Rooftop Tents – The Good, the Bad, and what do you really think

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 20:21

Baz - The Landy

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Perhaps I have simply opened my eyes a little more when travelling these days, whether it is a short-trip up the freeway, or a long-trip into the Australian Outback.

But seemingly, there are increasing numbers of rooftop tents attached to four-wheel drive vehicles these days.

And I might add, some rather precariously and looking top heavy!

No doubt price-point has made them far more attractive given you can buy one of reasonable quality for a few hundred dollar’s versus prices in the range of $1,500/2,000 if you go back a number of years. And whilst quality may have been sacrificed for price, the price difference in buying “budget” versus “quality” is enough to at least consider budget despite the potential for a difference in quality.

But are rooftop tents meeting the expectations of purchasers?

Mrs Landy has never been a fan of ours and is why it sits in the garage gathering dust. Her reasoning is that you can only sleep in it, versus a tent which can be a living space. The other is there is an “inconvenience factor” in so far that it needs to be closed if you need to use the vehicle.

And for sure, skirts can be added to many rooftop tents to give additional living space, but it all takes time to set-up. So set-up time versus a tent wouldn’t be a key determinant usually.

My thoughts are no, not really, and despite the fact we mostly use a camper trailer these days, I have leaned towards Mrs Landy’s view over time (as is often the case!).

Mind you, I have slept in bivvy bags on the side of snow Cladded Mountains, hiking tents in the bush, touring tents in the outback, a rooftop tent, and camper trailers and concluded there is no perfect solution to sleeping arrangements.
But I’m interested to here from others, has a rooftop tent met your expectations, or would you reconsider its use now that you have had time to assess?

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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