Jeep Cherokee Roof Top Tent Review
When people hear the word Jeep they almost always think about this amazing off-road vehicle that is capable of going through almost any terrain there is. And they are not wrong. Jeep has made a lot of models throughout the years, from being used by the troops in WWII to being used to climb mountains and just in general for off-roading.
However today we will talk about one of the more elegant Jeep models and that is the Jeep Cherokee. To be more specific we will talk RTT’s and help you find the best Jeep Cherokee roof top tent for you. Now we want to mention that all of the roof top tents that we will talk about today fit both the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Now maybe you already know but for those who don’t the biggest and most notable difference between the two is that the Cherokee is a small crossover SUV while the Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV. Grand Cherokee also has more power to go along with its larger size and is in general more luxurious. With that being said we again want to mention that all of the RTT’s you will see today fit both models.
So without further ado let’s begin!
The 6 Best Jeep Cherokee Roof Top Tent Models
Thule Basin Roof Top Tent Jeep Grand Cherokee
A pop-up RTT with a sturdy shell is what this roof top tent from Thule is. Thanks to its 5mm thick ABS plastic hard shell with UV and color fading inhibitors, this tent can be used all year round. However, for additional support and insulation on those freezing nights, its lower shell blends an ABS and welded aluminum foundation with special felt-lined honeycomb polypropylene panels.
Because ABS is a very durable material that seldom ever dents and is, after all, made of plastic, roof top tents are a fantastic use for it. The weight of this 2-person hard shell roof top tent is 80 kg (176 lbs). Its fabric, which is constructed of 260g cotton and polyester coated with a waterproof rating of 1500mm, in addition to the top-notch shell, will more than suffice to keep you safe and sound even in the worst weather.
A few other features we'd like to highlight are the insulated roof, which can help regulate the temperature inside the tent and reduce noise, the sturdy, breathable, weather-resistant canopy, which adds an extra layer of protection and comfort, the patented canopy zipper system, which makes it simple to switch between a tent and a cargo carrier, and of course the plush foam mattress, which has a cover that can be removed.
You will find storage spaces within the tent to arrange your clothing, toiletries, and camping supplies. Thule also offers breathable mesh windows if you're one of those people who despise insects. Although it is an expensive hard shell roof top tent, it is one of the better tents available and can make your next overlanding trip a delight.
Why do we like it?
- All season RTT
- High-quality materials used
- Easy setup
- Sturdy build to withstand harshest weather conditions
Open: 84" x 55" x 43"
Closed: 84" x 55" x 13"
Skycamp 3.0 Roof Top Tent For Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
One of iKamper's most well-known roof top tents, the Skycamp 3.0, is definitely something you've already heard about. This heavy-duty Jeep Cherokee tent is not a cheap tent. It's one of the more expensive tents available right now for a good reason. And we're here to tell you why that is. This RTT is an all-season tent that can fit 3 to 4 adults, so let's start with that.
It is also among the strongest and most reliable tents on the market. It can be set up in under a minute and taken down in roughly the same amount of time. A waterproof polyester 750 ripstop rainfly with an environmentally friendly water-repellent DWR coating, as well as the 300gsm poly-cotton canvas that makes up the tent's body, are amazing features of this Jeep Cherokee roof top tent. The tent's material is also fantastic since it blocks out sunlight, allowing you and your camping partner to sleep well past morning. This fabric is called a "blackout" cloth.
Although it is not the lightest tent available, it is not particularly heavy given that it can accommodate up to 4 people. It has a 44.3 sq ft footprint and weighs 165 lbs. Quilted insulation lines the interior of the Skycamp 3.0's hard shell. In colder weather, this lessens condensation and keeps you warm. Aluminum honeycomb plates with strong insulation make up the floor, which also keeps you warm. This Jeep Cherokee tent's strong exterior is made of double-layered fiber-reinforced polyester with 1-inch air insulation.
It can resist the coldest nights and the roughest weather. We now know that the tent will keep you warm, but will it also provide you with a comfy bed? They did take it into consideration, which is why a 9-zone, 2.5" thick polyfoam mattress with an insulated layer to prevent moisture can be found inside the tent. Additionally, the new and updated zipper and window designs on this Jeep Cherokee Roof Tent enable you to simultaneously open the canvas and mesh windows. You can even use the exterior canopy as blinds if needed. This roof top tent includes a sky view window like many others so that you may look at the stars at night.
We know that the image does not show the trailhawk but since this is one of the newer roof top tents out there it is perfect for the newest Jeep models. However, it will fit all Jeep Cherokee models as well. Please feel free to check out one of our top picks for Jeep Cherokee roof top tents, which is this one.
