Time to do something I said I wouldn’t… put a tent on the roof of my old Montero

I said I wasn’t going to put a roof on top of my 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. Plans change. Especially when those plans change to work around an incredibly light bit of kit that I can easily take on and off my truck. The fine folks at Go Fast Campers reached out to see if I wanted to test their SuperLite V1 setup. It’s a roof-top tent designed with a focus on quality and minimalism. And also affordability. But this unit here marks the end of the line for the SuperLite, in this form.

Go Fast Campers, or GFC for short, makes incredibly well-built platform and roof-top tent solutions. With the SuperLite, GFC had a hit on its hands, but the company was never quite happy with one aspect of it. They outsourced part of the fabric construction overseas. GFC wants to be 100% American-made, and to do this means ending the run of SuperLite tents even though they couldn’t make them fast enough to keep in stock because everyone loved them. But GFC wants it done right, so the V1 SuperLite is basically gone. I have one of the last ones.

And it’s a precursor to a future V2, but that’s not here yet. So, for now, I’m going to put this sweet setup on top of my Montero right where I said I would never put a tent.

Gamiviti Roof Rack Montero

It won’t be easy either. Not because of the tent itself, as the installation of that is simple. But rather, it won’t be easy because of how I planned my communications placement and roof rack design. There’s an “up bar” section at the front of my rack; this bit is essentially the exact width of the tent. I’ll need to shave the inner portions of those bars down to clear the tent, but only just. Then I’ll spray it with rust protection and respray it black, so it all still looks nice. As for the comms, my GMRS stubby antenna will need to find a new home. That bit should be easy enough, I’ll just need to figure it all out before the tent goes on the roof.

I used a larger GFC tent during the Express Rally Overland Adventure earlier in the year.

I still plan on adding a 270-degree awning and making my truck a single-story delight for ground dwelling and camping. But now my single-story road home is getting a second floor, and I’m actually pretty damn excited about it. I plan on getting this mounted up asap so I can test it with an overnight trip to a local mountain bike park and then during a weekend at the track for an upcoming 24 Hours of Lemons race.