Roof tents for adventures on the road.

Discover the ultimate car tents for your road adventures. At Tent & Trail, we proudly offer some of the best roof tents for sale in the UK. But what truly makes the UK’s best roof tents? We don’t just claim it; we live it. Our roof tent UK range is crafted from premium quality materials and engineered to withstand the elements while you’re out on the camping trail.

We’ve rigorously tested our roof tents in every condition imaginable – from hail and rainstorms in the UK to snow in the Alps and the scorching sun in the Sahara. We are confident that our UK-designed rooftop tents offer the best specifications for the price. Experience unparalleled quality and durability with our roof tents, and make your next adventure unforgettable with Tent & Trail.

Aluminium hardshell roof tent on the back of a Land Rover pickup animating the opening.

What is a roof tent?

Quite simply, it’s a tent that is mounted to your vehicle’s roof. Roof top tents will fit on most vehicles, you don’t need to have a big 4×4 mud muncher. Roof tents can be fitted to small hatchbacks, saloons, estate cars, vans, 4×4’s, pick-up trucks and lorries. However, you will see them more commonly on such vehicles as Land Rover Defender & Discovery, Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Land Cruiser, Ford Ranger, Isuzu Dmax and so on.

To fit a roof tent to your vehicle, firstly you will need a good quality roof rack or roof bars. They will need to be rated to the correct load for you and your roof tent. Don’t worry if you’re not sure about your load rating or what is required, as we can help you with your vehicle. And secondly, a friend to help you lift the rooftop tent onto your vehicle’s roof.

Can I fit a roof tent to my car?

What type of roof tent is right for me?

There are three types of roof tents for sale but how do you know which roof tent is best for your vehicle? If you would like to read more about the pros and cons between the three types, see our blog on soft shell vs hard shell roof tents.

Our roof tents.

Find out more about our UK designed Tent & Trail rooftop tents for your car. 100% Weatherproof, UV and mould resistant and quick to set up. Our soft shell roof tents included zip-in lower annex with windows and doors. As standard, our hard shell / hybrid roof tents include a zip-in awning extension. Free delivery to mainland UK.

Why choose our roof tents?

Our UK designed roof tents have been made with the highest quality and comfort in mind. 

Fabric/Canvas

Our roof top tents are made from premium quality canvas that is durable and weatherproof. It is Rip-Stop Polyester/Cotton blend fabric, waterproof from 2500mm to 5000mm, UV and mould resistant. Above all, it’s important to have a breathable fabric/canvas to help keep the weather out and the heat in but also to help prevent mould or becoming too hot. 

As well as the canvas being weatherproof, it’s also light which helps it dry quicker and less weight to lift when opening and closing the roof tent. Our seams are all taped and double stitched for water resistance and strength.

There are also 2 air vents on the sides of the tent for ventilation. This helps the air circulate and prevents a build-up of condensation on the inside of the tent.

Close-up view of the side of a hard shell aluminium roof tent in a field with a fence behind.
Compact Series Roof Tent from Tent & Trail internal shot of windows and sky lights in the UK.

Materials

Heavy-duty mesh fly screens on all openings (doors, windows and skylights) use YKK zippers and SBS zippers. As a result, the mesh keeps out unwanted visitors, whilst providing the inside with an abundance of light and ventilation.

Steel sprung window rods that hold the window awnings open, stopping the rain but allowing light and air in.

The frame of the tent is made up of 25mm diameter anodised aluminium poles which are lightweight but strong. Additionally, the poles are wrapped in material to prevent wear and tear on the canvas and to add comfort.

The base of the roof tent is aluminium welded for durability with insulation. A weight rating of 300kg and an anti-scratch aluminium sheet on the base.

Equipment

Our mattresses are composed of a high density foam, 50mm to 60mm in thickness and the mattress cover can be removed for easy washing.

Provided as standard with all our roof tents, is a layer of breathable anti-condensation layer underneath the mattress. Most importantly, this feature helps to prevent any build up of damp and mould on your mattress.

Entry to your roof tent is via a sturdy aluminium telescope ladder and can expand to a maximum length of 230cm

To aid the folding away of the roof tent, bungee cords/rope are fitted to help pull the material inwards when the tent is collapsed.

