Transform Your Next Camping Adventure

Roof Top Tents, commonly referred to as an “RTT”, are becoming increasingly popular for cars, trucks, Jeeps and SUV’s. More than just a cool looking accessory mounted to your roof rack, truck bed rack, or adventure trailer, an RTT is sure to transform your next camping adventure. Some of the benefits are:

SET-UP
When using an RTT on your next camping adventure you can say good-bye to the challenges of setting up a traditional ground tent. There’s no need to hammer tent pegs into the ground (if you haven’t lost them already), or worry about the challenges of setting up camp in the dark or inclement weather. Simply level out your vehicle as best as possible, remove the cover, open the tent, extend the ladder, and you’re ready for a good night’s sleep!

COMFORT
RTT’s have a built-in mattress on the floor, and are typically constructed of thicker and more insulated materials than ground tents, providing a more comfortable sleeping setup. Large side windows and roof skylights also make temperature control easy and condensation build-up a thing of the past.

SECURITY
Besides the cool factor of feeling like your sleeping in a tree fort, RTT’s keep you off the ground and away from the curiosity of critters and bigger animals that may want to visit you in the night.

WEATHER
As mentioned above, the durable and insulated materials used in most RTT’s help to keep the elements out, while side window and entrance overhangs protect you further from rain, sleet and snow (if you’re daring enough to go winter camping!). You also won’t need to worry about bailing water from the tent floor, should heavy rainfall interrupt your camping experience.

Smittybilt’s Overlander Tent offers the versatility of being able to camp anywhere your truck or Jeep can take you

FREE UP CARGO SPACE
Having your RTT stored outside of the vehicle, means you no longer need to take up valuable cargo space inside. Sleeping bags, pajamas, and even thin pillows can stay inside your folded up RTT. Check out our selection of RTT’s from Tepui Tent, ARB and Smittybilt and start planning your next adventure today!

Written by: Steve Hagopian (Raven Truck Accessories Managing Partner)

Receiver Hitches and Wiring

Receiver hitches, also known as Trailer or Bumper pull hitches are the most common type of hitch installed on Cars, Trucks, SUV’s, Jeeps, and Minivans.  Receiver hitches aren’t just for towing!  They also give you the flexibility to mount a bike rack, offroad spare tire mount, storage boxes, extended rack mounts and more.

Raven Truck Accessories and North Shore Off-Road store locations are equipped to provide you with professional installation for all of your hitch needs, ensuring you get on the road safely and securely.

Check out the some of the common hitch related terms that will help you select the hitch setup that will work best for your needs:

 

Towing & Tongue Weight Capacity

  • Receiver hitches are classed by weight rating, from Class 1 through Class 5, with the most popular being a Class 3
    • The Towing Capacity refers to the weight of the trailer being towed
      • Example: a trailer with a total loaded weight of 5,000lbs, requires a hitch and towing vehicle designed for a minimum of 5,000lbs
    • The Tongue Capacity refers to how much weight you can put on the hitch itself, and is typically easily calculated as 10% of the trailer weight.  A 5,000lb trailer typically has a tongue weight of 500lbs
    • Tongue capacity should also be considered when mounting a hitch accessory such as a Bike Rack.  For example: a Thule T2 Pro XT bike rack can carry up to 4 bikes and weigh approx 70lbs.   Add 4 bikes @ 35lbs each, and the total weight being put on the Tongue of the hitch climbs to over 200lbs

 

Receiver Hole Diameter

The receiver hole opening can range in size from 1.25”, 2”, or 2.5”

  • The most common size opening  is 2” (Class 3 hitch)
  • Class 1 and 2 hitches typically have a 1.25” hole opening.  If you are mounting a bike rack to your hitch, we recommend installing a hitch with a 2” hole opening whenever possible.  For example, many mid-size SUV’s and minivans can be fitted with a Class 1, 2 or 3 hitch….we recommend installing the Class 3 with a 2” hole opening.   This will provide a more stable platform for adding bike racks and other hitch mounted accessories

 

Hitch Ball and Mount

If your hitch is being used for towing a trailer, you will need a Hitch Ball and Mount

  • Always match a hitch ball with a weight rating equal to or greater than the maximum capacity of the hitch
  • The height (or “drop”) of the mount must ensure that the trailer is level when attached to the hitch on your vehicle
  • The experts at Raven and North Shore Offroad will help you select the Hitch Ball and Mount that best matches your trailer to your vehicle

 

Hitch Wiring

If you plan on towing, you will need to ensure the vehicle is equipped with the necessary wiring to connect to your trailer

