The Ultimate Guide to Roof Top Tent


Abstract: The roof tent, also known as the home on the roof, with the rise of global car ownership, self-driving travel is gradually heating up, the roof tent is one of the optional equipment for outdoor self-driving travel, generally has a roof luggage rack can be installed. The roof tent is divided into soft top manual and hard top automatic two kinds, the advantage is not limited by the trip, enjoy the charm of nature, and save space, the disadvantage is to increase fuel consumption and expensive, in general, the roof tent is more practical, installation needs to consider the bearing capacity, hands-on ability and related functions. Let’s look at the details.

What is a Rooftop Tent

Roof tent is a tent placed on the roof of the car, different from outdoor camping tent on the ground, the installation and use of the roof tent is very convenient, known as the “roof of the home”, now the roof tent in various countries around the world are very popular, there have been a number of professional roof tent brand, a variety of off-road, SUV, station wagon, MPV, car and other models have a matching product. Various off-road, SUV, station wagon, MPV, sedan and other models have adapted products. With the development of roof tents in the past few years, more and more new products appear in everyone’s field of vision, from the appearance of the streamline to the weight reduction have been significantly improved. This has effectively increased the convenience of travel.

What kind of rooftop tent should you buy?

“There are two types of roof tents, one is a soft-top manually unfolded tent, and one is a hard-top hydraulic automatic tent. Roof tent compared to the traditional ground camping tent price is certainly quite expensive.

 1、Soft top tent

The biggest advantage of soft-top manual is cheap, generally priced at about 3,000 to 5,000 can be bought, and lighter weight, compared to the hard-top hydraulic roof tent is much more affordable, but the disadvantages are also obvious, manual well, trouble, you can imagine how much trouble you usually pitch a tent on the flat ground? By the way, if it is pitched on the roof of the car, it will be more trouble.

 2、Hardtop tent

Hard top automatic tent is very convenient to use, do not need to open, just press the switch automatically set up completed, but the price of automation is certainly much higher, the general size of the smallest hard top hydraulic tent price is basically more than seven thousand dollars, and then there is a point, is the weight is very heavy, need to consider the convenience of carrying and car roof load-bearing capacity.”

What car can be fitted with a roof tent?

“The most basic condition of roof tent installation is to have roof luggage rack, so cross-country and SUV models are the most suitable, and other models must first install roof bearing luggage rack according to the model conditions before installing roof tent. Generally, the weight of the roof tent is about 60KG, and the weight of a family of three is about 150-240KG. The roof bearing capacity of most cars is calculated in tons, so as long as the weight of the luggage rack is strong enough, the roof bearing capacity is no problem.

It is recommended to install separate longitudinal or transverse bars, which can achieve more than 75KG of dynamic load capacity, and the most appropriate distance from the roof is about 4cm. As long as such conditions are met, in addition to the car type below A0 class, the vast majority of the above models can be equipped with the roof tent by (own or installed) load-bearing luggage rack.”

What are the advantages and disadvantages of car-top tents?


Car-top tents have many incomparable advantages, and thus are welcomed by the majority of donkeys. For donkeys, as long as you have a car roof tent, you can be free from the restrictions of the itinerary, you can “”set up camp”” anytime and anywhere without having to look for a hotel, and also save a lot of money on accommodation costs. Enjoy picnics, barbecues, enjoy the beautiful scenery, lie in the roof tent at night to see the brilliant starry sky, and wake up in the morning to enjoy the sea breeze, mountain breeze, fully enjoy the charm of camping.

Most of the roof tents with high-strength fabrics and metal structures have undergone wind, rain and sand tests, and even have a warm compartment, which can be driven to unpaved roads and even deserts, the Gobi, mountains and seashores by virtue of the vehicle’s own off-road capabilities, which can obviously save more space in the car, carry more luggage, and sleep more family members or partners than sleeping in the car. More importantly, the “”high up”” roof rack also effectively avoids the infestation of snakes, insects and ants.


Of course, the disadvantages of the roof tent is also obvious, in due to the weight, after installation will also increase wind resistance, will bring the increase in fuel consumption. Secondly, the current price of the roof tent are generally more expensive, there is the middle of the night to go to the toilet is not convenient, up and down the ladder to pay attention to safety.”

Note on adding a roof tent

1、Consider the load-bearing performance

The first thing to consider when adding a roof tent is the load-bearing performance of the roof rack, especially the later addition of roof-bearing luggage rack, but also need to meet the installation size requirements of various brands of roof tents, generally recommended in the manufacturer’s official stores by professional technicians to install, can better take into account the load-bearing conditions, adaptability and power to take power and other technical issues.

 2、consider the ability to do

Second, in the purchase of roof tents, to consider their own ability to do, if you want to save time, then the automatic hard top material roof tent is more recommended, while the pressure to choose the roof tent with streamlined appearance after closing, to minimize wind resistance. Installation, roof tent ladders are generally installed on the side of the car, the left side, right side, both sides can be installed according to their needs, of course, the rear of the car can also be, easy to obstruct the trunk opening, according to different models to plan.

 3、Understand the relevant functions

In addition, the roof tent breathability, anti-pull, anti-mosquito, anti-8 wind, rain and snow intrusion and other performance are the key to understand the content, if the budget is sufficient, a more durable, more practical roof tent believe that you can give you a pleasant journey.


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