Rooftop tents! Who else has one and how do you like it?

We’ve been using an iKamper rooftop tent mounted on our truck, just behind the cab but high enough that we can still use the bed of the truck for our stuff. We LOVE it! Camping has become so easy to do and I love sleeping off the ground.

I’d like to see a category here just for rooftop tents as we don’t quite fit in the traditional tent category, nor in the RV category. That’s been the only (slight) drawback for us when at private campgrounds. They designate a rooftop tent as an RV. That means a tent campsite is not available to us, which means we don’t get a campfire. :slightly_frowning_face:

Love it! We’ve been using the Tuff Stuff Alpha roof top tent since January 2020. We like that it is a hybrid between a hard top and a soft top. While driving, its a hard top. Which is good, since we leave it on all the time. When open, its soft top allows for more room. It’s the best of both worlds.

We’ve taken it out to dozens of sites and never had issues with being considered an “RV”. I like the flexibility because we can use tent or pull through sites. The only sites I don’t like are tent sites that are “walk in”. In those type of sites we are left on the pavement, while our group sets up around the campfire. So we look for sites that allow you to drive up to the fire ring/table. We also do a lot of dispersed camping. I actually started posting reviews for The Dyrt because I thought there was a lack of RTT related content.

My biggest issue is having to pack up everything to leave the campsite. It doesn’t take long, but it’s annoying. So we are restoring a 1969 Honda CT90 Trail bike to keep on a hitch carrier. It’s not street legal, but it will help us drive around a National Forest. We could also bring my BMW G650 if we needed a street legal ride.

Also, we need a better way to store stuff in the bed. After driving down a forest road, everything is covered in dust— or worse- mud! We are looking into camper shells and tarps.

View of our current rig from the passenger side:

View from the driver side ( you can really see the hybrid here)

Closed up:


Beth, I’m SO happy to hear from another rooftop tenter!! I was beginning to think we were the only ones on this forum.

Your setup is extremely similar to ours. The Tuff Stuff Alpha looks just like the iKamper.

I like your idea of bringing along a trail bike so you don’t have to break camp in order to explore.

Regarding storing things in the truck bed, we keep everything in plastic boxes that we bought at Costco, but I’ve also seen them at HomeDepot. We have large ones for bedding and such and smaller ones for kitchen supplies and food. My husband also covers the bed with a tarp which helps to keep things clean and dry.

We use the tailgate as a counter for preparing food. One of our favorite things to do is stop for coffee breaks along the road. We use a single burner propane “stove” that takes up very little room. We have a manual coffee grinder made of metal and an Bialetti coffee maker (also metal).


@MTHinojosa We have such similar set ups— we should be friends :slight_smile:

You’re right, the IKamper is almost exactly like our Tuff Stuff. We have some of those yellow topped containers too. We also use pelican cases and a huffy tool box for kitchen items. That sounds like a nice coffee set up- I’m jelly.

I’ve been looking at an electric fridge, but I’m worried about leaving in an open bed. Have you thought about this? Or building an overland kitchen with pullouts?

I sent an email to @taylor asking for a dedicated RTT category. Even if its just me and you! :joy:

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Thanks for asking for a dedicated RTT category!

We’ve not considered adding a fridge to our setup. I think the wildlife would love that. :slight_smile: We keep food inside the cab at night, which also is not ideal but we haven’t had any issues…yet.

Sure wish I was on a roadtrip!

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I’ve been looking at building a RTT Trailer. Love the idea of a RTT, but it wouldn’t really work with my style of off-roading with my jeep. Thanks everyone for sharing excellent photos to keep me excited in the build!


Tony, wishing you the best with your project! Just so you know, in my experience, most RTTs are mounted on vehicles smaller than trucks so I think it would work really well on a jeep.

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Would love to see a separate Roof Top Category too. We don’t have one yet but are on the cusp. We drive a mini van and so our storage would be in the van. We’ve been regular tent camping for decades weeks and months at a time - the flexibility of a roof top is what really intrigues us. And as for the wonderful walk in sites that are so special - we’re thinking of still packing along our backpack tent for those unique sites.

We have a Tuff Stuff Overlander and love it. We bought a 8x5 trailer from Lowes and built a double rack. The camping gear goes in to the trailer, the lower rack carries our kayaks and the top rack has the RTT. This also gives us the freedom to go for a drive if we want to and leave everything set up.

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That sounds like a great setup and I would really like the ability to drive away without having to close up the tent. Do you have a lock on the trailer to keep it safe while you’re away (i.e. no one can hook it up to a hitch and drive off with it)?

I do… when I remember to put it on. I make a point of locking it when it’s parked up at home but most of our camping is done in state parks where there is always an audience for the possible thieves.

I have a tent from Mekik Motors AirCamp which is very similar to the iKamper model. I am sooo satisfied with it too. I suggest that you could check them out too.