How to install the Adventure Series hardshell roof tent

Learn how to set up and install your Adventure Series roof top tent. Supplied with your roof tent are printed instructions but before your tent arrives it’s helpful to know how simple the setup really is. For this guide and the majority of our customers, the setup will be on roof bars. If you have a roof rack you may still be able to use the clamping plates provided but it does depend on the type of rack system. However, if you can’t use the clamps then 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.

Step 1

Unbox your roof top tent

To start the roof tent installation, 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.

Lay the roof tent down, cut straps and lift off the cardboard box top. Remove any other packaging and lift the roof tent out of the bottom half of the cardboard box.

The Adventure Series hard shell roof top tent package with straps on a painted concrete floor.
A partially opened hard shell roof tent still in part of the packaging.
Step 2

Open the roof tent

With the roof tent on its base, unclasp the two clips and then partially open the tent to remove the tent parts. 

Remove everything from inside the roof tent, (this will make it lighter to lift!). Once you have removed everything, carefully close the roof tent and close the clips to secure the roof tent.

Step 3

What comes with your roof tent?

The Adventure Series roof tent comes with a lot of extras and all the fixings you need to attach to your vehicle. You will find the following contents.

Roof tent accessories:

  • Ladder
  • 2 x Locking clip keys
  • 2 x Rainfly awning poles
  • 2 x Shoe bags
  • LED light and charger
  • Zip-in awning extension and carry bag
  • 4 x Guy ropes and pegs
  • Peg hammer/puller
 

Cargo bars:

  • 2 x Cargo bars and feet
  • 8 x M8 Allen cap bolts
  • 4 x M8 20mm stainless steel bolts, washers and nuts
  • 4 x Cargo bar end caps
 

Roof tent fixings:

  • 4 x Mounting plates
  • 8 x Aluminium sliding plates
  • 4 x Mounting channel end caps
  • 8 x M8 50mm stainless steel bolts, washers and nuts
  • 8 x M8 brass hand tighten nuts
 

Tools:

  • 13mm Ratchet spanner
  • 6mm Allen Key
Roof tent fixings, parts and tools laying on cardboard.
Installing roof tent cargo bars to an Adventure Series rooftop tent.
Step 4

Install cargo bar feet

If you not are installing cargo bars, go to Step 5. To install the cargo bars, insert 2 x M8 nuts into the top channel on the side of the roof tent. 

Place a cargo bar foot in position with the 2 nuts behind. Using the provided Allen key, secure in place with 2 M8 Allen cap bolts. you will notice  do not over tighten. Repeat on the opposite side so the feet are aligned opposite each other.

 

Attach cargo bars to feet

Insert 2 x M8 20mm bolts into the channel on the underside of the cargo bar, one each end to align with bar feet. Place the cargo bar onto the feet and secure the bar with a penny washer and M8 nylon nut.

Repeat this process with the other cargo bar and tighten all M8 nylon nuts with a 13mm spanner until secure, do not over tighten.

NOTE: Make sure to add some grease to the threads to help with tightening and undoing.

Securing a nut while installing the cargo bars on a hard shell roof tent from Tent & Trail.
Step 5

Decide on position 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. The mounting rails should be perpendicular to the bars they will mount to. 

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!

 

A hardshell roof tent on the back of a land rover pickup 4x4 in the UK.
Roof tent fixings being slid into the mounting channel on the base of the roof top tent.
Step 6

Assemble and position sliding plates

Assemble the 8 x aluminium sliding plates and 8 x M8 50mm bolts. Insert sliding plates into the mounting rail underneath the roof tent, on either side of the roof bars at the 4 mounting locations.

NOTE – If the sliders are hard to slide along the mounting channel, lubricate and file down the slider sides slightly. 

Step 7

Clamp roof tent to your roof bars

Place the steel mounting plate up against the roof bar and thread on an M8 washer and nylon nut onto protruding M8 bolts. Tighten with the 13mm spanner until secure but do not overtighten. Once all bolts have been tightened, check that the roof tent doesn’t move and is secure.

Check all the mounting bolts and brackets periodically during the use of your roof tent to ensure they are securely fastened to your rack system.

NOTE: Make sure to add some grease to the threads to help with tightening and undoing.

Roof tent clamping plates bolted to a roof bar with m8 bolts and nuts.
A hard shell aluminium roof tent on a Land Rover pickup in a field in the UK.
Step 8

Enjoy your roof tent!

The roof tent installation is complete. With your roof tent now secure to your car, you are ready to start your adventures!

After your first use, check the nuts and bolts for tightness. A general good maintenance tip is checking nuts and bolts periodically while the roof tent is mounted on your car.

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.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. 

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