Originally Posted by Svach11
I am in the market for one in the near future. I came across CVT and right away seemed like the company to go with, a user friendly website and lots of choices for RTT's.
Can't wait to pull the trigger on one for the Taco.
I don't know which model tho.... hmmm
What is it you like about yours? the Mt. Bachelor?
I have the Mt. Bachelor (2-man) and I have also seen the Mt. Shasta (2-man + overhang)
Coming from someone who has been a ground tenter for many years the roominess of the RTT is amazing. Most ground tents leave something to be desired as far as height goes - getting dressed in a tent can be a chore! But I have no such issues in my RTT. I - being 5'4 - can sit up just about anywhere in the tent and not bump into the poles or ceiling. The size is equivalent to a double bed and there is plenty of room for two people. its still cozy but not quite like a 2 person ground tent where you're constantly bumping into the other person.
The tent is very sturdy - just this last weekend I was out in a horrible storm with high winds and aside from the truck swaying as the gusts would hit broadside the tent wasn't fazed one bit. I could hear a couple of people at the next campsite yelling when their tent poles broke under the force of the winds and I was completely fine.
All of the materials seem to be of good quality - heavy canvas walls, sturdy hinges, aluminum poles, comfy mattress - and I expect to get many years of use out of this tent.
My biggest concern with getting the RTT was its effect on my gas mileage. I can report that I have seen a very minimal drop - maybe 1 mpg. I also mounted the tent a little lower to keep it tucked behind the cab which I'm sure helps some.
Things I would suggest you consider when buying:
how much room do you need? will it be just you and maybe one other person? The bachelor or shasta would be plenty of room. Might have an extra person from time to time? Or you have lots or gear or pets to keep dry at night? Then go for the shasta, the added space in the annex could be used as a secondary tent (just need a mattress) as it is fully enclosed. got more people and more gear? time to upgrade to the Hood or Rainier. need to house a Brady Bunch sized family? Then you need the McKinley. going to be out in the rain a lot? I'd get the Shasta or Rainier to have the covered entry (my first trip it rained and I neglected to shake the water off of the roof before stepping on the ladder. Ended up with lots of cold rainwater down my backside...NOT a pleasant wake up
) Got a short bed truck? the Bachelor/shasta fit nicely over the bed, larger tents may need to be mounted higher up to clear the cab, etc.