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

motoboss

Bad Influence
Absolutely beautiful! I wish this unit was doable for the Wife and I but ladders just don't work out for us. Great job
 
I have. Long thought about doing something similar. But yours is beyond my. Wildest wishes. I do have a question. About the front hinge system. I see when it is up the front lip of the top part goes behind the lower lip of the bottom. Does this mean the Bottom is fully boxed? So that water drains between the bottom lip and the box section that holds the sleeping pad? Or am I missing something? Also your machinist work is pure art! What did you use for the top and bottom panels? I am not on face book so pardon me if these questions are answered there. Thanks
 

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I have. Long thought about doing something similar. But yours is beyond my. Wildest wishes. I do have a question. About the front hinge system. I see when it is up the front lip of the top part goes behind the lower lip of the bottom. Does this mean the Bottom is fully boxed? So that water drains between the bottom lip and the box section that holds the sleeping pad? Or am I missing something? Also your machinist work is pure art! What did you use for the top and bottom panels? I am not on face book so pardon me if these questions are answered there. Thanks
The nose is a fascia panel that is designed to be not only an aerodynamic component, but also a channel when opened to redirect the water down and away from the sleeping area.

The lower tray is sealed to prevent water intrusion and the panels are custom spec'd, thermally rated, structural composites.

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JJBiggs

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The RTTx: Why 'another' Roof Top Tent?

Let's chat about this. The roof tent market we know of is saturated with products. Tents everywhere. There are hard shell, soft shell, hybrids, mechanized, some that sleep 2, some that sleep 4-5 and so on.

So...why do this?

Not a single tent on the market today has taken into account the very basics of vehicular mounted items.

Those are:
- Aerodynamics
- Weight
- Profile / closed height

From the very beginning of this idea - these three important design factors have been the core of this project.

Let's talk about each.

Aero - Save a very few hard shell tents out there, virtually all have very little to no built-in or designed-in aerodynamics. All are essentially bricks with flat faces with many hard corners, etc. This directly impacts the MPG's of your rig. More MPG's means more $$ in the pocket, simple as that.

RTTx Fun Aero Fact: The sloped nose of the RTTx is a composite based material that can be removed or cut to fit virtually any style LED light bar. From the small 6-8" models to the widest being approx 50-52".
Weight - This one is significant. Almost all existing roof top tents on the market today are well over 130 lbs. Many excede 150 to 200+ lbs. This is not a good thing for lifted off road vehicles. Having that kind of weight, up there, above your head, will effect how your vehicle responds to approach angles, slopes, and steep obstacles.

RTTx Fun Weight Fact: All the prototypes weighed in at approx 115-117 lbs. With our custom designed aluminum profiles, we will easily reduce that weight below 100 lbs. Resulting in the lightest roof top tent on the market.

Profile / Height: All roof top tents available today range in height from the low of 6" to 14" and more when closed. This closed profile directly correlates to aerodynamic resistance. The lower, the better. The less resistance, the better. The RTTx achieves the lowest possible height of 5.25" while still maintaining a usable interior storage. Lastly - The RTTx will still fit in a standard garage door. (7'6" to 8' depending on the vehicle, of course.)

RTTx Fun Height Fact: The RTTx paired with Nemo Equipment's 50L Cosmo insulated inflatable mattress provides maximum storage AND excellent comfort.


The low profile and Aerodynamic nose:




Interior room to spare:

 

eatSleepWoof

Explorer
The RTTx: Why 'another' Roof Top Tent?

Let's chat about this. The roof tent market we know of is saturated with products. Tents everywhere. There are hard shell, soft shell, hybrids, mechanized, some that sleep 2, some that sleep 4-5 and so on.

So...why do this?

Not a single tent on the market today has taken into account the very basics of vehicular mounted items.

Those are:
- Aerodynamics
- Weight
- Profile / closed height

From the very beginning of this idea - these three important design factors have been the core of this project.

Let's talk about each.

Aero - Save a very few hard shell tents out there, virtually all have very little to no built-in or designed-in aerodynamics. All are essentially bricks with flat faces with many hard corners, etc. This directly impacts the MPG's of your rig. More MPG's means more $$ in the pocket, simple as that.

RTTx Fun Aero Fact: The sloped nose of the RTTx is a composite based material that can be removed or cut to fit virtually any style LED light bar. From the small 6-8" models to the widest being approx 50-52".
Weight - This one is significant. Almost all existing roof top tents on the market today are well over 130 lbs. Many excede 150 to 200+ lbs. This is not a good thing for lifted off road vehicles. Having that kind of weight, up there, above your head, will effect how your vehicle responds to approach angles, slopes, and steep obstacles.

