Traveling With A Roof-mounted Tent

by Laine Ye on Aug 18, 2023

Traveling With A Roof-mounted Tent

More and more people like to travel by car, outdoor tents can no longer satisfy the needs of self-driving enthusiasts. Rooftop tents have many advantages in terms of waterproof and moisture-proof, snake and bug-proof, safety and comfort, privacy protection, etc., and have become one of the essential outdoor equipment for self-driving enthusiasts.

Rooftop Tent Classification

Rooftop tents are classified according to their functions as soft top manual tents, hard top automatic tents and hydraulic semi-automatic tents.

Soft top: Cheaper, need to be manually unfolded, more tedious to set up, but more space inside the shed.

Hard top:The unfolding action is very fast and it takes only a few seconds to open and close, which saves time and effort, this type of tent is heavier and more expensive.

Hydraulic semi-automatic: With the characteristics of a hard-top tent that opens quickly and the cost-effective advantages of a soft-top tent, there are space limitations compared to a manual tent.

Is a rooftop tent practical?

Rooftop tents are very practical for people who likes to go out camping. They don't have to think about their itinerary, they can camp anywhere and rest their feet wherever the view is good.

The advantages of rooftop tents over open air tents are more obvious, like rainproof, windproof, moisture-proof, insect-proof, sound-proof, very safe and more solid to sleep.

The rooftop tent also has more space for two to three people to lie flat, thickened window mats, heat preservation and moisture resistance, and better air circulation.

What kind of car can be retrofitted with a rooftop tent?

The most basic condition for rooftop tent retrofitting is to have a roof rack, so off-road and SUV models are the most suitable, the vast majority of models can be retrofitted with a roof tent by means of (owning or installing) load-bearing luggage racks.

Rooftop Tent Advantages & Disadvantages


Safety: Safety is the first element especially when camping in the wild. Rooftop tents are so much safer than outdoor tents, no need to worry about wildlife infestation.

Convenience: With a rooftop tent, you don't have to care too much about the itinerary, camp wherever the scenery is good.

Spacious and comfortable: Compared to sleeping in the car, rooftop tents are much more comfortable, the roof has spacious space, thickened mattress,warm, moisture-proof and breathable.

Privacy: The rooftop tent creates a very private space, so you don't have to worry about privacy at all.


Price: Rooftop tents are more than 10 times more expensive than regular tents, which is why many trips haven't gotten into them yet.

Fuel consumption: The addition of a rooftop tent adds weight and increases wind resistance, undoubtedly for increased fuel consumption.

There are also drawbacks to consider such as space limitations, inconvenience in getting up and down, relatively high height, and troublesome installation and disassembly.

In conclusion, the desire for nature, for those interesting experiences on the road, are strong callers of the urge to travel within us. Travelling with a roof-mounted tent, and then you'll know how to enjoy the beauty of life in nature.