MX3: Roof Rack & Tent

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In preparation for my Baja trip in 2009 I built a roof rack to hold a roof top tent. Nothing too crazy, just a loop and couple cross supports enough to carry the tent

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In order to get to the roof from the inside I had to remove the headliner.

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The main loop all welded up and ready to go into place. I made six brackets that bolted through the roof.

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Welding main tube to brackets.

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Here’s a close up view of the brackets.

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The roof rack was pretty low. As a result, the cross braces needed a slight bend to clear the roof.

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After the rack was finished I bolted on a borrowed Hannibal roof top tent.

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Since I only borrowed the tent I made the roof rack flat. Had I bought one I would of made an upper loop for the front. Looks funny from the side and back as it is.

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The rack worked out great on my trip through Baja.

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