Tent & Trail Roof tent anti-condensation mat UK
Closeup of the ladder, shoe bags and clasps of a hard shell aluminium roof top tent on a car in the UK.

Comfort

Along with premium materials and build quality, we have added extra creature comforts as standard to all our rooftop tents.

Skylights are great for extra sun and light during the day but are perfect for stargazing at night. An LED light with an integrated switch and clip. Two shoe bags hang up at the entrance to your tent, for easy storage. And a storage net under the overhang of the tent base for more useful storage.

Annex Room

We are pleased to offer all our soft shell roof tents with a zip-in annex room as standard at no extra cost.

Each annex room has windows and doors with integrated netting to keep out the bugs. The annex room has two doors, one entrance to the annex from the outside and one at the back to provide entry to your vehicle from inside the annex.

Explore series roof tent with lower annex on Defender in a field
Front and side view of a hard shell aluminium roof tent with an awning extension attached in a field in the UK. Clouds and trees behind.

Awning Extension

Our hard shell / hybrid roof tents come with a zip-in awning extension as standard at no extra cost.

The awning easily attaches via a zip and is supported by two adjustable poles with guy ropes, pegs and a hammer to secure it to the ground. The awning extension works with any height vehicle making it a very versatile feature for campers wanting extra covered space for cooking, eating, relaxing and even sleeping.

Installation

All our roof tents can be installed to roof bars or roof racks, (check weight rating is suitable). Our roof tent fixings and brackets are stainless steel 304-grade metal. This is to prevent corrosion/rust and provide added strength.

Setup and installation are simple but we have created handy guides to help. We also provide a fitting service, if you would like us to install your roof tent, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Tent & Trail roof tent mounted to a roof rack packed away with cover on.

Need help fitting your roof tent?

Check out our handy step-by-step roof tent install guides. We also provide a roof tent fitting service at our workshop in Hampshire, UK. To find out more and availability, please contact us.

Roof tent FAQs

You’ve got questions, we got the answers. If you can’t find the specific answer you’re looking for then contact us at support@tentandtrail.com and we will be happy to talk through any questions you may have.

Yes. As long as you can fit roof bars or a roof rack to your car, then a roof tent can be mounted to your car. You will need to check in your vehicle’s handbook to make sure your vehicle’s roof is capable of carrying 50kg+ of dynamic weight.

See our can I fit a roof tent to my car page for more information.

All our roof tents come equipped with a full vehicle fitting kits (bolts, brackets, even tools) and detailed instructions. All our fixings are made from premium stainless steel 304-grade metal. This is to prevent weather corrosion/rust and add strength.

See our helpful fitting my roof tent guide page.

Yes. All roof top tents come with 100% waterproof heavy duty 420D Polyester Oxford canvas. The canvas used for the roof tents is UV and mould resistant, making your tent cooler and longer lasting in any kind of weather. 

The 420D Polyester Oxford canvas has a hydrostatic head rating of 2500mm. This means the material can withstand 2500mm of water across a day before water will start to penetrate.

Our free delivery service is available to the vast majority of UK customers. However, certain UK postcodes do not qualify for our free delivery service and customers in these areas may be required to pay a supplementary delivery fee.

Our current free shipping exclusion zones include postcodes in the following areas (and which are subject to updates from time to time): Channel Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Scottish Highlands & Islands.

If your postcode falls within one of the free delivery exclusion zone(s), please email support@tentandtrail.com confirming your full address details and we will be in touch with a quote for delivery. We can also arrange delivery all over Europe – please contact us for a quotation.

When gaining access to your property vehicle access restrictions may apply which could mean additional cost or delivery failure. If you are concerned this may apply to you, then please be sure to email us before you complete your order at checkout.

See our delivery and returns page for more information.

All of your products, roof tents and awnings have a 2-year warranty, for any manufacturing defects that might occur, (these are very unlikely). Just contact us at support@tentandtrail.com for any issue and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please see our warranty policy page for more details.

We’ve got you covered.

We know that accidents can happen but there’s no need to worry that your roof tent is ruined. We hold a number of spares for all our products, ranging from travel covers to window rods and brackets/fixings to help keep you on the road.

Simply get in contact with us with what you require and we will be in touch. 

Ready to pick your roof tent?

Roof tents will fit any vehicle not just a 4×4.

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