Sky Camp Tent (Roof Top Tent) or we call it the car pop up tent, sky camp tent looks relatively new genre of camping gear in North America. They are essentially tents that pop-up, or fold out, from on top of a vehicle.
A tent on your car or SUV may seem a little absurd. Why not just set it up on the ground? After driving from Colorado to Alaska with a sky camp tent mounted on the camper top of my Ford Ranger, I begin to believe this.
The Car-Top Tent or sky camp tent has changed the way I camp and opened a new world. It has plusses and minuses, but it is the greatest new product I’ve found in years to get a great night’s sleep in the outdoors.
Sky Camp Tent: A primer
Sky Camp Tents (Roof Top Tent) are fairly new in North America. In Australia and other places with more evil bugs and creatures on the ground, they began years ago. But here they are still a novel, and you’ll see when you put this thing up.
But curiosity is justified; It looks nuts, and people will wonder how it does not fall from your truck. The answer is that you need a good roof rack, and at least the Tepui model I’ve tested is built like a tank.
The Installation of the sky camp tent (and most Roof Top Tent) is really easy, and one of the positive points. You can store bedding inside the tent if wanted, and it has a built-in memory foam mattress, which is more comfortable all night.
Once set up, grab the tent from a ladder too. It is quite similar to a normal, heavy canvas tent in many ways just sitting on a flat steel deck on top of your vehicle. On my truck I am about 7 feet off the ground on my cover. With open windows, there is really a wild perspective on camping sites.
Rooftop camper is available in a strange crossroads of RVs and tents, and you will immediately find yourself wondering if you need to pay an RV rate or a tent rate at camping sites. Since I do not use electricity or water, I have allowed myself on the usually more favorable tent rate.
But the setup has some of the advantages of RVs, especially the ability to camp in places you would never want to pitch a tent.
As the outdoor industry plunges into a new era of luxury, alongside the rest of the modern world, dynamism is growing in popularity. As we always seek to get out, we have set our point of view above, finding ways to go out in style. The sky camp tents offer the ideal solution for this outdoor getaway where you can stay in the comfort of your own vehicle.
Forget to work with unruly tent poles and jump on inexpensive metal stakes – not needing energy and energy consumption is not necessary. Spend less time working and more time under the stars with a rooftop tent that unfolds in your own back-country hotel room. Offering an excellent view, protection from insects and curious creatures, and a home that looks cool to sleep, it’s easy to see why we choose a palace of vehicles on an archaic shelter on the ground.
Sky Camp Tent Pros & Cons
The sky camp tent I tested is very comfortable, easy to set up, durable, and weatherproof. It creates a flat surface to sleep on, and I wake well rested. Compared with the common ground-tent, I think I sleep better in general. I can’t speak to all roof top tents, but the heavier materials allow for thick mattresses and great weather protection.
1. The Sky Camp Tent bolts right onto the crossbars of your roof rack with no special skills or tools required. The Roof top tents weigh from 120-150 lbs so almost any vehicle can handle them. You don’t need a van to live the #vanlife!
2. Once you park your car you can be comfortably resting inside your roof top tent in under two minutes. The stainless steel gas struts make the tent pop up as soon as you unbuckle it.
3. There’s enough room in the roof top tent to store all your bedding right in the tent so it’s always ready and saves the space in your vehicle.
4. With an impermeable fiberglass top and waterproof canvas walls, you will stay warm and dry inside your tent even when momma nature insists on getting you wet.
5. The reinforced fiberglass shell and stainless steel struts mean the tent is durable and will give you years of service.
1.Price is a factor. roof top tents are not cheap (ranging from about $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 or more, and a rack system can add several hundred dollars to the package). Compared to a high quality tent and a sleeping mattress package, the price difference decreases, but the roof system is still much more expensive.
2. Increased vehicle height – When you’ve got a 3″ lift or more, adding another foot onto your roof has you pushing 8′ in height.
3. Higher center of gravity – Try not to roll your rig, any roof top tent owner will tell you that it makes the truck a little more top heavy.
4. Difficult to take on and off (Unless you have a hoist, I hope your friends don’t mind dragging this thing on and off the truck.) – Your roof is already 7ft off the ground, have fun lifting it up to the top of the truck.
Sky Camp Tent FAQs
Q: What about Sky Camp Tent made of hard metal?
A: We have not covered one of these rooftop reviews, but they do exist. The first models appeared in the 1950s and they are still sold today.
Q: Why would I want a camper on the roof instead of just pitching a tent?
A: We have three answers for you: time, ease of use and comfort. It takes much less time to install a top car tent than a tent on the floor. It is also easier to unhook. In addition, you can leave your bedding in place and drive to the next site. Finally, you will have plenty of room to stretch out on a thick, thick mattress that should not be packaged separately.
Q: Is it difficult to install a Sky Camp Tent by jeep?
A: No, it’s not very difficult. Once you have secured it on your vehicle, you just need to take care of setting up with the poles of the camp. Each of these models comes with instructions, but sometimes they are a bit confused to read. Most of them can be ready to use in less than five minutes. Simply practice your driveway before leaving your home. Check out this video below to learn how to mount, package and configure an ARB tent. It will give you a good overview of what to expect.
Like it or not, it’s your choice. Maybe you want to change your camping style someday!