4×4 Rooftop Tent Frequently Asked Questions

With self-drive Kigali, rooftop tents are becoming mainstream camping gear, to some people, there still are many mysteries concerning how this essential gear works.

Below, we have compiled a list of possible questions you might have and detailed answers to these questions.

How do I make a rooftop tent more comfortable?

On a safari trip, your 4×4 rooftop tent is your home away from home and should be made as comfortable as possible. The rooftop tent must have the following to be comfortable.

  • A high-quality waterproof mattress
  • Buying absorbent sheets and connection mats to keep wetness out
  • Buy comfortable pillows
  • Buy a rooftop tent in the correct size
  • Bring a ground mat with you on camping trips to keep the mud out of your tent
  • Light up your tent with power-saving LED lights
  • Keep your tent cool with a cooling fan
  • Use mosquito nets for protection.

How much does a rooftop tent weigh?

A rooftop tent’s weight depends on the materials it is made out of and its size. Generally, rooftop tents weigh between 100-200lbs.

How much weight can a rooftop tent hold?

A rooftop tent’s weight capacity varies with the type of tent. On average, rooftop tents can hold 200 lbs per occupant.

Where can I camp with my rooftop tent?

There are many advantages of rooftop tents, and one essential one is the ease of camping anywhere. You can camp anywhere your vehicle goes! It doesn’t matter if you find yourself in the desert or on a grassy plain, as long as you find a safe and legal place to park your vehicle, you can use your rooftop tent.

How can I level a rooftop tent?

Choose a flat place to park your vehicle. If camping uphill, find an area with only a slight incline to pitch your tent. Level your vehicle, not just your tent. Position your rooftop tent ladder toward a hill.

How do rooftop tents work?

Rooftop tents are camping gear fitted to, you guessed right- the roof of a camping vehicle. Rooftop tents were designed to offer shelter like regular camping tents but in a more convenient, comfortable, and safer structure. With standard tents, your tent is on the ground, but with rooftop tents, your shelter is atop your vehicle.

Why rooftop tents are highly sought after?

There are many reasons people choose to switch their traditional camping tents to rooftop tents. Although rooftop tents are generally more expensive than conventional tents, they offer more game-changing benefits that many campers find essential to their outdoorsy lifestyle.

Why people prefer rooftop tents:

  • There are easy to set-up and pull-down
  • Ease of mobility as you can camp wherever you go with your vehicle.
  • You can make the most of your vehicle space with your rooftop tent installed on top of your car.
  • There are many rooftop tents are made of more durable materials (like aluminum) than some traditional tents.
  • Better sleep off the ground, you do not have to deal with rocks poking into your back as you sleep, water pooling in your tent as it rains, or mud splashing all over your tent.
  • They offer a vantage point of the ground which keeps you out of reach of animals like snakes creeping into the camping area.

Will installing a rooftop tent damage my vehicle?

When appropriately installed, rooftop tents do not pose a risk to a vehicle’s roof. Rooftop tents are installed using roof racks or rooftop bars. The tent is not placed directly on the roof of the vehicle. Yes, rooftop tents are heavy, however, if you stick to your vehicle’s and roof rack’s weight limit, you should have no problem using a rooftop tent.

How do I store my rooftop tent when I’m not camping?

Most people wonder what to do with their tents when taking a break from outdoor activities. While some people prefer to leave their rooftop tent installed on their camping vehicle, we do not recommend doing this. Like regular camping tents, rooftop tents need to be stored properly to ensure it retains their durability and is in an excellent state for your camping trips.

How do I clean my tent?

Maintaining a rooftop tent clean is easy. You have to ensure that you never store it wet, and remember to clean out all dirt on or in it. To keep your rooftop tent clean, remove all your sleeping gear. Clean the tent’s floor or base and air out the tent. Depending on how often you use the tent, deep clean your RTT to eliminate build-up. Remember to let it dry properly before putting it in storage.

How long do rooftop tents last?

Rooftop tents are more durable than regular ground tents. When well maintained, you should be able to enjoy using your RTT for at least five and as much as ten years.