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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-25-2017, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Roof Rack and tent.

So recently I have been looking at roof racks and tents for a trip I'm making. I really like the look and price of the BODY ARMOR rack, looks clean and strong. Anyone have experience with it? I will be coupling it up with the ROCKY MOUNTAIN Explorer tent out of Canada.


I am looking for some input from users.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-25-2017, 09:05 PM
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It depends upon where you travel in the Jeep. Chances are that your Wrangler is already heavier and with a higher center of gravity due to a lift and bigger tires. In that case, the addition of a rack and tent above the roof makes it lots worse. Two types of terrain that Wranglers with roof racks need to avoid are paved roads (which have higher travel speeds) and uneven offroad terrain. These are where the chance of a rollover rises to a dangerous level.

For most Jeeps in most places, pulling a trailer with a rooftop tent is the better option. A trailer costs more is about the only drawback, and a trailer also requires that you install a tow-rated rear bumper. But the risk of rollover on paved roads is much reduced, and offroad, you can roll the trailer and not the Jeep, if you use a multi-axis coupler.

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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-26-2017, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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I like the ability to pull over and be compact enough to at any given area. within 5 minutes be camping. Jeeps in general are something to be mindful of for highway driving. I don't think it will be a big issue. I have a trailer and it's limited to areas due to it's size. I love the roof top tent concept. especially for my application.
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Roger that, that's why we have a motorhome. We are camping in 10-15 minutes after arrival. (Nice rig!)
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I can pull the Beast over and be set up in minutes, but I'm not driving this up. The jeep with a tent and my son going all over seeing the sights and enjoying the freedom to pull into virtually anyplace will be awesome. I'll be bringing a drone and his rc boat just to be cool!!
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Just the rack. not any of the add on's
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Of course the Jeep will make this look sexier! It's a true 4 season tent. Setup is in less then 5 minutes.
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I was recenlty looking into a roof tent myself and I ran into this one from smittybilt:
http://www.smittybilt.com/overlander...nd-awning.html
A few years ago I had a rack made for my TJ which allowed the crossmembers to be unbolted and got extra corssmembers made, this way I can easily remvoe them to change accesories or change the tops. Looking at the pic you posted it seem the rack you are looking at will do the same.
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Yes it's supposed to. I looked at the Smittybilt, and it's just personal preference as to why I went with the BodyArmor. As for the tent, I researched a bit and most all of them are made over seas, and made with canvas. The one I chose is made from a true treated material and is built with a little more thought of strength and true 4 season abilities. Again just my opinion.. but I liked talking to the company and the price was really good for what I got.
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Yes it's supposed to. I looked at the Smittybilt, and it's just personal preference as to why I went with the BodyArmor. As for the tent, I researched a bit and most all of them are made over seas, and made with canvas. The one I chose is made from a true treated material and is built with a little more thought of strength and true 4 season abilities. Again just my opinion.. but I liked talking to the company and the price was really good for what I got.
I know exactly what you mean, when I got serious about a tent for my camping trips I purchased a springbar. I imagine in Alaska you have to be more demanding of the products than in the southern states.
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