Why rooftop tents are a game-changer for camping
Deciding which style of tent to buy can be a tough decision. Do you go for a traditional ground tent, or is a rooftop tent mounted on top of your vehicle a better solution? While there are certainly a few downsides to the rooftop tent lifestyle, the long list of benefits can make them well and truly worth the investment.
Set up camp in seconds
The biggest factor for me when it comes to selecting a tent is the setup time, and in this area, rooftop tents are in a class of their own thanks to hydraulic struts that do most of the work for you! With hardtop models such as the Dune Nomad Deluxe, setup involves undoing a few clips, pushing the tent up and clipping on the telescopic ladder, a 30-second job that anyone can do. Beyond the physical setup time though, rooftop tents have built-in mattresses and room inside to leave your blankets. That means that in the 30 seconds it takes to pop the tent up, your bed is also made and ready to go - an absolute game-changer if you arrive at camp late, or like to move from campsite to campsite each night.
Camp in any conditions
Let's face it, you can carefully check the weather forecast and plan your trips for perfect conditions, but nature quite often has other ideas! A lot of traditional tents get quite affected by wind, not only structurally (which can mean a broken tent and a camping trip cut short!) but also with flapping material that keeps you awake. Rooftop tents have less material to flap, a strong metal frame and hydraulic struts keeping everything taught so even in windy conditions, you can get a peaceful night's sleep. Admittedly, you can attach a combination of guy ropes to a ground tent to strengthen it and keep the material from flapping, but that's even more time you'll be spending setting up camp!
Save in-car storage space
Although they can be quite large, a rooftop tent can save you a lot of precious space inside your vehicle because you won't need to pack a tent, mattress or bedding (besides a few pillows). It's amazing how fast a car can fill up, even just for a weekend trip, so having that extra room inside can make a real difference. Depending on which rooftop tent you choose, you might not even have to give up roof space either, with integrated roof racks built into hard-top models.
Stay safe from animals & insects
Australia is notorious for being home to all kinds of bugs, insects and creatures that you wouldn't want inside your tent. Rooftop tents provide the ultimate protection here, keeping you well off the ground and out of crawling distance!
The best views in camp!
Finally, rooftop tents let you make the most of whatever amazing location you're camping in with the best view around. Whether you're waking up to beautiful views of the beach on a coastal getaway or camped up in the bush with views over the sweeping valleys, everything just looks better from a rooftop tent.
For getting out there and adventuring, rooftop tents take your camp setup to a new level. They set up as fast as a camper trailer or caravan without having to tow, keep you off the ground and protected from the weather and give you the best views around. More than that though, they make it easier to get out there and spend more time camping.
So there you have it, Rooftop Tents make a great addition to your camping setup, especially if you're looking to get off the beaten track and explore many of the incredible remote destinations Australia has to offer.