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Roof tent purchase guide 2022

Roof tents are nothing new, they have been around since the 40's. But roof tents have been used for various reasons in different parts of the world.

In Africa they sleep on the roof to protect themselves from predators, in Australia they sleep in roof tents to protect themselves from spiders and snakes.

We usually joke that we sleep in roof tents in Sweden to protect ourselves from ants and hard cones.

OutdoorDays has been selling roof tents since 2016 and is one of the oldest players in the Swedish market. With over 1000 roof tents sold, we can proudly say that we know what we are talking about.

In this guide, we will try to help you find the right roof tent for your purposes.

What is required of my car?

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Step 1

To mount a roof tent on your car, some form of roof rack is required.

There are different types of roof racks and the ones that are recommended are Thule Evo. (not Edge)
Another option is also a roof basket from e.g. Front Runner.

Your roof railing must have about 75cm "clean railing" to avoid moving the rails.

Roof racks that are "squeezed" in the car door are not recommended.

Weight

step 2

The most common is that the roof racks are between 75 to 100kg.
That weight is the dynamic weight when you drive your car. (for the railing to be able to hold the load in the event of a collision / braking.)

Dynamic & static weight
Dynamic weight = when driving
Static weight = stationary

In general, the static weight is 3-5x higher than the dynamic weight.

Size of roof tent

Step 3

When choosing a roof tent, the size of the roof tent can be difficult to judge.

You should not compare a roof tent with his bed at home.
A 140cm wide roof tent is larger than a 140cm wide bed. (you can use the entire surface)

Also, do not forget that to keep warm, it is not good to have an oversized roof tent. Large tents take longer to heat up - Everything in moderation!

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What is the difference between soft & hard shells?

There are 2 types of roofing tents - Soft shells & hard shells.
Both types of tents have their pros & cons. In the next chapter of this guide, we will go through our long experience on the pros & cons of soft shells & hard shells.

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We have chosen to invest heavily in soft-shell roof tents, as soft-shell roof tents are generally more affordable than hard-shell tents.

Benefits

○ Takes up less space on the roof

○ Weighs less per sleeping place

○ Can be mounted to be able to open either to the right or left.

○ Safari / Safari Pro S / Diana is mounted to be opened on both sides or backwards.

○ Can be stored standing or lying down. For easier storage.

○ More accessories. For example inner tent, air gap mattress & awning.

○ Bedding can easily be stored in the tent even when it is folded.

Cons

○ Gets higher on the roof.

○ A lot of tarpaulin to dry if it gets wet.

○ Slightly longer up / down precipitation time versus hard shell.

Hard shell General

With long experience in roof tents, we have noticed that hard shell roof tents in plastic that are in the price range up to SEK 26,000 do not have the quality we want.
We therefore recommend hard shell tents in the upper price range. (30-50 000kr.) (Tex iKamper & James Baroud)

Benefits

○ Fast up / down time versus soft shell (approx. 30% faster)

○ Slim design (lower overall height of the car)

○ Detachable ladder

○ Can look better on cars.

Cons

○ Larger space on the roof

○ Weighs more per sleeping place

○ Must be stored horizontally (not standing).

○ Lower ceiling height

○ Smaller number of accessories.

○ Fragile plastic cover that breaks easily in the event of temperature differences. (Does not apply to James & iKamper, for example)

2 rooms & kitchen!

Experience the benefits of awnings for your soft shell roof tent.
Safari Pro L has over 9 square meters of area when the awning is raised.

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Fuel consumption with roof tent

According to our internal tests, the consumption does not differ significantly between soft shells & hard shells.


Example consumption (country road)
VW Passat increased from 0.64l / mile to 0.67l / mile. (Safari Pro S)

Tesla model S increased from 1.8kw / mile to 2.0kw / mile. (Bermuda & Safari )

Safari

Our simplest roof tent without compromise!

Safari is one of the models that has been around from the start. They own this tent qualities and functions which are necessary for a roof tent to be really good.
It is stable, easy to handle and comfortable - just like a roof tent should be.

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Safari Pro

One exclusive and well-designed roof tent for two.

Now with one water column of 4000mm on both the screen and the rain cover to ensure as pleasant an experience as possible and a salon over the telescopic steps to ensure a moisture-free entrance passage.

Safari Pro also has a real sunroof.

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Diana

Are you looking for an extra durable roof tent for the hunting season? Then Diana is the model for you.

With a powerful and durable 430g polycotton fabric with ripstop technology, Diana can handle all types of weather conditions - everything from heavy rain showers to noisy windy weather.

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Quick questions about roof tents

Can you have a roof tent on my car?

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Yes, you can have a roof tent on most cars. Check how many kilos you can load on your roof. You must also have a roof rack that can handle the weight of a tent.

My car can load 75kg but I weigh 85kg, is it driven?

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Well, that number applies when driving the car. You probably have no plans to sleep in your tent while driving, so it's going really well.

Can I buy an awning for my roof tent afterwards?

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Of course it goes well.

It can be good to see what your needs are before you decide.

The advantage of an awning is that the area to stay in becomes larger if the weather is bad, for example when cooking or storing things.

Fuel consumption

Roof tent & electric car

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We ourselves drive electric cars with roof tents and it works just as well with roof tents & electric cars.

Consumption goes up by about 10-20%. (depending on electric car & wheel size)

Tesla model S increased from 1.9kw / mile to 2.3kw / mile. (Hard shell or soft shell)

Petrol & diesel car

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Consumption with a roof tent mounted on a 2015 VW Passat went from 0.64l / mile to 0.67l / mile. (Safari Pro S)

Is a roof tent something for me?

Holidays around your car are the perfect way to experience our Nordic nature. The roof tent takes you to a new level (literally) when it comes to camping life.

Combine agility with a car and the comfort of a caravan and you have a perfect recipe for a great holiday.

Tips & tricks

Packa ihop ditt tält guide

I denna guide tänkte vi berätta det bästa sättet packar ihop ert taktält på. Om du ska förvara saker i tältet när du har det ihop packat så rekommenderar vi att du packar täcke, kudde, filt osv. På den bottenplattan som sitter på bilen, där sprider du ut din packning så bra som möjligt för att det ska bli jämt distribuerat.

Fuel consumption with roof tent | Soft shell VS Hard shell

We test the difference in fuel consumption between soft-shell roof tents & hard-shell roof tents. In the test, a Volvo v70 from 2004 is driven over a distance of 85km at 100km / h.

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