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Old 10-11-2019, 08:38 AM #151
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Not that it has anything to do with this RTT but I always think about how bad I am going to eat it trying to get in/out of these things after getting wasted.

Taking a leak at night and breaking your leg because it got stuck in the ladder is about the only thing that keeps me in a ground tent lol.

That said, Ill still probably buy one. These this looks amazing when compared to other options.

I used to the think the very same thing. Believe it or not...it's not that terrible. Always face away from the truck when getting out, and it's like going down stairs. Piece of cake...even when drunk (a friend told me.)
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RTTx Update: Product testing is winding down.

-- RESULTS! --

The RTTx has been tested in some of the harshest weather conditions imaginable. From hail to monsoon rains, high winds, and of course hot conditions, the RTTx has done its job brilliantly.

MPG results - numerous long trips have been completed. We have logged results with a 2016 4Runner Trail (modified). Average mpg's from 4 trips (loaded) have been 16.5 to 18 mpg. (results varied due to hills, weather, and traffic).

The prototype mounting solutions have worked out tremendously well. The older vehicles with direct mounting were the lowest, while the 4Runner's mounting has been simple and allows the vehicle to maintain it's stock accessories (Ex: Sat radio antenna).


-- MOUNTING --
The RTTx has been designed to work with off-the-shelf rack mounting systems from Rhino Rack. Namely - the Rhino Rack Backbone. All modern / present day vehicles utilizing this system will do so moving forward. It presents an easy, yet solid solution and works extremely well.

For those running older vehicles: The RTTx will be a custom option, specific to your vehicle. Vehicle examples include older FZJ80's, 100's, etc. The tents will be direct mount ONLY to provide the lowest profile / lightest solution.

Rack mounting: The RTTx has been designed to be a lightweight, low profile RTT solution. Therefore, while rack mounting is possible, it will not be recommended. Accessory mounting will be available directly on the tent itself. (Awnings, Maxtrax, etc). Reasoning - the rack alone adds substantial weight above the COG as well as preventing the slipstream airflow....which in turn lowers your MPG's.

Bed Racks: The RTTx will work perfectly with bed racks. More to come...

-- MATTRESS OPTIONS --
We are aiming for 3 options of mattresses. We are presently testing custom foam, NEMO Equipment's Cosmos and the Exped MegaMat inflatable. Each would represent a Good, Better, Best scenario and will be an individual choice at purchase.


-- FABRIC CHANGE --
We have determined the fabric tested is overkill for what the tent actually needs. Simply put - a RTT does not need to be a Poly-Cotton canvas. Why you ask? Modern Poly-ripstop fabrics are lighter, more robust and offer the same amount of ruggedness. Having 32lbs of just fabric makes little sense. Look for future updates we move forward on this.


-- COLOR CHANGE --
The framing will now be an anodized silver with white panel infill. Reason - silver anodizing will result in a longer lasting finish, and the color will be a better reflector of heat. If a custom color is needed - vehicle wrapped vinyl is recommended.

Fabric colors: Custom rainfly color options will be available down the road. For the immediate future, the rainfly color will be standard.

That's all for now...more to come soon.
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[B]RTTx Update: Product testing is winding down.

-- MOUNTING --
The RTTx has been designed to work with off-the-shelf rack mounting systems from Rhino Rack. Namely - the Rhino Rack Backbone. All modern / present day vehicles utilizing this system will do so moving forward. It presents an easy, yet solid solution and works extremely well.

For those running older vehicles: The RTTx will be a custom option, specific to your vehicle. Vehicle examples include older FZJ80's, 100's, etc. The tents will be direct mount ONLY to provide the lowest profile / lightest solution.

Rack mounting: The RTTx has been designed to be a lightweight, low profile RTT solution. Therefore, while rack mounting is possible, it will not be recommended. Accessory mounting will be available directly on the tent itself. (Awnings, Maxtrax, etc). Reasoning - the rack alone adds substantial weight above the COG as well as preventing the slipstream airflow....which in turn lowers your MPG's.

Bed Racks: The RTTx will work perfectly with bed racks. More to come...

That's all for now...more to come soon.
Awesome, that's great news. One quick question. Can you elaborate more on mounting systems to a rack? I know you recommend the backbone system. But if i get this, i already have a prinsu rack which i love and use all the time. My other issue is that i live in a low ceiling area which means when the RTT isn't being used it needs to be removed.

So can you tell us more how it would mount to a rack system? Thanks.
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Awesome, that's great news. One quick question. Can you elaborate more on mounting systems to a rack? I know you recommend the backbone system. But if i get this, i already have a prinsu rack which i love and use all the time. My other issue is that i live in a low ceiling area which means when the RTT isn't being used it needs to be removed.

So can you tell us more how it would mount to a rack system? Thanks.
Rack mounting will be similar to pretty much every other tent out there. U-bolts. or similar.

The tent was not designed to be mounted on a rack...on purpose. Any rack will add 3"+ to the mounting height and will not be the best solution for a low profile, lightweight, best airflow solution. The rack essentially defeats all of the primary criteria of the product.

Also...this tent will not fit everyone's needs. That is simply not possible. To those that want a rugged, robust, lightweight, aerodynamic and low profile RTT. I know a guy.
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Sounds good still following. Do you have a picture underneath of the mounting system? Assuming it's a rail setup similar to others but wanted to confirm.
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Sounds good still following. Do you have a picture underneath of the mounting system? Assuming it's a rail setup similar to others but wanted to confirm.
There are some shots in the thread. Should give you a good reference.
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Got to see RTT #3 in person and it looks good! I stumbled upon it at the campgrounds after a trail ride in KY. It's definitely low profile and looks to be well made! Personally, as a shorter person, I could go with a shorter length option, but I also know it's gotta work for a broad range of people. Nonetheless, excited to see what happens next
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