Buying a roof tent for the car – how to find the right one

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Buy roof tent ( hard shell ) car Ragna GT, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Here you can buy your tent for the car roof

Prime Tech car roof tent Wasteland L with 240x140x130 cm in beige
Front Runner Feather-Lite Rooftop Tent
Prime Tech car roof tent Wasteland L with 240x140x130 cm in beige
Front Runner Feather-Lite Rooftop Tent
1.299,00 EUR
1.165,00 EUR
Prime Tech car roof tent Wasteland L with 240x140x130 cm in beige
Prime Tech car roof tent Wasteland L with 240x140x130 cm in beige
1.299,00 EUR
Front Runner Feather-Lite Rooftop Tent
Front Runner Feather-Lite Rooftop Tent
1.165,00 EUR

 

Roof tent with awning

Prime Tech car roof tent Extended L incl. awning with 320x140x130 cm in beige
Prime Tech car roof tent Extended L incl. awning with 320x140x130 cm in beige
1.739,00 EUR
Prime Tech car roof tent Extended L incl. awning with 320x140x130 cm in beige
Prime Tech car roof tent Extended L incl. awning with 320x140x130 cm in beige
1.739,00 EUR

 

Roof tent hard shell for 2-3 people

Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Montana M - cover black/tent gray - automatic opening
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Gamma M black/grey - lightweight construction with automatic opening - only 52 kg
qeedo Freedom Slim 120 hard shell roof tent for 2 people (221 x 135 x 18cm), car roof tent with gas pressure springs
Hard Shell Rooftop Tent Outdoor for Offroad Camping 2-3 Person Pop Up Vehicle SUV Truck Overland with Ladder Hard Shell Rooftop Tent for Car Truck SUV Camping RV
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Utah M black/grey - lightweight construction with automatic opening - 64 kg
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Montana M - cover black/tent gray - automatic opening
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Gamma M black/grey - lightweight construction with automatic opening - only 52 kg
qeedo Freedom Slim 120 hard shell roof tent for 2 people (221 x 135 x 18cm), car roof tent with gas pressure springs
Hard Shell Rooftop Tent Outdoor for Offroad Camping 2-3 Person Pop Up Vehicle SUV Truck Overland with Ladder Hard Shell Rooftop Tent for Car Truck SUV Camping RV
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Utah M black/grey - lightweight construction with automatic opening - 64 kg
2.199,00 EUR
2.199,00 EUR
2.199,00 EUR
3.818,48 EUR
2.699,00 EUR
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Montana M - cover black/tent gray - automatic opening
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Montana M - cover black/tent gray - automatic opening
2.199,00 EUR
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Gamma M black/grey - lightweight construction with automatic opening - only 52 kg
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Gamma M black/grey - lightweight construction with automatic opening - only 52 kg
2.199,00 EUR
qeedo Freedom Slim 120 hard shell roof tent for 2 people (221 x 135 x 18cm), car roof tent with gas pressure springs
qeedo Freedom Slim 120 hard shell roof tent for 2 people (221 x 135 x 18cm), car roof tent with gas pressure springs
2.199,00 EUR
Hard Shell Rooftop Tent Outdoor for Offroad Camping 2-3 Person Pop Up Vehicle SUV Truck Overland with Ladder Hard Shell Rooftop Tent for Car Truck SUV Camping RV
Hard Shell Rooftop Tent Outdoor for Offroad Camping 2-3 Person Pop Up Vehicle SUV Truck Overland with Ladder Hard Shell Rooftop Tent for Car Truck SUV Camping RV
3.818,48 EUR
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Utah M black/grey - lightweight construction with automatic opening - 64 kg
Prime Tech hard shell car roof tent Utah M black/grey - lightweight construction with automatic opening - 64 kg
2.699,00 EUR

 

Roof tent 3 people

Prime Tech car roof tent Extended L incl. awning with 320x140x130 cm in beige
Prime Tech car roof tent Extended L incl. awning with 320x140x130 cm in beige
1.739,00 EUR
Prime Tech car roof tent Extended L incl. awning with 320x140x130 cm in beige
Prime Tech car roof tent Extended L incl. awning with 320x140x130 cm in beige
1.739,00 EUR

 

Accessories for the car roof tent

So that you can sleep well in your car roof tent, we recommend an air mattress.

Active Era luxury double air bed - self-inflating guest bed with built-in electric pump, integrated pillow and special air carrier technology - 203 x 152 x 56cm
ETEKCITY air mattress air bed for 2 people, self-inflating air mattress air bed guest bed with electric air pump, inflatable mattress bed 203x152x46cm with carrying bag for camping outdoors
Active Era Premium Airbed Double King Size - 203 x 152 x 48 cm - with built-in electric pump and integrated cushion
Active Era Premium air bed Single bed: 99 x 187 x 53 cm - with built-in electric pump and integrated cushion
Active Era luxury double air bed - self-inflating guest bed with built-in electric pump, integrated pillow and special air carrier technology - 203 x 152 x 56cm
ETEKCITY air mattress air bed for 2 people, self-inflating air mattress air bed guest bed with electric air pump, inflatable mattress bed 203x152x46cm with carrying bag for camping outdoors
Active Era Premium Airbed Double King Size - 203 x 152 x 48 cm - with built-in electric pump and integrated cushion
Active Era Premium air bed Single bed: 99 x 187 x 53 cm - with built-in electric pump and integrated cushion
121,99 EUR
69,99 EUR
91,99 EUR
69,99 EUR
Active Era luxury double air bed - self-inflating guest bed with built-in electric pump, integrated pillow and special air carrier technology - 203 x 152 x 56cm
Active Era luxury double air bed - self-inflating guest bed with built-in electric pump, integrated pillow and special air carrier technology - 203 x 152 x 56cm
121,99 EUR
ETEKCITY air mattress air bed for 2 people, self-inflating air mattress air bed guest bed with electric air pump, inflatable mattress bed 203x152x46cm with carrying bag for camping outdoors
ETEKCITY air mattress air bed for 2 people, self-inflating air mattress air bed guest bed with electric air pump, inflatable mattress bed 203x152x46cm with carrying bag for camping outdoors
69,99 EUR
Active Era Premium Airbed Double King Size - 203 x 152 x 48 cm - with built-in electric pump and integrated cushion
Active Era Premium Airbed Double King Size - 203 x 152 x 48 cm - with built-in electric pump and integrated cushion
91,99 EUR
Active Era Premium air bed Single bed: 99 x 187 x 53 cm - with built-in electric pump and integrated cushion
Active Era Premium air bed Single bed: 99 x 187 x 53 cm - with built-in electric pump and integrated cushion
69,99 EUR

 

