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How do you store a roof top tent?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Amanhowzit taco, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. Apr 22, 2021 at 1:55 PM
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    Amanhowzit taco

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    I now own a Smitty build roof top tent.
    It’s 117 pounds. This thread is for ideas on how to store these things when it’s not on the truck.

    Hang it? Shelf it? Please post here!
     
  2. Apr 22, 2021 at 1:58 PM
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    Mmaira2018

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    Shelf it in the shed on some rafters. Its a b**** to get on and off but I love it for camping season
     
  3. Apr 22, 2021 at 1:59 PM
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    Mine's stored at the REI where I never bought it. :cookiemonster:


    Garage pulley lifts are like 30 bucks on Amazon, and they are perfect for things like that.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM
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    scottstrong89

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    I just have it standing on its side against the garage wall when I don’t use it. Now it doesn’t come off the truck.
     
  5. Apr 22, 2021 at 2:03 PM
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    I've seen folks do this, then maybe to anchor points into the studs and a ratchet strap holding it so it doesn't tip over.
     
  6. Apr 22, 2021 at 2:05 PM
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    mine either stays on the truck, or i lay it flat on a pallet in my garage on the rare occasions I can enlist the help of a friend to take it down.
     
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    My storage solution is far from elegant. I bribe a couple friends with beer, and we carry it down to my basement and lean it up against a wall. I only take mine off for the winter, so it's once on and once off per year. It's a pain in the ass to bolt and un-bolt from the roof rack on the topper.
     
  8. Apr 22, 2021 at 2:08 PM
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    Yes I am familiarizing my self with what a pain in the ass this thing is to store, move and install.
     
  9. Apr 22, 2021 at 2:10 PM
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    I know lots of members use this for install/removal, I think some might leave it hanging as well. Guess you'd have to ask yourself how comfortable you are with doing so. If it causes you any anxiety at all, I would just say to stand it up against the wall in whatever direction it will lean easily, or lay it flat somewhere if you have the space.
     
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    my garage ceiling height is 7'...no room for a pulley system
    my son & i off-load the tent & set it on a $20 moving dolly from home depot & roll it into the garage on it's side for storage
    ...easy
     
  17. Apr 23, 2021 at 7:15 AM
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    This is what I did but I replaced the plastic pulleys with some metal ones. Drill/punch out the rivet, new pulley with a bolt and nut. The lift I used was marketed for kayaks and claimed $150lb capacity but no way I would lift that much weight on the plastic pulleys.
     
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  18. Apr 23, 2021 at 7:18 AM
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    My pulleys are plastic and I can lift 44k lbs :eek::D

     

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  20. Apr 23, 2021 at 9:26 AM
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    I think there might be some apples/oranges comparison going on here.

    :notsure:
     
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