Camp in Comfort with the Best Roof Top Tent Reviews
Roof top camping has really become popular in recent years. Basically, the tent attaches to the top of your vehicle and unfolds or pops up when you’re ready to use it. They come with a ladder for you to get in and out easily. This style of camping is a combination of RV and tent camping. It can combine the comfort of a camper with the possibilities of a vehicle that’s easier to maneuver, while allowing you to camp in places you would never dream of with a traditional tent (like by the side of a country road or wet ground).
Roof top tents are already popular in places like Australia where dangerous insects are common on the ground, and they’re quickly growing in popularity in other places. These tents may also keep you drier in the rain than a traditional tent will. You won’t have to worry about waking up in a puddle, plus you’ll get a much better view than you would on the ground. Roof top tents are also much easier to set up. Often, you can keep your bedding in the tent when it’s folded up.
If you’re looking to get into this new style of camping, here are some of the best roof top tents on the market:
Tepui Tents Kukenam Ruggedized Sky 3 Tent
This 4-season, 3-person roof top tent is designed to fit most vehicles with roof racks. It comes with a foam mattress and anti-condensation pads, which will be more comfortable and drier than most sleeping pads. It also has two sky panels, so you can get a great view of the night’s sky on dry nights when the rainfly is off.
Once you get the tent attached (which is supposed to be easy) it’ll take you about 5 minutes to set up at night and 10 to take down in the morning. The Kukenam comes in at 180 pounds and 37 square feet floor area. It has two doors and a warped aluminum internal frame and base construction. The dual stitched fabric is 40% heavier than standard models. All in all, even though it’s at the higher end of the price spectrum, this tent is made to be durable and last for years.
Tepui Tents Autana XL Siberian Camo 4 Tent
Another Tepui, this tent is for those of you who are willing to pay a little extra for more bells and whistles. A 48 square foot sleeping area and A-frame style roof gives everyone room to spread out. A removable annex extends below the tent’s overhang and provides even more room and another option for escaping the elements. All of the windows, including large side windows that will give you excellent views of your campsite, have tight, no-see-um mosquito netting. The telescoping ladder can extend up to 8.5 feet, perfect if you have a lifted vehicle.
Like the other Tepui, this tent comes with a high density foam mattress, but it doesn’t have the anti-condensation pads, so that might be something you’ll want to buy separately if you go with this model. This roof top tent takes around 5-10 minutes to setup and take down. It weighs 180 pounds, including the annex.
Smittybilt 2783 Folded Tent
This tent is a great option if you’re looking for something at the lower end of the price spectrum and would make a good option for your first roof top tent. At 50 pounds, the Smittybilt is much lighter than the Tepuis. This tent comes with an annex that will give you more space to spread out, but you have to buy it separately.
The optional sunroof panels will give you a great view on dry nights (without the rainfly), allow you to stick your head out of the roof, and help keep the tent ventilated. Even though it comes with a rainfly, the tent’s material is waterproof and could withstand a light rain. Some reviewers have noted that the rainfly is difficult to put up and remove once the tent is on your car. While this tent lacks some of the features and quality of the more expensive options on this list, you still get a lot of bang for your buck.
ARB (ARB3201) Series III Sand Rooftop Tent
This is a mid-priced roof top tent that weighs 185 pounds. The floor of the tent is 55” x 95” and can fit 2-3 people. If you’re looking for a larger family tent then we also have this article. This tent doesn’t come with an annex, but you can buy an ARB awning to use with it. The tent’s material is weatherproof and comes with a built-in rainfly.
ARB is good about listening to their customer’s complaints and making the necessary improvements to their products. ARB has updated a few aspects of this tent, like the aluminum framing which they’ve made thicker and more weather proof. Their hinges and fittings have all been improved as well to make the overall tent more durable. The tent’s high density foam mattress was also updated and now comes with a removable cover and is made with bonded chip foam.
If you’re looking for something easy to use, this is the tent for you. This is the only hard shell roof top tent on the market, and it takes about a minute to set it up and take it down. It’s packaged in a white or black hard shell that looks like any other rooftop carrier, and with the universal mounting system you can put this on almost any car.
This tent comes with attachable annex or awning for plenty of extra living space. It has a lightweight aluminum/stainless steel frame and an aluminum honeycomb floor. The memory foam mattress can sleep 3-4 people. The whole thing weighs 150 pounds, and it comes with two anti-theft locks that attach over the mounting brackets to prevent them from being unscrewed.