What Are the Advantages to a Rooftop Tent?

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As a long time ground tent user, I can see the advantage of the ease of setting up camp with a rooftop tent, but I;m wondering if I'm missing anything else? they're looking really attractive to me, but I'm not sure if the savings of the few minutes it takes me to set up a ground tent warrants the price of a rooftop set up.





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roof tents are BIG now as it gets you away from a wet ground, bugs, etc.

And you may benefit from better air flow from being up higher.

As a long time ground tent user, I can see the advantage of the ease of setting up camp with a rooftop tent, but I;m wondering if I'm missing anything else? they're looking really attractive to me, but I'm not sure if the savings of the few minutes it takes me to set up a ground tent warrants the price of a rooftop set up.
 

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As a long time ground tent user, I can see the advantage of the ease of setting up camp with a rooftop tent, but I;m wondering if I'm missing anything else? they're looking really attractive to me, but I'm not sure if the savings of the few minutes it takes me to set up a ground tent warrants the price of a rooftop set up.
when you wake up and roll out of the tent you get to have a concussion from hitting your head on the ground ?
 

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I like it only for the reason that it is off the ground. But what if you want to set up camp for a few days and bounce around. In that case you have to fold it up everyday.

I'm a minimalist when I camp. I've never gone back packing (will one day), but all I need are two trees and my hammock. In the rain I stay dryer and cleaner in my hammock than I do in a tent.
 

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when you wake up and roll out of the tent you get to have a concussion from hitting your head on the ground ?
And it eliminates the need for morning coffee, at least until the nurse gets you some.
 

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Ground is often wet when camping. Also don't have to deal with snakes and other things on the ground.
I agree. Being here in the southwest desert, snakes and scorpions are real and common threats. Rooftop tents eliminate (mostly) that chance. I won't be getting, as I'm not an avid camper, but I can see the advantage and lure.
 

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zombies can't climb ladders.

Camped 38 or so days straight traveling/hiking/backpacking/mountain biking while zig zaging across the western us in my early 20s. My Kelty red cloud still serves me well today as my go to long term luggage. I can see the comfort and quick deployment of the rooftop and dig them but their cost turns me away compared to a decent ground tent setup.
 

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How easy is it to steal one of these off the roof? Any locks or something?
 

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As a long time ground tent user, I can see the advantage of the ease of setting up camp with a rooftop tent, but I;m wondering if I'm missing anything else? they're looking really attractive to me, but I'm not sure if the savings of the few minutes it takes me to set up a ground tent warrants the price of a rooftop set up.
Pros:
Gets you off the ground and you're not an easy target for bears, et al. Also looks cool.
A big advantage is: Your mattress, sleep bag, and pillow are already in it. No inflating or stuff bagging... (most models anyway)
Hardshell RTT setup in like 4 seconds...

Cons:
If you're old, a middle of the night pee break is a PITA...
Expensive... relative to ground or popup tents.
Once mounted to your truck, you're likely to leave it there all year round... as its kinda PITA to initially install.
If you or your partner are a restless sleeper, everytime they move, the truck moves as the tires flex. Kinda like a popup trailer or 5th wheel RV without ground supports at corners of your rig.
A small one... You might rather have your Mountain bikes or Kayaks on the top of the truck...
 

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