Roof tents for adventures on the road.

We believe we have some of the best roof tents available in the UK but what makes the UK’s best roof tents? At Tent & Trail, we don’t just say it, we live it. Our UK roof tent range is made from premium quality materials and designed to face the elements while out on the open road. We have tested our rooftop tents in every condition we could imagine (hail and rainstorms in the UK, snow in the Alps and the burning sun in the Sahara). In short, we are confident our UK designed roof top tents are the best specification in the UK for the price!
 
Roof tent on a Defender with lower annex with door and ladder

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 a small hatchback, saloon, 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 two types of roof tents available but how do you know which roof tent is best for your vehicle? 

Our roof tents.

Find out more about our UK designed Tent & Trail rooftop tents for your car. 100% Weatherproof. Quick to set up. Included zip-in lower annex with windows and doors. Free delivery to mainland UK.

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 2500mm, 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.

Roof tent fabrics and rainfly canvas
The inside of a premium quality roof tent UK. The roof tent has windows and skylights.

Materials

Heavy-duty mesh fly screens on all openings (doors, windows and skylights) use YKK 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 of 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, 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, 4 bungee cords are fitted inside to help pull the material inwards when the tent is collapsed.

Tent & Trail Roof tent anti-condensation mat UK
Roof tent storage net and shoe bags.

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 perfect for stargazing at night. A flexible LED strip light with an integrated switch that connects to 12v. Two shoe bags which 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 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 for enter 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
Tent & Trail roof tent mounted to a roof rack packed away with cover on.

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 a handy guide to help. We also provide a fitting service, if you would like us to install your roof tent, please contact us.

Need help fitting your roof tent?

Check out our handy step-by-step roof tent install guide. 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.co.uk 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 fixing are made from premium stainless steel 304 grade metal. This is to prevent from weather corrosion/rust and added 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.co.uk 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 tent and awnings have a 2 year guarantee, 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 product guarantee 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.