Originally Posted by ReDinTX
Wandering through here ive seen a lot of these trailer top or roof top tents. Never really seen anything like it before, and im curious about them....mainly why?
Rooftop tents were kind of born from expedition vehicles, where you may be in the outback or grasslands of Africa. Obviously you dont want to wake up in the mouth of a 16 foot crocodile or get dragged to your death by a lion. In the USA, it be wolves, bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, moose or flash floods.
Here are the realistic pros for me:
Most RTT include a mattress, no rocks in your back, no cot to drag along, no air mattress, no location grooming.
Generally most are 1-3 people tents, plus cargo. Roomy!
Can be folded down with bedding inside - less cargo in the jeep.
Keeps you off the damp cold ground where the bugs are.
If it rains heavy, your dry, water doesnt pool into the tent.
Since your up higher, you get a nice breeze.
Once the tent is open, it creates a sheltered area for shade or you can add mosquito netting or an annex (works awesome with a Zodi shower
Most important for me
- Provides more security ( I worry about meth heads slitting my throat
), you have the highground and extra seconds to grab your gun.
Where ever you can park your rig, is where camp is ie; Jagged rocks, water, mud, sand, sticks, parking lot, ect.
Sets up or comes down in 7 minutes - no guy lines or stakes
Chicks dig it!
Expensive - but they are more than just a nylon bag with some poles.
Heavy (100+ lbs), easily adds a 1ft of hight to your jeep = lots of wind drag.
Requires a trailer or roof rack.
With a roof rack - you have to take the tent with you everywhere, where as a trailer can be detached.
Eats up 80% of your roofrack cargo space.
Gotta pay attention to what your doing for 3am pee time
otherwise its a 6ft fall in the dark.
If its super windy, the tent takes the brunt of it.
Might need a hoist + storage for the tent in the garage. Its big and takes up space.
Or.... heres another way to look at it:
Roof top tent
Tent on the ground