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Hi All. I am looking to put a cargo box on the roof. After doing some research I came across a few pretty cool roof top tents that doubled as cargo box or provides crossbars on top to mount a cargo box. For our use case the RTT idea is at least worth looking into... I am a bit confused about the practicality of RTTs because they weigh so much. It seems to render the roof useless...

Tepui has a model that they advertise as cargo box in addition to a tent - Hybox The unit itself weight 150lbs which only leaves 15lb of cargo weight if using the factory rails.

Roofnest has a similar product - Sandpiper. The unit weighs 140lb and they advertise with the tent closed it can support mounted gear up to 100lbs.

So my questions are:

1. The factory rails only support 165lb, what are other options if I wanted to support 250lbs of dynamic weight?
2. Has anyone removed the factory rails and replaced them with other hardware?
3. What is the most weight that the passport roof can support (static and dynamic)?
4. What is the maximum dynamic weight that will not compromise the safety (roll risk) when driving at highway speeds 90 MPH.
5. Does anyone have any other suggestions or want to share their roof setups regarding cargo boxes, aftermarket rails, or RTTs?
 

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I'm going to be in the market for an SUV that does well off road. The Passport seems worth considering. But as with the original poster, I'm interested in likely putting a roof top tent on it. I'd like a rack mount which could handle close to or beyond 200 lbs dynamic and at least 400 lbs static. Is anything like that available for the Passport?
 

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I have the same question about a rooftop tent. I myself weigh 165 lbs, so right there I'm at the weight limit for the Passport roof rails. I suppose I could spread out my sleeping bag on the roof... hehe... but sure would like to know if there's a set-up out there for a functional roof-top tent for the Passport. Did you discover any options in the 6 months since you originally posted?
 

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As you mentioned - 165 pounds is the roofs limit. Alternatively you can sleep in the car, on the ground or get a pull along camper that's within the PPs towing limitations; or visit a Holiday Inn Express for their hot showers /full toilet amenities and free continental breakfasts.

Back in the 70's I slept in the car (and peed in the woods) but eventually I changed that lifestyle to a tent on the ground, employing both mattress pads/ sleeping bags. Several years later I tried a lightweight manual crank up camper (my fathers - RIP) followed by (my own) an electric/hydralic lift HiLo camper, both equipped with refrigerators and port o potties. Then a 32' Jayco fifth - eventually replaced by a 42' Heartland fifth, both w/ useable showers and toilets. Needless to say these larger/ heavier options required an expensive larger tow vehicle.

In my opinion each step was an improvement in comfort. However ... when I consider all of the expenses associated with a fifth wheel/ a heavy tow vehicle, poor fuel efficiency and campground limitations due to the physical size of my current unit - I would suggest you stick with EITHER a hotel or accept the limitations of a small/ lightweight bumper pull camper.
 

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As you mentioned - 165 pounds is the roofs limit. Alternatively you can sleep in the car, on the ground or get a pull along camper that's within the PPs towing limitations; or visit a Holiday Inn Express for their hot showers /full toilet amenities and free continental breakfasts.

Back in the 70's I slept in the car (and peed in the woods) but eventually I changed that lifestyle to a tent on the ground, employing both mattress pads/ sleeping bags. Several years later I tried a lightweight manual crank up camper (my fathers - RIP) followed by (my own) an electric/hydralic lift HiLo camper, both equipped with refrigerators and port o potties. Then a 32' Jayco fifth - eventually replaced by a 42' Heartland fifth, both w/ useable showers and toilets. Needless to say these larger/ heavier options required an expensive larger tow vehicle.

In my opinion each step was an improvement in comfort. However ... when I consider all of the expenses associated with a fifth wheel/ a heavy tow vehicle, poor fuel efficiency and campground limitations due to the physical size of my current unit - I would suggest you stick with EITHER a hotel or accept the limitations of a small/ lightweight bumper pull camper.
Thanks for the good analysis Wrascal... yes I had crossed all those bridges in my mind about towing a 5th wheel or other trailer, and figured as you did that it only makes sense if that is your preferred way to travel. Otherwise you’re not saving any money, and way more hassle. Still mildly disappointed the roof tent idea is not as easy as I thought it might be with the Passport, but no great loss.
 
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