The Best Rooftop Tents of 2023

Best Rooftop Tents of 2022

Rooftop tents are popping up everywhere—pun intended!—and it’s easy to see why.

They are easier to set up, more comfortable, and all-around more fun than ground tents. And designs range from affordable soft-shell options to overland-built rugged hard shell tents.

Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly soft shell tent or a durable and long-lasting hardshell option, these are the best tents of the year.

Either scroll through and read each review or use our comparison table or buying advice section to quickly make your choice!

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    Our Team’s Top Rooftop Tent Picks

    Ready to take truck camping to the next level? Check out our favorite rooftop tents here:

    What made these rooftop tents make the top of our list? Keep reading to find out!

    Related Reading: Are Rooftop Tents Worth It? In-Depth Look After 1 Year

    Best Rooftop Tents

    While there are plenty of rooftop tents out there, these are the ones that really stuck out to us.

    Best Premium Rooftop Tent: iKamper Skycamp 3.0

    iKamper SkyCamp 3.0
    • Category: Hardshell rooftop tent
    • Floor Area: 44.3 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 48 in.
    • Price: $4,199
    • Sleeps: 1 – 4 people

    If there’s one thing we love most about iKamper, it’s that they know how to make a really good rooftop tent. They were able to craft (and improve) every aspect of this rooftop tent from listening to their global community of over 12,000 members.

    The iKamper Skycamp 3.0 is one of their newest 4-person hard shell rooftop tents that’s able to fit on top of SUVs, long sedans, and (of course) truck bed racks!

    In order to improve the Skycamp 3.0, iKamper made an improved aerodynamic hard shell that allows more bedding space inside the tent (which means you’re able to spend less time making your bed and more time enjoying it).

    They also reengineered the locking latches that, in turn, makes this the most secure hard shell rooftop tent on the market today. With mounting brackets included (and an awesome telescoping ladder integrated into the tent design), you have everything you need! Well, apart from the roof rack, bed rack, or load bars of course!

    Not every tent is able to provide the comfort and sleek design quite like the Skycamp 3.0. With improved materials, a completely redesigned mattress, the waterproof electronics port, and more, we aren’t sure if you can find a better rooftop tent!

    Related: Read our in-depth iKamper review here.

    Best Budget Rooftop Tent: Smittybilt Overlander

    Smittybilt Overlander Tent
    • Category: Softshell rooftop tent
    • Floor Area: 36.9 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 51 in.
    • Price: $1,325
    • Sleeps: 1 – 2 people

    The Smittybilts Overlander is one of the most versatile rooftop tents on the market today. Simply place this softshell tent on your vehicle’s roof rack and you’re ready for an adventure!

    Not only is the Smittybilts rooftop tent an awesome tent to adventure in, it’s the best rooftop tent money can buy (at a low price, that is). For such a low price, you’d think that this rooftop tent would be cheaply made – however, that just isn’t the case here.

    This rooftop tent is fully waterproof, made of 600-denier ripstop polyester, and offers plenty of features that you need to have in order to have the best camping experience including (but not limited to) a 420-denier rainfly, an integrated LED lighting strip, and a rubber boot bag for dirty shoes hanging just outside the door.

    Softshell tents are great camping tents and we couldn’t recommend the Smittybilts Overlander more! If you don’t mind spending a bit more money, Smittybilt now has a GEN2 Overlander rooftop tent that has a larger rainfly, skylight, an improved ladder, and more. We’d still recommend the first generation rooftop tent over GEN2, simply to save some money!

    Best Hard Shell Rooftop Tent: Roofnest Condor XL

    Roofnest Condor XL
    • Category: Hard shell rooftop tent
    • Floor Area: 47.8 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 50 in.
    • Price: $3,695
    • Sleeps: 1 – 4 people

    If you’re looking for quite possibly one of the best rooftop tents on this list, look no further than the Rooftop Condor XL! Like most rooftop tents, this one is able to fit on various roof racks (including trucks, jeeps, and more).

