Tony Montero: My old off-road rig now has a proper roof rack

I was not heading to do it… I advised myself I didn’t want a roof rack on my 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. But as I’ve developed to use this a bit a lot more for journey, my wish to enhance its functionality has adjusted my plans. I want to insert an awning to the truck and that usually means I have to have a area to cling reported awning. Which suggests I needed a roof rack. So I turned to Gamiviti Racks to have a person designed for the truck, and it arrived this previous week.

Gamiviti usually will make racks for Toyota and Lexus products. But due to the fact they can make stuff to fit a presented truck’s needs, I provided a couple measurements and Gamiviti established to function. I required a custom made setup given that I have to operate a rack that adheres to the rain gutter mounts of my truck. There were being only 1 or two first rate off-the-shelf options, but when I tallied up the value on people kinds it was the exact or even additional than a custom-designed rack from Gamiviti.

My rack has some tabs in area really should I come to a decision to increase far more lighting choices down the street. And Gamiviti delivers an economical lightbar as an solution, which I decided to say certainly to. Now I have to get the lightbar wired up in advance of I can demonstrate and take a look at how nicely it performs. For now, it’s just equipped into place to see how it is heading to look. And I have to say I’m really joyful with how this rack sits on the truck. The authentic towers despatched about had been just a hair far too shorter, as the rack was touching the roof in the again. But Gamiviti promptly sent out substitute towers to give me another inch of clearance and it’s great to go now.

In addition to the rack, the Montero has a couple of more goodies to incorporate inside the rear cargo area. Dometic has sent more than a powered cooler and moveable battery system. This is a little something I’m supremely enthusiastic to examination with a suitable weekend of tenting. The cooler is a Dometic CFX3 35. It is a smaller sized possibility in the CFX3 family, as I do not require a single of the substantial choices listed here. I’m pairing it with the Dometic PLB40, which is essentially a portable electric power station. Following, I approach to get a moveable photo voltaic kit and that along with the PLB40 ought to give extra than more than enough juice to preserve the cooler working with no difficulty.

I snagged a pair of Darche Firefly chairs to toss in the again of the Montero as properly. So slowly and gradually but undoubtedly Tony Montero is acquiring far more ready than at any time for weekend warrior-quality adventure. I’ll have additional to report on the Dometic things extremely before long. That gear has been specified to me for review reasons, so a disclaimer on that bit. All the rest of the stuff I have pointed out earlier mentioned I paid for myself.

Jeff Glucker is the co-founder and Government Editor of He’s generally witnessed having passed as he hustles a 1991 Mitsubishi Montero up the 405 Freeway.