Roof Rack Guide

We understand how this process can be a bit overwhelming on your own.
This guide will break down roof types, their respective options and our best practices for each.
If you'd like help at any point, just give us a call at 877-510-6444 or schedule a consultation.

Here is our recommended flow:
1) Define your roof type.
2) Browse different styles of rack systems.
3) Check certain specs.
4) When to seek an expert.

Roof Types and Crossbars

Crossbars are the most common and easiest way to mount a rooftop tent.
They are sold in systems containing the bars themselves, and the junction mechanism that attaches the bars to the roof.
Below are common roof setups accompanied by an example crossbar junction for illustrative purposes.

Bare Roof

Search for styles: Bare Roof Mount Rack Systems

Tracks / Channels

Search for styles: Roof Racks for Vehicles with Tracks

Flush Rails

Search for styles: Roof Racks for Vehicles with Flush Side Rails

Raised Rails

Search for styles: Roof Racks for Vehicles with Raised Side Rails

Factory bars

Warning: Most factory crossbars do not meet the weight capacity needed for a RTT.
Search for styles: Factory Roof Mount Rack Systems

Platform Racks

Platform racks provide a greater storage surface area than crossbars, but there are two main downfalls to this option.

1) Any rooftop tent would cover the majority of a platform rack's surface area.
2) Platform racks who's bars run front to back may require drilling, extra pieces or creativity.

This is why we recommend going with crossbars first. Then, if there's room, perhaps above your cab, shop for a platform rack.

Requires drilling or extra piece(s)

Requires removal of pieces or whole

Check the specs!

Whichever system you're considering, it's a good idea to know how big the horizontal bars are.
Here's what you'll want:
1) Bars as wide as your vehicle for safe travels.
2) A distance of 30" between the two crossbars for a stable mount.
3) A Bar diameter of 2" or less at the bottom and 4 inches at the middle.
4) A Dynamic weight capacity equal to or greater than the weight of your tent.
Read more about Dynamic Weight Capacity

Our Mounting System

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The Goal

Ask an expert

Learn the pros and cons to each option by chatting with us.
Gain an expert's opinion by giving us a call at 877-510-6444 or request a consultation.