5 Of The Best Roof Top Tents \u0026amp; Ideal Rack Options For Your Toyota 4Runner Vehicle\nToyota 4Runner 3rd Gen, 4th Gen, 5th Gen, all great vehicles. We’re looking at a historic model that has been around for decades, impressing year after year, creating debates on whether it’s one of the best and longer lasting rigs out there or if there are better options.\nRegardless of said debate, we can all agree on something: 4Runners are a great vehicle. \nAnother great thing about them, is that most mods you do to them, end up looking great. Whether that’s racks, suspensions, recovery equipment, new tires, rock sliders, you name it: the 4Runner will own them like almost no other car out there can. \nAnother great thing about them is their off-road performance, and how it has earned the 4Runner a spot amongst the preferred rigs for overlanders.\nAt Off Road Tents we help you equip, modify or build your vehicle with some of the best, if not the best, aftermarket accessories, racks and roof top tents in America.\nThis article has the purpose of recommending some of the best rooftop tents in the market for a Toyota 4Runner, whether that’s 3rd, 4th or 5th Gen. From 1995 to 2021, we’ve got you covered not only for the best tents, but also the best possible roof racks to carry these tents or gear and accessories. \nThat said, this article will mention some of the best possible options for roof rack tents, but these are not the only options. There are many others which you can look at HERE, or you can shoot us an email and we’ll advice you.\nHowever, we’ll start first with some basic information that you will want to know if you’re just getting started with tents, camping, overlanding and such. \nWe will go over roof rack systems that will suit your 4Runner for carrying these RTTs and to allow you to use that rack for the rest of the year and actually find useful purpose to it.\nThen, we will cover the best roof top tents for a Toyota 4Runner, in no particular order. We are not choosing one over another as we know there are many factors such as budget, people camping in the, time of the year, location, etc.\nIt’s just a list with very reliable recommendations on models of very, very high quality. \nLet’s go.\n \n\nRoof Racks For Toyota 4Runner: \nBefore purchasing a roof top tent you need to know the basics of roof racks. We have shared this information on our blog posts “Will My Car Work With A Roof Top Tent?” and “Best Roof Racks For RTTs”. However, we’ll just cover the basics really quick.\nMost roof top tents go from at least 100 lbs to even 220 lbs. that depends on design, materials, size, etc. The point is that they can be heavy, and your vehicle needs to be properly equipped to carry them safely. \nThat means, that as a norm you want a rack or crossbars that can handle at least 165 lbs of weight when the car is moving. That is known as the DWC or Dynamic Weight Capacity.\nWhen the vehicle is static, parked, the term changes and it’s called SWC or Static Weight Capacity. Normally, the SWC is much larger than the DWC, generally at least 3 times as much. If your rack or cross bars are 165 lbs DWC, then your SWC will be around 450 lbs or more.\nMost rack manufacturers, rack sellers, and even vehicle manufacturers that sell their cars with stock racks will always give you the DWC. If a rack says it can hold say 120 lbs, that’s the DWC not the SWC.\nThey will give you what the rack can handle when you are driving.\nNow, of course there are different types of racks, some are much better suited to carry larger weights than others.\nFor example, the Front Runner Slimline II roof rack platform for Toyota 4Runners all have a 660 lbs static load rating. That means, that when you are parked, the rack can hold 660 lbs of weight easily and very, very safely. \nYour tent, and at least 3 people inside of it no problem whatsoever.\nPrinsu 4Runner roof racks can also handle a great amount of weight, over 550 lbs safely, securely and easily, even more.\nThe Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform can also handle weights over 600 lbs, and the Backbone system both the crossbars and the platform rack, can handle even more.\nAnother fantastic option is the Eezi-Awn K9 platform rack, which can also hold over 600 lbs of weight.\nFinally, one of our biggest recommendations is the Gobi Stealth Roof Rack, which can also handle over 650 lbs of SWC, making it a perfect partner for your car top tent. \nAny of the above-mentioned choices will safely allow you to carry ANY rooftop tent, and camp with even 5 or more people. You are in safe hands.\nThese are all premium brands, widely known for making high quality, safe, secure and long-lasting products, which can all go off road, endure very tough trails and still not give any trouble. \nYou prefer crossbars? No worries simply look for those who can handle larger weights. Preferably, cross-bars that mount onto the trackmounts of your vehicle, as they are the stronger ones. If you go for grab on ones (grab onto the siderails of your car), or bare roof mounting cross bars, please be cautious and make sure they are not loosening after longer periods of use with the tent on top of them. \nTime to look at the tents.\n \nRoof Top Tents For Toyota 4Runner\nWe'll look at various models, both hard top tents as well as softshell tents. The difference on one or the other is based on your needs, but as we've mentioned, a Toyota 4Runner is an outstanding vehicle for any type of RTT.\n \nTepui Autana Ruggedized 3:\n\nTepui has been in the American roof top tent game for almost a decade. You think of an RTT and probably one of the first brands that comes to mind is Tepui. They are a synonym of experience and quality.\nThe Autana Ruggedized 3 is a great model, since it's not too big, and it's incredibly rugged.\nThe Ruggedized features make their canvas one of the toughest in the market, with a very strong and durable aluminum plate base. This is a true 4 season tent, that will provide coverage and enough insulation even during colder months. It'll withstand any heavy rain and really strong winds.