  • The two most common types of trailer wiring are “4-Way Flat” or “7-way Round”
    • 4-way Flat wiring is most common for lightweight trailers without electric brakes
      • (Taillights / Right Turn Signal / Left Signal / Ground)
    • 7-way Round wiring is most common for trailers with electric brakes
      • (Taillights / Right Turn Signal / Left Signal / Ground / Auxillary Back-up / Electric Brakes / 12volt power)
    • If your vehicle is already equipped with 7-way wiring, but the trailer is equipped with a 4-way flat plug, we can supply you with an adapter that easily plugs in to the 7-way wiring hole

Contact your nearest Raven Truck Accessories or North Shore Offroad store today, and start enjoying the benefits of adding a hitch and hitch accessories before your next trip.

Roof Racks & Cargo Boxes

Whether you have a Truck, Jeep, SUV, Minivan, Car, or just wish you had a bigger vehicle, a custom rack solution will allow you to carry more gear.

Rack systems help you secure and store items safely on top of your vehicle, in the truck bed, or above a truck canopy.   North Shore Off-road have many custom rack solutions that will ensure you can pack everything for your next trip.  Let’s review some of the most popular rack fitments available:

Cargo Boxes are our number #1 selling rack attachment, and can be fitted to most vehicle.   First off, your vehicle will need a roof rack with crossbars.

 

Roof Rack

  • Your vehicle may come equipped from the factory with any of the following:

Depending on the roof style of your vehicle, you may need to add Feet, Crossbars, and Rails.   Many of our customers with factory equipped Crossbars prefer to replace them with more rigid crossbars from Thule or Yakima, allowing for higher load ratings and a more vibration-free attachment for your gear.

 

Cargo Boxes (aka Ski Box / Roof Box / Roof Pod)

Cargo Boxes are our most popular selling rack attachment.   They mount directly to the Crossbars of the rack and come in many shapes and sizes.   Short, Wide, Long, and even Low-profile designs are available that help to clear your garage door height.

Depending on your rack configuration, Cargo boxes can be mounted over the roof, truck canopy or even a truck bed:

Some popular FAQ’s we receive at our stores about roof mounted Cargo Boxes are:

 

HOW DO I FIT A CARGO BOX ON MY VEHICLE?

As long as you have crossbars, almost all cargo boxes will fit your vehicle.

Don’t have crossbars, no problem, they are usually very easy to fit to existing roof rails.

Don’t have roof rails, then it’s time to build a rack specifically for your vehicle using our Vehicle Lookup at the top of the page.  After entering your Year/Make/Model, select the rack package that works on your vehicle’s roof style.

 

WHAT SIZE CARGO BOX IS BEST SUITED FOR MY NEEDS, AND MY VEHICLE?

Determine the maximum length and width of the items you plan to put in the cargo box.  Example:  Skis, Snowboards, luggage, etc…

You can now compare to the dimensions of the cargo box and determine if it will work for your needs.

The ideal length of a cargo box that works on your vehicle is also easy to determine.   If you have a hatch on your vehicle (SUV, Minivan or station wagon), open the hatch to the upright position and measure from back of the roofline to the top of the windshield.    The cargo box can typically overhang the windshiled up to approximately 12″, if need be.

Better yet, call us or email us with the year/make/model of your vehicle…we try to return emails within 1 hour of receiving them on a business day.



 

 

 

 

WHAT ABOUT CLEARANCE WITH THE CARGO BOX FITTED, WILL MY VEHICLE STILL FIT IN MY GARAGE OR UNDERGROUND PARKING?

An easy way to accurately measure clearance is by placing something long and flat (a wood 2×4 works) across the width of the vehicle.   Place it on the CrossBars (you need these to mount your Cargo Box…if you don’t have them we can help you with the right fitment).   You can now measure your estimated clearance to the top of the garage opening.   For low profile Cargo boxes, enter “low profile” in the Search box at the top of the page.  The Thule “Flow”, Thule “Sonic Alpine”, Thule “Force Alpine”, and Thule “Pulse Alpine” are some of our most popular options.

 

WHICH CARGO BOX WILL LOOK BEST ON MY VEHICLE?  YES, YOU CAN HAVE LOOKS AND FUNCTIONALITY!

Why not enhance the look of your vehicle when you have a Cargo Box installed.   The glossy finish and two-tone (Thule “Hyper XL”) is often considered the most desirable looking…but it’s up to you!  Check out the gloss black, silver and grey finishes available.

So if you’re looking to make your next trip more enjoyable by freeing up space inside your vehicle, contact us and we’ll help you secure your gear safely outside of your vehicle with a custom rack solution.