When packing up for a camping adventure, your shelter is generally one of the first things that is planned for. For overlanders, the rooftop tent is becoming ever more popular. They're actually often called overland tents. Comparing your necessities for the trip ahead will give you a clear idea for whether a rooftop or ground tent will be needed for sufficient shelter. Your group size will also be a factor as the rooftop tents generally sleep 2 comfortably with slight room for a third. Welcome to our Rooftop Tent Reviews!

Rooftop Tents

Front Runner Feather-Lite Rooftop Tent

ARB Series III Sand Rooftop Tent

Tuff Stuff Ranger Overland Rooftop Tent with Annex Room

Smittybilt Overlander Tent

Tepui Kukenam Sky Tent

Rooftop Tent Reviews


Review Of Front Runner Feather-Lite Rooftop Tent

With the Feather-Lite Rooftop Tent, campers can rest assured that the tent comes with simple setup instructions to form an instant bedroom, capable of sleeping 2 or more people. This tent has been manufactured to withstand the weather by having a strong, waterproof, mold resistant, heavy duty poly-cotton fabric that covers the outside. With the Feather-Lite, campers have the luxury of an included mattress, leaving only blankets or sleeping bags and pillows to set up! This tent is also equipped with a retractable ladder that is coated with treads for a slip resistant stepping surface. Keep insects and critters out with the screen covered windows and doors and campers can enjoy added ventilation by opening the sunroof area that is also covered with a mesh layer. The tent in it's entirety weighs roughly 88 pounds and measures 4.3 feet wide and 7.9 feet long when set up. This tent, even with it's lower class weight, can withstand strong winds and rain with it's heavy-duty fabric covering.

PROS:

  • Lightweight
  • Durable Fabric Cover
  • Easy to setup

CONS:

  • Aluminum gets cold during winter
  • Ladder slides open too easily in closed position
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Review of the ARB Series III Sand Rooftop Tent

With the ARB Series III Sand Rooftop Tent, campers get a customizable setup option with the tent having the capability to open on either side or rear of the vehicle roof. Once set up, tent has a bedroom that can comfortably sleep 2 people or more. The tent has been manufactured using a heavy duty, weather resistant poly-cotton and comes equipped with screen covered doors and windows to keep out pesky insects. Once open, the tent is very roomy and open on the inside and comes with pockets for extra indoor storage.

The ARB Series III, comes with a retractable, aluminum ladder and a built-in bonded chip foam mattresses, opening up much needed storage space for other necessities inside the vehicle. The tent has a combined weight of 185 pounds and measures 60 inches by 12 inches by 53 inches. This tent is not equipped with universal mounting brackets therefore it may take a couple of drilled holes being added to the cargo racks for installation. 

PROS:

  • Durable fabric cover
  • Fast setup
  • Retractable ladder included

CONS:

  • Very firm mattress, may require extra padding
  • May be necessary to drill extreme cold in your cargo racks for installment
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Review of the Tuff Stuff Ranger Overland Rooftop Tent with Annex Room

When the tent is fully open it measures 56 inches wide, 96 inches long and 52 inches in height. This tent comes with a 2.5 inch high density foam mattress and has 3 different screen covered windows that are equipped with their own personal awnings. The Tuff Stuff Ranger Overland Rooftop Tent is covered with a thick poly-cotton fabric that is weather resistant, including waterproof, UV and mold resistance. The brackets and hinges that soak up the most stress during travel and in inclement weather are manufactured from stainless steel to prevent quick wear down. The Tuff Stuff Ranger Overland Rooftop Tent is equipped with an added annex room, a section of fabric that can be zipped to the bottom of the actual tent and give campers an added area of covered protection for chairs or extra storage or even a room for small pets or other campers! This tent is able to be opened in a multiple of different ways, giving campers the easy option to have their doorway over the side or rear of the their below vehicle. 

PROS:

  • Annex room included
  • Screen covered windows and doors
  • Fast setup and take down
  • Multiples of hooks and pockets

CONS:

  • Difficult to understand instructions
  • Possible leaking in zipper area of annex addition
  • Metal shavings found around mattress area from predrilled holes in tent frame
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Review of the Smittybilt Overlander Tent

Campers can enjoy an easy setup with the Smittybilt Overlander Tent that comes equipped with a high density foam full mattress and enough sleep space for 2 to 3 people. With the Smittybilt, an XL tent size is available that will give campers space for up to 4 people comfortably. This tent is covered with a heavy duty fabric that is waterproof and protected from the UV rays of the sun. The Overlander is equipped with a sunroof and side windows that are covered with netting to keep out all insects and critters. As a custom option, a separate annex room may be added on with the use of heavy duty zippers, for an additional covered area for campers. This tent comes with an aluminum ladder that has an extra extension package available if needed. Included with this tent is a rain fly, which is a separate cover that is added onto the tent to keep rain out! When the rain fly it attached, it gives campers the option to keep the sunroof area open during rain for added cooler ventilation inside the tent.

PROS:

  • Fast and easy setup
  • Sleeps 2+ comfortably
  • Included mattress
  • Pockets for storage inside

CONS:

  • Mattress gets flattened overnight
  • Rainfly holds water when it rains
  • Need at least 2 people for attaching to top of vehicle
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Review of the Tepui Kukenam Sky Tent

The Tepui Kukenam Sky Tent comes with a simple setup, consisting of bolting the tent to the roof racks of the campers vehicle with the provided universal mounting brackets and then unfolding the ladder and inserting a couple of aluminum poles. The rooftop tent can comfortably sleep up to 3 people or more. The fabric that covers the tent is a heavy duty poly-cotton blend that can withstand high winds and downpours. This tent is equipped with a screen covered skylight and windows that have heavy duty zippers and are capable of opening up for more ventilation through the tent, as well as keeping pesky insects outside of the tent. It has an aluminum ladder and comes with a PVC coated travel cover to protect the gear while traveling. The entire frame is covered with a heavy duty poly-cotton fabric that is weather resistant, including rain and snow and helps protect against the UV rays. When setup, the tent measures 50 inches by 51 inches by 12 inches and weighs roughly 99 pounds. The tent is equipped with multiples of pockets inside for easy storage. When it is time to pack the tent up, there are included bungee cords to making tying the tent down easier!

PROS:

  • Lightweight
  • Screen covered skylight for ventilation
  • Comes with travel cover for tent protection during travel
  • Universal mounting brackets included for easy setup

CONS:

  • Possible zipper leakage
  • May need new holes drilled in cargo racks for installation
  • Needs added protection from condensation underneath mattress
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Final Thoughts

While camping can be a fun adventure for many, having a safe and weather resistant shelter is a huge important factor when going out into nature. Most tents are made with a heavy duty polyester and cotton blend fabric that assists in keeping out all moisture and helps keep out the elements, such as UV rays. Generally, tents are also equipped with screen covered areas, including windows and doors, to assist campers in keeping air flowing through the tent area.

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The rooftop tents in our lists have very similar structures and designs. Sometimes it is very hard to tell what kind of rooftop tent a fellow overlander has on their rig, they are so similar. Where they do differ however, is their build quality and the materials used. This is why we think the Front Runner Feather-Lite Rooftop Tent is a great choice.

But if you'd like some extra room for your stuff and more shelter on the ground as well, go for the Tuff Stuff Ranger Overland Rooftop Tent with Annex Room.


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