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Roof top tents have become a very trendy product amongst those who like camping, overlanding or simply have a passion for the outdoors. With spring already with a foot in the door and summer just around the corner, it’s normal to see many pictures, comments or better, rigs showing off their car top tents around.
Not only that, but knowing the great love and respect there is in America towards Jeeps, you can see many asking around which are the best jeep tents for sale, or which Jeep rooftop tents they should buy.
We decided to give a hand to them and write a short article with some useful information about the different models out there that look well with a Jeep. Of course, most RTTs have been designed to fit most off road or 4x4 vehicles, meaning Jeeps would be fine with most tents, from softshell to hardshell ones.
Nonetheless, a piece of advice can always be appreciated. We’ll name the models; give you the specs and a brief description of how good they are and the Jeep models that would go well with the tent, then it’s up to you to evaluate, choose and why not buy the type that you like the best.
This is likely a no brainer choice for anyone in the US who owns a Jeep. We all know Smittybilt is pretty much specialized in Jeep accessories, and it’s not a surprise that their rooftop tent is ideal for any Jeep, especially if you own a Wrangler.
Now, you might want to read this article comparing the Smittybilt Overlander to another car top tent just in case, however we’ll give you a quick overview.
95” W x 56” L x 51” H
47” W x 56” L x 11” H
Includes: Mattress, Travel bag, aluminum sliding ladder, rainfly, interior LED, mosquito net, shoe bag, cigarette lighter adapter.
Overview: The body of this rooftop tent is made of 600D heavy-duty ripstop poly, and it is waterproof. It has a sunroof, which you can cover and uncover, and it’s protected by a mesh mosquito net, the same that is used in both windows and the access door. The bottom is made of an aluminum sandwich base, and it comes with a 2-inch thick foam mattress that will help you have a great night’s sleep. It also includes an additional waterproof rainfly for those rainy days.
The price is one of the best and most affordable out there. That makes it very appealing for many off road enthusiasts or overlanders. The RTT itself is good, but not exactly the best. This is not an expedition-grade model as some Tepui or CVTs out there. It will still get the job done, protect you from heavy rain or strong winds, and it’s easy to set up. Plus it will fit great with any Jeep, from a Wrangler to a Rubicon and such. We recommend this model instead of the Overlander XL as it’ll fit smaller Jeep such as the Jeep Wrangler Willy JK.
Everyone knows ARB; the Australian giants are one of the best-known manufacturers of car parts, accessories and other off road items in the world. Their Simpson III Series roof top tent is another great choice for anyone who owns a Jeep.
Series III Simpson
$1537 (Includes Annex)
94.5” W x 55” L x 51” H
47” W x 55” L x 11” H
Includes: Annex, aluminum ladder, mattress, mattress cover, PVC travel cover, and rainfly
Overview: As said above, everyone knows ARB, and the Simpson III is an excellent tent. The price is good and you get an Annex included with it. For those who have used roof rack tents before, you all know how comfortable an annex can be to be used especially as a changing room. Ladies will appreciate it a lot.
On top of that the features include a high quality poly-cotton rip-stop canvas, 100% waterproof and guaranteed to last very long. You will not have any trouble under rain or strong wind, and the tent itself is very easy to set up. It’s not expedition grade, but probably a step up to the Overlander by Smittybilt. And of course, it will go in smoothly on any Jeep, over the crossbars, or SRC rack.
Guana Equipment is an excellent brand with their roof top tents designed in Costa Rica, sold all over the world: USA, Canada, Australia, you name it. The Nosara 55" is one of their smaller tents, lighweight, compact, and ideal for any vehicle, even 2 door Jeeps.
56" x 96" x 49.5"
56" x 48" x 12"
Includes: 2.5” thick foam mattress with removable cotton cover, a travel cover for the tent, 2 boot bags, utility net under the base, an annex, aluminum ladder, and rainfly.
Overview: Why get the Nosara 55 on the top of your Jeep? Simple, the price is excellent, affordable for the high quality tent this is. Plus, it comes with a lot of extras and features which on another brand would mean at least a few more hundred bucks.
The Nosara Jeep tent includes an anti condensation mat, an annex, two shoe bags, a utility net under the base of the tent to store more items, and a skylight. It weighs only 139 lbs, and the footprint of the tent is not as big, meaning you can mount it over a 2-door Jeep Wrangler if needed, or even on the bed of a Gladiator.
