Getting outside and into the great outdoors is something a lot of people like to do, but sleeping in a tent on the ground isn't for everyone. In fact, a lot of people will end up foregoing their tent halfway through the night and then retreating inside their car just to stay a little bit warmer and safer. What if you could combine the two things and camp on top of your car instead? Luckily, there are now vehicle rooftop tents that allow you to do just that. By strapping to the top of your car or truck, a rooftop tent will allow you to camp under the stars but in a more secure way. Because rooftop tents can be a little bit more expensive, there are a few things that you will want to take into consideration.
When you are making a purchase that costs thousands of dollars, you want to make sure that it is covered under warranty; especially when you'll (hopefully) be using it a lot. When you are shopping for a warranty, look for one that covers basic wear and tear and any sort of accidents involved when setting it up and taking it down.
When you think of putting a tent on top of your car and sleeping in it, you may not think that will be very accessible. When you are shopping around for a rooftop tent, look for things like a ladder to help you get from the ground to the actual tent. Also, where is the door of the tent located? Do they have a tent where you can access it from your car's sunroof? Try testing it out with your family and see if the accessibility works for your group as a whole or if it's better for an individual.
3. Soft shell vs hard shell?
Depending on where you live, having a hard shell tent may be better than having a soft shell tent. For instance, if you live in a part of the country that gets a lot of wind, rain, or even snow, then having a hard shell tent is a must because it will keep moisture and the cold out. If, however, you live in a part of the country that has more neutral and predictable weather, then you may be just fine with a soft shell tent.
To learn a little bit more about vehicle rooftop tents, visit a store near you.