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5 Best Rooftop Tents of 2021

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Rooftop tents for truck and SUVs make camping easier than ever. You can bring the comforts of your home on any adventure by simply camping on the roof of your truck. These are easy to mount without having to buy extra equipment. You can attach them to your stock roof rack or crossbar system for easy setup. Roof top tents are tough, rugged and lightweight. You can literally use them anywhere to get into nature. 

Truck tents have been around for a while. Roof top tents are not to be confused with regular truck tents as these are designed to go on top of your vehicle instead of in the bed. There are many advantages to using roof top tents such as a panoramic view that allows you to see all around and being higher off the ground. Roof top tents also have more room than basic truck tents. 

It’s always important to check the specifications on roof top tents with ladders to make sure they will fit your vehicle. Some tents are designed for specific vehicles and may not fit your make and model. 

These are our favorite roof top tents with ladders on the market: 

Raptor Series Offgrid Voyager Rooftop Tent with Ladder

The Raptor Series rooftop tent is one of the best you will find. It’s comfortable and can easily sleep two people. The high-density foam full mattress is comfortable and can hold up to 750 pounds. Make sure your roof or truck bed rack can hold 140 pounds before installing. You can set up this roof top tent with a ladder in a matter of seconds. The ladder is 8 feet long and is made from strong aluminum. It telescopes for easy use. 

This roof top tent for trucks and SUVs is sturdy enough to withstand hard winds and rain. It keeps you dry and secure even during a downpour. You can stow it away in the heavy-duty cover to keep it secured while driving. The tent cover rolls down to let in a breeze and it features built-in air vents to keep you cool during the night. It even has a built-in awning so you can get a full panoramic view of the outdoors. 

We fully recommend the Raptor Series Offgrid Voyager roof top tent with ladder to anyone that wants to explore the great outdoors with their vehicle. 

Overland Vehicle Systems Nomadic 3 Extended Rooftop Tent RTT

This rooftop tent by Overland Vehicle Systems comes in multiple options: 2 person, 3 person and 4 person. This is a tough tent made from stainless steel, aluminum and 600D Ripstop polyester canvas that can handle the elements. The body is waterproof and it has a waterproof rain fly that will keep you dry during a thunderstorm. The mattress is high density foam and is quite comfortable. The ladder telescopes and can handle plenty of weight from climbing up and down. The interior has 6 built-in pockets for essential gear that you need up there with you and it has a storage loft for even more gear. 

The power bank pouch comes in handy when you want to keep your electronics charges while roof top camping and you get a hand held LED light and LED velcro strip so you can see what you’re doing. They even throw in a lap table, mini broom with dustpan and memory foam pillows. 

We like the fold n’ go design that allows you to set up or take down your Nomadic Roof Top Tent in less than a minute with practice. The travel cover is made from 1000G PVC and keeps your tent safe while traveling. The base is super heavy-duty and reinforced to hold more weight. As always, check your vehicle to ensure your roof can handle the additional weight of a roof top tent. 

Smittybilt Overlander Rooftop Tent

The Smittybilt Overlander Roof Top Tent is designed to comfortably sleep 2-3 people. It’s easy to set up and has a PVC cover to keep your tent dry and protected from harmful UV rays. It comes with a high-density foam full size mattress and can hold up to 661 pounds. You have the option to purchase a larger version that can sleep up to 4 people. 

This is a heavy-duty roof top tent that’s designed to take you where you want to go. The rip-stop polyester material keeps you dry and safe from storms while you camp. Your gear will remain secure no matter the weather. The tent poles are anodized aluminum for additional strength and the hinges are made from stainless steel. You can extend the ladder up to 6.5 feet, but can purchase an extension if your truck is lifted. We highly recommend this roof top tent with ladder because it’s tough, has tons of extra options you can add and it’s made to last. 

Campoint 2-3 Person Rooftop Tent with Ladder

The Campoint can accommodate 2-3 campers and still have extra room. It’s made with tough 600D polyester material that’s waterproof and will keep you dry while camping. The rain fly is extra large and covers plenty of space. You get a 92” x 55” mattress that is comfortable. The tent itself has side windows to give you a great view and to let airflow circulate. It also has a top sunroof and additional entrances. 

The ladder is made from aluminum and can hold plenty of weight. It telescopes to fit your vehicle up to 6.5 feet and comes with a PVC roof top cover to protect your tent when you’re not using it. We like this roof top tent with a ladder because it’s made with non rip materials, it’s waterproof and quite comfortable. It’s perfect for 2-3 people to take a quick camping trip without having to over prepare. 

Thule Tepui Autana Rooftop Tent with Annex

The Thule roof top camping tent gives you plenty of options to choose from such as 3-person Explorer, 3-person Ruggedized and 4-Person Explorer. You also have the choice of buying the roof top tent by itself or with the annex for additional privacy. This model has the annex attached so you can see what it looks like and how it functions. 

This roof top tent sleeps up to 4 people comfortably and has the attached private canopy entrance and annex that can easily be removed. You don’t always want people to see what you’re doing and the private entrance conceals your movements. The tent material is strong and UV resistant. It’s waterproof and has ventilation spots for additional airflow. It has mesh panels that keep mosquitoes out while providing some fresh air. 

The Thule roof top tent comes equipped with a comfortable foam mattress and large pockets inside the tent so you can keep important gear close by and not in the truck. It even comes with a travel cover to keep your tent safe while traveling. We highly recommend this roof top tent from Thule. 

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