    Like most rooftop tents, the Condor XL was built to last. Unlike softshell tents, this rooftop tent is made with a hardshell meaning it’s more durable, is easier (and faster) to set up, and offers amazing weather protection!

    The Condor XL’s wall is made of a polyurethane-coated polyester and cotton blend with a waterproof rating of 3000mm (for comparison, the typical waterproof rating on backpacking tents is around 1000mm). This fabric is thicker and much tougher than the average camping tents and, because of this, is able to provide additional warmth and is quieter in the wind thanks to its weight!

    With a hardshell tent, you’re able to add a roof rack or solar panel on top, too. That in and of itself makes the Condor XL worth the investment! Similar to traditional tents, you’re able to sleep up to four adults comfortably in this rooftop tent.

    Bonus: Each Condor XL comes with a Roofnest privacy tent as well as a detachable interior LED light that’s able to be plugged into any USB battery.

    Related Reading: The 9 Best Hard Shell Rooftop Tents in 2022

    Best Soft Shell Rooftop Tent: Thule Tepui Explorer Kukenam 3

    Thule Tepui Explorer Kukenam 3
    • Category: Softshell rooftop tent
    • Floor Area: 37.3 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 52 in.
    • Price: $1,499
    • Sleeps: 1 – 3 people

    Thule rooftop tents are built to last and the Thule Tepui Explorer Kukenam 3 is one of the best soft shell rooftop tents on our list today! Unlike other tents, this one is built to endure the elements in any season (and any climate).

    This rooftop tent is small enough to fit on a car’s roof rack, is built with a tough, UV and mold-resistant 600-denier ripstop fabric, water-resistant zippers, a PU-coated rainfly, and more. Simply put, it’s one of the best softshell tents on our list today.

    We absolutely love this softshell tent – it folds out and is able to sleep up to three people. It’s one of the best rooftop tents you can get and the installation isn’t too hard to figure out, either.

    Like other tents, the Thule Tepui Explorer Kukenam 3 comes with mesh panels to allow airflow throughout the entire tent.

    Best Rooftop Tent for Families: CVT Denali

    CVT Denali
    • Category: Soft shell rooftop tent
    • Floor Area: 59 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 43 in.
    • Price: $3,095
    • Sleeps: 1 – 4 people

    Let’s face it – so many rooftop tents (and ground tents) claim to sleep up to four people. The CVT Denali is one of our favorite softshell models that are actually able to back this up.

    With 59 square feet of padding between two mattresses, you get what would be the equivalent of two double beds. This is more than enough room for two adults and two (to three) small kids, depending on how tall they are.

    The CTV Denali also comes with a room divider, and has two separate entrances (one on either side with its own sturdy ladder) for more privacy. On top of this, the customization options for this rooftop tent are incredible.

    You can add on LED light strips, an insulated cold weather cover, an awning, and more! The only downside to this rooftop tent (if you can even call it that) is the price point and the fact that you’ll need a pretty big vehicle for this tent (a car roof won’t cut it here).

    Apart from those two things, this is a great rooftop tent for a camping trip!

    Best Rooftop Tent for Solo Travelers: iKamper Skycamp Mini

    iKamper SkyCamp Mini
    • Category: Hardshell roof tent
    • Floor Area: 29.9 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 48”
    • Price: $3,699
    • Sleeps: 1 – 2 people

    The iKamper Skycamp Mini is an awesome hard shell, aerodynamic, lightweight rooftop tent that will fit any car you want to put it on (you could even put this on top of a Mini Cooper). It’s one of the easiest rooftop tents to deploy and having a setup/take down time of less than a minute, it’s easy to see why this model is incredibly popular with solo travelers!

    When open, the hardshell cover flips open and becomes one of the tent’s walls (and just so happens to be the only wall without a window). The wall is lined with a quilted panel and there’s a printed picture of a world map inside, too!

