Kargo Master Safari Congo Pro

October 12, 2016

After replacing my Jeep Cherokee with a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, I was faced with one problem: I had a rooftop tent, and the new Jeep had a soft top. So a Googling-spree to find a satisfactory solution ensued.

Although there are numerous rack systems available for the Jeep Wrangler JK, I narrowed it down to three options:

I’ll be completely honest. I did not have any interest in purchasing a rack system. I had a rooftop tent, and I wanted to install it on my new Jeep. So I approached this problem based largely on that fundamental need.

In my opinion, the GOBI is the best-looking external rack that you can purchase for a JK. It is form-fitting, strong, and utilitarian. However, the GOBI system is far more ornate and cumbersome than I wanted. It seemed overkill for my needs, and friends reported that theirs was prone to rust.

The hardtop equipped with a Rhino Rack is by far the tidiest and most appealing way to mount a rooftop tent on a JK. It is strong, effective, and visually subtle. I chose not to go this route because I wanted to enjoy the merits of having a soft top. Even if I couldn’t put the top down, I could pull the doors and windows for an open air experience. Furthermore, this was the most costly option.

The Gobi rack, installed on the silver Jeep: an external rack similar in size and weight to the Kargo Master Safari Congo Pro, but featuring a completely different design aesthetic. The Rhino Rack, installed on the white Jeep: a visually clean solution that requires drilling through the factory hardtop and is attached to the interior roll bar for additional support.

What attracted me to the Kargo Master Safari Congo Pro was the simplicity of its design, its low-profile fitment, its no-drill installation, and its configurability. In conjunction with their load bar kit, I’d have all that I’d need to install a rooftop tent and an awning. It seemed like an elegant solution to serve this single purpose.