How to install your roof tent

We have created a helpful guide on how to install your roof tent. Of course, your roof tent will come with instructions but we wanted to show customers how simple the setup really is. For the purposes of this guide and the majority of our customers, setup will be on roof bars. If you have a roof rack you will need to drill mounting holes, see our how does a roof tent attach page for more information. Read on for our roof tent installation step by step.

Tent and Trail roof tent boxed up.
STEP 1

Unbox your roof top tent

Carefully unbox your roof tent from the protective cardboard box. If using a knife to cut the box open, be careful not to cut the actual tent itself when opening.

STEP 2

What comes with your roof tent?

Once you have the roof tent out of its box, release the Velcro straps and open the tent. Within the roof tent, you will find the following contents: tools, stainless bolts and nuts, roof tent base mounting channel, ladder brackets, ladder, tent cover, 2 x shoe bags, LED strip light, storage net, window/awning poles and zip-in annex room with carry bag.

STEP 3

Install roof tent base mounting channels for fixings

Take the 2 x aluminium mounting channels and 4 x 6mm Allen key bolts with nuts. Next, position the roof tent on it's end so you can reach under the mattress and anti-condensation mat. Find the pre-drilled holes covered by black round stickers. Remove stickers and push the bolts through the holes with the bolt thread protruding out the bottom of the tent base. Next, slide 2 nuts into the channel on the mounting channel and position the nuts to line up with the protruding bolt threads. Once they are lined up, take the provided Allen key tool and tighten the bolts until they are secure. Finally, reposition the roof tent on its opposite end and repeat the process with the other mounting channel.

STEP 4

Install ladder brackets and ladder

Position the roof tent on its base. Find the 2 x ladder brackets with 8mm bolts, washers, nuts and the ladder. On the edge of the base, 4 pre-drilled holes with be covered with black round stickers, remove stickers and position brackets. Push the bolts through from the outside so they protrude inside the tent, and tighten the nuts with spanners until secure. Once you have secured both brackets, position the ladder inside the brackets. Place the nylon washer between the bracket and ladder. Tighten the nut and bolt with provider spanners but make sure not to overtighten and crush the nylon washer.

STEP 5

Thread roof tent cover zip into 'C' channel

Lay the roof tent cover out on the floor and unzip the attachment strip from the cover. One side of the cover will have an attachment strip retained to the cover, thread this into the hinge side 'C' channel of the tent roof. With the cover over the roof tent in place, you can now thread the zip attachment strip into the 'C' channel around the roof tent. Make sure to thread the strip the correct direction to match the zip ends with the cover. Finally, zip up the cover and secure with the two external bucket and Vecro straps.

Closed roof tent mounted to the top of a car in the UK.
STEP 6

Decide opening direction and lift onto your car's roof

Before lifting it onto your car's roof, decide the direction you want the tent to open. The hinged side is the direction the tent will open and overhang. Once you have decided your position, grab a friend and carefully lift the tent into place. Be sure not to hurt yourself, your friend, your car or your new roof tent!

Roof tent clamped to roof bars on a car in the UK.
STEP 7

Clamp roof tent to your roof bars

Slide the 8 x aluminium brackets into the mounting channels, 4 brackets in each channel. Next, position them with the 8mm threads on either side of your roof bars. Place the stainless steel clamping plate up against the underneath of your roof bar and screw on the washer and nut. Tighten with a spanner until secure but do not overtighten. Once all bolts have been tightened, check that the roof tent doesn't move and is secure.

Two people camping with a fire and a roof tent in the UK.
STEP 8

Enjoy your roof tent!

Roof tent installation is complete. With your roof tent now secure to your car, you are ready to start your adventures! After first use make sure to check nuts and bolts for tightness and periodically after that for good maintenance.

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.

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 corrosion/rust and provide added strength.

We also provide a fitting service with 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. 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 at support@tentandtrail.co.uk and tell us what you require. 

Our 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.

Our current free shipping exclusion zones include postcodes in the following areas (and which is 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 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.

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.

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.