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I wanted to get this topic started. I will post back up later as I'm going to my youngest daughters volleyball game right now. Have fun!
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Pros: Quick set up and tear down, comfy, sort of unique, off the ground...

Cons: Weight, can't set it up and leave it at a base camp, pricey, first step can be a doozy if you have to take a leak in the middle of the night


On a side note, Andrew (Cruiserdrew on MUD) posted this up in Romer's J spring thread:

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Romer-Can I talk you out of the RTT for Rubithon? It is not a good idea for a variety of reasons. The trail is narrower than you think, and it will raise your COG. I've seen people do it, but I don't recommend it. Sleep on the ground or inside the truck. Leave the RTT home.
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Nobody say that mileage suffers, please. It managed 16.5 mpg fully loaded with gear and fuel cans on the interstate at 65-69mph...

The weight is not all that bad, even with my Eezi-Awn that folds out into the size of a queen bed.

I will never, ever, sleep on the ground again.

It is worth the $$$ to me.
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On a side note, Andrew (Cruiserdrew on MUD) posted this up in Romer's J spring thread:
Jeff, I'm glad you posted this. I've been really concerned about the COG issue. I think I'm just going to bring my 3-man tent.
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Don't have to worry about finding a level and non rocky spot for a tent.

Any issues if the truck is at angle? say 15 degrees.

Jeff - I saw Andy's post. Someone asked me why I want to raise the rear lift a bit (packers/spacers) and I said I am level now, but fully loaded with a RTT I think it will be a little droopy in the back end.

I am going to get the RTT anyways and unless other people in our club who have experience on this trail tell me to leave it at home, I'm bringing it. The people here know how we each wheel, we will be spotting each other and have a better feel as a group for how to go equipped. Thats why I put more value in Dave's and Kevin's opinion on this than Andy. I do have a lot of respect for Andy and consider him a friend, but he hasn't really wheeled with us.

Wondering is there is a way to mitigate the change in CG item. Robbie mentioned in the other thread about using a strap to do that.
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I thought it would be a good idea to perform some parallel processing.

I started a thread on Mud and challenged the members to solve the COG issue.

http://forum.ih8mud.com/80-series-te...ml#post2978520

This is a great thread Kevin, out of discussion comes solutions

Back to the pros and cons

Did we say the RTTs are cool
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Did we say the RTTs are cool
I said they were "unique", does that count ...Glad you used the cool word as that is what I was thinking.

As for Rubithon and COG, narrow trail, etc. I agree with you that I would like to get the opinions of those here on that. I'm thinking a RTT on the Rubicon would be a great benefit at camp, but it could also be a liability on the trail and it's not like you can just pop it off and carry it

But, I've never been on the Rubicon so I don't know. Heck, I've never even mounted my RTT onto the roof, it just sits in the garage, so I don't even know how it affects my LX
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Jeff, I'm glad you posted this. I've been really concerned about the COG issue. I think I'm just going to bring my 3-man tent.
Think BIG Matt...Like 6 person, 3 room tent, with cots - What 'ya think? The only concern is finding a place to put the tent
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FWIW, regarding COG, I have no rear sway bar and I did a heavily loaded Arizona overlanding trip in October '07 and had no issues on moderate trails. Now the Rubicon, ???.
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