TENTS Best roof racks and roof top tents?

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I use the Smittybilt Overlander because it’s one of the “cheaper” options and exactly the same as the expensive ones in my opinion. You can get it on Amazon Prime too. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KCFKPX0/?tag=tacoma3g-20

I used to have it on the OEM roof rack but I hated the way it looked so I moved it to KB Voodoo Fabrications bed bars that I got off Malcolm. But there are so many mounting options now. I think it comes down to preference (where you want it, how high you want it, the design of the rack you like, etc).

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I have a prinsu cab rack and an RCI bed rack. I love the RCI as it was insanely easy to install. 3 bolts on each side that go on the factory rails.


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Our rack (shameless plug) and the FreeSpirit High Country Series tent. I love their design because it only takes about 3 min to set up and there aren't any window awning poles to deal with.

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I went with Prinsu cab rack, RCI bed rack, and CVT Mt. Shasta RTT. Will be getting rid of all this though and replacing it all with the Go Fast Camper here in about a month.
 

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There's definitely a lot of great options for Roof Racks out there currently. I would have to say from our experience that the PrinSu Roof Rack takes the win in terms of popularity. They are high-quality, sport a sleek design, and the price point is fair as well.

As Tyler said, the Smittybilt Overlander Roof Top Tent makes an excellent choice. They are less expensive than many other options but feature similar quality. If you're looking to fit 2-3 size average adults the Overlander would make an excellent choice. You can also choose the XL version if you are looking for a more spacious option.
 

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I would go with a Smittybuilt, Tepui, or FSR for a rooftop tent brand if I had to choose again. Would never recommend CVT to anybody due to the couple awful customer service experiences I have had with them and the zero resolutions to this day.
 

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I would go with a Smittybuilt, Tepui, or FSR for a rooftop tent brand if I had to choose again. Would never recommend CVT to anybody due to the couple awful customer service experiences I have had with them and the zero resolutions to this day.
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Super long stories but pretty much ordered an RCI rack from them during one of the sales to get 20 percent off or something. I was contacted by them saying it was there was an issue and they couldn't honor the price (even though it was still more than ordering direct from RCI) because only tents were suppose to be on sale. They refunded my money and I ordered direct which took a bit longer but wasn't too long.

The second instance was just recently (and i'm still dealing with it somewhat) I ordered on black Friday a 79" awning for 25 percent off for when I get my GFC. I drove to pick it up which is about 500 miles round trip, got a hotel in the area and found out it had concealed damage. Emailed and left a voicemail but it was after hours. I wasn't contacted by anybody for over 10 days after sending 3 emails and calling twice. I wasn't in any rush and didn't want to keep hounding them because of the holiday season so I just rolled with it. after being promised by Bobby the owner somebody would call me and get it resolved I once again never received a call. At this point I just filed a complaint and disputed the charge on my credit card thinking this might make them actually call me back. They did call but only told me they were going to return it for me and that somebody would contact me with the logistics. Here it is almost 30 days after the charge got reversed on my card and they still haven't contacted me or anything haha if they don't contact me in the next 4 days I legally will get to keep the awning because they never fought back against my disputed charge claim. I guess its not all bad, I did get an awning for free from them but man I will never ever give them any business or suggest them to anybody ever again.

I'll be selling the tent, rack and prinsu here soon to make room for that GFC
 

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Super long stories but pretty much ordered an RCI rack from them during one of the sales to get 20 percent off or something. I was contacted by them saying it was there was an issue and they couldn't honor the price (even though it was still more than ordering direct from RCI) because only tents were suppose to be on sale. They refunded my money and I ordered direct which took a bit longer but wasn't too long.

The second instance was just recently (and i'm still dealing with it somewhat) I ordered on black Friday a 79" awning for 25 percent off for when I get my GFC. I drove to pick it up which is about 500 miles round trip, got a hotel in the area and found out it had concealed damage. Emailed and left a voicemail but it was after hours. I wasn't contacted by anybody for over 10 days after sending 3 emails and calling twice. I wasn't in any rush and didn't want to keep hounding them because of the holiday season so I just rolled with it. after being promised by Bobby the owner somebody would call me and get it resolved I once again never received a call. At this point I just filed a complaint and disputed the charge on my credit card thinking this might make them actually call me back. They did call but only told me they were going to return it for me and that somebody would contact me with the logistics. Here it is almost 30 days after the charge got reversed on my card and they still haven't contacted me or anything haha if they don't contact me in the next 4 days I legally will get to keep the awning because they never fought back against my disputed charge claim. I guess its not all bad, I did get an awning for free from them but man I will never ever give them any business or suggest them to anybody ever again.

I'll be selling the tent, rack and prinsu here soon to make room for that GFC
Dang dude. What a headache!
 

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Dang dude. What a headache!


Man you have no idea, I am super easy going and know how life gets ( I work retail sales) but to do the things they have done I would never support or recommend that to anybody. I'm not the only one either I put a feeler out in an overland group i'm in on facebook and few people had similar experiences with CVT. A lot of people came to their defense but those people also haven't purchased multiple things or anything at all from CVT. Two times failing miserably at customer service is too much for me!
 

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[QUOTE="I'll be selling the tent, rack and prinsu here soon to make room for that GFC[/QUOTE]

Can't wait to get mine end of April.
 

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I'm #
Can't wait to get mine end of April.


You getting the GFC? What’s your number?[/QUOTE]

#162 in line. They're building it right now, but I'm going to get it in the Spring. If I waited longer, I'd be waiting until 2020!
 

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Am going to be tuning into yalls reference due to the fact im in the market for both as well and figured prinsu but not sure what the different types on the site are they pretty much look the same. But as far as roof top tents im trying to see what people recommend.
 

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I went with GFC because it appears (because I haven't even tried it) to meet my key needs of
  1. Being lightweight / one piece (~300 lbs)
  2. Covered my bed like a shell
  3. Hard top tent (easy open and close)
I ended up being dissatisfied with the rack + tent or shell + tent solution sets, so GFC and its competitors ended up being candidates for me. I also tend not to early adopt new product, but GFC got me. My customer experience with the company so far as been satisfactory. We'll see how this product does over the long haul when I really put it to use.

It could be a bit on the pricey side for the main purposes, but it does solve a lot of problems that can be had venturing outdoors.
 
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I went with GFC because it appears (because I haven't even tried it) to meet my key needs of
  1. Being lightweight / one piece (~300 lbs)
  2. Covered my bed like a shell
  3. Hard top tent (easy open and close)
I ended up being dissatisfied with the rack + tent or shell + tent solutions sets, so GFC and their competitors ended up being candidates for me. I also tend not to early adopt new product, but GFC got me. My customer experience with the company so far as been satisfactory. We'll see how this product does over the long haul when I really put it to use.

It could be a bit on the pricey side for the main purposes, but it does solve a lot of problems that can be had venturing outdoors.
GFC?
 
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