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Old 08-10-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
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Another Kelty Carport Deluxe Mounting Solution

Hey All,

Thought this might work as aonther way to mount the Kelty Carports. Im going to leave it on this week while im driving to work and see how it holds up. If it rattles or bounces around to much Ill take it off and just use it when I need it. Heres a few pics. Oh and the risers clear when I put the top up and down.




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Old 08-11-2008, 06:00 AM   #2
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Very ingenious! Let us know how it works driving for long periods.

I would love to take off the Fianna awning and just use the Carport.
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Do you have any pics of the carport deployed?
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Do you have any pics of the carport deployed?
Not yet, this weekend will be the test. The Carport comes with three velcro straps that I plan on using to attach to the bar.

On another note sorry I couldn't make it with you on your run, but I had to go into wrok for an emergancy. I was totally looking forward to it.
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Try this thread:

http://sportsmobileforum.com/viewtopic. ... ht=carport

It has severeal carport photos.
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:16 PM   #6
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I have another method. I attach my Kelty by using 4 of the little 3" spring clamps (Harbor Freight), the steel ones with orange plastic covered jaw tips. They fit around the aluminum tube that has the velcro straps for the roof rack mount and clamp directly to the drip rail.
I used this method on my last trip and it worked well. With the corners staked down we took some stiff winds and the clamps held nicely.
The only drawback is you may not be able to open your doors if the Kelty is not set up on it's legs.
I have a sliding side door so that wasn't an issue for me.
I love the Kelty. It increases your living area by 100 square feet. During the day we detached it and layed it down over our stuff when we wanted to go exploring in the "QuadSport".
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I have another method. I attach my Kelty by using 4 of the little 3" spring clamps (Harbor Freight), the steel ones with orange plastic covered jaw tips. They fit around the aluminum tube that has the velcro straps for the roof rack mount and clamp directly to the drip rail.
I used this method on my last trip and it worked well. With the corners staked down we took some stiff winds and the clamps held nicely.
The only drawback is you may not be able to open your doors if the Kelty is not set up on it's legs.
I have a sliding side door so that wasn't an issue for me.
I love the Kelty. It increases your living area by 100 square feet. During the day we detached it and layed it down over our stuff when we wanted to go exploring in the "QuadSport".
The first outing withe SMB I used your idea. But the doors would hit the clamp so I had to detach them to close the doors. I'm hoping with the addtional clearance I'll be able to opne and close the doors no problem. Darn it I dont think this weekend is gonna wait. I may set it up tonight and see how it goes...Im all about instant gratification...
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That's what I thought. My slider barely clears the nylon straps between the frame and the fabric. It's not perfect but it works. And I too am all about instant gratification. All of my projects needing paint have at least one or two finger prints in them. I have the Yakima towers and clamps and a long bar so if your idea works I may give it a try.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:10 PM   #9
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Kelty Carport

What brand are these gutter clamps? Thule? do you have a part # or description of them? Anxious to see the mounted carport pics also, You may have the solution!
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:16 PM   #10
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They are just a generic spring loaded clamp. The kind you buy in different sizes depending on need. Woodworkers use them for clamping glue projects. Harbor Freight sells them in all sizes. Some are made of plastic. I use the steel ones. You pinch them open. When released the jaw fits around the Kelty pole that would normally strap to a roof rack and then clamps to the drip rail. The clamps are 3 or 4 inches long with a rubber tip on the jaws so the paint doesn't scratch.
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