What is your preferred shelter? (Rooftop Tent vs Ground Tent vs Etc...)

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What is your preferred shelter?


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Lanlubber

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My kitchen / Trunk set up is temporary. Right now I'm in "trial & error" mode to see what works for us. I'll post a photo later... Eventually I'm going what j@PapaDave set up but I just need to figure out what equipment I will be keeping and what fridge I'll go with, etc etc

But going back to the RTT... We are spoiled family of 5 that lived a city that flies to destination for vacation monthly and always tries to have the best hotel and accommodation...
That being said, I could have done ground tents for my family but it was going to be a bit difficult trying to convince them, especially my wife. I knew that the easiest way to get them to do outdoor with me was do something they've never seen and that's kinda cool which was a RTT...

And it worked.

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If I was going to have one I would want one like yours. It looks to be a sturdy built one and I'd bet pretty costly too.
Like to hear more about your rig when you have time.
 

AL.WVSN

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If I was going to have one I would want one like yours. It looks to be a sturdy built one and I'd bet pretty costly too.
Like to hear more about your rig when you have time.
I think it was but we didn't go on a vacation for 3 months, so we had extra $ for our new toy.

But I am also practical guy or i try to be.

1 - I know I can't build a tent on the roof so I need to buy one. If I'm going to buy one, might as well spent the money to make my family comfortable. We went with the biggest, sturdy and ready for any weather. This is what cost the most $$$ IMO.

2 - How do we install this RTT, oh, just a cross bar? Cool. Let me look at Craiglists... I scored a Thule High Gutter Cross Bar for about $200, and it came with 4 of em. Instead of buying a frontrunner for $1200 which I'll eventually will LOL

Overall, I know I spent a lot of $$$ but it was spread out in weeks and months and not all at once. (we started doing this 4-5 months ago)

The way my wife looks at my kids when they experience something new, it's beautiful. But at the end of the day, my memories with my family has been PRICELESS.

Money can be replaced, time can't.
 

Lanlubber

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I think it was but we didn't go on a vacation for 3 months, so we had extra $ for our new toy.

But I am also practical guy or i try to be.

1 - I know I can't build a tent on the roof so I need to buy one. If I'm going to buy one, might as well spent the money to make my family comfortable. We went with the biggest, sturdy and ready for any weather. This is what cost the most $$$ IMO.

2 - How do we install this RTT, oh, just a cross bar? Cool. Let me look at Craiglists... I scored a Thule High Gutter Cross Bar for about $200, and it came with 4 of em. Instead of buying a frontrunner for $1200 which I'll eventually will LOL

Overall, I know I spent a lot of $$$ but it was spread out in weeks and months and not all at once. (we started doing this 4-5 months ago)

The way my wife looks at my kids when they experience something new, it's beautiful. But at the end of the day, my memories with my family has been PRICELESS.

Money can be replaced, time can't.
Well said ! I cant replace either. Lost my wife of 59 years 8 years ago. Lost my oldest son this past March. Ran out of money years ago !
Still, life is good and I'm happy to have 5 other kids in my life.
 

Lanlubber

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It’s just “swag” not “swag out”, as in “I’m sleeping in the swag.”

It’s a single person ground tent. I believe the term swag comes primarily from Australia.
Thanks for clarification. Lots of terms on the forum I don't always understand.
 
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Lanlubber

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No problemo! I picked up that term somewhere along the way, probably a Ronny Dahl video on YouTube.
Ronny's got a bit of a speech problem for me. The only way I can understand him is to go in to my settings and slow his speech down too 75%. LOL
I HAVE TO DO THAT WITH ALL THE LIMEY'S ON UTUBE !
 
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Rick Morehouse

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I prefer a tarp on the ground and my sleeping bag on top of that. If it’s raining I will throw the tarp over the bed of the truck and get under that if it’s raining harder or snowing I will just sleep in the cab
 

Lanlubber

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Am I the only one that sleeps in the bed of a truck? I have 74" of space on top of the Decked system, a Softopper, easy to heat with a 3 candle lantern. I set up a SlumberJack off the end for more dry/shade area. Only drawback is I have to take the slumberjack down to use the truck.
I'm setup like this ZR.
I think it's a pretty slick set up for a truck cap or suv. The cost is very reasonable as well. The only thing better for you (and me) would be be a t6 Gazelle to have similar space and be able to move the vehicle if need be. Still tbis set up is hard to beat in many ways.
 
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