How to install the Discover Series hybrid roof tent

Find out how to set up and install your Discover Series roof tent. Your roof tent will come with printed instructions but thought it would be help to show how simple the setup really is. For the purposes of 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.

Tent and Trail roof tent boxed up.
Roof tent fixings, parts and tools laying on cardboard.
Step 2

What comes with your roof tent?

Once you have the roof tent out of its box, release the Velcro strips around the sides, to fold back the middle cover. Unclip the two clips at the front corners and then partially open the tent to remove the tent parts.

Remove everything from inside the roof tent as this will make it easier to lift later. Within the roof tent, you will find the following contents.

Roof tent accessories:

  • Ladder
  • 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 16mm stainless steel bolts, washers and nuts
  • 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
Step 3

Install ladder and ladder bracket clips

Locate the installation box and find the 2 x ladder clips and 4 x M8 16mm bolts. Slide the bolt heads into the cargo mounting rail on the top of the tent, and make sure to mount the ladder clips on the opening of the roof tent (non-hinge side). Use the ladder as a reference for how wide to mount the locking clips.

Using the 13mm spanner that can be found in the cargo bars box, tighten with M8 nylon nuts until secure. Do not over tighten nuts.

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

Roof tent ladder bracket clips being installed, spanner doing up a nut.
Discover Series roof tent cargo bars being fitting to the top of the hard shell.
Step 4

Install cargo bars

If you are not installing cargo bars, go to Step 5. To install the cargo bars, insert 2 x M8 16mm bolts into the mounting rail on top the of tent. Place a cargo rail foot over the 2 bolts and repeat on the opposite side so the feet are aligned opposite each other.

Insert 2 x M8 20mm into the channel on the underside of the cargo bar, one in 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 spanner until secure, do not over tighten.

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

Step 5

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. 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!

 

Discover Series hybrid roof tent closed with cargo bars attached from the side with rolling fields in the background.
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.
From distance, a Land Rover Defender with a car tent on the roof and car awning attached in the a grassy 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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