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My goal was to design a very simple method of mounting my Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot in the Santa Cruz bed that: can be setup quickly, left installed and folded up while driving (if desired); easily removed and completely portable in the original storage bag also.

I started by purchasing two 2" X 6" X 6' redwood planks and cut them to 53.5" in length, then set them in the bed slots for the tent cot to sit on top of. The folded tent cot sits well below the cab roof, so there won't be any aerodynamic drag if left installed while driving.
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Because I wanted everything to be portable, I thought it would be best to box in the tent cot legs to prevent it from moving right to left or front to back, rather than bolting it in. I noticed the plastic pieces on the legs came right to the edge of the cross boards when they are in their widest position in the slots while at the same time the fold out extensions hit the slanted bed edge coming off the back of the cab (it happened to sit in the prefect position).
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After sleeping on it for a night and considering different methods of securing it in place I came up with this simple idea to use wood stops at all four corners with tie downs over the leg cross bar attached to the bed floor tie down loops. I drew this design on a Post-It for the stops.
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The legs sit 6.5" in from each end of the cross boards, so I cut four right to left stops out of the leftover 2x6 redwood and attached them with three screws from the bottom to each end. Then I cut four 6" x 3" x 0.5" front to back stops out of some raw base board wood with a single rounded edge and rounded the protruding corner on each. These are attached with three deck screws 2.5" in from the end of the cross boards, which leaves 2" sticking out for the stop.
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The last thing was to come up with a simple cot extension support method for the side facing the rear. I remembered Harbor Tool & Freight had some solid rubber wheel chucks that might do the trick and they did!
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These are surprising easy to cut with a saw and/or circular wood hole cutter on a drill press. I did one circular cut for the extension support and a 90* straight cut for the outer leg that isn't used to swing down a bit so you don't hit it when in the cot (the outer legs can also simply be removed if you desire).
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They slide in right on top of the bed edge and hold securely in place and can still serve double duty as wheel chucks if needed in a pinch.
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The tent cot end straps attach nicely to the plastic fender surrounds and have quick release clips with cinch straps.
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I'm very happy with the end result. Simple, neat, clean and light weight.

Next I'm going design a way to use the rain cover front zipper flap as a small awning over the entrance to the tent and tailgate. I might also make a shoe tray between the cross boards under the cot.
 

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My goal was to design a very simple method of mounting my Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot in the Santa Cruz bed that: can be setup quickly, left installed and folded up while driving (if desired); easily removed and completely portable in the original storage bag also.

I started by purchasing two 2" X 6" X 6' redwood planks and cut them to 53.5" in length, then set them in the bed slots for the tent cot to sit on top of. The folded tent cot sits well below the cab roof, so there won't be any aerodynamic drag if left installed while driving.
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Because I wanted everything to be portable, I thought it would be best to box in the tent cot legs to prevent it from moving right to left or front to back, rather than bolting it in. I noticed the plastic pieces on the legs came right to the edge of the cross boards when they are in their widest position in the slots while at the same time the fold out extensions hit the slanted bed edge coming off the back of the cab (it happened to sit in the prefect position).
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After sleeping on it for a night and considering different methods of securing it in place I came up with this simple idea to use wood stops at all four corners with tie downs over the leg cross bar attached to the bed floor tie down loops. I drew this design on a Post-It for the stops.
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The legs sit 6.5" in from each end of the cross boards, so I cut four right to left stops out of the leftover 2x6 redwood and attached them with three screws from the bottom to each end. Then I cut four 6" x 3" x 0.5" front to back stops out of some raw base board wood with a single rounded edge and rounded the protruding corner on each. These are attached with three deck screws 2.5" in from the end of the cross boards, which leaves 2" sticking out for the stop.
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The last thing was to come up with a simple cot extension support method for the side facing the rear. I remembered Harbor Tool & Freight had some solid rubber wheel chucks that might do the trick and they did!
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These are surprising easy to cut with a saw and/or circular wood hole cutter on a drill press. I did one circular cut for the extension support and a 90* straight cut for the outer leg that isn't used to swing down a bit so you don't hit it when in the cot (the outer legs can also simply be removed if you desire).
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They slide in right on top of the bed edge and hold securely in place and can still serve double duty as wheel chucks if needed in a pinch.
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The tent cot end straps attach nicely to the plastic fender surrounds and have quick release clips with cinch straps.
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I'm very happy with the end result. Simple, neat, clean and light weight.

