top of page

Your Options to combine a Roof top tent with a Pole less awning...

 The TWO basic choices you should make if you want to install a Rooftop tent and or poleless wing awning to your vehicle.

Option 1:
Awning and Roof top tent installed seperate on your roof  rack 

You will always need your roof rack wider than your roof top tent to do this - Tough Touring makes roof racks for Roof top tents that are lower/stronger and lighter up to 1550mm wide.. see ' Awning to rack  brackets here for some examples of the awning brackets that we build that fit up to roof racks and 'wrap' around the bulk of the tent to allow both to be fitted together. Get the measurements of your tent and rack - its going to matter.

Option 2:
Awning and Roof top tent installed together on your roof  rack 

Your roof  rack doesn't have to be wider than your roof top tent  - however its good to get the whole set up as low as possible and make it removable with a purpose built Roof top tent mounting roof rack . see 'Tough Touring Roof racks for roof top tents here ' for some examples of the brackets (awning to tent brackets) and tents that take awning fitment directly to the side of the tent - see examples here "roof top tents"

Installing Tent independently to awning using tough touring roof racks.jpg
Slotted Roof rack top side.jpg

Tough Touring RTT Racks...

Strongest, Lowest, Lightest roof top tent mounting racks in the world 

Over 10 years of R&D and repeated fitting, designing and customising 4wd vehicles  Tough Touring has made the products we make available to everyone. 

Tuff Trek on 100 Install.jpg
80 Series Rack and Independent awning hook.jpg

WHAT TO LOOK FOR BEFORE  FITTING ROOF RACKS TO MODERN 4wd WAGONS and UTES

Before buying any roof rack for your truck - its a good idea to pop off the rubber seal where any roof rack would mount.  H ave a look at what fixing points are on your vehicle for your rack to bolt into. 

The Best scenario is m8 bolt holes already in place in the roof rail cavity - typically there will be 3 pairs of threaded inserts in most cars, but there are variations... (Listed below)
 


1 : Some Vehicles have NO Bolt Holes and NO STUDS
 

Some modern vehicles come from factory without any mounting holes at all for roof racks - This does not mean fitting a roof rack is impossible - This is usually because they have filled the entire roof cavity with Air bags.
 

- DO NOT DRILL THROUGH THE ROOF SKIN of ANY VEHICLE  WITHOUT CAREFULL EXAMINATION FIRST - AS AIR BAGS CAN BE DESTROYED OR YOU COULD HIT AN EXPLOSIVE CHARGE.

To fit a roof rack to a vehicle without factory mount points  - The roof Lining MUST be removed and carefull measurements made to find suitable positions for drilling through the rail skin for insertion of DOME NUTS - Thread OUT into the air bag cavity. Dome nut heads will allow the air bag to deploy without puncturing, and also provide an incredibly strong mount point for your rack - We sell a 'Reversed Dome nut' roof rack hardware pack to do this - Listed here -

Reverse Dome Nut roof rack mount kit

2. There are already M8 Bolt holes visibile each side. of your truck roof - Excellent - You can mount rack feet straight to the provided bolt holes 

Tough Touring 1 piece  Roof racks have 'Slotted' top rails to allow easy lining up of Rack plank Bolts. 

bottom of page