Why Are Roof Top Tents So Popular? 10 Things To Love About Roof Top Tents

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Jay Elliott

Chief Camping Officer

Roof Top Tents

Rooftop Tents are becoming more and more popular every year, especially during camping season. You see more and more of these types of tents mounted on top of vehicles. Chances are, you’ve spotted them as you drive around.

There are a lot of reasons for the Roof Top Tent’s rising popularity among both experienced and non-experienced campers. In this article, we round up the 10 best things to love about Roof Top Tents.

1. Fits Almost Every Kind of Car

Most cars nowadays come with roof rails already pre-installed. These roof rails are the only requirement for you to be able to install roof racks to place a Roof Top Tent on your vehicle.

Before you set up your tent, make sure to check your car’s documentation to see how much weight the roof rack can handle.

If your car did not come with a roof rack pre-installed, you can buy a set of roof racks from the manufacturer and have them installed in your vehicle. This option ensures that the roof rack can handle the Car Tent’s weight and is compatible with it.

The bottom line here is that Roof Top Tents can be installed in almost any type of vehicle, truck, pickups, SUV, or even a sedan.

2. Easy Set Up

The initial installation of a Roof Top Tent is obviously not an easy task.

The mere weight of the tent comes in at around 60 to 100kg (132 to 220lbs) is a heavy load for one person. It’s a 2-person job, at the very least. Once the Roof Top Tent is mounted on top of your vehicle, the rest of the steps are pretty easy.

And once installed, it is very to set up when you are going on a camping trip. You can simply undo the locks and latches that secure the tent, and it springs up or pops up, fully ready to use.

Some models have annexes that take a few extra minutes, but that time investment is well worth it. Imagine having extra space for your camping necessities or an extra sitting or lounging area for you.

3. Safety

Having the Rooftop Tent perched on top of your car gives you an additional safety net of camping off the ground. This means you’ll less likely get waterlogged in case it rains heavily. More importantly, wild animals like snakes, as well as insects and other bugs, are less likely to get in your tent.

Being safe from all critters is a feature that Roof Top Tents offer and is definitely something to love about it.

4. Durability

The materials used in constructing Roof Top Tents are classified as 3-Season and 4-Season tents. This is one of the most durable covering materials used in manufacturing tents. These tents are so durable they are rated to withstand strong winds, heavy rains, and even snow. 

Against all these elements, your Roof Top Tent should remain impenetrable. This ensures that you won’t get wet in the middle of a rainstorm while you’re camped inside your Roof Top Tent.

Having a durable tent means you will be able to use it for many years on many camping trips. This value for money proposition is another thing to love about Car Tents.

5. Comfort

Most Roof Top Tents come equipped with a memory foam mattress, which is one of the best bedding materials ever made. These tents also have a smooth, stable bottom made from either aluminum, steel, or fiberglass, ensuring that the base for your mattress is smooth and even all around.

This means that sleeping in a Roof Top Tent should give you a very relaxing night of sleep. Once you nod off at night, you will get the feeling that you are in a hotel room, with the luxury of lying perfectly still on that amazing memory mattress.

6. Easy to Move Around

If you ever decide to change the camp location for whatever reason, all you have to do is collapse your tent and stow it with the provided latches, and you’re good to go.

No need to disassemble the whole tent and keep everything in its place. When you get to your next destination, just undo the latches and set up camp in an instant. Mobility is maximized in these situations.

7. Cheaper Than an RV or a Trailer

The price for a Roof Top Tent could range anywhere from $1000 up to $4000. This may seem like a steep price compared to ground-based tents but it turns out to be a bargain compared to an RV or even a trailer.

You get all the amenities offered by an RV but at a fraction of the cost. If you enjoy getting on the road and camping, having a Roof Top Tent gives you the luxury of the comforts you look for in an RV or a trailer.

If you have dreamed of living in an RV and going cross country but don’t have enough budget for an RV, a Roof Top Tent could be your next best bet. Going cross country in your car is just as fun without having to break the bank.

8. Weather-Proof

As mentioned earlier, Roof Top Tents are made from durable materials. A canvass that is rated to withstand heavy rain, strong winds, and even snowfall will guarantee that you remain safe and dry while hunkering down in your Roof Top Tent. Though you might experience condensation in your rooftop tent (depending on the weather), this is just a things that happens when camping, but there are things you can try to reduce it.

If a tent protects you from all unwanted elements in nature, it is safe to say that it has served its purpose really well. This is another thing that owners of Car Tents can’t stop raving about. 

9. Extra Storage Space

Since all your mattresses and beddings are stowed away in your Car Tent, there is more space in your car trunk for the rest of your camping supplies. You could fit in more items for emergency use in your car because your tent freed up much-needed storage space, which you normally wouldn’t have with a traditional tent type.

You can never bring enough resources on a camping trip. There is a saying that “it is better to have it and not need it, rather than need it and not have it”. The more extra storage you have, the more necessities and other supplies you can bring.

10. Enjoying the View

One of the perks of camping in a Roof Top Tent is the magnificent views it affords you, especially on a night when the skies are clear, the stars are out, there’s a gentle wind blowing through the mesh-covered windows.

Not far from where you are camping is a fire burning nicely to provide warmth, especially at dawn when it is coldest. The view from atop should be one that is spectacular, breathtaking, and just simply amazing.

These are the things I love about Roof Top Tents. These very same things are also what makes Roof Top Tents so popular in the camping world today.