That's cool! I'm not au fait with Tuff-Trek, but I see they are UK based. Which model did you get?
You've mounted it lower than I'm expecting to mount mine. But where you mounted yours would reduce the drag as opposed to my plan of placing it at the level of the cab roof. And, yours will be a lot easier to get into.
That's a nice tent, but bigger than I plan to go with. I'm shooting for one that sleeps two.
And, the idea of placing it higher to get more access to the bed is exactly my plan. Bullnose trucks are anything but aerodynamic, so I'm not bothered with the idea of the tent being up in the slipstream. But I do want to be able to get to things in the bed easily.
Another thought I've had is figuring out a way to provide power inside the tent. I'm thinking that lighting and being able to keep a phone or tablet charged would sure be nice. I always charge my mobile devices at night, so would want my phone by me. And if we get a rainy day and stay in the tent a while it would be nice to be able to keep them topped up.
But rainy days aren't a problem for you in GB - right?
First, I stepped out of the Conoco/Jet building right behind Selfridge's one evening and the sun was shining. A gentleman on the pavement said "What did you think of our summer?"
Then years later my boss when I was there, another Yank, and I were back to GB, basically Luton, for a meeting where a bunch of other Yanks were there for the first time. We landed on a Sunday and the sun was shining so we told the others to enjoy it as it wouldn't last. By Friday, with each day being 100% sunshine and the temps well into the 30's C, our credibility was toast. Neither of us had ever seen that many sunny days in one stretch.
Depending on the vehicle and usage, the height of the center of gravity may be more important than the aerodynamics. If the intended use involves fourwheeling especially, but even winding highways, putting a few hundred pounds seven feet off the ground is undesirable.
But vehicle also matters. A stock height F-250 that can carry a slide-in camper reasonably well may not notice it, while my narrower, lifted Bronco would be likely to get pretty spooky.
Sorry, no '80 - '86 Ford trucks
1997 F-250HD crew cab short box, 460, E4OD, 4.10 gears
1971 Bronco, 302, NV3550 5 speed, Atlas 4.3:1 transfer case, 33" tires
2015 E-450-based 28' class C motorhome, 6.8L V-10
No sway bars are fitted on my truck and you are right, handling will certainly be affected if I raise it any higher. I can feel the difference now compared to before the tent was fitted.
I will look at retro fitting sway bars if I go ahead and make the rack. Are the sway bars available as a kit or will I have to source each component one at a time?
1984 F150 XLT short bed 4x4 351w 4speed manual
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