Updated: Nov 23
Rooftop tents have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their convenience and versatility - plus they're super sexy to look at! But what are the real reasons people gravitate to getting off the ground a little further?
Here's why a rooftop tent may be a better option than a ground tent:
Comfort: Rooftop tents provide a more comfortable sleeping experience than ground tents. They are usually thicker and offer better insulation, which means you won't feel as cold or as hot. Additionally, you won't have to worry about any rocks, roots, or uneven ground that can make sleeping uncomfortable in a ground tent.
Setup: Rooftop tents are much easier and quicker to set up than ground tents. With a rooftop tent, you simply need to park your car or truck and unfold the tent. In contrast, with a ground tent, you need to find a flat spot, clear the ground of debris, and stake the tent in place.
Security: Rooftop tents provide better security than ground tents. Because you are elevated off the ground, you're less likely to encounter wildlife or other potential dangers - especially snakes and crocs here in Australia. Additionally, rooftop tents are more difficult to access by humans which can provide peace of mind while sleeping.
Storage: Rooftop tents offer extra storage space. Because the tent is mounted on the roof of your vehicle, many provide some extra space for smaller pillows and down comforters or sleeping bags. You'll have more room in your vehicle for other gear and supplies.
Cleaning: Because your tent is up off the ground, you don't have to deal with many of the cleaning challenges of a ground tent - you'll still need to vacuum for dust and debris (red dust from Australia's outback can be unforgiving), but you'll have less dirt, mud and footprint from kids!
Flexibility: With a rooftop tent, you have more flexibility when it comes to camping locations. You can set up camp just about anywhere you can park your vehicle, including on uneven or rocky terrain. This means you can access remote camping spots that might be off-limits to ground tents. You can use rocks and tree branches to elevate a wheel or two on the vehicle so you can get your bed level, but each stay will always be as comfortable as the last!
Overall, a rooftop tent is a great option for those who want a comfortable and convenient camping experiences especially if you're on the move travelling from place to place each day. While they can be more expensive than ground tents, they offer many benefits that can make the investment worthwhile.
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