Next I'm going design a way to use the rain cover front zipper flap as a small awning over the entrance to the tent and tailgate. I might also make a shoe tray between the cross boards under the cot.
Looks great! I put cut pool noodles under the frame that sits out on the bed rails. For the rain fly I put in a couple grommets for poles to stick in and hold the flap up. Can't wait to test my set up on a camping trip. Enjoy!
 

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The tent cot end straps attach nicely to the plastic fender surrounds and have quick release clips with cinch straps.
Thanks for pics and info. Instead of cinching the straps to the fenders, would you be able to attach to the bed rail cargo cleats or if you don't have SEL w/ activity, to the bed tiedown loops?
 

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My goal was to design a very simple method of mounting my Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot in the Santa Cruz bed that: can be setup quickly, left installed and folded up while driving (if desired); easily removed and completely portable in the original storage bag also.

I started by purchasing two 2" X 6" X 6' redwood planks and cut them to 53.5" in length, then set them in the bed slots for the tent cot to sit on top of. The folded tent cot sits well below the cab roof, so there won't be any aerodynamic drag if left installed while driving.
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Because I wanted everything to be portable, I thought it would be best to box in the tent cot legs to prevent it from moving right to left or front to back, rather than bolting it in. I noticed the plastic pieces on the legs came right to the edge of the cross boards when they are in their widest position in the slots while at the same time the fold out extensions hit the slanted bed edge coming off the back of the cab (it happened to sit in the prefect position).
View attachment 3223
After sleeping on it for a night and considering different methods of securing it in place I came up with this simple idea to use wood stops at all four corners with tie downs over the leg cross bar attached to the bed floor tie down loops. I drew this design on a Post-It for the stops.
View attachment 3224
The legs sit 6.5" in from each end of the cross boards, so I cut four right to left stops out of the leftover 2x6 redwood and attached them with three screws from the bottom to each end. Then I cut four 6" x 3" x 0.5" front to back stops out of some raw base board wood with a single rounded edge and rounded the protruding corner on each. These are attached with three deck screws 2.5" in from the end of the cross boards, which leaves 2" sticking out for the stop.
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The last thing was to come up with a simple cot extension support method for the side facing the rear. I remembered Harbor Tool & Freight had some solid rubber wheel chucks that might do the trick and they did!
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These are surprising easy to cut with a saw and/or circular wood hole cutter on a drill press. I did one circular cut for the extension support and a 90* straight cut for the outer leg that isn't used to swing down a bit so you don't hit it when in the cot (the outer legs can also simply be removed if you desire).
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They slide in right on top of the bed edge and hold securely in place and can still serve double duty as wheel chucks if needed in a pinch.
View attachment 3230
The tent cot end straps attach nicely to the plastic fender surrounds and have quick release clips with cinch straps.
View attachment 3231
I'm very happy with the end result. Simple, neat, clean and light weight.

Next I'm going design a way to use the rain cover front zipper flap as a small awning over the entrance to the tent and tailgate. I might also make a shoe tray between the cross boards under the cot.
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Thanks for pics and info. Instead of cinching the straps to the fenders, would you be able to attach to the bed rail cargo cleats or if you don't have SEL w/ activity, to the bed tiedown loops?
I'm not sure how far off the cab the Activity Package rolled up cover takes up, but mounted in the position I did it's only about 6" from the front of the bed.
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The fender well straps are not for any kind of serious tie down support, but simply to hold the two fold out extensions in place. The cot itself is held down with a ratchet tie down on each side wrapping over each leg cross bar using the bed tiedown loops. These two tiedowns hold the entire tent cot and cross boards in place so they don't move at all.
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I'm not sure there is anything on the side of the vehicle to attach to other than the fender well or tie off through a wheel spoke. The fender well straps don't have any major tension on them at all.
 

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I found the Thule Tepui Explorer Ayer 2-Person Roof Top Tent that only measures 48"x42"x11" closed. This RTT appears to solve the 2 person camping issue without giving up the aerodynamics of the SC. Mounted at bed side top height and with the 48" side to side and 42" front to back, it will all fit under the cab roofline. Opening will be front to back over the tailgate giving a covered tailgate area that might be useful.

A mounting method that uses a removable stand that rests on the internal bed shelf with the 2x8 cutouts and additional support on the bed top edge that can be simply lifted in and out might be nice. Just like the way I mounted the 1-person Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot, you could remove it at the campsite if desired and use it about a foot off the ground on the stand or in place on the SC.

Thinking towards the future and 2-3 person camping, I can keep the tent cot for a third person when needed. It's nice to know a small enough RTT does already exist that can be fitted on this small bed SAV without going over the roofline. (y)

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The Thule Tepui Low-Pro should work as well. It's even smaller at 43"x50"x10" and 2" wider when opened.
 

