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bh4rnnr
12-16-2007, 11:54 AM
More and more, I find myself yearning for the 4runner. I miss being able to get away. I miss being able to get out to the desert. I've decided, come the new year, I will start making preperations to get it going again. Looking to do a few "stages" to get it built up. The first, concentraiting on being able to mount one of these (http://http://www.equipt1.com/h/component/option,com_virtuemart/page,shop.browse/category_id,7/Itemid,31/), then progress from there. I'm still trying to figure out ideas for the bed, so any suggestions are much apprechiated:beer::thumb:

Sorry for my ramblings:blah::blah::beer:

Rezarf
12-16-2007, 12:24 PM
Perry the link was dead for me. Hope you up and running soon.

Drew

treerootCO
12-16-2007, 01:24 PM
Perry the link was dead for me. Hope you up and running soon.

Drew

http://www.equipt1.com/h/component/option,com_virtuemart/page,shop.browse/category_id,7/Itemid,31/

PatrolMan
12-16-2007, 08:45 PM
Can't open either of the links...

Red_Chili
12-16-2007, 10:47 PM
roof-top tent.

bh4rnnr
12-17-2007, 09:11 AM
roof-top tent.

Ding ding:)

www.equipt1.com

Jacket
12-17-2007, 09:33 AM
So for those of us ignorant types, what's wrong with your truck?

As for the RTT, are you looking to keep the flat bed, or redesign the entire back end? One idea (with the flat bed) is to build a tube frame up and over the flat bed, and cross rails to support the tent on top.

This one was recently done on a Taco - you get the idea. It was designed with quick disconnects for all the cross bars, so it could be removed to get free and clear access to the bed. It's my new favorite design for a shell-less truck bed.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2305/2099197133_15e7720cae_b.jpg

bh4rnnr
12-17-2007, 12:35 PM
So for those of us ignorant types, what's wrong with your truck?

As for the RTT, are you looking to keep the flat bed, or redesign the entire back end? One idea (with the flat bed) is to build a tube frame up and over the flat bed, and cross rails to support the tent on top.

This one was recently done on a Taco - you get the idea. It was designed with quick disconnects for all the cross bars, so it could be removed to get free and clear access to the bed. It's my new favorite design for a shell-less truck bed.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2305/2099197133_15e7720cae_b.jpg


AS for the truck itself, there is not much wrong with it, just normal maint needs. Living Downtown, I didnt like paying for parking and so I parked it up at our cabin in Evergreen for the time being.

That image is kinda what i've been thinking about for mounting the tent, though keeping the top bars a little lower than roof line to help with off camber etc. I like the current flat bed on the 4runner, but it's hard to carry a lot of cargo. So i'm thinking it might be better to just start with something new.

I like the idea of the removable cross bars, might have to look more into that.

:beer:

wesintl
12-17-2007, 12:48 PM
I like the current flat bed on the 4runner, but it's hard to carry a lot of cargo. So i'm thinking it might be better to just start with something new.

I like the idea of the removable cross bars, might have to look more into that.

:beer:

A new bed or a new rig...?

I do have one but i'm not so sold on the RTT thing. It's just as easy, or easier with an mi-2, to set up a tent. If your solo just go the subzali way. No need for a tent in good weather.:D You can get a real expedition style tent like the ve25 or mountain 25 which will keep you much warmer and drier than any RTT for a fraction of the $ (here I used to think $525 for a tent was alot of money... )

Red_Chili
12-17-2007, 12:51 PM
My thoughts exactly. An RTT ties down your vehicle if you want to base camp. A tent doesn't. A popup camper doesn't either, if conditions permit towing and AHEM I just happen to have one to sell CHEAP!

subzali
12-17-2007, 01:30 PM
No need for a tent in bad weather either :D

Just a tarp...

Next year the 40 is going to have the hardtop on (I'm not freezing my butt off again going through the mountains) and I'm actually going to use the tent I brought.

As far as your truck Perry, you could probably figure out some sort of bolt-on bars for the bed that you can lash stuff to. Mount a Storage box back there or whatever. Tent camping is def. the way to go, at least before you get too old :D

Jacket
12-17-2007, 01:49 PM
Gotcha. Truck's in winter hibernation.

The guy used these little gems:

Tube Clamp (http://www.ballisticfabrication.com/ID-Tube-Clamp_p_21-1467.html)

The tubes were fitted together like puzzle pieces, locked in place by the clamps. Pretty slick design.

I haven't caught on to the RTT rage yet. The setups are cool, but we've got a family-sized tent with two blow up mattresses, and it works well for us.

I like the idea of a chaser trailer though, with or without a RTT. Rezarf will be the envy of many when his is done.

wesintl
12-17-2007, 02:45 PM
No need for a tent in bad weather either :D

Just a tarp...

eh. 15 degrees, 30 mph winds and snow under a tarp. no thanks! I'll wait it out in my ve-25 :thumb: Doubt a rtt would like that either :o

subzali
12-17-2007, 03:14 PM
Yep. MSR Superfusion here :thumb:

bh4rnnr
12-18-2007, 09:12 AM
I guess, from my experiance I find the Roof Top tent to be better. Paul and Kurt had no trouble base camping or moving during the Outlaws Run this year. I guess i'm finding, for what i'm getting into, it makes sence for me. Plus, i'm trying to get my G/F more involved with what I do(though I will have to wait till she returns from Spain) and a RTT might help.

And sorry Bill, but I dont do trailers. If it cant be done on the 4wheels I have, I dont want it. Thanks for the offer though:thumb::beer: