Why are Roof Top-Tents so popular?

Roof Top-Tents have become popular in recent times. It would be unusual if you didn’t see a roof top-tent at a campsite.

So you wondering why roof top-tents are so popular. And if you should buy one? So let me help answer why rooftop tents are so popular.

Roof Top-Tents are popular for a number of reasons. The first being able to sleep anywhere by simply setting up the tent. Setting up normally takes less than 5 minutes.  Also, they affordable with most recognized branded rooftop tents priced between $1,500 to $3,500. Which is a lot less than the cost of an RV.  Roof top-tents are also comfortable to sleeping in with most coming with foam mattresses inserted.  

Now I have answered the main questions would like to provide further detail about why rooftop tents are so good.

Why are rooftop tents so popular?

Below are 5 reasons why rooftop tents are so popular.

Rooftop tents give you a fantastic view

Perched up high on the top of a roof provides a fantastic view of the surrounding environment, offering a fantastic vantage point when watching the sun go down.

Being perched up high also has the advantage of safety, especially in bear or crocodile country. Sleeping in a rooftop tent is much safer than sleeping in a tent.

Some rooftop tents come with a sky window, that allows you to star gaze while lying down in bed. This is a fantastic way to relax after a day trekking.

Rooftop tents are very comfortable

Rooftop tents feel more like a cozy bedroom than a tent. They are very comfortable, most come built-in 2.5 inch think foam.

If that’s not enough you can add your favorite mattress for extra comfort.

Sleeping in a rooftop tent can be made even more comfortable by sleeping with your favorite doona/duvet and pillow/s.

Sleeping in a tent on the cold ground has the disadvantage of the cold creeping up through your mattress into your sleeping bag, making you cold. This is not an issue when you are raised up off the cold ground.

Rooftop tents are affordable

Pop-up campers can be much cheaper in other ways, too. You generally don’t need to purchase insurance for pop-up campers.

The cost of maintenance is often minimal because pop-up campers are smaller and easy to work on.

Most well recognized branded rooftop tents cost between $1,500 to $3,500. This is much cheaper than purchasing an RV. 

There are cheaper options (less than $1000) that can be purchased through eBay and Amazon, just need to check the quality of materials being used.

An example of a quality branded rooftop tent is the Tepui Autana.

The Tepui Autana comfortably sleeps 3 people that comes with Large built-in mattress large sky windows and a 2.5″ foam mattress 3 people

The Explorer Series Autana 3 offers an extended private canopy entrance and includes a removable annex with PVC floor, side screened windows, and a rear door for easy access into your vehicle.

The extended private canopy can be used to get changed or a small room that you can eat dinner, play cards if the weather turns.

Rooftop tents are easy to set-up

Setting up a rooftop tent should only take around 5 minutes. To help, most rooftop tents come with hydraulics that make it easy to set-up.

There are some brands that come with remote control. Pressing a button that automatically lifts the tent into place. With minutes you could be lying down for asleep.

So setting up a rooftop tent is easier than setting up a tent. You also don’t have to worry about having to pack a tent in the car. 

Rooftop tents are easy to take down.

Taking down a rooftop tent is easy. Just need to remove your sleeping gear placing it in the vehicle,

Then disassemble the rooftop tent by folding it up. Depending on your set-up this should not take anymore than 5 minutes.

If you are someone who is constantly traveling from spot to spot, rooftops tents are ideal.

You can set them up nearly everywhere

So you have been traveling all day and wanting to set-up your rooftop tent to get some sleep. No problem, all you need to find is a secluded place.

If you live in North America Walmart seems to be a preferred option for overnight sleeping. Otherwise, find a place that you are unlikely to be disturbed.

Final Thoughts

If you are someone who is constantly traveling from spot to spot, rooftops tents are ideal.

If you are someone who only camps once or twice a year and at the same place for a number of days you are probably better of buying a tent.

Tents are also cheaper and involve less hassle of mounting roof racks and installing roof tent mounting.

Further Information

If you have enjoyed this article you will enjoy our other reviews. Below are some of our other popular resources;

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