You’ve seen the epic overland rig pictures out on the plains with the roof top tent providing off the ground shelter, and thought, “man, that looks awesome!” I wonder if I should spend the money and replace my ground tent? It’s a personal choice! Consider the options below and watch the video above to learn more about the experience with ours!
|1. Inexpensive||1. Critters and Mud|
|2. Fast||2. Separate Bedding|
|3. Can be very large|
Roof Top Tent
|1. Home is where you park it||1. Takes up rack space|
|2. Off the ground||2. Weight up high|
|3. Bedding packed with it||3. Cumbersome|
|4. Vehicle not mobile|
For us, we prefered the ground tent mainly because our vehicle is high and I always felt like a monkey crawling around the rig to open and close the tent. Try as I might, I did not get the setup time down below 15 minutes (partly because of vehicle height), and Corrie has RA, which means going up and down a ladder hurts. The RTT just wasn’t for us.
There is a common misconception that RTTs are faster, but the fact of the matter is, I’ve never seen a tent go up faster than our Front Runner Flip Pop Tent. you literally just throw it and watch it unfold. You do have to be careful with the tent. The rods are not very strong, at least for this overlander.