Car rear tent for more camping space

Primlisa rear tent car universal tailgate tent, camping family car rear account car account tents tailgate canopy for car, for summer camping
Sport Tent- SUV Tent Tailgate Car Rear Tent Car Tent Awning for Camping Universal Multi-Purpose Tent Freestanding Camping Tent Awning Shade Extension Tent (Outer Tent)
Brunner rear tent Comet 200 x 200 x 205 cm
Skandika rear tent Pitea XL Cross for 4 people | Free-standing car tent with sleeping cabin, 2,3 m headroom, waterproof, 3000 mm water column | Camping awning for SUV, Caddy, car
Primlisa rear tent car universal tailgate tent, camping family car rear account car account tents tailgate canopy for car, for summer camping
Sport Tent- SUV Tent Tailgate Car Rear Tent Car Tent Awning for Camping Universal Multi-Purpose Tent Freestanding Camping Tent Awning Shade Extension Tent (Outer Tent)
Brunner rear tent Comet 200 x 200 x 205 cm
Skandika rear tent Pitea XL Cross for 4 people | Free-standing car tent with sleeping cabin, 2,3 m headroom, waterproof, 3000 mm water column | Camping awning for SUV, Caddy, car
98,99 EUR
185,75 EUR
139,85 EUR
339,00 EUR
Primlisa rear tent car universal tailgate tent, camping family car rear account car account tents tailgate canopy for car, for summer camping
Primlisa rear tent car universal tailgate tent, camping family car rear account car account tents tailgate canopy for car, for summer camping
98,99 EUR
Sport Tent- SUV Tent Tailgate Car Rear Tent Car Tent Awning for Camping Universal Multi-Purpose Tent Freestanding Camping Tent Awning Shade Extension Tent (Outer Tent)
Sport Tent- SUV Tent Tailgate Car Rear Tent Car Tent Awning for Camping Universal Multi-Purpose Tent Freestanding Camping Tent Awning Shade Extension Tent (Outer Tent)
185,75 EUR
Brunner rear tent Comet 200 x 200 x 205 cm
Brunner rear tent Comet 200 x 200 x 205 cm
139,85 EUR
Skandika rear tent Pitea XL Cross for 4 people | Free-standing car tent with sleeping cabin, 2,3 m headroom, waterproof, 3000 mm water column | Camping awning for SUV, Caddy, car
Skandika rear tent Pitea XL Cross for 4 people | Free-standing car tent with sleeping cabin, 2,3 m headroom, waterproof, 3000 mm water column | Camping awning for SUV, Caddy, car
339,00 EUR

 

Which roof tent should you choose?

Most people are familiar with the models. But there are differences between the types of roof tents. These are a few basic points to consider before purchasing your new rooftop tent.

What equipment do you need?

A good type of roof tent should have a high durability so that it works long enough. It is by no means necessary to buy a new roof tent for the car every year. Instead, you should always go a few steps further and make sure that your roof tent type is currently the best. This is how you use your roof tent over a long period of time and sustainably.

How much money do you want to invest?

Most people don't like spending money. But if you buy a good roof tent for the car, it can quickly become a success. Here you will find a great deal of information that can help you figure out what type of rooftop tent you need.

You should know this before buying your roof tent for the car

A roof tent on the car offers you several advantages compared to buying a mobile home. With a car roof tent you are more flexible on the road than with a mobile home. You can mount a car tent on the roof of a Bulli or van. Do you need a roof tent in the hard shell or a roof tent for 3 people? Here you can find it.

Advantages that a car tent has

  • You can easily spend the night with a car roof tent in any car park, as long as you don't set up camping chairs and your roof tent doesn't increase the dimensions of the vehicle. A roof tent in the hard shell is perfect for this. If you sleep in the roof tent, this serves to restore your ability to drive. After the night you should drive on. Multi-day stays are similar to the Caravan not allowed in Germany.
  • While an RV doesn't fit under every bridge because of its height, you don't have this problem with a rooftop tent. Hard-shell roof tents in particular are packed so compactly that they do not cause any problems.
  • In cities you are more flexible with a car with a roof tent. You can find parking spaces wherever cars are allowed to park. With a mobile home this is difficult. You are often dependent on parking spaces and parking spaces outside the city center. Long walks into the city are not uncommon.
  • Another advantage of a roof tent is that you sleep above the ground. This avoids sleeping on uneven ground. Stones, bugs and dirt do not affect your sleep. If it rains, no water gets into the tent.

What is the best rooftop tent for the car?

The magazine ComputerBild carried out a test of roof tents in 2022.

All three roof tents received the rating very good.

A roof tent for the car is cheap

A big difference to the mobile home is the price. Buying an RV is a big investment. If you want to buy a roof tent for the car, you can get it - depending on the size and equipment - at prices between 1000 and 6500 euros. Particularly good car roof tents cost up to 8000 euros. You can even buy a roof tent for pickups, which you set up on the loading area of ​​the vehicle, for less than 200 euros. Whether cheap roof tents are worthwhile, however, must be considered carefully. The cheapest models are not automatically the best.

