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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:15 PM   #151
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They do a good job of keeping you out of reach of animals. They stay cleaner and bug free in comparison. They're solidly mounted, set it and forget it. Its one less thing to load in the back of the rig and in many cases uses previously unused room up on the roof. No need for level ground, its far easier to toss a couple rocks under a tire than it is to try and find a level flat spot for a ground tent. Built in mattress in most models. Some allow you to leave sleeping bags and pillows stowed with the tent too. No stakes, guide wires or ground covers. All season camping. Some better than others in this regard, they can be equipped with winter hoods, tent heaters, electric blankets, etc. Fast setup. Some as quick as a minute, most under 10 minutes from the time you turn of the ignition to the time your zipping up the door and slipping into your bag. They're said to be quite comfortable and roomy, depending on the model they can be well suited for 2-3 adults or 2 adults several children. They can be mounted over a pickup bed, over a flatbed, on a trailer as well as the conventional roof top setup.

My wife really likes the idea of being up away from the animals like coyotes and bugs. She also wants one so she can sleep on a mattress that isn't laying on the ground. I like the fast and easy setup. I'm hoping to get one before we go to the Outer Banks this fall.
We looked at them and at first thought they were a terrific idea. Gave it some thought and for us, not a good match. We usually head to a NP or SP and stay for several days. Our thoughts were it would be a PIA setting it up/taking it down every day, and being soft-sided, would not be allowed at many parks in bear country. We will be putting the money toward either a teardrop or hardsided pop-up trailer.

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Unread 06-28-2014, 11:59 AM   #152
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Does anyone know what clamp will fit the Amazon OE style crossbars? I need to mount my rodvault on them and would like to avoid drilling in to the crossbars.
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Unread 06-28-2014, 02:28 PM   #153
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Does anyone know what clamp will fit the Amazon OE style crossbars? I need to mount my rodvault on them and would like to avoid drilling in to the crossbars.


I used these, worked perfect.

http://www.redtrailers.com/ShowItem.asp?id=59506



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Unread 07-01-2014, 09:40 PM   #154
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Finally took a quick road test and over 45 mph they howl like banshees. Guess Im gong to have to turn them around backwards? May be a stupid question but exactly how did you guys do it? Do you have to remove the cross bar from the mount and flip it around or will the mounts fit if I turn the hold thing around?
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Unread 07-02-2014, 06:02 AM   #155
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Finally took a quick road test and over 45 mph they howl like banshees. Guess Im gong to have to turn them around backwards? May be a stupid question but exactly how did you guys do it? Do you have to remove the cross bar from the mount and flip it around or will the mounts fit if I turn the hold thing around?
Unscrew them just as you installed. Don't back either screw on each side all the way out. The cross rail part that clamps to the side rails should clamp to the side rail in either direction.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 07:39 AM   #156
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They do a good job of keeping you out of reach of animals. They stay cleaner and bug free in comparison. They're solidly mounted, set it and forget it. Its one less thing to load in the back of the rig and in many cases uses previously unused room up on the roof. No need for level ground, its far easier to toss a couple rocks under a tire than it is to try and find a level flat spot for a ground tent. Built in mattress in most models. Some allow you to leave sleeping bags and pillows stowed with the tent too. No stakes, guide wires or ground covers. All season camping. Some better than others in this regard, they can be equipped with winter hoods, tent heaters, electric blankets, etc. Fast setup. Some as quick as a minute, most under 10 minutes from the time you turn of the ignition to the time your zipping up the door and slipping into your bag. They're said to be quite comfortable and roomy, depending on the model they can be well suited for 2-3 adults or 2 adults several children. They can be mounted over a pickup bed, over a flatbed, on a trailer as well as the conventional roof top setup.

My wife really likes the idea of being up away from the animals like coyotes and bugs. She also wants one so she can sleep on a mattress that isn't laying on the ground. I like the fast and easy setup. I'm hoping to get one before we go to the Outer Banks this fall.
Interesting. Would you happen to have a link to one of these?
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Unread 07-02-2014, 08:13 AM   #157
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Unscrew them just as you installed. Don't back either screw on each side all the way out. The cross rail part that clamps to the side rails should clamp to the side rail in either direction.
Thanks will give that a try.
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Unread 07-05-2014, 07:31 PM   #158
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Flipped the rails around today, wow, what a difference. Got it up to 60 or so and no noise, thx all. Now if I can just get my 95 ZJ to stop stalling,,, never ends does it?
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Unread 07-13-2014, 08:16 PM   #159
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I picked up a pair of the APGONLINE racks from Amazon. I assumed since they had a key they were at least secure but I was wrong. These things are pretty bobo but at least they fit securely to the flush rails. We'll see how they do this weekend with a SkyBox 16 full of gear. No noticeable noise up through 90 MPH so that's another +1 for the bobo racks.
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Unread 07-20-2014, 09:24 AM   #160
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Installed the OE style cross rails from Amazon a few weeks ago. No issues with wind noise at 70+

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Unread 09-17-2014, 01:03 AM   #161
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The Yakima Whispbar may be the most expensive option, but they give the widest bar span possible and make no sound at all.
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Unread 09-19-2014, 10:55 AM   #162
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I just received my crossbars from Ebay today...and what da ya know: No directions! Are the bars just plug and play(clamps or is the install a little more onvolved?)

It seems like when I lay the bars on top of the rack, the inner clamp doesn't insert into the groove of the roof rail, on which I'm not sure it is supposed to do so?
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Unread 09-19-2014, 11:26 AM   #163
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There are two screws that hold the crossbar to the rail clamp. If you loosen both you can slide the clamp along the cross bar and perhaps fit easier. The screw near the outer edge of the cross bar, the one that puts the clamp on the rail, needs to be loosened a 1/2 - 1 inch for the clamp to fit easily into the rail.
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Unread 09-19-2014, 11:52 AM   #164
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I removed the clamp, inserted it into the roof rail then place the crossbar on top and while screwing the screw in lined it up with the clamp. Just remember to install them backwards or wind noise will drive you nuts.
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Unread 09-19-2014, 12:15 PM   #165
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Great info guys!

Install them backwards? Would that be with the sloped part facing forward or the flat?

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