Strapping Oztent To Roof Racks

What do you use? My firend uses ockey straps but to me they seem dangerous.

My roof racks are at an awkward height to tie the tent on and I hate those strap/buclke things (buckles can chip car roof paint if you drop them).

I really don't want to splash out on an Ozpod.

So what do you use to keep your Oztent safley tied on roof racks?
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:04

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:04
Mate, I use those strap/buckle things you hate.

Mine are lockable, contain a rib of multi-stranded wire down each side and the buckles are coated in some type of rubber.

I am quite comfortable to pull up in any town and leave the vehicle unattended, knowing that it is extremely difficult to cut through the straps.

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Follow Up By: Member - TonBon (NSW) - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 05:58

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 05:58
The Colorado looks good Sand Man. Do you find the racks and tent up there have diminished your fuel economy? From your last post your fuel economy figures were still pretty good but i would have thought the gear on top wouldn't do much for it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 07:04

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 07:04
Sandman,
would appreciate more info. How do they lock? Do you have a brand, size etc. and where to purchase from please?
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 08:06

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 08:06
I use the same.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 08:49

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 08:49
Tonbon,

The fuel figures I gave in the previous post you read, were using the exact roof load shown on the photo. The photo was taken during the trip to Willow Springs.

I was really happy with 9.5 l/100k. My previous Jackaroo 3.5 petrol donk gave me about 18l/100k.

Fred,

Here is a link for reference. SPT Lockable Straps

I purchased mine from Roof Rack World in South Australia but I'm sure there would be many retailers where they would be available.

They are not cheap, but neither was my Oztent and the security they provide was worth the money.


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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 13:31

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 13:31
Got mine from Ranger Camping.

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Reply By: TerraFirma - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:37

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:37
I use the Ockey straps but the better quality ones, I typically tie up the Oztent and the Self Inflatable matress together, I also have the Rhino rod holder accessories which also act as a good anchor on one side. Depends on what rack arrangement you have, don;t get too stressed about the roof on the Hilux.
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Reply By: Allan B, Sunshine Coast, - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:44

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:44
I've never been fully happy with any tie-down that I've used.

However, I saw some the other day that held promise for your application.
They were moulded from colourful material like silicon rubber. They were about 40mm wide with a series of holes along the length and an arrow-head end.

In use, the arrow-head is looped around and pushed through a hole to fasten. Straps can be connected in series to extend the length.

The advantages are no metal and no hooks.
Try camping stores or 4wd stores.



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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:56

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:56
I've also shared your concern about the safety of occy straps. Too easy to lose an eye by those runaway metal bits on the end of a very elastic cord. But manufacturers are gradually getting it better.

Best I've found are the 1" wide flat straps made by ROK. Buy them in various lengths from some camping stores or Big W. What's different??? Well the strap has limited elasticity - so it holds the load firmly and takes up the slack to keep things tight, but if you let go of one, it doesn't appear to me to recoil dangerously. Secondly, the end is not just a hook - you can loop the strap through itself, so it can't let go. I've used them for about 2 years now. Here's a photo:
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 08:56

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 08:56
Yes, they are good straps Phil.

I use a pair of adjustable ones to secure the fridge to the slide.
One end has a webbing strap section incorporating an adjustable buckle.

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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 13:33

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 13:33
I also use these as a back-up to my lockable strap. They've been great.

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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 23:00

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 23:00
I looked at these for securing a kayak.

They may be useful...

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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 08:08

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 08:08
That's the ones. I got mine from Gailes surf shop in Woolloongabba.
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Reply By: chisel - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 06:45

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 06:45
You could try 50mm webbing with plastic buckles. They won't scratch the roof/car.
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Reply By: Atta Boy Luther - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 20:29

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 20:29
I use these .
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Reply By: Peter Horne [Krakka] - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 12:51

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 12:51
I use the "Andy Strapz". They are a flat, wide strap with velcro on the ends. Bought them from ARB a few years ago, never had any issue with them.
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