On top of that, this RTT has a diamond plate aluminum base that comes in black to avoid scratches as much as possible. The canvas is of very good quality, and overall the craftmanship is outstanding. Want a softshell rooftop tent for your Jeep? You're ing ood hands with the Nosara!
The Skycamp 2.0 is the newest model by iKamper. A beautiful RTT with some features that turn it into a sort of hybrid between a hardshell and a softshell, and hence why many prefer it. Now, it’s a bit bigger than the other models, so not all Jeeps will be the best fit, make sure to take a close look at the measurements.
85.8” L x 82.6” W x 43.3” H
85.8” L x 82.6” W x 12.5” H
Includes: Hardshell locks, mattress, aluminum ladder, rainfly.
Overview: The Skycamp 2.0 is our favorite for many reasons, first the comfort that it offers. First of all in 30 seconds you will have it set up. Second, the space inside of it is quite large, fitting 4 people and even 5 if you’re traveling with kids or pets. You also get a better ergonomic design for a better sleeping area.
Quality, durability and adaptability are out of question. This expedition grade hardshell is a top of the line roof rack tent. It’s a 4-season tent, and fits most Jeeps. At Off Road Tents we recommend you to use it with a 4 door Rubicon or Wrangler, however take a look at the dimensions and decide yourself.
Overlanders truly enjoy it and we can see why, comfort, ease of use, durability and quality. Everything you want and need on a Jeep.
Picture courtesy of Petra and Jim Harding
Guana Equipment certainly has surprised more than one with their Wanaka model. A well designed, well built, and incredibly handy roof top tent. Pictured here opened on the back of the Jeep, this roof top tent features a huge annex, with a 100" x 100" footprint, allowing space to even sleep two adults in it!
56” W x 122” L x 49.5” H
56” W x 48” L x 12” H
Includes: Aluminum Sliding Ladder, 2 boot bags, 2 LED light strips, anti-condensation mat, hanging net on base to store items, XL Annex.
Overview: One of our favorite models simply due to what you get for the price you pay. This Jeep RTT was conceived as a roof top tent setup, that means it'll hav everything you need to actually consider it a whole camping setup.
Ot comes with an XL annex, one of the biggest in the market, which includes a removable floor, giving you the flexibility to either store things in it, sleep kids' adults or pets, or even store a table and chairs to cook and eat inside.
The annex has 3 awning doors which create a massive shade footprint all around your vehicle.
Plus, the tent itself has many extras like anti-condensation mat, boot bags, lights and many more. Not a surprise that it has quickly become a preferred choice by many.
There are plenty of roof top tents that will fit the different Jeep trucks out there. From softshells to hardshells, the options are vast and are not limited to the models we presented you. We simply wanted to give you a summary of some of the models, makes and brands we like the best.
Nonetheless, the choice remains a bit of a subjective one. We have heard of people that drive an Unlimited JK Jeep and prefer the Overlander XL. We’ve heard of others with a Rubicon tell us they like TentBox or larger Tepui models. As we said, the choice is down to you.
To wrap it up, we believe the 5 roof top tent models we presented you are excellent options for any rig, but in particular for any Jeep. That said, if you have any questions, comment below, call us (T: 844-200-3979) or shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’d be happy to help!
If you own another type of vehicle and you're looking to equip it, here's a list of the best roof top tents.
***If you're not sure whether your vehicle has the right roof rack, please take a look at our roof rack collection, most of which will be able to support any roof top tent.***
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@Tricia, for the One Touch Jeep we have these racks: https://offroadtents.com/products/gobi-sky-one-touch-stealth-roof-rack-jeep-jl-4door-w-led-lightbar-set-up?pos=1&_sid=4e83c6733&ss=r&variant=42621118677212
I have a ’21 Sahara Wrangler Unlimited with the one touch roof option. I do not have any rails or any other setup on the Jeep. Are there any options to add some sort of tent or additional space for camping? I love option of a top and back tent.
Bonjour a tous, je voudrais savoir si quelqu’un a une idée sur une galerie pour ma jeep wrangler jk 2012, je compte investir dans une tente de toit "
“ABR SERIE III SIMPSON ROOF TOP
MERCI A TOUS.
Do any models you recommend have a/c and heat?
Walter, if you have the right rack system, then yes they’ll all work with soft tops. Although, they will be kind of blocking some of the air and light coming from the top.
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