Why do we like it?
- One of the best RTT's on the market
- High-quality build
- All-season roof top tent
- Fast setup time
- Blackout canvas
|3-4 People||165 lbs||
Open: 83" x 77" x 48"
Closed: 55" x 85.5" x 13"
Smittybilt Overlander XL Jeep Cherokee Roof Top Tent
This is a 4-person soft shell roof top tent that is perfect for a Jeep Cherokee. This is one of the largest roof top tents on the market right now and what’s cool about it is that it even has the option to mount an annex to it to make room for even more people. It is not as expensive as some of the other models out there yet it is as durable and reliable. So, let’s see what makes this RTT so good.
We’ll start off by saying that this Jeep Cherokee tent has a heavy-duty 600D heavy duty rip-stop polycotton canvas construction with a lightweight, waterproof 420D oxford flysheet rain fly that comes with 4mm spring steel, durable, flysheet poles. This roof top tent also comes with a travel bag which is made out of heavy-duty 650gsm, 1000D PVC. It also has UV-resistant straps and a Velcro lining for complete waterproofing.
Now the base of this RTT is made out of sturdy 1-3/16” aluminum/polyurethane. Inside the tent, you will find a 60mm high-density foam mattress that comes with a removable cover. This Smittybilt XL roof top tent has an opening that is accessible from the underside thus adding privacy for the campers while going in and out of the tent. Because of that opening the tent has windows only on 3 sides of it.
All of the windows have mesh on them to protect you from insects and there is even a sky-view window which gives you the ability to look at the stars at night. Another cool feature about this Jeep Cherokee roof top tent is that it comes with an interior LED light strip which can be used to illuminate your tent when needed. There are also shoe bags to help you organize your shoes or even some other camping gear and keep your tent clean.
Setting up this tent is easy and it only takes a couple of minutes. It is a very spacious and comfortable tent and it would be pretty difficult to find another 4-person roof top tent for this price and with great features like this one has. It will most certainly be a great addition to your next off-road adventure so feel free to take a look at it.
Why do we like it?
- Most spacious RTT
- Ability to add an annex
- Not expensive
- Sturdy build
|4 People||132 lbs||
Open: 122" x 76" x 51"
Closed: 47" x 76" x 11"
Guana Equipment Nosara Roof Tent Jeep Cherokee
This is yet another soft shell roof top tent which is made by Guana Equipment. It is a 4-season, 3-person roof top tent. It has a high-quality build which is sturdy enough to withstand harsh weather conditions and even strong winds. Guana has been making roof tents for a while now and they have been doing a great job. So, let’s see what makes this tent so great.
The body of this tent is made out of 420D waterproof ripstop polyester oxford canvas which has taped seams and even a PU coating. This RTT also has a black rainfly which is made out of 600D waterproof polyester oxford with silver coating to keep less light from going through and for better insulation. This tent also comes with a heavy-duty 680g/1200D PVC black travel cover which will keep the tent from getting damaged when not in use.
The base of this tent is made out of black diamond, anti-scratch aluminum plate and it even has edge protectors for the base of the tent to avoid tearing the canvas. Now when you step inside you will notice a 2.75” thick high-density foam mattress that comes with a washable cover and underneath it, there is an anti-condensation mat which adds even more comfort.
All of the windows on this Jeep Cherokee roof top tent are covered in mesh for better privacy and to keep your tent free of any insects that want to come in. There is even a sky-view window that can let in more sunlight during the day and is perfect for star gazing at night. Another great thing about this RTT is that it comes with an annex!
This is yet another cheaper tent that has a high-quality build and will be a great addition to your next overlanding or off-road adventure.
Why do we like it?
- Annex included
- All season RTT
- Comfortable mattress
- Reliable roof top tent
|3 People||139 lbs||
Open: 56.3" x 96" x 49.5"
Closed: 56.3 " x 48" x 12"
Thule Autana Rooftop Tent Jeep Cherokee
This is an all-season, 3-person, soft shell, roof top tent made by Thule. They have been producing a wide range of goods, including baby strollers, phone covers, and automotive accessories. However, they will always be known as a top producer of off-road equipment. And now we are going to talk about why this tent, as well as many of their other ones, are so great.
This RTT is part of their ruggedized series which has the toughest roof top tents out there. The body of this Autana tent is made out of 360g polyester cotton canvas with a 600D ripstop fabric that has water-resistant ventilate coating as well as UV and mold-resistant dual-stitched taped seams. This RTT also features a 420D polyester oxford rainfly that has taped seams and is PU coated. This tent also comes with a 1000D PVC cover so as to not get damaged when not in use.