RTTx Fun Weight Fact: All the prototypes weighed in at approx 115-117 lbs. With our custom designed aluminum profiles, we will easily reduce that weight below 100 lbs. Resulting in the lightest roof top tent on the market.

Profile / Height: All roof top tents available today range in height from the low of 6" to 14" and more when closed. This closed profile directly correlates to aerodynamic resistance. The lower, the better. The less resistance, the better. The RTTx achieves the lowest possible height of 5.25" while still maintaining a usable interior storage. Lastly - The RTTx will still fit in a standard garage door. (7'6" to 8' depending on the vehicle, of course.)

RTTx Fun Height Fact: The RTTx paired with Nemo Equipment's 50L Cosmo insulated inflatable mattress provides maximum storage AND excellent comfort.


The low profile and Aerodynamic nose:




Interior room to spare:

A small suggestion: find ways to cover all exposed metal inside the tent with fabric. We often camp in sub-freezing temperatures, and rubbing up against metal in such temperatures is not a pleasant experience. A fabric sleeve for the struts, and flaps for everything else.

And not to take away from all the perfectly valid points about weight, aero, and minimal thickness, but not being able to store significant bedding inside the tent is a deal breaker for some of us. For example, our RTT lives on a trailer, at a height below the tow vehicle. As such, RTT thickness and aero is largely irrelevant for our use case. Being able to store all bedding inside is a huge factor, though. If you had a different tent model with a deeper base, I think you'd be able to reuse all other existing tent parts, and have have another winner on your hands.
 

JJBiggs

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A small suggestion: find ways to cover all exposed metal inside the tent with fabric. We often camp in sub-freezing temperatures, and rubbing up against metal in such temperatures is not a pleasant experience. A fabric sleeve for the struts, and flaps for everything else.

And not to take away from all the perfectly valid points about weight, aero, and minimal thickness, but not being able to store significant bedding inside the tent is a deal breaker for some of us. For example, our RTT lives on a trailer, at a height below the tow vehicle. As such, RTT thickness and aero is largely irrelevant for our use case. Being able to store all bedding inside is a huge factor, though. If you had a different tent model with a deeper base, I think you'd be able to reuse all other existing tent parts, and have have another winner on your hands.
Great suggestion! I like it.

Please see the previous posts - nearly all bedding can be stored in the tent. I do so on a regular basis. And yes...even a full size pillow can be stored. I keep my 40˚ bag, a thick extra blanket, the mattress and rainfly up there with a ton of room to spare. There has been plenty of discussion regarding this and is considered a non-issue.

Ironically - the low profile design began with a way to reduce the drag on an off road trailer I owned. The profile went from over 14" on a Freestyle Recreation RTT to this one at 5.25". The difference was quite noticeable - most importantly at the gas pump.

The tests to date have proven the aero efficiency to be valid. My record MPG's on my 4Runner (loaded with the tent & full gear) is 17.4mpg (highway).

Now...all that said, if the tent doesn't work for you...that's a-ok and the point of why Terrapod exists. There is no "perfect" way to camp. Everyone has their preferred method. Here at Terrapod - simplicity is the name of the game.
 
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eatSleepWoof

Explorer
Great suggestion! I like it.

Please see the previous posts - nearly all bedding can be stored in the tent. I do so on a regular basis. And yes...even a full size pillow can be stored. I keep my 40˚ bag, a thick extra blanket, the mattress and rainfly up there with a ton of room to spare. There has been plenty of discussion regarding this and is considered a non-issue.
Thanks for the note, will review earlier posts.

In our RTT we have 5" worth of mattress, 100% down comforters, and some tiny pillows. Off the bat I didn't see how that could fit in the thickness of the tent, but I'll do some reading and see what compromise can be reached.
 
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JJBiggs

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Thanks for the note, will review earlier posts.

In our RTT we have 5" worth of mattress, 100% down comforters, and some tiny pillows. Off the bat I didn't see how that could fit in the thickness of the mattress, but I'll do some reading and see what compromise can be reached.
A 5" mattress will not fit. And...5" is not a stock RTT mattress thickness. That is a custom solution.

However, variable foam densities are offered through the mattress manufacturer ...or... the Nemo Equipment 50L Cosmo XL insulated mattress provides the maximum in comfort, storage and stow-ability.

Food for thought. But...as I said - not everyone camps the same way. This tent has been designed to hit the marks of durability and comfort while also being a lightweight, aerodynamically efficient solution.

Cheers.
 
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