Nissan Patrol GU & GQ
About: The Nissan Patrol GU & GQ
The Mighty Nissan Patrol GU and GQ run a gutter mount roof - The gutters roll inward around 100mm and front to rear drop approx 4mm each end - roof racks need to compensate with adjustable feet or a curved single rail mount to create a level mounting platform for this vehicle if your going to install a roof top tent.
Roof Racks : what's the best Platform for touring gear or rooftop tent for the Nissan Patrol GU & GQ?
As with all vehicles - improvements to handling are achieved by getting as much of the vehicles weight as low as possible. Production Roof racks available in Australia tend to sit about 80mm above the Patrol roof - Quite high - and then the rack planks or Pipe bar that sits on the feet adds another 25 to 40mm again!
Years of modifying and cutting down roof rack feet to get them lower on the GU and GQ led us to manufacturing a simple 'C Channel' roof rack plank that wraps over the customers existing gutter rack feet, lowering the rack height by 22 to 38mm straight away. We made them at widths suitable for most RTT also - More on these here.
'C Channell" Cross bars to Lower the tent over common Gutter mount rack feet like Ocam, ARB, Kings etc. (more details here) 'Tough touring Cross bars Pair'
While the 'C Channel' Planks are a quick and Cost effective way to get a decent low mount rack using the gutter feet you already have - If you want stronger, LOWER 'The Ultimate LOW Profile Rack - We started making our own One Piece roof rail type.
TOugh Touring Now Manufactures a One Piece BOLT together Roof Rail Roof Rack for GU and GQ more on these here.
Why is the one piece rail rack 'better' than running typical GUTTER MOUNT ROOF RACK FEET on the GQ?.
The Most common roof rack we see here are ARB rack feet (they offer a good quality broad and lower/ adjustable rack foot) and the chinese copies of these
Gutter rack feet are very hard on the GU and GQ gutter area, Overtightening tends to bend the roof gutter itself, You will see when fitting these types of rack feet that the rack bars angle requires the feet to be positioned right on the outside edge of the GU gutter - adding 'potential leverage' - whick when overloaded can cause gutter tear , warping due to flex . The Lowest Rack foot you can purchase for the GQ GU is a 120mm rack foot (Several suppliers make them including front runner, iron man, Ocam, ARB) which when fitted leave an 80mm gap between the rack and the roof. They look very High!
To deal better with the curve in the roofline and allow roof rack bars to be level and Super Low - We designed a Roof rack ourselves that is Superior to anything else on the market for the mounting of Roof top tents. Our Tough Touring Once Piece Roof rail roof rack sits a mere 10mm off the roof skin and can handle very heavy loads with Less negatives on the vehicles handling (Being so low).
The Tough Touring Racks take almost Any RTT known to us - providing widths from 1350 - 1680 mm and taking up to 200kgs in offroad environments.
They've changed the game for us - making fitting at a professional level possible for anyone
Roof Top Tents : what's the best for the Nissan Patrol GU & GQ?
The GU and GQ Can handle almost any RTT once your rack is sorted. Popular tents fitted here tend to be the Bundutop by Bundutec - its one of the lightest at just 76kg mattress in. It also handles the biggest solar panel - a big 400w panel fits on top. More on this tent here. Its features are hard to beat in touring tents where comfort, speed and ease of use are the main priorities. Other tents worth a mention - The Boss RT1, its a huge Clamshell - with a perfect finish. Suits the GU well - takes a lot to go past its impressive Aussie made quality. My tip is avoid purchasing gear manufactured in China - It's just going to be something that you end up buying twice.
The White GU is fitted with Bundutop standard tent, Ostrich wing awning and Tough Touring Brackets, with upgraded ladder mount on ARB Feet.
The Above GU is fitted with the new Boss RTT Clamshell - Also on ARB rack feet and running an Boss BA270 wing awning.
The White GU Patrol is Fitted with a Tough Touring One Piece Roof rail Rack and then Tough Touring UP brackets, Ostrich Pole Less 270 Wing awning and Bundutop RTT
Awnings: and the Nissan Patrol GU & GQ?
Ostrich Wing Awnings are a high quality poleless 270 degree wrap around awning. The barn doors on the Patrol are great - Providing easy fitting of Pole less awnings, and the Ostrich wing awning would be our pick of them all to date.