The base of this roof tent is constructed out of a heavy-duty aluminum tube frame with diamond plate cap sheets while the internal frame is constructed out of ¼" aluminum tubes. Inside the tent you will find a high-density 2-½" foam mattress that comes with a removable cotton cover as well as storage pockets which you can use to organize your camping gear or toiletries and keep the inside of your tent neat.
All of the windows have a mesh on them to increase privacy and keep those pesky insects from coming inside your RTT. There is even a sky view window to let that extra sunlight in during the day and to give you the ability to look at the stars during the night. To give you more privacy when going in and out of the tent, Thule has made the entry point that is accessible from the underside of the tent. And this tent even comes with its own annex!
Setting up this roof top tent is easy and it will take you a couple of minutes to do so. Overall, this is a great tent to have and it will be a great addition to your vehicle if you choose to get it. So feel free to take a look at it.
Why do we like it?
- One of the toughest RTT's out there
- Annex included
- Very reliable
- Fast and easy setup
|3 People||192 lbs||
Open: 56" x 122" x 52"
Closed: 56" x 48" x 12"
Skycamp Mini 3.0 Cherokee Tent
As implied by the name, this is a slightly scaled-down version of Skycamp 3.0. It is still just as strong, reliable, and long-lasting as the aforementioned iKamper Skycamp 3.0, despite this. With its usual side opening hard shell construction found in most iKamper tents, the Skycamp 3.0 Mini is perfect for mounting on almost any vehicle and comfortably accommodating 2 people.
This is an all-season, all-weather, 2-person RTT which has quilted insulation inside. When the temperature drops, this lessens condensation and keeps you warmer. Furthermore, it has a heavy 300gsm poly-cotton canvas that blocks out light so you (or your children) may sleep far past sunrise. It also comes with a waterproof polyester 750D ripstop rainfly with an eco-friendly DWR coating. When closed, it is only 125 lbs. and dimensions 55"x57.5"x13/5".
The hard case shell itself has a double-layered fiber-reinforced plastic with 1” air insulation to keep you even warmer at night. The Skycamp 3.0 Mini has an upgraded zipper and window design which allows you to open both the canvas and mesh windows simultaneously. You can even use the exterior canopy as blinds. There is also a sky view window which gives you extra light by day and is great for stargazing by night.
Inside the tent, you will find a comfortable 9-zone 2.25” thick, insulated polyfoam mattress that is designed to reduce condensation. This is definitely not a cheap roof top tent and is not meant for budget-friendly camping adventures. Instead, this is one of the newest models of RTT’s and one that is designed to be as sturdy and reliable as possible to be able to withstand pretty much any weather conditions there are.
You would only need about a minute to open and close this tent. This is one of our top recommendations as it will be one of the greatest additions to your vehicle and will improve your next off-road adventure. Feel free to give it a look!
Why do we like it?
- Highest quality tent on the market
- Easy and fast setup
- All season RTT
- Well insulated
- Blackout fabric
|2 People||125 lbs||
Open: 83" x 52" x 48"
Closed: 55" x 57.5" x 13.5"
Jeep Cherokee Roof Top Tent FAQS
Can you put a roof top tent on a Jeep Cherokee?
Yes, you can. You can install a roof top tent onto your Jeep Cherokee roof rack. Just be sure to check what is the weight limit of your rack before doing so.
Can I put a roof top tent on my Jeep Grand Cherokee?
The answer to that is also yes. Jeep Grand Cherokee can be used to carry a roof top tent as long as you got the right roof rack installed which can support the weight of the tent as well as the campers inside it.
What is the Jeep Cherokee roof rack capacity?
Well that completely depends on the type of roof rack you have and are using. Most roof racks out there have a static weight limit of 500-600+ lbs and a dynamic of around 200-300+ lbs. Before getting a roof top tent be sure to research more about which roof rack will fit your vehicle the best and then which one will support the desired tent.
Will a tent impact the fuel economy on a Jeep Cherokee?
That would be a yes. Everything that you put inside or outside your vehicle will affect your MPG. In this case if you put a roof top tent over your Jeep Cherokee it will put an extra weight on your vehicle which will result in poorer fuel economy. Also, your vehicle will be less aerodynamic with an RTT on top of it so it will create an aerodynamic drag which will make an impact on your fuel spending.
Jeep Cherokee Tent Models For Sale
Guana Equipment Wanaka 55" Roof Top Tent Setup With XL Annex
Guana Equipment Nosara 55" Person Roof Top Tent Setup - 3 Person
Thule Tepui Kukenam Explorer Series - 3 Person Roof Top Tent
Guana Equipment Wanaka 72" 4 Person Roof Top Tent