The ROAM Rambler is a durable hard shell rooftop tent that sleeps 2 people on top of a high-density foam mattress. This on-the-go tent can be easily installed on a variety of roof or bed racks and takes minutes to pitch, wherever your adventure ends for the day. The tent cover is made of reinforced ABS fiberglass with a rugged aesthetic. Doors on each side of the tent make it easy to get in and out on a lightweight telescoping aluminum ladder. The 2 panoramic windows can be unzipped for a 360-degree view of all your surroundings.
Rambler by ROAM – 2 Person Hard Shell Roof Top Tent
|Ladder||7.5′ telescopic aluminum (no additional extension required for aftermarket lifts)|
|Frame||Gas struts with steel rectangular tubing arms|
|Mattress||2.75″ high density foam, anti-condensation mat|
|Fabric||280g ripstop poly/cotton, UV, water, and mold resistant|
Quilted polyester taffeta
|Cover||Fiberglass-reinforced ABS hardshell|
|Shell Size (closed)||84″L x 50.5″W x 11″H|
|Sleeping Space||81”L x 48”W x 36”H|
|Install||Attached via aluminum extrusions on base with universal sliding brackets and bolts|
|Warranty||5 year manufacturers/craftsmanship warranty|
- Waterproof PU coated 280g poly cotton ripstop tent body fabric
- Padded Gas Struts
- Two Door Awnings
- Two Panoramic Windows
- 7.5’ telescopic ladder
- 2.75” High-Density Foam Mattress
- Insulated Base and Ceiling
- Pull Down Closure Straps
- Custom Hard Shell Design
- Quiet Zippers
- PU Window Zippers
- Stainless Steel Latches
- Machined Aluminum Badge
Hard Shell Roof Top Tent
|RTT Size - Capacity||
2 Person Roof Top Tent
130 Pounds (Lbs.)
Dual Entrances, Entrance Awnings, Padded Gas Struts, Panoramic Windows, Pull Down Closure Straps, Quiet Zippers, Skylight Window, Stainless Steel Latches
|RTT Frame Material||
Gas Struts with Steel Rectangular Tubing Arms
|RTT Material - Latches||
Stainless Steel Latches
|RTT Interior Fabric||
Quilted Polyester Taffeta
Attached via aluminum extrusions on base with universal sliding brackets and bolts
|RTT Included Accessories||
Anti-Condensation Mat, Telescopic Universal Ladder, Tent Mattress
|RTT Compatible Accessories||
|RTT Anti-Condensation Mat||
Proprietary Anti-Condensation Mat Included
Insulated Floor & Ceiling
|RTT Shell Material||
Fiberglass Reinforced ABS Hard Shell
2.75" High Density Foam Roof Top Tent Mattress
|RTT Canvas Fabric||
Rip-Stop – Poly-Cotton – 280g
|RTT Weight Limit||
|RTT Size - Closed - Height||
|RTT Size - Closed - Length||
|RTT Size - Closed - Width||
|RTT Size - Sleeping Space - Height||
|RTT Size - Sleeping Space - Length||
|RTT Size - Sleeping Space - Width||
Yes, roof top tents definitely affect gas mileage negatively, with some RTT owners reporting as little as a 5% decrease (light tents with a more aerodynamic profile) and some reporting as much as 20%-25% increase (heavier tents that are bulkier and basically less aerodynamic). However, there are some useful tips and tricks to ensure that your roof top tent doesn’t affect fuel economy drastically.
» Read more: Do roof top tents affect gas mileage?
Most vehicles, especially trucks, vans, Jeeps and SUVs can support a roof top tent by using a heavier duty roof rack and the general rule is that any vehicle with a rooftop load limit under 165 lbs won’t support a roof top tent safely. Trucks can support a roof top tent either in an elevated position using an elevated truck bed rack or as a truck bed tent, depending on the particular roof top tent model. Furthermore, it is fairly straightforward to find out the weight limits for the vehicle, the rack and the tent itself to ensure you can safely drive and use your roof top tent.
