I’ve been getting tons of questions from people on Instagram about how my RTT is mounted to my cap, so I figured I’d just post all the info here and be done with it.
I’m running a 2020 raptor with my GFC RTT mounted to an RSI Smartcap EVO. I did this for a few different reasons. Mainly because the wait time on an RTT worked out perfectly for a trip I had planned, and if I switch vehicles down the road (new Bronco?!) then I can transfer the tent to it. I will say that, while it’s worked out great so far, the complete GFC camper would be a better option. I bought the RTT through Mike, at Spirit of 1876, and we had the tent mounted in less than an hour. Super easy, if not slightly slow going at first, since you have to get everything lined up just right.
The way I have it set up, the RTT is mounted directly to the RSI cap with GFC’s Universal Rack Mounts. They’re the standard ones available on the GFC site. We had to drill holes in the universal mount, since the standard ones weren’t quite in the right spot, and then we attached the mounts using standard t-nuts that you’d use for most roof racks that can be mounted directly to caps. Then you just set the RTT on the mounts, and it attaches using the same side clamps that all the mounting kits come with.
This setup mounts suuuuper flush to the roof, so it might not work with all types of caps. Standard cab height leer, ARE, etc caps will probably need spacers so that the RTT doesn’t contact the roof. The RSI is about half an inch to an inch taller than the cab, so with the mounts, the RTT is around 1.5 - 2 inches about the cab. I’ve hammered this truck in a lot of different terrain (I’ve broken a lot of different stuff…), and I’ve never had any issues with the tent flexing or contacting the roof. That’s part of why I chose the RSI cap. It’s steel, so it can handle the added weight of the RTT, and has very little to no flex. It also has a much higher static and dynamic load capacity than a fiberglass cap. Again, not as good as a complete GFC camper setup, but it’s worked really well so far. I would say that the main disadvantage is the weight penalty compared to a GFC Camper. It’s probably around 50-100 lbs heavier all together than the OG GFC XL would be.
Thoughts? Questions? Anyone else interested in, or currently, running a setup like this?