    The quilting material helps manage any condensation, while the sidewalls, front of the tent, and ceiling of the tent have canopy windows for airflow and great views. Not to mention, the Skycamp Mini is made from a breathable polycotton canvas and comes with a waterproof polyester rainfly (which you’re able to detach for more airflow).

    Thanks to there being no vinyl coating on the tent (or the rainfly), you’ll notice that less condensation will build up! It’s also a quiet rooftop tent in the wind.

    Fun fact: I have the iKamper SkyCamp Mini on the back of my Tacoma! I like it because  it’s easier to assemble and break down, easier to keep clean, and isn’t as exposed to the elements.

    Click here if you want to read how overlanding has been going for me!

    Best Rooftop Tent for Small Cars: Thule Tepui Foothill Tent

    Thule Tepui Foothill Tent
    • Category: Softshell roof top tent
    • Floor Area: 27.4 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 38 in.
    • Price: $2,199.95
    • Sleeps: 1 – 2 people

    There are a multitude of things we love about the Thule Tepui Foothill Tent. For starters, it’s a low profile, softshell tent with a telescoping ladder, has a panoramic rear window with dual skylights for stargazing, and has amazing airflow.

    Oh, not to mention our favorite feature – you’re able to mount this on either side of your roof rack while also mounting bikes, cargo, and kayaks on the roof rack. You read that right – with this model, you can bring both your rooftop tent and your toys easily! While almost all rooftop tents tend to make you choose between a tent and gear storage, the Foothill tent does not.

    This tent has a high-density foam mattress with sleeping space for up to two people and four internal storage pockets. Thule has additions you can add, too (such as a 310-thread-count sheet and Tepui’s insulator for all-season use).

    The canopy fabric is UV and mold resistant and this tent comes with a rain fly in case of bad weather. All in all, this is better than your traditional tent and well worth the price!

    Best Rooftop Tent for Couples: Roofnest Sparrow EYE

    Roofnest Sparrow EYE
    • Category: Hard shell tent
    • Floor Area: 27 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 44 in.
    • Price: $3,195
    • Sleeps: 1 – 2 people

    This awesome, two person, pop-up clamshell tent is last on our “best of” list, but that doesn’t mean it’s the worst pick of the bunch!

    In fact, the Roofnest Sparrow EYE is one of our favorite rooftop tents on the list! Setup and breakdown take seconds and the durable construction means it’s able to handle nearly any weather thrown at it!

    With gear storage on the roof of this tent, you’re able to bring along your toys and other gear you may need. There’s only one awning to prop and no tent poles to mess around with and with the massive door and side windows, the inside of this rooftop tent will stay cool.

    The fiberglass-reinforced ABS shell is molded to be aerodynamic for better gas mileage as well as reduced road noise, too! Inside the tent, you have a quilted, insulated fabric that keeps condensation away.

    Not to mention, you get an awesome foam mattress in this rooftop tent (that Roofnest thinks will go head to head with your mattress back home)!

    The Other Options

    While these didn’t make our “best of” list, we wanted to include them (as they’re awesome rooftop tents, too).

    If you have a rooftop tent that didn’t make either of our lists today, be sure to leave a comment down below – we’d love to hear what you have and why you love it.

    Rooftop Falcon 2

    Roofnest Falcon 2
    • Category: Hard shell tent
    • Floor Area: 28.7 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 60 in.
    • Price: $3,595
    • Sleeps: 1 – 3 people

    The Roofnest Falcon 2 is one of the slimmest rooftop tents on our list today! The floor area is similar to the Roofnest Sparrow EYE and with this tent’s aerodynamic shape, you won’t have an issue with gas mileage or noise from the wind!

    This tent is made with aluminum (whereas other rooftop tents are made with ABS plastic or fiberglass) and is able to accommodate a standard roof rack on top.

    With its breathable top shell, accessory channels on the side, and upgrade materials in the tent body, it’s hard to not want the Rooftop Falcon 2!

