A TUFF-TREK® Roof Tent fits most vehicles, including Estate Cars, Small Saloons, Vans, right down to small hatchbacks and some Sports Cars!
There’s a couple of important things you need to know before you can grab a roof tent and start exploring though!
The 1st thing to check is if your car has a suitable Roof Load Rating?
This is the maximum Dynamic Load Rating the manufacturer recommends.
Typically you can find this information out from your cars manual or the dealership although most modern vehicles will have at least 75kg Dynamic Load Rating.
What does it all mean?
Dynamic Load refers to the maximum weight allowed when your vehicle is moving.
This is always less than the maximum Static Load – eg. when your vehicle is stationary, so no need to worry about the weight of a tent and occupants when parked up!
Tip: Your vehicle can take much higher Static Loads than it can Dynamic Loads.
- To fit a soft top tent (1.4, 1.6, 1.8m) or BUNDUTOP tent you need 75kg + Dynamic Load Rating
- To fit a hard top tent (OVERLAND MK2, ALU-CAB GEN 3.1) you need 75kg +
Tip: So as long as you have enough Dynamic Load Rating for your tent you should be good to go!
ROOF RACKS & ROOF BARS:
Now you’ve sorted out your Roof Load question, to actually fix a TUFF-TREK® onto your car, van or 4×4 you’ll need something strong to mount it to. The 2x main options are listed below.
A pair of good quality ROOF BARS is fine for mounting roof tents. ROOF BARS run across your vehicle’s roof, from side to side.
Tip: Don’t be confused with ROOF RAILS which run from front to back!
ROOF BARS are available for most vehicles, from a wide variety of places (Halfords etc)! Which ever roof bars you choose please make sure that they have a suitable Dynamic Load rating.
Tip: We suggest a Dynamic Load Rating of 75kg + for soft top tents, and 85kg + for hard top tents.
Your TUFF-TREK ® will attach directly to these roof bars (either by bolting through directly or locking around them) with the relevant fixing kit included with your tent.
If you want to use a ROOF RACK to fix your TUFF-TREK ® on to it’s normally just as simple.
Just like the Roof Bars above, please make sure your rack has a sufficient load rating for the tent you’ve chosen.
Here’s some handy pointers to help you on the way.
- A totally flat platform rack will work best (avoid racks with raised basket sides)
- Aluminium racks weigh less than steel – which helps keep the max roof load down if you have a low roof load rating?
- Make sure there is enough room under your rack to get your hand in to tighten the tent mount fixings up!
Here at TUFF-TREK ® we supply a wide range of roof racks (as well as a handy fitting service) so if you don’t feel comfortable choosing a rack, drop us an email and we’ll be happy to help!