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Finally got around to staining the wood black.
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Hoping to get out camping soon locally and into the Eastern Sierra's later this year. Weather is moving into the 80's next week here in SoCal (sorry Canadian's).

Installed a compass, but haven't figured out how to work it yet... :rolleyes: :ROFLMAO:
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Added some rally racing hiking boots with Vibram soles and a side graphic as well.
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The mountains are calling!
 

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I absolutely love your set-up and how economical the Kamp-Rite tent cot is. Unfortunately for this application, I have the activity package and the tonneau cover lip extends beyond the 6” rear insert.

I’m keeping an eye on Spiff’s bed rail installation to go that route. Have a trip planned in August, so plenty of time to figure it out and study up on suitable tents.

thanks again for this how-to! 👍
 

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I absolutely love your set-up and how economical the Kamp-Rite tent cot is. Unfortunately for this application, I have the activity package and the tonneau cover lip extends beyond the 6” rear insert.

I’m keeping an eye on Spiff’s bed rail installation to go that route. Have a trip planned in August, so plenty of time to figure it out and study up on suitable tents.

thanks again for this how-to! 👍
We are looking at a Santa Cruz with a tonneau cover as well. Hoping to find a tent camping solution. Have a link for the bed rail installation solution you mentioned?
 

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I absolutely love your set-up and how economical the Kamp-Rite tent cot is. Unfortunately for this application, I have the activity package and the tonneau cover lip extends beyond the 6” rear insert.

I’m keeping an eye on Spiff’s bed rail installation to go that route. Have a trip planned in August, so plenty of time to figure it out and study up on suitable tents.

thanks again for this how-to! 👍
Thanks MM. I'm watching Spiff's bed rail thread as well. I want to do something with those bed top edge pocket cutouts and maybe even something with the cab rear spoiler bolt holes too, but haven't decided what yet.
 

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I'm not sure how far off the cab the Activity Package rolled up cover takes up, but mounted in the position I did it's only about 6" from the front of the bed.
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The fender well straps are not for any kind of serious tie down support, but simply to hold the two fold out extensions in place. The cot itself is held down with a ratchet tie down on each side wrapping over each leg cross bar using the bed tiedown loops. These two tiedowns hold the entire tent cot and cross boards in place so they don't move at all.
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I'm not sure there is anything on the side of the vehicle to attach to other than the fender well or tie off through a wheel spoke. The fender well straps don't have any major tension on them at all.

Has anyone with a Limited or the Sport Activity package confirmed the depth that the rolled up tonneau cover consumes? We are seriously considering this tent solution for our Limited.
 

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Has anyone with a Limited or the Sport Activity package confirmed the depth that the rolled up tonneau cover consumes? We are seriously considering this tent solution for our Limited.
I think it takes up more than the 6" that I installed mine from the front of the bed, but I don't see any reason why you couldn't just mount it a few inches further back. You could use 2"x8" planks (or wider) and just notch out the ends so the surface it sits on is further back towards the tailgate.

Our you looking for a one person or two person sleeping setup?
 

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I think it takes up more than the 6" that I installed mine from the front of the bed, but I don't see any reason why you couldn't just mount it a few inches further back. You could use 2"x8" planks (or wider) and just notch out the ends so the surface it sits on is further back towards the tailgate.

Our you looking for a one person or two person sleeping setup?
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The Kamp-Rite Oversize Cot Tent is a larger one person unit. You two might be interested in this thread I just started to install some Dee Zee Side Rails As Stake Bed Pocket Cross Bars. I'm not going to a Roof Top Tent at this time, but that cross bar setup should work well for that purpose. You can mount a 2 or even 3 person (for extra space) that opens to the rear while keeping the folded up tent close to the roofline for aerodynamic gas mileage and close to the rear most length of the SC.

If you transport your bikes with you, then you will have to use a trailer hitch rack for that. A Dee Zee 6' bed length (or cut down 8') side rail kit "might" allow you to mount a bike on each side of the folded up tent at the truck bed top edge position (?).
 

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The Kamp-Rite Double Cot Tent is 53" wide.
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Note that it does have a center length bar, so cuddling is out with it.

I've heard good things about the CVT Roof Top Tents. THIS ONE is 48"x48"x15" folded up; slightly higher than the Thule Tepui Explorer Ayer 2 and Low-Pro.

The 3-person Thule Tepui Explorer Kukenam is 48"x56"x12" folded up, so if mounted to unfold to the rear it isn't any longer than the others and the 56" width doesn't even hang over the outer edge of the bed.

The RTT's are a big step up in price though from my oversize single cot tent.
 
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