    CVT Mt Hood

    CVT Mt Hood
    • Category: Hard shell tent
    • Floor Area: 30.2 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 55 in.
    • Price: $3,995
    • Sleeps: 1 – 3 people

    The CTV Mt. Hood features an aluminum clamshell design that’s beyond easy to set up (and is able to offer better wind and rain protection than most softshell and pop-up tents).

    With a plus 3 inch mattress, a quilted ceiling liner for extra insulation, and storage pockets everywhere, it’s hard to argue that the Mt. Hood is one of the best rooftop tents in the game.

    Like the CTV Denali we talked about above, the CTV Mt. Hood is built with high-quality materials and holds up very well. This is an awesome all-season rooftop tent that we’d easily consider in our “best of” list, but we think it fits nicely right here.

    Yakima SkyRise HD 2

    Yakima SkyRise HD
    • Category: Soft shell tent
    • Floor Area: 28 sq. ft.
    • Peak Height: 42 in.
    • Price: $1,899
    • Sleeps: 1 – 3 people

    Yakima is known for their high-quality roof racks (and car accessories), but we think that the Yakima SkyRise HD could change that. This rooftop tent is incredibly well-executed and puts your average ground tent to shame.

    You’re able to sleep up to three people comfortably and the SkyRise has more headroom than other softshell tents (as well as a wide ceiling and steep sidewalls). You also get PU-coated fabrics, D-rings and guylines to attach any gear you have, and a clear vinyl skylight on the fly.

    While this rooftop tent may be too large for your car roof, it’s a great one for trucks and larger SUVs!

    Rooftop Tent Comparison Table

    Rooftop TentPriceCategoryPeak HeightFloor SpaceWeightCapacityAnnex
    iKamper Skycamp 3.0$4,199Hardshell48 in.44.3 sq. ft.165 lbs2 – 4 peopleSold separately
    Smittybilt Overlander$1,137Softshell51 in.36.9 sq. ft.117 lbs2 – 3 peopleSold separately
    Roofnest Condor XL$3,695Hardshell50 in.47.8 sq. ft.160 lbs1 – 4 peopleSold separately
    Thule Tepui Explorer Kukenam 3$2,000Softshell52 in.37.3 sq. ft.131 lbs2 – 3 peopleSold separately
    CVT Denali$3,095Softshell43 in.59 sq. ft.225 lbs.1 – 4 peopleIncluded
    iKamper Skycamp Mini$3,699Hardshell48 in.29.9 sq. ft.125 lbs1 – 2 peopleSold separately
    Thule Tepui Foothill Tent$2,000Softshell38 in.27.4 sq. ft.108 lbs.1 – 2 peopleNot compatible
    Roofnest Sparrow EYE$3,195Hardshell44 in.27 sq. ft.130 lbs1 – 2 peopleSold separately
    Rooftop Falcon 2$3,595Hardshell60 in.29.3 sq. ft.140 lbs.1 – 3 peopleNot compatible
    CVT Mt Hood$4,299Hardshell36 in.27 sq. ft.132 lbs.1 – 3 peopleNot compatible
    Yakima SkyRise HD 2$1,899Softshell42 in.28 sq. ft.101 lbs.1 – 3 peopleSold separately

    Rooftop Tent Buying Advice

    Ready to purchase one of the best rooftop tents for you (and your family)?

    We’d be surprised if you weren’t after seeing all of the options above! Before you purchase one though, we wanted to share a bit of advice when it comes to rooftop tents.

    Let’s dive in!

    Hardshell vs. Softshell Rooftop Tents

    When most people go to purchase a rooftop tent, they tend to go with a softshell model for a few reasons.

    Soft shell tent

    For starters, soft shell rooftop tents typically cost between $1,000 and $2,000. They also feature larger floor plans, come in many different shapes, and can accommodate various awnings and annexes. Soft shell rooftop tents tend to have waterproof soft cover and fold out beyond the roof of your vehicle. The rooftop tents body itself is typically made with a nylon or canvas material.

