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I did a quick search and did not see a thread started about this topic yet.

I wanted to reach out and see if people on this forum have had any experience with RTTs! My wife and I are thinking of purchasing one, but there is a plethora of information out there and it is really hard to choose! We have read countless reviews and still having trouble making a decision.

So far the options we are considering include the following (please pardon the lack of broncos in the following photos ;) hopefully, we will be able to change that soon!!)

ikamper skycamp 2.0 (picture shown below is with an annex)

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GFC (we have read a few reviews of clamshell designs and found GFC to be better than Alu Cab):

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Camp King (quite a few benefits over the GFC mainly a thicker mattress, but you do end up paying more.... also one of the heaviest options.)

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CVT:

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ASRN we prefer the hard shells for added protection and durability. From the reviews we have read they are quite a bit more durable. Huge benefit to the designs listed so far in this thread is the ease of erecting.

I look forward to reading the replies and hearing any experience. Also, for those who are interested in camping and considering another option, please look at the following link for light weight overlanding trailers. https://www.bronco6g.com/forum/thre...anding-camper-trailers-ideal-for-bronco.3162/

Alu Cab option:

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Great thread!

I’ve heard great things about the Ikamper Skycamp 2.0 but my biggest concern is the Broncos roof load capacities...

The Ikamper weighs in at about 155LBS but so far I’ve read the Bronco has a dynamic weight load capacity of 110LBS and a static of 450LBS....

-Is Ford being conservative?
-Is there aftermarket already working on something?
 

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Like the idea. Also interested in getting something like what you listed. How much weight will a Bronco rooftop hold without being damaged? Can 2 people sleep up there without causing dents or sagging the roof?

edit: @bronco38 beat me to the post. Thanks for the weight limits. I’d be concerned about damaging the top of my Bronco. I keep getting heavier as I get older.:confused:

The tent shown on the Bronco Sport build and price at Ford looks interesting. It attaches to the back. Maybe something similar will be offered for the Bronco.
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I would like to get one, and put it on top of a small trailer and tow it. No worries about roof loads, better fuel mileage, lower height/easier to get in, can leave it set up and hit some tracks during the day.
But I can do all that with a much cheaper ground tent...
And I plan to be topless with the Bronco as much as possible without an obstruction above me...
 

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Like the idea. Also interested in getting something like what you listed. How much weight will a Bronco rooftop hold without being damaged? Can 2 people sleep up there without causing dents or sagging the roof?

edit: @bronco38 beat me to the post. Thanks for the weight limits. I’d be concerned about damaging the top of my Bronco. I keep getting heavier as I get older.:confused:

The tent shown on the Bronco Sport build and price at Ford looks interesting. It attaches to the back. Maybe something similar will be offered for the Bronco.
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No worries we’re all on the same page!

To be honest I’ve had a tent like this(rightline gear-amazon) in the past and it can be a hassle to setup and drive away. Plus water and bugs can still find their way into your car and tent which is a bummer.


I like the idea of trailer+RTT but that price can add up pretty quick - there’s another great thread on off-road trailer which sound like an awesome option down the road
 

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Ursa Minor Vehicles Are also making a pop-up camper shell for the 4 door. They currently make them for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and seem pretty sweet. Here is the link https://ursaminorvehicles.com/campers/ford-camper-conversions/b30-bronco-pop-top.html

Edit: 08/18/2020- Currently The J30 for the JK jeep allows So many options like; color options, sliding rear glass, roof racks, sleeper power headers and USB ports, headliner organizer, additional LED lighting, solar charging system, and awning selections.
 
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Im happy with Tuff Stuff 4x4 tents. I have ranger with annex. Only cost $1200. They also have newer better styles still cheaper than other brands though. Didnt use it for a year while my wife went through chemo and unpacked it for a guest. Smelled and looked fresh as a daisy. I also live one the edge of a rainforest so yeah nothing here stays fresh like that stored outdoors.
 
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Great thread!

I’ve heard great things about the Ikamper Skycamp 2.0 but my biggest concern is the Broncos roof load capacities...

The Ikamper weighs in at about 155LBS but so far I’ve read the Bronco has a dynamic weight load capacity of 110LBS and a static of 450LBS....

-Is Ford being conservative?
-Is there aftermarket already working on something?
Typically, and don't quote me, but there is a safety factor of at least x1.5 in most things other than airplanes. Shockingly airplanes have about a SF of 1 😂. I wouldn't be surprised if you could have a dynamic load of over 150 lbs. But some of the tents are pretty darn close to 200 lbs... So it is a concern. I am sure someone in the aftermarket world will design something to get around this.


I would like to get one, and put it on top of a small trailer and tow it. No worries about roof loads, better fuel mileage, lower height/easier to get in, can leave it set up and hit some tracks during the day.
But I can do all that with a much cheaper ground tent...
And I plan to be topless with the Bronco as much as possible without an obstruction above me...
I agree with the practicality of having a trailer, but this is also a lot of drag and weight behind the vehicle. I would imagine it would be the same if not worse in fuel economy. I can see how having a base camp set up to return to though has huge benefits!

Im happy with Tuff Stuff 4x4 tents. I have ranger with annex. Only cost $1200. They also have newer better styles still cheaper than other brands though. Didnt use it for a year while my wife went through chemo and unpacked it for a guest. Smelled and looked fresh as a daisy. I also live one the edge of a rainforest so yeah nothing here stays fresh like that stored outdoors.
Good to know! I will check them out.
 

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Typically, and don't quote me, but there is a safety factor of at least x1.5 in most things other than airplanes. Shockingly airplanes have about a SF of 1 😂.
Huh? I think you've misremembered or misheard. According to Federal Aviation Regulation Sec. 25.303 a factor of safety must be 1.5 unless otherwise specified. Most rule of thumb engineers design to a FOS of 3; the reason aviation is lower is because of the inherent weight penalty, but it's also why the FAA has very strict tests compared to NHTSA.
 
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Huh? I think you've misremembered or misheard. According to Federal Aviation Regulation Sec. 25.303 a factor of safety must be 1.5 unless otherwise specified. Most rule of thumb engineers design to a FOS of 3; the reason aviation is lower is because of the inherent weight penalty, but it's also why the FAA has very strict tests compared to NHTSA.

Yepp misremembered!
 
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Huh? I think you've misremembered or misheard. According to Federal Aviation Regulation Sec. 25.303 a factor of safety must be 1.5 unless otherwise specified. Most rule of thumb engineers design to a FOS of 3; the reason aviation is lower is because of the inherent weight penalty, but it's also why the FAA has very strict tests compared to NHTSA.

Yepp misremembered!
 

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No worries...of course now having said that, and as an engineer, I'm not going to be willing to throw 450lbs*3 = 1350lbs on top of my roof statically.

You'd hope the factor of safety would be based on the plastic deformation of the material....but you never know it could be on the failure load; I'll let someone else figure it out.
 

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I would go with the Ursa Minor if I had a huge shop and some land. I have kids so I barely have room in the garage. I have a cvt tent with annex. It’s for all 4 of us and we like it. If it was just the wife and I We would have a 2 person hard shell instead. The bronco will be a light no frills truck for us and we will keep it simple.
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I am very pleased with Autohome Roof Top Tents. I purchased an Autohome Maggiolina and have camped all over the country. They are a solid and dependable product. For us the advantages of a Roof Top Tent far outweighed the disadvantages of having one mounted on top of your vehicle.
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