Are you looking for a roof top tent to take you and your family on an exciting camping adventure? There are many different factors to consider when choosing a roof top tent such as size, style, weight, durability and cost. Read on to learn more about the advantages of a rooftop tent and what types of tents are available.
Hard shell roof top tents are the quickest to setup, even a young child can open them up, whilst you enjoy a nice drink. Hard shell tents also weather better in hot, dry dusty conditions and dont become an eyesore after 1 seaon in the summer heat of the Middle East.
But not all hard shell tents are the same, you need to look for the quality of the construction, will it be impervious to dust and water, will it be able to hold all your bedding, for instance real pillows are bulky but way more comfortable than inflatable or smaller camping pillows. The extra space in good quality hardshell tent allows to stow your blankets or sleeping bags, perhaps some clothes and a book or 2.
Once you have finished your camping and are heading to your next location or just heading home, the tent must be quick to close, stow away your bedding without spending too much energy whilst the morning sun starts to increase in temperature.
Also do consider what added electrical sockets are available inside the tent, although these can be added later to any tent, but one that has one pre-built only makes it that more neater and useful from the time you have made your decision to install one on your car, these days we need somewhere to recharge our phones, run a small fan and an internal light which not all tents are supplied with.
The ability to also attach other items that are useful to your camping needs, such solar panels on the roof to run your fridge all the time, or perhaps store your messy items such as fire wood, extra fuel, BBQ coal is useful as these items once opened always cause a mess inside a vehicle, so a tent that provisions for you to easily attach extra mounting points is versatile and neater in the long run.
Lastly you need durability and this includes waterproofing as you will want to wash your tent with a high pressure washer, the abilty to drive over rough terrain for hours without the buckles opening or hinges and opening mechanism failing, also the tent should be mounted to your vehicle with appropriate amount of hardware so that there is very little movement of the tent.