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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 05-21-2018, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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I was watching this video and saw that they installed the RTT on the factory bars.





I personally cringe with the thought of mounting anything to these bars.


I'm currently making my own mounts like these guys:


https://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...5-outback.html


Has anyone used the factory bars to mount the RTT?



Am I wrong to think the factory bars won't hold?

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The SkyRise 3(Medium) only weighs 115 lbs, so it is well under the 150 lb maximum dynamic load limit for the roof. Tepui even uses an Outback with stock crossbars as their demonstration vehicle on several of their tents.

My brother in law just ordered a Tepui Explorer Autana 3. He has a tacoma and 2013 OB and I have a 2018 OB. Once it comes in I will try mounting it to the two Outbacks on stock crossbars and taking pictures if its not too much of a process.

We ended up getting the Yakima Landing pad and crossbar system for added strength/piece of mind.

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Im not sure why it would be an issue. Each rack is held bt 6-8 bolts threaded through metal roof structure. Non issue. Static load of sleepers on the roof is also a non issue.

On the flip side my Land cruiser which was sold new for $52,000 in 93 had a rack held on place by two wood screws screwed into plastic fittings popped into the sheet metal. 😳

The plastic fender flares had more solid mounting than the rack did!
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The SkyRise 3(Medium) only weighs 115 lbs, so it is well under the 150 lb maximum dynamic load limit for the roof. ...


What if people climb in the tent?
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IMO, RTT are not ideal by any means. A stand alone works much better.

Breaking down camp every time you want to use the car, as a car, doesn't make sense to me.
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IMO, RTT are not ideal by any means. A stand alone works much better.

Breaking down camp every time you want to use the car, as a car, doesn't make sense to me.
Agreed. I just don't see the advantage of having a tent on the car roof vs. on the ground.

Besides, climbing down that ladder to take a leak at 3:00am could be hazardous...
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Agreed. I just don't see the advantage of having a tent on the car roof vs. on the ground.

Besides, climbing down that ladder to take a leak at 3:00am could be hazardous...
Not to mention if you bring your dog camping, good luck getting him out of the tent. Better teach them to climb ladders.

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The SkyRise 3(Medium) only weighs 115 lbs, so it is well under the 150 lb maximum dynamic load limit for the roof. ...


What if people climb in the tent? <img src="https://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" />
While you driving? Thats would be extreme haha.when car standing you can get on roof no prob. Cant drive with person in tent on roof thou
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A buddy of mine just bought a Tepui Ayer. He had planned on mounting it on his roof but he had a **** of a time getting it up there and didn't want to deal with the MPG hit. In the end he had a trailer built for it (6x8 or so) that locks up under the tent so he can store his gear there. If he needs to go somewhere he can just unhitch it and go vs having to break it down. Guy down from me has one on his LR, his reason for a RTT was (a) overlanding and (b) he wanted to be above whatever critters walk around camp at night.
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What if people climb in the tent?
There is a difference between dynamic and static load. For instance, the new Ascent reports a 176 lb dynamic roof load and a 700 lb static load limit.

The tent we are getting will be mostly used over the Tacoma's bed.

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