A roof top tent on an overland rig.

Roof Top Tent FAQ’s

Roof Top Tents or RTT’s are all the rage right now. If you are considering installing one on your rig, you may have questions. Here are some of the most common questions that we hear.

Will My Stock Roof Rack Support A Roof Top Tent?

The answer to the question of whether your stock roof rack will support a roof top tent depends on a few factors.

First, you need to determine the weight capacity of your roof rack. This can usually be found in the owner’s manual of your vehicle. If you do not have the manual, you can usually look up the weight capacity of your roof rack online.

Once you have determined the weight capacity of your roof rack, you can then determine whether or not it will support a roof top tent. Generally speaking, most stock roof racks can support a roof top tent as long as it does not exceed the weight capacity of the roof rack. However, this will depend on the size and weight of the tent. Keep in mind that it must support the weight of the tent and the occupants of the tent. In addition, static weight is different than the force put on the rack when you are in motion.

In general, you need to be very careful about using a roof top tent with a stock roof rack. While it might support the weight of the rack itself, it might not support the additional weight of the occupants and gear. Additionally, the forces placed on a stock rack by wind resistance can be extreme.

What Is The Best Brand Of Roof Top Tent?

The best brand of RTT to get often depends on the user.

When it comes to finding the best brand of roof top tent, it’s important to take into account a variety of factors. The most important factor to consider is the quality of the product. You want to make sure that the tent you are investing in is made from high-quality materials and is built to last. Furthermore, you should look for a tent that offers features that make your camping experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

Another important factor to consider is the price of the product. While quality should be a top priority, it’s also important to make sure that you’re getting a good value for your money. It’s important to compare prices and features between different brands to find the best deal.

A few of the top brands of roof top tents include Tepui, James Baroud and CVT. Tepui offers a variety of high quality tents that feature waterproof materials and are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. James Baroud tents are also well known for their quality and durability. They offer a variety of sizes and styles to suit any camping need. CVT tents are also known for their robust construction and superior performance.

Can I Install A RTT Myself?

Installing a roof top tent is a great way to add extra sleeping space to your rig, but can you install a roof top tent yourself? The answer is yes, but it’s important to be aware of the safety precautions and know what you’re doing.

The first step in installing a roof top tent is to select the best location for the tent. Make sure to measure the size of the tent before you start as well as the area where it will be installed. People often purchase a tent that is too big for the rack that it is going to be mounted to. Don’t make this mistake.

Once the area is set, the next step is to attach the mounting brackets to the roof of your SUV. This is usually done with bolts and washers, and depending on the type of tent you have, the brackets may need to be adjusted to fit the shape of the roof. Make sure the bolts are securely tightened and the brackets are level.

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Next, you need to attach the tent to the brackets. This is done by sliding the tent over the brackets and then tightening the bolts to hold it in place. Make sure to check that the tent is securely attached before continuing.

Once all the pieces are in place, you’re ready to go camping. There really are not that many pieces to be installed. Your main concern should be matching the tent size to the size of the rack and then securing everything tightly.

In short, you can do it yourself, but have a helper.

How Long Will A Roof Top Tent Last?

In general, the lifespan of a roof top tent will depend on the quality and material of the tent as well as how often it’s used. A high quality tent made from durable materials and properly maintained can last anywhere from five to ten years.

To ensure the longevity of your roof top tent, it’s important to inspect it regularly and make sure all components are in working order. This includes checking seams and zippers as well as cleaning and treating the tent fabric to protect it from the elements. It’s also important to store your tent in a dry, ventilated place when not in use.

In addition to proper maintenance, the frequency of use will also play a factor in how long your roof top tent will last. If you’re using your tent on a regular basis you may want to consider investing in a higher quality tent that’s designed to withstand the wear and tear of frequent use.

Finally, it’s important to remember that the lifespan of a roof top tent is not indefinite. At some point, the tent will need to be replaced  so it’s important to factor this into your overland rig budget.

Also, keep in mind that while a RTT looks cool, if you want it to last longer you might not want to leave it up as a permanent attachment. Those work commutes with your tent installed are not doing it any good.

How Many People Can A Roof Top Tent Sleep?

A roof top tent can sleep anywhere from two to four people depending on the size of the tent. The most common models are two and three person tents though some larger models can accommodate four people.

Two person tents are generally smaller in size and weight making them a popular choice for those who want to keep their vehicle light on the road. They are also ideal for couples and solo travelers who want to save space on their vehicle.

Three person tents are slightly larger than two person tents and can theoretically accommodate three adults. For larger families or groups of friends these tents are a decent option. However, they are best for couples who want to bring along a pet or two. A full family would have a tough time.

Finally, four person tents are the largest and heaviest models available. These tents provide room for a larger group to sleep but can still be a bit cramped.

The thing to keep in mind with an RTT is that you only have so much space up there, Two people are no problem but larger groups can really start to tax space limitations.

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