Originally Posted by SuthrnTaco07
Well send me the pic you used and i'll have a friend of mine cut me one..
Please do. That would be very useful information for this forum! I am almost ready to sell my L2S mounting system.. pending Paul's results though..
I seem to recall reading something on expedition portal about guys with rooftop tents on bed racks where the tops of the bedsides carry all the weight having trouble with the sides separating or deforming under the load while wheeling.
Not sure what one of those ARB or similar tents weigh, but I'd bet that rails + bed basket + 10 gal of fuel + hi lift + shovel, etc would be equal or even more. I'm interested to know what your load calcs come out to.
There's a bed rack that the BAMF guy did where he tied it to the frame for just that reason. I'd have to dig up the thread though.
Edit, found BAMF thread: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/bay...ack-build.html
Edit, found the expeditionportal.com post:
Originally Posted by ExpeditionPortal.com - Freeze
So how big of an issue is it with the bed sides spreading out with racks mounted to the bed rails? Anyone experiencing this? I can see it happening with lots of weight on a bed rail mounted rack, but is anyone really carrying that much weight on those? Worst case is the weight of a RTT and two adults in the tent overnight. Can't be that bad. If you were bombing down fire roads with the tent up and those two adults inside the tent (obviously wouldn't happen, just illustrating a point for weight) then I could see some ill effects happening.
Just curious if anyone is really having issues with the bed spreading out.
My bedside spread from just having a topper and rack on top with water and fuel. This was from the Rubicon. I switched out the rack and put the RTT on the topper and it got worse. As soon as I went with the tube rack to the bed floor the sides kinda went back to normal. The metal frame holding the sides together have hairline fractures in them which enables it to spread. Having everything go through the bed floor is much more solid I've noticed.
It just depends on how much weight and how much leverage that weight is putting on the bedsides. Going with tubes or a rack off the bedsides limit your design options if you're going with something custom. Plus the weight distribution and forces want to push outwards versus straight down with the bed rails.