\nThe Autana Ruggedized comes in Olive Green and Haze Gray, two very attractive colors to choose from. And they will certainly look well over your 4Runner.\nIf you want a durable tent, for camping in colder and rougher areas, then this should be one of the first models you look for!\n \nFSR High Country 80” Premium Roof Top Tent: \n\nFSR or Free Spirit Recreation is an Oregon based RTT brand that has been designing very different models than pretty much anyone else in the world.\nTheir High Country Series kind of mixes the best of both worlds: ease of opening and closing the tent in less than 60 seconds, yet a very large sleeping footprint.\nThe High Country 80” Premium has space to easily fit 4 adults, and even a family of 5 with 2 adults and 3 children.\nWith such a great design, opening and closing the tent literally takes a matter of just less than 60 seconds, just like a hardshell, despite being a softshell.\nThe Premium features include an extra layer of insulation on the canvas, meaning that it is thicker and tougher against colder weather, a true 4-season tent. It’ll keep you warm and dry inside. It has a very soft and comfortable mattress and the best of all are the large windows on all sides of the tent, giving you a great air flow and ventilation, reducing condensation, and allowing you to have 360 views.\n \nGuana Equipment Wanaka 55” Roof Top Tent Setup:\n\nThe newest version of the Wanaka 55” soft-shell car tent by Guana Equipment comes with some interesting improvements: a 620D polyester ripstop canvas (thicker than before), which is ideal for less condensation and more breathability.\nThe tent also has a 3” thick hi-density foam mattress and the tent includes a bunch of accessories with it: anti-condensation mat, an LED light strip, 2 boot bags, a utility net under the base, and an XL annex, the largest in the market.\nThis particular annex comes with a removable floor that you just zip on or off, as well as 3 awning doors. The 3 entrance doors to the annex room can be opened up and used as 3 awnings, increasing the footprint of your camping setup by a lot. Of course, the tent includes 6 poles to hold these doors.\n\nOther improvements includes a silver coating on the rainfly and inner side of the canvas, providing better shade and insulation. The base of the tent is diamond plate aluminum, the toughest, which will prevent dents or piercings into the tent, and it is now coated in black.\n\nIt's big enough for 3 people to sleep comfortably in it. Quality is great, and will not take the whole space over the roof of your 4Runner. It’ll take 2\/3 or just half of it. In case you have a platform rack over your rig, then you can use the rest of the space to carry other gear and items, such as MaxTrax, water tanks, RotoPax or other rack accessories.\nNeedless to say. It’ll be a perfect fit for your Toyota 4Runner.\n \niKamper Skycamp 2.0 Roof Top Tent:\n\nWe wanted to mention other iKamper models, and honestly any model they have, from the X-Cover to the Skycamp Mini will work more than fine with your 4Runner.\nHowever, we still think the Skycamp 2.0 is probably the best fit. The Skycamp Mini has a revolutionary design, a smaller footprint, great for smaller vehicles, SUVs or pick-up truck beds. Nevertheless, the 4Runner is a big and string truck, with a long and wide roof that can hold a big tent like the Skycamp 2.0. \nThe Skycamp 2.0 can comfortable fit 4 people, ideal for camping with your family. They personally manufacture ALL their tents in their factory in South Korea. The quality is unquestionable, the design was the first one of its class, and all the accessories you can add to the tent (shoe bags, storage shelves, insulation layers), are not only of great quality, but very easy to install onto the tent.\nThe strong outer shell and thickness of the canvas, make it a 4 season roof top tent, suited to withstand the strongest winds and heavier rains. This is a tent that has been used by overlanders all over the world, from Mongolia, to Australia, from Alaska to Argentina and even in Surinam, right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.\n \nEezi-Awn Blade Hardshell Roof Top Tent:\n\n \nBefore you jump into conclusions, yes, the Blade is not pictured over a Toyota 4Runner, but over a GX. Regardless of the picture, this tent is a great fit for any 4Runner.\nThe footprint of the tent is big: 87" L x 57" W, but that's not a problem for a 4Runner.\nThe great thing about the blade is the outer aluminum shell, incredibly resistant, durable and strong. The inside of the tent has a taller area in the rear, which allows you to leave all bedding inside of it.\nThis hardshell roof top tent will fit 2 adults really comfortably. One of the best features it has, is the possibility of adding crossbars to the top outer shell, which allow you to carry MaxTrax, or other gear on top of the tent itself!\nMade in South Africa, it has been tested on the toughest off road conditions, and this is a truly high quality tent.\n \nLet’s Wrap It Up:\nA Toyota 4Runner is one of the best vehicles out there for off roading, overlanding or testing new trails. These are incredibly high quality vehicles, every single version is excellent. Whether you have a 3rd Gen 4Runner, a 4th gen 4Runner or a 5th Gen 4Runner, they are all more than capable cars for a roof top tent.\nWe listed different models, from different brands, designs, dimensions and materials. All of them suit different people and different uses in different situations. You might be overlanding in South California, or you might be up in Maine, or in Colorado or North Carolina.\nRegardless of where you are, we wanted to cover different types of roof rack tents, that will be great for your 4Runner and your different needs.\nRead about them, inform yourself about them, and then make a decision on picking one of them. You can contact us and we will gladly give you some advice.\nDon’t forget to equip your vehicle with the right roof racks, as this is one of the most important things about using a roof top tent.\nALSO, if you would like to share info, pictures or anything roof top tent or overland related, please feel free to do so Joining Our Facebook Group HERE.