» Read more: What vehicles can support a roof top tent?
While your roof rack MIGHT support a roof top tent, it’s never a safe option to use factory installed racks for roof top tents without double checking weight limits and confirming with the roof top tent manufacturer. If you own a heavy-duty aftermarket roof rack with a maximum load equal or higher than the tent’s load, it is very likely that it will support your roof top tent, but it’s still a better idea to a) confirm with the manufacturer or b) buy a manufacturer recommended roof rack system.
» Read more: Can my roof rack support a roof top tent?
From brand reputation, materials used, insulation level and ease of setup to the availability of various complementary accessories such as annex rooms and awnings, there are quite a few things that matter when purchasing a roof top tent. We go through at least 21 factors when ranking a specific roof top tent and our list can help you understand and identify the factors that matter most to you.
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Yes, for any roof top that that you plan on mounting to your vehicle, a roof rack (or cross bars) is required to be able to do so. Furthermore, you need to ensure that the roof rack you’re mounting your tent on is designed to support the static and dynamic load of the roof top tent in order to drive safely and use the tent without potentially damaging your car.
» Read More: Do I need a roof rack for a roof top tent?
While a roof rack is the only mandatory accessory you need for a roof top tent, you might want to consider a matching awning and a compatible annex room to make the most out of your camping / overlanding trip. Most if not all roof top tents come with the necessary retractable ladder and a high quality mattress. Additionally, there are some extremely useful accessories such as a condensation mat (if not included in your RTT of your) and more that you may want to consider for a great camping experience.
» Read More: What roof top tent accessories do I need?
In a nutshell, roof top tents are compact tents that are mounted on top of your vehicle with the help of a roof rack or cross bars and they work by functioning as compact packages than can be unfolded, raised, pitched through a bit of handy work or a mechanism in some cases, in order to offer you an insulated living space atop your vehicle when you’re camping.
Roof top tents have become extremely popular, as they offer multiple benefits, such as extra comfort in all weather conditions, freedom to camp almost anywhere, affordability compared to RVs & campers, increased safety / security and the opportunity for amazing sightseeing by being an awesome vantage point atop your vehicle.
If that’s a bit vague or superficial, then let’s go over all the details on how roof top tents work (including what they are and the various types of RTTs you can buy), from how they’re supported / mounted on your vehicle, how they’re pitched (or opened, unfolded, unpacked, depending on what terminology you prefer), how avid campers use them and then move on to some useful tips to consider when buying a roof top tent.
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You’re a couple of searches and a simple calculation away from figuring out if your car can handle a roof top tent safely and without risking any damage during actual usage. In most cases, if you own an SUV, Jeep, van or truck, you’re good to go, whilst sedans, hatchbacks, coupes are almost never a safe fit for a roof top tent. On top of that, you can pretty much rule out putting a roof top tent on any vehicle with a rooftop load limit under 165 lbs.
But let’s jump to the steps you should take to be absolutely sure you can buy, install and safely drive with a roof top tent.
Roof top tents are designed, built and tested to be highly stable products both in a closed (when driving) and open state (when camping). Even camping in strong winds has little impact on the stability of the roof top tent, although some level of wind noise is unfortunately inevitable even with great insulation. As for driving with a roof top tent, owners report no significant changes to their driving experience, but it’s best to gradually increase your speed to the point you are comfortable, while adjusting to any minor changes in maneuverability.
» Read more: Are roof top tents stable?
Simply put, roof top tents do not damage cars as long as they are installed correctly and weight limits for the vehicle, the roof rack and the tent are respected. Mounting and unmounting the tent is also an easy and safe procedure that does no damage to your vehicle. There is an argument that the extra weight causes extra wear to your vehicle’s suspension for example, but that same logic applies to literally anything else in your car, including passengers.
» Read more: Do roof top tents damage cars?