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How to mount this tent?!?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Mitch65, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Aug 13, 2019 at 11:44 AM
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    Mitch65

    Mitch65 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a gazelle T4 tent (ground tent) and love it but it’s huge when folded up in the bag (68” long) so on our next trip I want to mount it in the bag to my crossbars.

    They are kbvoodoo highrise crossbars.

    Iv been toying with bungee cords, tie down and ratchet straps but still can’t figure out a good way to mount the tent to the crossbars. The bars have holes in them so I can pass s strap through them but idk.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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  2. Aug 13, 2019 at 11:54 AM
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    MolonLabe1977

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    Bolts and small metal bars spaced on either side to "clamp" it down?
     
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  3. Aug 13, 2019 at 11:56 AM
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    Mitch65

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    Maybe that’s the direction I should take instead of straps. I want it to be easy on easy off and secure for the highway
     
  4. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:08 PM
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    MolonLabe1977

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    Use wing nuts then. That would definitely be secure and shouldn't take too long to un-mount.
     
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  5. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:11 PM
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    Thank you so much!
     
  6. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    No problem! My pleasure
     
  7. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:13 PM
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    SandyTaco4x4

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    Dang. I was looking at getting this for my next ground tent. It doesn't fit in the bed? Diagonally?
     
  8. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    Qwack

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    id toss that in the bed so it wont block your view
     
  9. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:25 PM
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    tacotroy17

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    Quick fist makes ratcheting mounts that they say work up to 8" diameter. If the tent can't fit that, that would be a clean alternative.
     
  10. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:25 PM
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    Oahu96819

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    Use Kayak straps - DaKine makes them among many others.. Easy to use, strong, economical. That kayak is 15' and 91 lbs.
     
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  11. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:32 PM
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    Cementing

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    I have the same plan! I will be ordering mobtown bed bars most likely and doing the same thing. I have the T4 and while it does fit diagonally it really ruins the space in the bed making it hard to pack. I personally was planning on just utilizing the grab straps to secure it to the bars, but I haven't gotten the bars yet to test how secure that would be.
     
  12. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:39 PM
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    Bertw192

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    Mitch65

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    Yes it does but it takes up space I need for supplies. That’s why I decided to put it on the bars
     
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  14. Aug 13, 2019 at 12:58 PM
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    And may I ad absolutely bad ass tent! Best iv ever owned and it legit sets up in 30 seconds
     
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  15. Aug 13, 2019 at 1:01 PM
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    It’s a great set up overtop the bars. I emailed gazelle and they told me the bag for the tent is waterproof too! I have a tri fold cover too that goes under the bars so I can keep supplies dry and then put the tent, maxtracs, shovel ext on the bars.
     
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  16. Aug 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM
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    Yep, thats why I bought this tent, best ground tent out there. I have the factory cover as well so we have a similar setup. I probably wont pick up the bars for a few months so please do report back on what you end up doing to secure it!
     
  17. Aug 13, 2019 at 1:06 PM
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    I will for sure! We have a trip planned Labor Day weekend to PA! George Washington and Allegheny national forest
     
  18. Aug 13, 2019 at 1:11 PM
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    Excellent, good luck! I have until our next trip in Oct to decide on the bars and how to mount them. But I'm pretty set on the mobtown ones, with kbvoodoo being my second choice.
     
  19. Aug 13, 2019 at 1:50 PM
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    usually I see people using a kayak rack

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  20. Aug 13, 2019 at 8:05 PM
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    Can’t comment on mobtown but kbvoodoo is solid!
     

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