Roof structures car - what you need to know

There are a few things you need to know about car roof structures. Here you can find them in detail:

For which car is a roof tent suitable?

A roof tent can be mounted on almost any car. It is a misconception that this is only possible with SUVs or vans. The roof load of the vehicle is decisive for the construction of a roof tent.

Roof load on a car for a car roof tent

The permissible roof load must be observed. The information can be found in the manufacturer's manual for the vehicle. It's not on the vehicle registration document. Depending on the vehicle, this is between 50 and 75 kilograms, sometimes even higher. This means the load weight that may be transported during the journey. In the case of a car roof tent, this load is the weight of the closed tent. Tent and roof rack should not exceed the specified roof load.

If the car is stationary, it can withstand a higher weight. Tent manufacturers state the maximum load of the roof when stationary at around 200 kilograms. The lower the weight of the roof tent and the user, the more people can sleep in it. Here you should make sure that Tent, the roof rack, the people and the luggage under the total mass of the vehicle lie.

Roof rack for car roof tent

When it comes to car roof structures, there are a few things you have to consider. It is important that the roof rack can withstand the weight of the roof tent including people. Roof rack with a load capacity of 200 kg * are best suited for this. You should also make sure that the luggage rack fits your own car, e.g. for one citroen*, a Volkswagen* , or renault*. There's a selection for different car brands, for example VDP*. In addition, roof racks must match your vehicle type. Some cars already have a railing or mounting points to which you can attach the cross members. The TÜV advises only buying tested luggage racks. Although there are no legal regulations, there is the DIN 75302 standard, which specifies the requirements and test methods for luggage racks. It therefore makes sense to use tested luggage racks. The best thing to do is to ask your car manufacturer about suitable roof racks. Then you can't go wrong.

Is a car roof tent waterproof?

The fabric of a rooftop tent is usually waterproof. However, weak points are seams, fly screens, windows, zippers and places where the fabric overlaps.

Where can I stay overnight with a car roof tent?

  • At campsites
  • Scandinavia allows wild camping (see "Everyman's Right"). This does not apply to mobile homes.
  • In Scotland you can camp wild.
  • In Germany in nature where it is not forbidden (fines are rare)

It is forbidden to stay overnight in a roof tent

  • In nature, wildlife and water protection areas
  • In public squares and streets
  • In the wilderness, especially in southern Europe (there are often high penalties)
  • On private property (be sure to ask in advance!)

Questions and answers about buying a roof tent for a car

How many people fit in a roof tent?

There are different roof tent types that offer space for 1-5 people. Hard-shell roof tents are enough for two adults. There are folding roof tents. These offer more space and are suitable for camping trips for up to five people. Finally, there are hybrid rooftop tents. These have space for two to three adults.

How much does a roof tent cost?

The price depends on the size and quality of the roof tent. Fabric roof tents for two people are available from €1500. You can find hard-shell roof tents from €2500. Basically, the larger and better equipped the roof tent, the more expensive it is.

Why a roof tent?

The biggest advantage of a roof tent is that the tent is off the ground. This avoids bugs, stones and dirt in the tent. In addition, there is no risk of the tent filling up with water when it rains.

When is a roof tent worth it?

If a motorhome is too expensive or there is no space for the motorhome, a roof tent is a good idea. Anyone who likes to travel with a tent will appreciate a roof tent. Because with such a tent you no longer have to pay attention to the ground on which you set up your tent. In a roof tent you sleep like in a bed. This means that you can easily use your everyday car as a leisure vehicle.

How fast can you drive with a roof tent?

It depends on the type of roof tent. With a closed folding roof tent with cover you should not drive faster than 90 - 100 km/h. With a hard shell roof tent without additional roof load you can drive up to 130 km/h.

How comfortable is a roof tent?

In contrast to normal tents, you sleep on a smooth surface in a roof tent. Therefore, you sleep on the mattress in the roof tent like in a normal bed.

What do you need for camping in the car?

You should also have these camping accessories with you:

 

 

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