    The downsides to soft shell tents, however, may make you wish you purchased a hard shell rooftop tent. Soft shell rooftop tents tend to be prone to moisture buildup (such as mold) when stored away. This results in a much shorter lifespan.

    On top of that, without the stability of a hard cover, soft shell rooftop tents are noisier in the wind when opened and packed away. It also takes longer to set up and take down, similar to ground tents (most hard shell models pop up once you release the locks or latches).

    Hardshell tents, on the other hand, are made up of plastic, fiberglass, or an aluminum shell that houses the fabric tent canopy inside. These rooftop tents open on a hinge or pop up on all sides (similar to a box).

    Hardshell rooftop tent

    Typically, most hard shell models tend to keep their tent footprint to the vehicle’s roof area, but there are a few models that fold out which allow you to add extra accessories (like an awning). Hard shell tents are much more expensive (and much heavier) than softshell rooftop tents. However, because they have a longer lifespan, they are worth the hefty price tag in our eyes.

    These rooftop tents are aerodynamic, completely waterproof (mold isn’t really a concern with these rooftop tents unlike soft shell or a ground tent), and thanks to their hard external shell, they get added protection from flying debris and low hanging branches!

    Another pro to getting a hard shell rooftop tent is that you’re able to sometimes add a roof rack to the tent roof. This allows you to bring bikes, kayaks, and toys with you on your adventure.

    All in all, it comes down to what you’re able to afford and how often you plan on going camping in a rooftop tent. We tend to lean more towards hard shell rooftop tents, as we honestly think the pros outweigh the price!

    Rooftop Tent Capacities

    Much like your typical ground tents, rooftop tents come in a variety of capacities. These range from minimalist models for one to two people, to massive models that are able to accommodate up to six people.

    We highly recommend you take a look at the manufacturer’s recommended capacity but keep in mind that these specs are typically generous with their dimensions. For example, the Roofnest Sparrow is about 5 inches more narrow than a double mattress and the iKamper Skycamp 3.0 is a tad bit bigger than your standard size king mattress.

    Families with young children can typically get away with smaller floor plans, but most of the time, frequent travelers will size up or get XL versions for more comfort. If you ask us, paying a bit more money for a lot more space is always worth it!

    Interior Space: Mattress Dimensions and Peak Height

    As stated in the previous section, sometimes the tent’s listed capacity and the interior dimensions don’t line up perfectly.

    Out of all the rooftop tents here, you’ll see dimensions range from 47 to 84 inches which is a tad bit narrower than a double mattress all the way to 87 by 96 inches which is just a bit bigger than a king size mattress. You’ll also see that the peak height can be anywhere from 36 to 60 inches.

    Keep in mind that your rooftop tent’s floor dimensions are not always the same size as the mattress, too. Not to mention, peak height only specifies the highest point of the tent. Hard shell tents such as the Roofnest Sparrow have a tall peak height throughout the tent, while other rooftop tents (such as soft shells) slope downward from the highest point.

    Weather Resistance and Insulation

    Typically, rooftop tents are built to withstand all of the elements thanks to their thick, water-resistant body fabrics and fully waterproof rain flys. While we don’t really recommend going on an outdoor adventure when it looks like rain (or snow), we can’t ignore the fact that sometimes, mother nature is unpredictable.

    If you plan on using your rooftop tent when the weather is less than perfect, we recommend you get full-coverage awnings on all of your doors and windows. This way, you’re able to keep air flowing throughout your tent without allowing moisture in.

    Rain is one thing, but snow is another. There are some tent manufacturers who allow you to add in extra insulation (such as iKamper’s Inner Insulation Tent and the Thule Tepui Insulator). However, if you’re in warmer climates and don’t plan on being in states that get harsh, winter weather, you really don’t have to worry about this.

    Set Up and Take Down

    Set up and take down

    More often than not, setting up a rooftop tent is far easier than setting up ground tents. However, there are a few differences when it comes to setting up a hard shell tent and a soft shell tent.

