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Old February 8th, 2008, 09:13 PM
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Eezi Awn mounting on SD roofrack help

So, I got a really good deal on an Eezi Awn and I am thinking about how to mount it to the SD roof rack. Norros had some parts made for this that I saw in another thread, but I was wondering if anybody else mounted A RTT any other way on a SD rack. I am looking for other ideas, so if you've got any, please share.
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Old February 9th, 2008, 12:44 AM
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I cut the front off the rack before I had a custom one made.

Dont get too offended, my rack had been tweaked, so it was hardly mint.

If I had to do it again (without my custom rack that is), I would remove the basket, and get a couple bars to run between the ladder and the crossbar supports in the front, mount the tent to those. If you want it opening over the hood, add a little plywood or aluminum floor piece in the back. If you want it opening rearward with the ground ladder, then just dont worry about it.

In my opinion, the tent mounted above the rails on the SD rack is just too high. The tent already weighs almost a hundred pounds, and you notice the center of gravity shift when you drive. Another 8 inches of lift is the last thing you need.
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Shawn, I think it's time for a CDN M101!
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Old February 9th, 2008, 02:42 AM
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That is what I am thinking too. I just can't find one anywhere down here. I wouldn't mind an Adventure Trailer either!
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I think it's a bit pricey... http://www.discoweb.org/forums/showthread.php?t=45539
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I know some guys here had some bars made to connect the SD ladder to the front hoops. Anyone have any pictures, or know who did it that has some pics?
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Got it all figured out. I made the crossbars myself and home depot had some quick connect clamps that fit the Safety Devices rack perfectly. Total cast was less than $20.
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSCF4618-1.jpg
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What are the SD racks load capacity rated at? That seams like a lot of weight to be putting on the rear body panels...
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The tent only weighs a little over a hundred lbs. When it is open, the ladder takes some of the weight. Other than that, I think the load is pretty well distributed between the front of the safari cage and the rear panels. Many people have the same setup and I have heard no problems. Most people use the gutter mounts, which would seem to be even worse to me.
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I didnt realize you've got wider tent - mine is the narrowest EZ-awn, so it fits inside the rails.

Ive had all kinds of weight on my rack, its fine as long as its tight and doesnt vibrate on the road. The rack mounts in several places all of which have stiffening panels to strengthen them.
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Good to know...one day I'll have a rack...
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Got it all figured out. I made the crossbars myself and home depot had some quick connect clamps that fit the Safety Devices rack perfectly. Total cast was less than $20.
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSCF4618-1.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...r/DSCF4620.jpg
Are the clamps load rated?

Do you still have your swaybars on?
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The clamps are made of solid steel, they aren't going anywhere. I'll post a pic.
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...ntandclamp.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...lmer/clamp.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...ndunistrut.jpg

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Yes, I keep my swaybars on. I know most of the guys here like them removed, but I like it tighter, as most of my driving is on trails and roads. I had them off for a while, but when the roof rack is loaded it feels a little tippy.
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I have a rooftop tent, an old one, no idea what brand but rovers north was selling it I believe years back. I was struggling with mounting it to my SD rack and the only solution I could come up with was using Thule bar system with Yakima adapters. The Yakima bars are almost the same diameter as the rack tubing. The issue then became, a mentioned above, it's just too high. With no sway bars on top of it all. The option I was working on before winter hit was hinging the rack (on the closed position) on all four corners and connecting it to pieces of metal equal in length to the heigh of the rack which in turn would be hinged to the rack. Ideally the tent would be sitting inside the basket, you pull up and backwards on it, the thing would lever up out placing the whole platform above the rack.
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It is too high. I really don't know how to do it without modifying the basket too much. I might end up getting a "tent basket" made in the end. But, the way I did it was cheap and easy and I can go camping soon without spending any more money on my bad habits.

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I used the Quick Fists and mounted them in the pre-threaded home depot brackets I used to mount the tent on the rails. It turned out pretty slick. It holds the hi-lift very sturdy.
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...QuickFist3.jpg
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