Choosing the Right Roof Tent for Your Car: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the Right Roof Tent for Your Car: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the Right Roof Tent

If you’re an adventure enthusiast or someone who loves spending time outdoors, a roof tent can be a game-changer for your car. Whether you’re planning a camping trip, a weekend getaway, or a cross-country expedition, having a roof tent provides convenience, comfort, and the freedom to sleep wherever your journey takes you. However, with so many options available on the market, choosing the right roof tent can be overwhelming. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential factors to consider when selecting a roof tent for your car.

Consider your needs:

Before diving into the world of roof tents, it’s crucial to assess your specific needs. Are you traveling solo or with a partner? Do you have a specific budget in mind? Will you be camping in various weather conditions? Understanding your requirements will help you narrow down your options and choose a roof tent that best suits your needs.

People moving every day may prefer a HARD SHELL Roof Tent – such as those here – which offer quick setup, whilst those with families or staying longer in one place may prefer the SOFT TOP type which often come with annex rooms – such as those here.

Roof rack compatibility:

Not all roof tents are compatible with every type of car or roof rack. It’s essential to check the specifications and compatibility requirements provided by the roof tent manufacturer. Ensure that the roof tent you choose is designed to fit your vehicle’s make and model, and it should be compatible with your existing roof rack or, if needed, select a suitable roof rack system.

For more info about racks/bars etc – check our useful guide – see here.

Size and capacity:

Roof tents come in various sizes, ranging from compact light weight tents to larger models like our 1.65m, 1.8m or biggest 2.2m wide models, capable of accommodating families. Consider how many people will be using the roof tent and whether you require additional space for gear or pets. Take into account the weight limits of your vehicle’s roof and make sure the tent you choose falls within those limits.

Tuff Trek TT02 2.2M Family Size Roof Tent
















Tent setup and ease of use:

One of the key benefits of a roof tent is its easy setup and takedown process. Look for tents with simple and intuitive installation mechanisms, as well as user-friendly features such as telescopic ladders, sturdy zippers, and durable materials. Time spent struggling with complicated setup can dampen your camping experience.

The BUNDUTOP Electric roof tents (see below) take just 18 seconds and setup or packaway at the press of a button! Now that’s easy!!!

Bundutop Electric Rooftent




















Material quality and durability:

A roof tent is a long-term investment, so it’s crucial to choose one made from high-quality materials. Look for tents constructed from durable and weather-resistant POLYCOTTON fabrics that can withstand various conditions, including rain, wind, and UV exposure.

Tuff-Trek only use the best polycotton with limited PE coatings as these render the fabric less breathable! The PRO Ruggedised range of roof tents all feature 320g fabric weights for a premium feel and best performance around.



















Make sure you look for features like these in your next roof top tent!

  • Reinforced stitching
  • Robust poles
  • Sturdy base are all signs of a well-built and reliable roof tent

Unfortunately NOT all roof tents are made equal! As a general rule if it’s cheap then it’s for a reason!

Avoid Polyester tents as they can’t breathe properly.

Ventilation and insulation:

A well-ventilated roof tent is essential for a comfortable sleeping environment. Look for tents with ample windows, mesh panels, and adjustable airflow options to ensure proper ventilation during warm nights. Similarly, if you plan to camp in colder climates, choose a tent with adequate insulation and the option to add a thermal liner or a quilted mattress.


Tuff-Trek 1.4m Thermal Roof-Tent Liner




















Additional features:

Consider any additional features that might enhance your camping experience. Some roof tents come with built-in awnings, annexes, or storage pockets for added convenience. Assess which features are important to you and prioritize accordingly.