DIY Roof Top Tent Hoist

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So after a lot of online searching, I couldn't find a compact solution to hoisting my RTT on to my truck. My garage is too low so I can't lower it off the ceiling and drive away unfortunately. After a lot of brainstorming and about 3 trips to Lowes, below is my working hoist. I tested it with my weight (185lbs) first to be sure it would hold, and it didn't budge at all. My tent weighs about 135lbs so this solution works great.

I have 3 pulleys on it so the pull weight is down to 1/3 of the weight of the tent. It breaks down into two main pieces, the hoist arm, and the a-frame. The a-frame folds up so both pieces fit nicely in a small corner in the garage. If anyone is interested in further details let me know.





 

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Nice stuff. Though I think I may never head towards a RTT with my current small vehicle, this is good for any hoisting requirement.
 

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I likke the design. I DIYed one, two A beams like a sawhorse. but i like your design so i think i'm going to do the same this spring.

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Can I ask what tweaks you made to the drywall lift? This is the exact thing we are looking at doing to get our new RTT on our Jeep with low garage clearance. Seemed the easiest option. Any feedback would be awesome!
 

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Can I ask what tweaks you made to the drywall lift? This is the exact thing we are looking at doing to get our new RTT on our Jeep with low garage clearance. Seemed the easiest option. Any feedback would be awesome!
Added a few bolts to eliminate the tilt feature of the drywall carrier.
 

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Some good ideas in here! The drywall hoist seems like it would work really well... but the downside is you're stuck with another big, unweildy, 100+ lbs thing to store somewhere.

I think I'll try building the A-frame hoist.

Thanks!
 

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I use a hoist made for removing ejection seats from aircraft. Someone made this and the design is very simple. It would also be fold-able for storage with just a few modifications. I will, at sometime, modify this one so the main boom is adjustable to permit a longer reach, the entire crane is capable of folding, and the leg width/length are adjustable. It works OK now but would like it even more functional. The "Boat Trailer" crank on it uses an adjustable slip clutch so there is no "runaway load" if you let go of the handle. Very nice feature. If the load is too heavy you can always double-part the line with a small snatch block and shackle. The spreader is made of 80/20 Aluminum and is adjustable too, even though I have done a bad job here of adjusting the load to be level. If interested, I can take some additional pictures and provide measurements.....
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Love the ideas! Thanks for sharing.. I need something to help the on/off possibilities rather than leaving the RTT on all year. These are helpful!
 

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So after a lot of online searching, I couldn't find a compact solution to hoisting my RTT on to my truck. My garage is too low so I can't lower it off the ceiling and drive away unfortunately. After a lot of brainstorming and about 3 trips to Lowes, below is my working hoist. I tested it with my weight (185lbs) first to be sure it would hold, and it didn't budge at all. My tent weighs about 135lbs so this solution works great.

I have 3 pulleys on it so the pull weight is down to 1/3 of the weight of the tent. It breaks down into two main pieces, the hoist arm, and the a-frame. The a-frame folds up so both pieces fit nicely in a small corner in the garage. If anyone is interested in further details let me know.





@Hector45acp, I'd like more info on this. I built az 12 foot ramp to get mt RTT on but it's getting harder each time for my wife to help out. So she asked me to come up with a better solution. You can PM me details or email..your choice. Thanks for sharing.
 
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I am going for a semi hoisted solution. Below for video of what I am talking about. I'll report when once I try it. The only thing different I will be doing is that I will have the RTT on a folding table to remove some of the travel distance. I think I can alone pick up the back end.. swing it around and lay it on the table. from there use the hoist to lower the other end.

 

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I have a back patio cover that I use to be the framework for my hoist. I got a $99 Harbor Freight hoist, used some ceiling mount pulleys, and it works great!
I decided on a 4 corner lift and used pelican cases to adjust the cable lengths
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The last set of pulleys are squared up to the pull line for an even pull
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The vertical pulleys transistions to the ceiling mount
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Nice even lift (I hadn’t tied up the extra cable yet in the foreground of this photo)88652

Good little hoist for $99

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I am going for a semi hoisted solution. Below for video of what I am talking about. I'll report when once I try it. The only thing different I will be doing is that I will have the RTT on a folding table to remove some of the travel distance. I think I can alone pick up the back end.. swing it around and lay it on the table. from there use the hoist to lower the other end.

Hi Billy,
Did you ever try it? If so how did it work out? I am getting a Alu Cab RTT soon and I am looking for solutions to mount and remove the tent on my own. Thank you