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Unread 10-03-2015, 01:23 PM   #1
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Roof top tent vs pop up

Hey everyone! I plan on taking a coast to coast trip in my 76' CJ7 this coming spring/summer for about a month. Weighing in on my options of either converting a utility trailer I already own into storage with a roof top tent mounted on top, or a small pop up camper. The CJ is a three speed with the inline six, drum brakes all around, stock everything. I will be adding trailer brakes to either option. Not sure which would be best as far as tow-ability, connivence or cost. If it were up to you, which option would you choose and why?

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Unread 10-03-2015, 08:14 PM   #2
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I used to own a pop up camper, bought it new, used it for 14 years on family camp trips. Had lots of fun with it. Biggest drawback was tucking all the canvas in properly so the roof would close.
I recently helped a friend sell a offroad trailer with a RTT. I showed it to several people before it sold. It was super easy to set up but was also a PITA to get all the canvas in place so I could zip it shut. It was a high dollar tent too, top of the line.

If I had to chose for the trip you are doing, I would chose the trailer and RTT. When the trip is over you can pull the RTT off the trailer and use the trailer for yard work, etc. The pop up can only be used as a camper.

Enjoy your trip!

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Unread 10-04-2015, 05:25 PM   #3
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Sounds like a fun adventure.

I tow a box trailer that has its own brakes (a must) and loaded it's about 1100#s, which you'll want to figure out how much you can safely tow with your Jeep. With your Jeep, I think you'd want to go lighter? A popup would probably be heavier then a basic box trailer with an RTT on it.

My trailer has a Tepui RTT on top that folds up in minutes (tucks away under the cover very well). I specifically have their Ayer, which I believe is the smallest RTT on the market at 95 lbs. as I'm always trying to limit weight when towing with a Jeep. You can see my trailer link in my signature. Any questions, let me know or see my thread.

P.S. Also see this trailer forum as you'll see trailers that are custom built and light for small vehicles to tow.

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