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A Guide to Vehicle-Attached Tents & Trailers

Tepui Rooftop Tent
Tom Morr | Writer
Posted January 27, 2014
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Kitchen-Sink Camping

The overlanding movement has made rural roughing-it downright civilized. Remote vehicular adventure has evolved from sleeping on seats to nearly Ritz-caliber accommodations. Innovative tents and camping trailers are rounded up here for your exploration. Some of these companies also provide turnkey expedition vehicles and even travel consultation.

Adrenalin Campers
The Adrenalin Blast is a hard-floor camper trailer made from folded aluminum. It has an adjustable independent air-ride suspension and a 360-degree off-road swivel hitch. The symmetrical tent accommodates up to 12 people. Standard features include a queen bed, a stainless sink, onboard powered water, and 12-volt outlets. ATVs, bikes, and kayaks can be towed on top.
Information: Adrenalin Campers

The Simpson III, ARB’s newest rooftop tent, is designed for the ultimate in ease and convenience. All bedding can remain inside the tent, freeing up storage space in the vehicle and allowing the tent to be quickly packed away. This updated design incorporates new materials for better strength, rigidity, and water resistance. Features include insect-screened windows and doors, a retractable aluminum ladder, and an integrated pullout veranda. A high-density foam mattress and UV-stabilized laminated PVC cover are included. Dimensions: 55 inches wide, 941⁄2 long, 51 high.
Information: ARB USA

AT Overland
AT Overland’s Adventure Trailers feature proprietary independent trailing-arm air suspension. The Chaser model is targeted to technical 4-wheelers, featuring a low center of gravity and high ground clearance. AT says its first design, the Horizon, remains popular. AT also offers fuel can holders, storage systems, rooftop tents, refrigerators, and complete turnkey global-ready expedition vehicles and consultation services.
Information: AT Overland

AutoHome has manufactured shelters since 1958. The tent shells are made from lightweight fiberglass or carbon fiber for four-season protection and comfort over the long haul. AutoHome rooftop tents have thick mattresses, gear storage space, a strong alloy ladder, and even LED lights on Maggiolina and Air Top models.
Information: AutoHomeUSA

Bivouac Camping Trailers manufactures lightweight, off-road utility trailers and camping trailers for outdoor adventure. BCT’s flagship is the M.O.A.B. Fort. It is self-contained and offers large-trailer amenities in a smaller package. Also, this trailer is marketed as more affordable than many other models. Specs: 10.2 feet long, 6 feet wide, 16 inches of ground clearance with 31-inch tires, 2,500-pound axles with brakes, 19.7 cubic feet of storage, 1,300-pound curb weight, 2,500-pound GVWR.
Information: Bivouac Camping Trailers

Eezi-Awn Rooftop and Trailer Tents have won awards around the globe over the past 30-plus years. The Series 3 and XKLUSIV rooftop models combine comfort with classic design and craftsmanship. The Globe Trotter trailer-based tents offer the same four-season tent characteristics at a lower mounting height.
Information: Equipt Expedition Outfitters

The Front Runner Feather-Lite rooftop tent was designed in South Africa and Australia to be the next step in the evolution of rooftop tents. According to the manufacturer, it has the lowest profile on the market and is lighter than other comparable rooftop two-person sleeping solutions. Other features include a flysheet for unobstructed four-window views, durable 400D Oxford fabric, and hardware that mounts to common roof racks. Options include a retractable awning, a ladder extension, and a shower annex.
Information: Front Runner

Four Wheel Campers
Four Wheel manufactures slide-in popup campers designed specifically for off-highway travel. They are engineered with reinforcements in several critical areas and designed to absorb the stresses, strains, vibration, and flex encountered in an off-road environment. Because they aren’t permanent, Four Wheel Campers are well suited for daily driven pickups.
Four Wheel Campers

Hallmark Manufacturing has made four-season slide-in truck campers since 1958. Each is built to customer specifications based on a choice of four floor lengths. Custom building materials, appliances, electronics, lift systems, rack systems, solar systems, and fabrics are some of the choices. Customers control the weight of their campers using an à la carte options list. Hallmark offers full indoor shower and toilet systems in some models. Full- and midsize bodied trucks as well as 51⁄2-, 61⁄2-, and 8-foot bed lengths can be accommodated.
Information: Hallmark Mfg.

Ironman 4x4
The Ironman Luxury Rooftop Tent comes with an Annex. Features include a climate-cover flysheet, a popup window awning, waterproof ripstop tent material, a high-density foam mattress, a retractable ladder, and a waterproof PVC car cover. Setup is said to take less than eight minutes.
Information: Ironman 4x4

James Baroud
This French company offers rooftop tents in different sizes and styles. The wedge-style Discovery model is rally-tested and supposedly sets up in five seconds using gas-charged struts. Included are a fiberglass shell, wind- and water-resistant tent canvas, a mattress, LED lighting, solar-powered ventilation, and a ladder.
Information: James Baroud

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