Outdoor activities, such as off-roading, camping, or overlanding, are great ways to spend time in nature. You’ll always need a place to sleep, though. A tent is a viable option, but finding a place to set it up may take some time. Luckily, you have the chance to set up your tent on your vehicle with a roof-top tent. Here’s a quick guide to installing a roof-top tent by yourself.
The Difference Between a Roof-Top Tent and a Regular Tent
A roof-top tent mounts on top of your vehicle and remains there for the drive duration. Using this tent will save time and energy, as you won’t have to spend time carrying the tent to the campsite.
A regular tent stands on the ground. As a result, it requires nails to stay secured and poles to keep the interior open. The ground tent is a timeless structure but isn’t always the most efficient way of camping when you have a truck.
Start With the Roof Rack
Setting up the roof rack is one of the most important parts of installing a roof-top tent by yourself. The type of roof rack you have determines the amount of weight the roof will bear and how secure the tent will be. A slim roof rack, such as the Toyota Tacoma cab rack, generally holds a maximum of 75 pounds when you distribute the weight evenly, which works well for the luggage but probably not for an adult human.
Make sure you have a roof rack with a higher maximum capacity. Measure how much weight the car will have on top of it while idle and on the move, as the vehicle will handle more weight while still, which works well for roof-top tents.
Secure the Straps
Securing the straps is one of the essential parts of installing a roof-top tent by yourself. Make sure the tent is even to ensure that one side isn’t more likely to blow away while driving. The roof rack will have rungs that you can attach the tent to. Also, the gas struts that expand the tent will have a stable foundation.
Balance Out the Weight
You want to ensure that the tent and its contents distribute evenly throughout the roof. When you park and attempt to climb into the tent, you add weight to the car and cause uneven distribution. And if the tent has irregular positioning, this weight will put pressure on the wheels on one side, eventually affecting your driving.
Practice Putting It Down and Up
Once you have the tent secured and all features equipped, you should practice folding it down and up to understand the movement of getting it ready for resting time. The repetition will make the process easier on the road or off the trail.
Camping in a tent is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. But to make the experience better, you can learn to set up a roof-top tent.