    For starters, hardshell tents are the fastest to assemble. For the most part, all you have to do is unclip the shell, engage the hinges, and watch as the tent body rises.

    Soft shell rooftop tents, however, require a bit of time to set up. You have to remove the soft cover and insert poles to prop up the fly and awnings. When you’re ready to take it down, it’s as simple as reversing the steps. However, you’ll need to be cautious that the tent fabric is safely inside the shell (or cover) or damage can occur.

    If you’re a recreational camper who doesn’t plan on using their rooftop tent much, you may not be bothered with the soft shell set up and take down. However, if you’re an overlanding fanatic like we are, you want things to go a bit faster (and we’d recommend you get a hardshell tent).

    The best rooftop tent is one that works for you, not against you!

    Closed Size and Aerodynamics  

    While packed sizes on rooftop tents can vary, it’s a good rule of thumb to keep the footprint of your tent within your roof’s dimensions. We highly recommend that if you have a small car or truck, you keep this in mind before making a purchase.

    Packed height can heavily impact your gas mileage and make loud noises while driving, too. If you’re concerned about this, and want a low-profile design, we would recommend going with something like the Roofnest Sparrow.

    As always, most manufacturers list closed dimensions of their rooftop tents on their product pages. Do a bit of digging into the specs before you buy!

    Annexes and Awnings

    Annexes and awnings are great for those who plan on overlanding for extended periods of time. You get more livable space and you’re able to maintain a decent amount of privacy (as well as protection from the elements).

    Annexes attach to your tent’s extended platform and are able to create an enclosed area under your sleeping space. This gives your rooftop tent a nice “upstairs/downstairs” feel. Inside the annex, you’re able to place a portable shower or toilet (if your rooftop tent didn’t come with a wet bath installed), a camp kitchen box, or just additional living space!

    Awnings are able to provide more shade and additional coverage. These extend out from your tent and are able to be propped up with poles to create an open area for any additional camping gear you want shaded!

    On the rare chance that you purchase a rooftop tent that comes with an annex or awning, you’ll be good to go from the start. However, if you didn’t purchase a rooftop tent that comes with an awning or an annex (and you plan on purchasing one), make sure they’re compatible. If they come from the same manufacturer they should be compatible with each other!

    Note: Annexes cannot be paired with pop-up or clamshell tents that don’t fold out beyond the footprint of your vehicle. If you do plan on getting an annex in the future, be sure you’re getting an appropriate rooftop tent.

    Vehicle and Rack Compatibility

    Is your rooftop tent compatible

    Even the best rooftop tents on the market may not be for you. No, not because you don’t deserve one, because you might not have the right vehicle to support it!

    Before you purchase a rooftop tent, you’ll have to make sure that your vehicle is able to take on the load. Chances are, if your vehicle is able to hold a roof rack, the chances of you being able to attach a rooftop tent significantly rise.

    If your truck, car, SUV, or van did not come with a roof rack, the first step will be to install one. Check out this YouTube video to better understand how to properly install roof racks:

    Now that a roof rack is situated on the roof of your vehicle, you have to make sure that the rooftop tent is able to fit the rack. Because most rooftop tents are incredibly adaptable, this shouldn’t be an issue for you at all.

    We also have guides to the best rooftop tents for both the Toyota Tacoma and The Jeep Gladiator—so be sure to check those out!

    Installing a Rooftop Tent

    So long as you’ve made sure that your rooftop tent is indeed compatible with both your vehicle and roof rack, you’re ready to install it!

    Some of the most user-friendly rooftop tents are made by roof rack companies like Yakima and Thule. You’re able to purchase both the roof rack and rooftop tent at the same time and in doing so, you know that you’re purchasing a pair that works together!

    Other companies require a bit more savvy to install and you may need to watch a few YouTube videos to properly install your new rooftop tent. Here’s a quick video you can watch to see what you’ll be getting yourself into:

    We recommend at least two people are present when installing a rooftop tent, just in case any problems arise!

