but why tho, when they can just go to the house next door with no alarm?
Fast forward to April 2021, and I just received my new RTT. It has the usual Chinese-made complete crap brackets that bend upwards when you try to torque the nyloc nuts. A 17mm ratcheting wrench does "quick" work of them, but you still have 8 of them to deal with. A PITA. Anyway, I just purchased a set of custom-made for my Rhino Rack VORTEX bars CNC security brackets from Wheeleveryweekend.com for $180 shipped to me. Absurdly expensive? yes, agreed. In fact, *****k, yeah they are :rolleyes: ...but there's more and more reports nowadays of ppl trying to steal RTTs. Just my opinion.

https://www.wheeleveryweekend.com/products/rtt-security-clamps
I replaced a broken clamp bar and some oxidized hardware on my RTT. It literally took a minute to cut all 4 off while not trying to be fast. Could have used quiet bolt cutters in about the same time. People steal catalytic convertors all the time by cutting them out. No one cares about alarms or noise. Even if you do they are gone before your pants are on.

I remain wholly unconvinced.
 

JCS2179

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I replaced a broken clamp bar and some oxidized hardware on my RTT. It literally took a minute to cut all 4 off while not trying to be fast. Could have used quiet bolt cutters in about the same time. People steal catalytic convertors all the time by cutting them out. No one cares about alarms or noise. Even if you do they are gone before your pants are on.

I remain wholly unconvinced.
I understand. If they want it, they want it.
 
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