Elevated camping keeps pests away · 3.Rooftop tents are more comfortable · 4.With a nest on the roof, you're always ready to go on your next adventure. You don't have to take out your tent and sleeping bags, only to realize that you forgot about the poles once you're 2 hours on the road. An apparent benefit of rooftop tents over traditional tents is being off the ground and away from creatures. To tell you the truth, anything that crawls on the ground has no problem getting on the side of your vehicle and climbing into your tent.
Depending on where you camp, that includes spiders, ants, mice, squirrels, gluttons and, no doubt, bears. It may seem safer than a typical tent. Buying a rooftop tent is just the first step to outfitting your vehicle, you'll also need tools for installation, and many people add accessories such as attachments and equipment lifts later on. Like traditional camping and backpacking tents, rooftop tents come in a variety of capacities, from minimalist two-person models to massive designs that can accommodate up to six.
And Roofnests are designed to be durable and weather resistant, so there's no reason you can't keep them on top of your car all year round. Secondly, the idea that rooftop tents are more comfortable than anything you would place on the ground is a fallacy when you consider the camping equipment available today. One problem with most rooftop tents is that they are quite limiting for campers who pack large loads, such as bicycles, surfboards or a kayak. Some car and SUV owners may also need to purchase a roof rack or additional hardware to mount a new RTT to their vehicles.
The James Baroud Evasion is a fold-out hardshell helmet, similar to models such as the Sparrow on the roof above and Maggiolina AirLand below. There are also rigid roof top tents that open like a canopy (sideways), and these take a little longer to set up. Packaged sizes of rooftop tents vary widely, but it's a good rule of thumb to keep your tent footprint within the dimensions of your roof and those with small cars or trucks should take extra care before making a purchase. Keep in mind that the roof load capacity should include the weight of anything you place there, including the roof rack.
Overall, these tents can be expensive, but they are very well built and competitive with premium offerings from CVT, iKamper and Roofnest. I would always recommend finding a roof top tent that weighs less because this way, you have a margin to put extra weight on the top of your car.