Last year, Rubicon Expedition Products flipped the script on Roof Top Tents (RTT). Their Hitch Tent Rack System allows you to take the Roof Top out of the RTT, and mount it to your hitch instead. Obviously, this allows you to leave the tent at base camp, and provides an adjustable platform to use your RTT on almost any terrain.

RubiconEP Hitch Tent RTT with RubiconX hub

Essentially a deployable platform with four adjustable legs to level out the tent on uneven terrain, notably, the Hitch Tent is built around their RubiConX Hitch Hub.

 

This allows for quick and easy deployment of the Hitch Tent, while accommodating setup on that uneven terrain. But the Hitch hub has another trick up its sleeve – it allows you to swap out other hitch accessories, like RubiconEP’s new Corral bike rack.

RubiconEP Corral bike rack with RubiconX hub

Named after Lake Tahoe’s Corral Trail, the Corral will be offered in Dual or Quad versions for two or four bikes.

RubiconEP Corral bike rack tire mount

Using a vertical hanging method, the Corral uses wheel ‘baskets’ that look like they’ll accommodate a range of wheel and tire sizes, while the rear wheels strap down to the cross bar below.

RubiconEP Corral bike rack with RubiconX hub

Technically, the Corral will be offered in three configurations in addition to the 2/4 bike rack. It will be sold with a standard 2″ hitch receiver, with their RubiconX Hitch Hub, or without the Hitch Hub, but with the Hitch Hub connector if you already have the Hitch Hub from their Hitch Tent. If that’s the case, then you can simply disconnect the Hitch Tent, and connect the Corral and hit the trails.

RubiconEP Corral bike rack with hitch mount

Like the Hitch Tent, the Corral is made in the USA from hot rolled A36 steel and CNC machined 6061-T6 aluminum with your choice of seven anodized colors for the accents. Pricing starts out at $799 for the two bike version with a standard 2″ hitch, or $899 for the 2 bike with RubiconX. The four bike version jumps to $1,199/$1,299. All of the Corral racks are currently unavailable, but offered as a pre-order.

As for the Hitch Tent, those are priced starting at $1,199 – which is just for the rack+base. You’ll have to provide your own RTT to mount on top. There’s also a Shorty version for vehicles with lower hitches like a Subaru Outback or anything that’s not built for overlanding. More details below.

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8 comments

  1. Crash Bandicoot on

    I’ll keep my 4 man tent and ground cloth, I get the advantage of an elevated platform but this looks like a robust engineering solution in search of a problem. For those who don’t like roughing it, you can always rent a trailer.

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  2. Bubb Rubb on

    Lolo Racks has an upright that carries 6 bikes for $800. And are currently available. AND MUSA. What am I missing with this $400 more expensive rack that carries 2 less bikes?

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    • Dylan on

      You’re missing that it carries the bike by the wheels instead of scratching up your bars. In the US I’d be looking at a Recon, Velocirax or Alta ahead of anything using CNC aluminium parts. I’ve just bought one of these which is largely based on the Recon but with some improvements (can’t buy the Recon in Australia so don’t get started on IP protection):
      https://www.currieengineering.net/single-trail-racks/

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  3. Mikhail Molchanov on

    Nice, now you can drive an SUV without a license plate, nobody will know anyways if there is one behind that hitch tent or not.

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  4. Alex Rider on

    The vibration that is induced on these racks are pretty high, Aluminum is not the best ideal due to fracture stress. Currently ALTA makes the best rack hands down. The price is on point for that much machining.

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