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2011 FDII Limited Compass | Roof Top Tent

Hey everyone - Little intro. I bought my Compass new in October of 2011 and have been issue free (knock on wood). I haven't really done anything to the car, but starting to look into some options. Last month I had a James Baroud roof top tent put on the car and am loving it. So far I have done a week through Washington and a few weekends around Northern California.

My main issue with the Compass right now is the roof rack. I had a Thule put on, but it sticks up so much. Are there any other low profile cross bars out there?

Here are some pics!

This past weekend in Stanislaus National Forest
Jeep Camping by Brad Baldwin, on Flickr
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the spot v7 by Brad Baldwin, on Flickr
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I had a Thule one for my roof rack as well but I wond up selling both cause of same issue it sat to high Rock-Road has one for the -2010 models and older but not the 2011+ yet I keep asking and they said sometime this summer were see but im thinking about making my own till they come out ill probly use angle iron to bolt to the mounting points and drill holes in the to attach another pice going across with bolts to make alow profile but it wont be perment set up
 

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Yea, I just heard back from RRO about the possibility of summer. Unfortunate.

I've reached out to a few shops that do custom work. I can't imagine it being expensive to make two strong crossbars.
 

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ya shouldn't be manily one that u would only use when u carry ur tent and I just looked into them I like what I saw the price it alittle up there but I till like what I saw im moving to Alaska soon and that bea nice add to my outdoor adventure lol
 

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I actually keep the tent on 24/7. It weighs ~200 lbs and it would be a pain in the ass for my wife and I to remove it each time.

Yea, definitely expensive but worth it. The quality is top notch and so much easier/safer/comfortable than a ground tent. If you have Instagram and you're into photography and with the move to Alaska, look up Forrest Mankins.
 

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my wife has instagram and ya that be heavy but I see what u mean by it sitting high up there like my roof rack did but I would go looking to a local wielding shop and just ask them if they can make u one that sits lower almost where the top of the luggage rails are when I make mine its going to sit just above that may be 2x2x1/4 (LenthxWidthXThickness) inch angle iron with two holes drilled in the side for the mounting might have to bend the iron alittle to sit flat when u put it on the mounting point and a hole up top then look into 1x1x1/4 squared tubing and there u go a self made cheap rail system that can easily hold over 600 pounds
 

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How is the reliability on the 2011 Compass? I've been reading mixed reviews. My Compass now has ~57,000 miles on it and I am considering buying a new 2015 Cherokee Trailhawk.

My compass has never had any issues and all I have done is your typical 3-5k oil change and tire rotation, but it is time to start doing some fixes. I need new tires, new brake pads (assuming since they haven't been touched), and a 60k service. Again, I've never owned a car with this many miles, and this is my first Jeep.

We are thinking of doing a 2-3 month road trip around the Western USA national parks, up to banff/jasper in Canada and out to Alaska. Reliability is a huge concern. Do you think this compass will be able to go another 25-30k miles without any major repairs?

Cost isn't really a concern, the Trailhawk is stickered at $36k and with jeep/dealer discounts comes down to $30k. Monthly payments would be the same as the Compass, just extended for another 4 years. Obviously it would be nice to not have the car payment, but at the same time we don't want to start getting into reliability issues with the Compass.

Tough decision since I love the Compass, but don't want it to start becoming a money pit.
 

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My wide has a 2014 cherokee limited active drive 2 and my sister a trailhawk and my friend a trailhawk. They are fantastic vehicles Super capable offroad and really good gas mileage. My wife's v6 gets better mileage than my compass does both around town and on the highway. If I had to get rid of my compass I'd get a cherokee for sure.
 

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Trailhawk actually gets better mileage, in the case of the OP

He has FDII in Canada it's rated
11..7 City 10.3 Highway in L/100kms

V6 TrailHawk is 12.2 city 9.0 Highway
4 Cylinder Trailhawk is 12.1 City and 9.4 Highway

It actually gets better mileage on the highway, and city mileage isn't much higher.

My wife's V6 Active Drive 2 Limited Cherokee gets around 8.5L L/100kms highway and 9.5L/100kms city

Fact is the new Cherokees get the same if not better mileage than the Compass
 

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Hey tyler i have a question for ya .have the rro lift can i get a 31 in tire to fit with the pinch weld mod and 1.25 spacers specifically 245/75/17
 

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245/75/17 will be too big, 245/65/17 is the max size
 

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Max without pinch weld would be 225/65/17 or 235/65/17
 

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Has anyone made any storage systems in the back of their compass? Something I plan to start on next week.

It will probably have a footprint of 36x24", and haven't decided on the height yet. Plan is for it to be able to stay in the compass 24/7, or remove if needed. Back seats will be able to stay up, or lay them flat for when we are off camping with our 2 dogs.
 

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I would get Ceramic pads for the rear. Standard pads generate the early morning screeching many experience.
 
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