Roof top tents give economic camping options
(I first posted this item five years ago in 2008 and returned today to update the information.)
I have long been a fan of roof top tents. Maybe it is a throw back to my adolescent days of climbing into my backyard tree house.
Whatever the reason, I think these soft-sided abodes are a neat economical option for those who still want to tent camp, but “sleep safely above the rocks, the mud and the critters.”
On an August 2013 RV trip, we camped at Bonaparte Lake just south of the Canadian boarder. Walking through the campground I spotted a nifty roof top tent. The owners were not in their campsite, so I did not have an opportunity to find out the manufacturer.
Today I went online and checked out a few brands and was reminded that these tents are popular around the globe:
- A two-person tent from Car Top Camper of Irvine, Ca., starts at $856 and go up from there. Lots of extras can be added.
- Skydome Cartop Tent of Canada “unfolds in seconds to become your base camp” and sells for around $1,000.
- For a really rugged roof tent check out the Italian-made Autohome: The original range of vehicle roof top tents.
- ShippShape of Australia says it is the “ideal accommodation for people on the move.” The tent, designed by Doctor Ship in 1985, is “mounted above your vehicle and away from the creepy crawlies and crocs.”
Photo: Roof top tent taken at Bonaparte Lake, Aug. 17, 2013 . (Julianne G. Crane)