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Date Registered: 03-2013
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OzTents and Rhino Racks


I recently bought an Oz Tent RV 3 and want to quickly put it up on my Rhino Xero Roof Racks
on my XTrail.
I am about to go out to Birdsville for the Races and tour Outback Qld and want a quick way to get these rather heavy tents up to the roof racks and secure it tightly but to also do it quickly. Any suggestions on what accessories would work best?
I am considering tie down eye nuts, and load holders but didn't know if this is the best way?

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Date Registered: 12-2011
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I just use ratchet straps or cam buckles and tie it down tightly like a surfboard. Check this link and go down to the surfboard part. I used the same technique but just add extra loops over the tent. Secures it really well. Haven't been 4wding with the tent on the roof but have gone 4wding with the tent in the car (back seats down) without securing it properly. Not the brightest idea but it fitted so snugly between the front seats, it didn't even budge even though going through some crazy bogholes.

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Date Registered: 01-2013
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if I am carry anything awkward shaped or heavy, I just use a couple of pieces of good rope and use the 'truckies hitch' knot.
This knot has seen me out of a few scary situations when rachets failed.

also use the 'truckies hitch' knot whwn putting up tarps etc. they hold in the most blustery conditions over a long period of time so would be fine holding a tent down on your racks.

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Mark

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Re: OzTents and Rhino Racks


Thanks Nananut and Mark, I will certainly check out your suggestions. The key is I want something fast and easy and I don't want any surprises on the desert highways at 100km if I have to break for a kangaroo, I didn't want it flying forward (or backwards), because of my lack of securing techniques.

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If its speed/ease of use and security you are after, I would recommend a cage and a few rachet straps.

Throw all your stuff in the cage and strap it down. Brake as hard as you want and it'll stay put.

something like this

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Cheers

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You need one of these from your friendly Rhino Rack dealer (me)
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Hey Alan,
I'm looking at the Rhino steel mesh platform for the Oztent and a few light, bulky items. I'm not keen on the basket since I'm the only person loading and unloading most of the time with a back injury so any extra lifting/height that I can avoid will be best. Also avoiding lifting weights over 25kg above my head as much as possible. Is the mesh platform suitable for the exy? I have the Nissan OE roof bars. Cheers.

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Date Registered: 05-2012
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I'm the only person loading and unloading most of the time with a back injury so any extra lifting/height that I can avoid will be best.



Logically, the roof-rack or basket is not so much the problem for a crook back,as much as the height and angle of delivery .

That might be the problem.

(As a shortass I cannot even wash the roof let alone load it without a step-up.)

Get a set of fold -out steps to make it easy for you.

Simple but useful.

Over-reaching works for nobody.

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Date Registered: 08-2012
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The steps you put on top of your rear wheel are very handy as well assuming that'll give you enough height.

Personally I have a Blackwolf turbo tent - we ended up buying a trailer emoticon

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Date Registered: 08-2012
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I've got the RR Medium Platform. Coupled with a Medium Bushranger BushPak http://www.bushranger.com.au/bushpak.php#.UkF__xadBYU I was able to carry on the outback trip:
3 sleeping bags
3 Speedy tents
3 King Size 10cm self inflatable mattresses
1 ensuite
12 jigsaw foam pieces
3 ground sheets.

That ALL fit up on my roof.

The platform is good, as I've carried sleepers on it from bunnings, bales of hay from the stock feed place, and a new front door... much more flexible than the basket i had.

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