    Related Reading: What is a Rooftop Tent & How Do They Work?

    Purchasing a Rooftop Tent Online

    While you can easily purchase a rooftop tent online, we do recommend going to your local retailer (such as REI Co-op or Camping World) to compare various models before you make a decision.

    Most REI Co-op stores have a wide selection of the iKamper and Thule Tepui tents as well as vehicle accessories for rooftop tents! You could also get lucky if shopping in person and find a retailer that offers installation services.

    However, we can’t deny that the convenience of buying something from the comfort of your house is a huge pro. A con to purchasing a rooftop tent from home though are those terrible shipping fees (nearly $150+). Some retailers do ship free of charge, though (such as iKamper and Roofnest).

    To sum it up, if you know which model you want to buy (and don’t have to pay too much for shipping), buying a rooftop tent online is a great idea.

    Is a Rooftop Tent Right for You?

    cool rooftop tent

    Rooftop tents allow you to turn nearly any vehicle into a makeshift camper and tend to be more comfortable than your standard ground tent. Not only that, they’re incredibly easy to set up and, when you’re on your outdoor adventure, they keep you off the ground (which may help you to sleep better).

    While we’d love to say “Yes! Of course a rooftop tent is right for you!”, we do want you to consider the downsides to having a rooftop tent. For starters, rooftop tents are expensive. They can impact your gas mileage as well as the handling of your vehicle, too.

    They’re also very heavy and can be a pain in the butt to have to move around (depending on the model you purchase, you may not be able to fit your car or truck into a garage with a rooftop tent attached).

    On top of that, unlike ground tents, you have to pack up camp every single time you need/want to move your vehicle. This means, even when you make it to camp, if you realize you forgot something from the store and aren’t able to get an Uber, you have to pack the rooftop tent away just to set it back up again later.

    So long as you understand these downfalls (and, if they don’t sway your decision to purchase one for yourself) a rooftop tent is definitely right for you!

    Related: Are Rooftop Tents Bad for Your Car?

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Have a question we didn’t get to below? Leave a question in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer it!

    Is it worth getting a roof top tent?

    If you’re able to afford it and travel a bunch as it is (and you’re sick of sleeping in a sleeping bag on the cold hard ground), then yes!

    If you’re not traveling often and/or don’t have a roof rack (and no intentions on getting one), we’d say no.

    Can you sleep in a roof top tent anywhere?

    Yes – as long as you’re in an area that allows overnight parking!

    This includes National Parks, National Forests, BLM lands, and even some store parking lots.

    Can I put a roof top tent on my car?

    Of course! Most vehicles are able to accommodate roof top tents (as long as you have a roof rack, that is).

    Truck and van racks are also a great place for mounting your rooftop tent.

    Do roof tents damage your car?

    They can… but they shouldn’t.

    Rooftop tents tend to weigh around 150 lbs. Most pre-installed roof racks aren’t exactly able to hold 150 lbs (plus you and whoever is sleeping in the tent overnight). Due to this, you do run the risk of damaging the pre-installed roof rack and, in turn, your car.

    Which is why we recommend finding a roof rack that not only fits your car, but is also able to hold the weight distributed by the rooftop tent and yourself!

    How fast can you drive with a roof tent?

    Quite honestly, you should still be able to go “top speed” with your vehicle even with a rooftop tent installed. However, there are a few factors to consider while traveling with a RTT.

    First, fuel consumption. Because of the aerodynamic capability that having a RTT entails, you’ll notice that your fuel doesn’t hold up as well as it did without the tent installed.

    Next, we recommend that you don’t slam on the breaks. The added cargo installed on top of your vehicle results in a longer break time. You don’t want to overstress your tires and risk an accident!

    To sum it up, feel free to maintain your sp

    We hope you enjoyed this article on rooftop tents! Which was your favorite? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

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