Can I fit a roof tent to my car?

Most likely, yes! The rule of thumb is if you can fit roof bars or a roof rack to your car then you can mount a roof tent to your vehicle. Check your vehicle’s roof or roof bar’s maximum weight limit and the weight of the roof tent. But most vehicle roofs will hold a roof tent plus a couple of adults with ease. 

Read on to find more about roof loads and the difference between dynamic and static weight.

Roof bars on the roof of a car in the UK.

Where can I get roof bars?

You can pick up roof bars or a roof rack for your vehicle from various places. The most well-known reseller in the UK is Halfords and they offer a service to fit them as well.

Another option is a great online company that offers lots of options for any vehicle – The Roof Box Company. They have an easy look-up tool for your vehicle which lists all the options for your car.

How does a roof tent fix to my vehicle?

What is vehicle roof weight limits?

You may be worried about the effects of adding people inside a roof tent has on your vehicle’s roof. But be assured that our roof tents work within your vehicle’s safety margins.

Key things to remember… The roof tent doesn’t attach or touch the vehicle’s roof directly. The roof tent bolts onto the roof bars which are fixed to the steel frame of your vehicle rather than the flat roof. 

Refer to your car’s manual to find the maximum load limit for your vehicle. However, this weight will probably refer to the dynamic weight capacity, as opposed to the static weight capacity.

The underside of a roof tent that is attached to a roof rack.

Dynamic & static roof loads

What is a dynamic load? A dynamic load refers to a moving weight limit on your car’s roof and a static load refers to a vehicle’s stationary weight limit. 

By design, a vehicle’s roof can actually take much heavier static loads than it can dynamic loads. Vehicles are designed with very strong roof frames/arches to prevent injury in the event of an accident where the vehicle rolls onto its roof.

When a vehicle is moving, turning, accelerating and braking, lateral forces are created on the top of your vehicle, and can make it unstable when driving.

Vehicle roof strength

A stationary vehicle, will only have to deal with a downward force, applied directly into the steel frame or arches of the vehicle. Vehicle roofs are strong enough to shield passengers from an accident and prevent distortion from bumpy surfaces or the impact of objects at speed.

In short, your vehicle’s roof is more than capable of taking the weight of a roof tent and two or three adults when stationary.

Need your roof tent fitted?

We can set up and install your roof tent at our workshop in Hampshire, UK.

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. 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.

See our helpful step-by-step guide on how to install a roof tent.

Roof tents are bolted or clamped to roof bars or a roof rack. All our roof tents come equipped with a full vehicle fitting kits (bolts, brackets, even tools) and detailed instructions. Included fixing are made from premium stainless steel 304-grade metal. This is to prevent corrosion/rust and provide added strength.

We also provide a fitting service with the purchase of any of our products, please contact support@tentantrail.com for more details.

All of our products, roof tent and awnings have a 1 year guarantee, for any manufacturing defects that might occur. In the unlikelihood of any issues or defects please contact us at support@tentandtrail.com and we will be on hand to help.

Please see our T&Cs 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. A number of spares for all our products, ranging from travel covers to window rods and brackets/fixings are available on request. Simply get in contact with us at support@tentandtrail.co.uk and tell us what you require. 

Free shipping service is available to the vast majority of UK customers. However, certain UK postcodes do not qualify for our free shipping service and customers in these areas may be required to pay a supplementary delivery fee. The current free shipping exclusion zones include postcodes in the following areas: Channel Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Scottish Highlands & Islands.

Consequently, if your postcode falls within one of the free shipping 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 to Europe – please contact us for a quotation.

Vehicle access restrictions to your property may 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.

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.

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