Tired of all the "huge" RTT's. So I made my own.

Interesting bug pic! I don't think all the air is going under as all the bugs would lead you to think it is. I think the majority of the air is actually going over higher than the deflector. A low pressure area on the top section.
 

JJBiggs

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Interesting bug pic! I don't think all the air is going under as all the bugs would lead you to think it is. I think the majority of the air is actually going over higher than the deflector. A low pressure area on the top section.
I thought the same thing until I looked more closely at the photo. He snapped the photo mid-cleaning. The upper area was somewhat cleaned.

Edit: Correction - Mark just noted that was before cleaning. It would appear then to be the "dead zone" (har, har), where the air splits from the windshield and upper deflector. He said any bugs hitting the upper deflector glanced off, while bugs hitting the lower didn't have a chance.
 
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CyberRube2

Member
Dude, I gotta say that is possibly the cleanest, nicest looking hardshell tent I've ever seen. I really wish I could get one but with 2 adults and 2 small children it would be cramped :(. Thats another thing I wish TENT builders showed, the tents with actually human models inside to see spacing. That would be awesome if you could do. Have you thought of a price point yet?
 

Wilbah

Adventurer
Very cool. As a constant tinkerer of things I like what you've done, and your design is awesome. Does the ladder stow in the tent some how or in the vehicle(I'm guessing vehicle but just curious?). Could there be a channel to hole it under a rack (for those who have chosen a higher mount) or on the roof of the tent for those with the more "low profile" mount? Just curious as I know how precious interior space can be.

Well done! 🍺
 

JJBiggs

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Dude, I gotta say that is possibly the cleanest, nicest looking hardshell tent I've ever seen. I really wish I could get one but with 2 adults and 2 small children it would be cramped :(. Thats another thing I wish TENT builders showed, the tents with actually human models inside to see spacing. That would be awesome if you could do. Have you thought of a price point yet?
Thank you, sir. Price point is getting there. I figure very close to Autohome's range.

Regarding space - that entirely depends on the size of the humans. I, myself am 6'6" and I fit beautifully even with my 6'1" wife. Plenty of space. I could see maybe 2 average (5'6" to 5'10" adults and one child, but that's about it. Just not enough space on the top of a roof.
 

JJBiggs

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Very cool. As a constant tinkerer of things I like what you've done, and your design is awesome. Does the ladder stow in the tent some how or in the vehicle(I'm guessing vehicle but just curious?). Could there be a channel to hole it under a rack (for those who have chosen a higher mount) or on the roof of the tent for those with the more "low profile" mount? Just curious as I know how precious interior space can be.

Well done! 🍺

Thank you! Ladder is stowed in a special spot in my own rig. You could potentially stow it under, but the space to do so do is very tight. Low profile is a primary design target for the tent. That said - the idea is also to provide a customizable solution. So...anything is really possible.

C
 

JJBiggs

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Howdy all - quick update on summer testing. Things are progressing nicely. 002 came back from Moab a wonderful success having survived monsoon level rains, high winds and hail. Not a drop of moisture inside or a failure in the fabric. 🤘

Very, very satisfied with the results to date.

003 is presently in production and will likely be the closest thing to the production versions. Once completed, all 3 will be out in the wild for the remainder of the summer testing every aspect we can to break them. Come fall 2019 - I am aiming to begin production.

In the meantime - I have been testing 001 with the new 100W solar array, custom fabricated 50Ah LFP solar charger and a Dometic CFX40 fridge. Amazed how efficient the Dometic is. Looking forward to further testing in the field.

More to come very soon.








 

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RTTx News: Some FAQ's that have come up.

Current Status:
The tents are currently in beta testing till Sept. Following testing the product will be evaluated for revision and final release. At that time, I will be opening up the initial production run of ten to get things off the ground.

Q&A's
What are the interior and exterior dimensions?
Interior approx. 88" x 52.5" x 52" @ peak
Exterior 54"x 90" x 5.25" Closed

What size is the mattress?
Best fit: 84" x 50" (long full)

Please note: No mattress will be offered directly. I have determined that this is a personal choice and I will offer two options - The NEMO Cosmo XL insulated inflatable (I have this...and IT'S AWESOME) or a traditional custom foam mattress of your choice via thefoamfactory.com. Either will be about $200-300 after shipping. (Note: Foam Factory offers a slew of foam density choices and is an excellent product).

How much bedding can be stowed when closed?
The interior storage is 3.5" when closed. I usually store my sleeping bag and inflatable mattress up there with my pillow in the truck (helps to removes humidity). A foam mattress will allow less, but a blanket, light bag, etc should be fine with a quality 2"-2.5" foam.

Electric? Any USB's?
There has been much discussion about this. The standard tent will not offer custom electrical. Electric is an easy DIY solution and super simple to customize. There are ample electrical runs within the framing. If you choose for us to customize the tent, added costs will be required.

Any other options?
Choice of fabric colors is the standard options that don't incur higher costs.

What comes standard:
Tent frame will be black anodized with white panel insert.
Main fabric has 6 color choices available
A battery operated LED light
Heavy weather support rods
Rainfly / Awning
Custom mounting points specifically for your vehicle / rack.
 

JJBiggs

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This Question has come up a few times: How much room is there in the tent for storing bedding, etc?

Answer: A solid amount. 3.5" of height available when using an inflatable mattress. Shown in this photo - my 40˚ bag, heavy weight blanket, and the Nemo Cosmos 50 XL insulated inflatable mattress. (Highly recommended). If I fold my bag in half length-wise, I could easily place my pillow up there as well. (Although, I choose to keep it in the truck when traveling (removes humidity).

Even with a quality 2-2.5" foam mattress there would be enough room for a bag, blanket, linens, etc.


 

JJBiggs

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Tis the summer months. And here in the wonderful Atlanta Metro, that means hot, hotter, and then humid hot. Frankly it sucks. 90-95˚ with 85-100% humidity. Working on the tents in those conditions....blows.

The last prototype is presently about 95% complete. Here are the items that have been updated as things have progressed with the design / prototype execution phase:


- Side screen doors have been modified
- Storm flaps are now on the outside
- Material change - Screens to be heavier duty
- Material change - main tray to be a specially designed aluminum profile (reason: will result in lighter weight, easier fabrication and better final strength than current profile.)
- Sewing still sucks. Looking for assistance in this department.


Here is 003 as she sits in the shop:

 

JJBiggs

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RTTx 003: The third prototype is complete. A lot has been learned building these three. 003 far and away is the cleanest, sexiest of the 3. It is also the closest to the intended production version and has lot of changes on it.

Details:
- The framing is 100% powder coated
- The Fabric was revised and simplified to enable a quicker production and lighter weight
- The gas springs were upped to accommodate the new gear net.
- While I need to weigh it, I am very certain the final weight of this unit is less than the 120# of the previous proto’s.

Next steps?

Funding is needed to gets things rolling properly. A Kickstarter campaign will be starting soon to aid in material purchases and expanding to a space for proper production. Tied to this - I have designed a custom aluminum extrusion profile that will be proprietary to these units. By going custom - the tent will achieve a weight UNDER 100 pounds.
Look for the announcement soon.











 

JJBiggs

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Ladies & Gentlemen, I present the last and final prototype RTTx 003 in photos...

Details to note:

- This unit is considered a finish-level prototype.
- Please note - Some aspects of the tent will be different on the production versions.
- Colors and fabrics are subject to change.























 
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