Most rooftop tents are designed to mount to a traditional roof rack consisting of two bars that run in parallel. But the Pioneer Platform doesn’t have this sort of arrangement.
After some initial struggles, we identified a mounting solution that allows us to mount our rooftop tent to the top of the Pioneer Platform. It’s very low profile, easy to install, and requires roughly $20 worth of hardware from Home Depot.
The basic idea is that we installed new hardware on the tent in place of the rails that came on the tent. Our inspiration for the design came from this YouTube video; we took his design and tweaked it for our specific tent.
Just like he did, we drilled new holes in the bottom of the tent that were 36.5” apart (corresponding to the width of the bars on the platform) and installed some new hardware. One difference in our setup is that our particular tent — a CVT Mt. Shasta — has little plastic pieces on the bottom that protrude down slightly, so we needed the tent to sit 1/4” off the top of the rack. The solution was to stack 13x metal washers until we had the proper raise.
The finished hardware setup used the following:
3/8 in. x 2 in. Zinc Hex Bolt (x4)
1/2 in. x 2 in. Metallic Stainless Steel Fender Washer (x64)
3/8 in. Strut Channel Spring Nut (x4)
3/8 in lock washers (x4)
3/8 in neoprene washers (x4)