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I am considering buying a rooftop tent but the one situation I really don’t want to find myself in is casually driving around days or weeks at a time with an extra 150lbs on the roof because it’s too difficult to remove the tent when not in use.

Those that have them, do you fully remove them in between each use?

Also, did you install some sort of winch or pulley system in your garage or are you able to handle it on your own?

Thanks for any insights!
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I take mine off when there is little chance that I'm camping...I just remove and install by hand!
 

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Rooftop tent comes off between uses. About to put mine back up, leaving for Pensacola Friday. I could leave it on full-time, with the bars on my bed rack (Gladiator). Not sure if I would want 160 lbs on a removable roof.
 

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4 eyebolts in garage ceiling and 2 ratchet straps. 20 min install. However this was for the 4runner, because I cannot find a decent priced hardtop at the moment..... =)
 

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Biggest disappointment is my Bronco won't fit in my garage what the RTT.

So I guess if I were to get one (which I really want) the answer would be "all the time" :mad:
 

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I plan to remove mine during the off season or extended summer times when I don't imagine using it. I rigged up Smarterhome winch/pulleys in my garage to hoist off and store up against the ceiling.
 

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I am considering buying a rooftop tent but the one situation I really don’t want to find myself in is casually driving around days or weeks at a time with an extra 150lbs on the roof because it’s too difficult to remove the tent when not in use.

Those that have them, do you fully remove them in between each use?

Also, did you install some sort of winch or pulley system in your garage or are you able to handle it on your own?

Thanks for any insights!
I would rather have a tent on a trailer or ground. The minute you set up the tent you can't go leave. To restrictive.
 

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Mine has been hanging from my garage ceiling since I bought it last Fall, however, I'll be re-mounting it this week. Although it's only 8 bolts attaching it to my roof rack, they're still a PITA to get to and wrench on when I need to. That alone would inhibit me from removing it often , so I'll be looking to pick up some shorter bolts that will lessen the wrenching time. Would be nice to find more of a quick-release system to make it even easier.
 
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Mine has been hanging from my garage ceiling since I bought it last Fall, however, I'll be re-mounting it this week. Although it's only 8 bolts attaching it to my roof rack, they're still a PITA to get to and wrench on when I need to. That alone would inhibit me from removing it often , so I'll be looking to pick up some shorter bolts that will lessen the wrenching time. Would be nice to find more of a quick-release system to make it even easier.
Shorter bolts wouldn’t reduce the stability or have any sort of negative impact?
 

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Shorter bolts wouldn’t reduce the stability or have any sort of negative impact?
No. The main issue is that the bolts for my 23Zero tent are so long, and the nuts are nylock. So I'm spending a ton of time with a ratcheting wrench and arms in a tight position between the roof rack and MIC top. Shorter bolts will still capture all of the threads of the nylock nuts
 

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I’m just getting around to having the ability to mount one - but, the main reason I opted for a GFC Superlite after a season with a Roofnest on our Transit is because I want to remove it when not on a trip. GFC quick release mounts make it a no brainer and at 80 lbs my wife and I can mount/dismount easily…or so I hope.

The only reason I went this direction in the first place is because you’re unable to camp on the ground at the fishing beaches we go to.
 

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Rooftop tent comes off between uses. About to put mine back up, leaving for Pensacola Friday. I could leave it on full-time, with the bars on my bed rack (Gladiator). Not sure if I would want 160 lbs on a removable roof.
cool, what is your section setup look like?
 

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I would rather have a tent on a trailer or ground. The minute you set up the tent you can't go leave. To restrictive.
setting up and tearing down RTT is so fast, you won't feel the pain, in my opinion
 

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I use the new iKamper Blue Dot Voyager Solo tent. It's only 130 pounds and low profile. I leave it on year round since it fits in the garage and does very little to effect the vehicle performance.

If you go with a heavy tent, the vehicle will sway and make it a pain to take on and off. The key is as light as possible.

This tent has been through heavy winds, lightning and rain. It's proven itself not to leak and is pitch black inside when zipped up. LOVE IT!
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