If you prefer to the tent route versus sleeping inside your car, a rooftop Car Tent is a solid choice. Depending on what kind of car you have, there are a variety of different rooftop tents out there that are spacious, comfortable, and ideal for stargazing.
Given that camping has been around since Homo erectus came down from the trees, it wouldn’t seem like we have many innovations left in the art of sleeping under the stars. That said, roof-top tents, pitched atop their lofty perches, are getting double-takes from a lot of ground-dwelling campers these days.
If you are thinking about buying a Car Roof Tent, here is what you will need to know.
Pros and cons of roof-top tents: Quick setup vs. steeper cost are key considerations.
How to know which tent works with your vehicle: Check tent, vehicle and rack specs carefully before you buy.
How they attach to your vehicle: The floor bolts to your roof rack, so make sure you have an adequate setup.
Though roof-top tents have become a phenomenon in the U.S. in recent years, they’ve been around for decades, gaining greater popularity initially in places like Australia, where camping above the realm of creepy crawlies was instantly recognized as a genius idea.
Many roof-top tent owners today talk about how a high vantage point resonates with them on a primal level. Perhaps it’s harkening back to childhood and a love of treehouses—or deeper in our psyches, when we slept in trees so we could survey our surroundings from a safe vantage point before drifting off to dreamland.
Pros of a Roof-Top Tent
Pitching ease: It’s engineered for quick setup. Once in camp, you undo a few straps, pop it open and deploy the poles and ladder.
Beefy construction: Generally, the floor, Camping Tent fabric and pole materials are extra robust and able to withstand stormy weather.
Comfort: Most come with a super-plush foam mattress.
Camp anywhere: Set up in a campground, parking lot, remote dirt track, wherever.
Camp above the ground: Keeps your tent floor clear of rainwater runoff, crawling creatures and rocks and sticks.
Camp on the level: Strategically placed blocks or rocks under tires can help you keep things on an even keel.
Fitting a Roof-Top Tent to Your Vehicle
Most roof-top tents weigh more than a hundred pounds, so you need to be sure that your rack is up to the task. If you do not have a roof rack yet, then you will need to consider your tent weight as you shop for a rack to serve as its foundation. The specs you need are not always easy to find, so you might have to contact your vehicle manufacturer and rack manufacturer directly to get the information you need.
In its simplest form, a Camping Tarp Shelter is simply a rectangular piece of waterproof fabric. You hang the tarp above your body with a series of ropes, poles, and stakes. Tarps do not include a floor, bug netting, or walls. The purpose of the tarp is for protection from wind and rain while you sleep. There are dozens of ways to pitch a camping tarp in order to achieve this. Camping tarps range in size from 5” X 7” for an individual all the way up to 12” X 16” for multiple people.