Roof top tents are the road tripping family’s ultimate companion. A good roof top tent offers a comfortable and convenient place to camp, regardless of where your travels take you. Plus, they are spacious, keep you off of the wet ground, and away from any creepy crawlies below.
However, roof top tents are some of the most complex pieces of gear you can buy and they often require a sizeable financial investment. Thus, choosing the right 4 person roof top tent can be quite the daunting task.
That being said, it’s more than possible to find the right four person roof top tent for your needs, you just need to know where to start. To help you out, we’ve got your guide to selecting the perfect four person roof top tent for your future adventures, complete with our reviews of the best four person roof top tents on the market today. Let’s get to it!
Here’s our list of 10 top rated 4 person roof top tents:
1. iKamper Skycamp 2.0
The only hard top roof top tent in our review, iKamper took the world of roof top tents by storm with their Skycamp 2.0. This hard top tent has a four person capacity and sets up in just one minute, thanks to its pop top design and expandable king-sized mattress.
With the Skycamp 2.0, you get a sleek, compact, and aerodynamic roof box hard shell case that doesn’t negatively affect your gas mileage as much as other models. Plus, the Skycamp 2.0 is completely customizable, so you can choose the hard shell box color as well as a number of different accessories so you can have the ultimate adventure.
More info: ikamper.com
2. Smittybilt Overlander XL
The SmittyBilt Overlander XL is an affordable four person roof top tent for the everyday adventurer. The Overlander XL has enough space to sleep up to four people, but its smart design means you only need one person to set it up.
Made from heavy-duty 600D ripstop polyester, the Overlander XL is fully waterproof and has stainless steel hinges for extra durability. The tent comes with a telescoping aluminum ladder and a nifty mosquito screen so you can stay comfortable in your shelter, even in buggy conditions. What’s not to love?
More info: smittybiltdepot.com
3. Tepui Kukenam 4 Ruggedized Series
The Tepui Kukenam 4 Ruggedized Series is designed for the toughest of adventures. The perfect home away from home, the Kukenam 4 is made from 360g Dual Stitched Fabric, which is an average fo 40% thicker than most standard materials while the internal frame is made from 3/4 wrapped heavy-duty aluminum for added durability.
Plus, the Kukenam 4 is built for all four seasons, thanks to its 600D ripstop water-resistant fabric, no-see-um mesh, and two built-in screen panels. Wrapping up this great list of features is a telescoping pole and the ability to customize the tent with added insulation, an awning, or an annex, so you can truly take on the world with the Tepui Kukenam 4.
More info: tepui.com
4. Treeline Outdoors Buckhorn Ponderosa Constellation
The extra-rugged Treeline Outdoors Buckhorn Ponderosa Constellation tent is specifically designed to make your life easy when you’re camping in the great outdoors. Thanks to the Buckhorn Ponderosa’s proprietary design, the tend unfolds quickly so you don’t have to waste all of your time pitching your shelter for the night.
The Buckhorn Ponderosa also has a wide ladder for easy entry and exit into the tent, so you don’t have to struggle to get to your comfy beg. Plus, the Buckhorn Ponderosa has three large windows that are fully outfitted with no-see-um mesh netting so you can enjoy a midsummer night’s breeze and fresh air without getting attacked by the bugs.
Not convinced yet? The Buckhorn Ponderosa also has an included 2.5″ high-density foam mattress with a removable cover so you can be comfortable when you sleep under the stars. Sounds like a great home away from home to us!
More info: treelineoutdoors.com
5. Guana Equipment Wanaka
Okay, okay, we know – the Guana Equipment Wanaka isn’t technically a four person roof top tent, but, thanks to its super amazing annex system, we think you could easily sleep three, four, or even five people in this palace of a camp shelter.
The Guana Equipment Wanaka is a game-changer in the world of roof top tents because it was designed by and for frequent campers who know exactly what they need and what they don’t.
In fact, while many other roof top tents come fairly bare-bones and give you the option to add on costly accessories, the Wanaka comes with everything you need so you don’t have to worry about added expenses. The way we see it, the Wanaka offers two main benefits: its extra-large vestibule and its LED light strip (to say nothing of the uber comfortable 3″ foam mattress).
The extra-large vestibule with a removable floor allows you to easily sleep four people in the tent and have space to store your gear. Plus, it offers lots of privacy and a place to hang out in the rain. Oh, and the LED light strip just makes life so much easier. What else could you ask for?
More info: guanaequipment.com
6. iKamper X Cover
In the world of roof top tents, the iKamper X-Cover is a bit of a misfit. neither a true hard top, nor a true soft top, the X-Cover is the world’s first cover-less roof top tent. What does this mean, you might ask?
Well, the X-Cover is very similar to a soft top tent, but thanks to iKamper’s proprietary new design, it is super lightweight and doesn’t need a bulky PVC cover. Plus, you can even mount kayak and ski racks to the top of it to take all of your adventure gear with you on the go!
As far as its performance as a tent goes, the X-Cover is a cozy, yet functional roof top tent that sets up in just three minutes. It’s suitable for four season use and even has five large windows for added ventilation, making the X-Cover a super versatile shelter option while car camping.
More info: ikamper.com
7. Tepui Autana Ruggedized 4 Person
Rugged by design, the Tepui Autana is an all-purpose adventure rig for the committed camper. Boasting more interior space than any other Tepui tent, the Autana has enough room for four people, plus plenty of wiggle room for gear storage and changing inside its vast annex.
The tent features a 360g Dual Stitched Fabric which is 40% heavier than the fabric used in most models so you can be confident that your Autana will last. Plus, the Annex is made from the same heavy-duty canvas so it can double as an extra sleeping space if necessary! Oh, and if you’re not keen to install your own tent, Tepui offers professional installation services from their Soquel, California warehouse. Go Tepui!
More info: tepui.com
8. Overland Pros Anza 2000 4 Person
Designed with the wildest overland adventures in mind, the Overland Pros Anza 2000 4 Person roof top tent is meant to adjust to any conditions it might face. With large front and rear walls that can zip open for maximum airflow and a waterproof 280G canvas and removable rainfly that can withstand any rain, there’s nothing the Anza can’t do.
Where the Anza really shines, however, is in its simple set-up process. Overland Pros eliminated the need for those pesky spring rods to keep your tent upright, so you no longer have to climb up into a precarious position to pitch your Anza for the night. What could be better?
More info: overlandpros.com
9. Free Spirit Recreation High Country
If you want the best of all worlds and aren’t willing to compromise in comfort or quality, the Free Spirit Recreation High Country 80″ Premium is the roof top tent for you. This deluxe-sized tent has so much room, you could easily fit 5 adults inside, but it’s certainly roomier with just four.
If that wasn’t enough, the High Country has a unique fold-out design with oversized windows that offer unparalleled 360-degree panoramic views. Oh, and the integrated LED night light means you never have to be in the dark with the Free Spirit Recreation High Country roof top tent.
More info: gofsr.com
10. Tuff Stuff Elite Overland
The ultimate adventure rig for the whole family, the Tuff Stuff Elite Overland roof top tent has enough interior room for four adults or two adults and three kids, so you never have to leave anyone behind. Specifically designed for family-style camping, the Elite Overland has a large footprint for added comfort and also includes an annex so you can store and organize all of your gear.
With two entry doors, two retractable ladders, and two large windows, the Elite Overland also makes it easier for multiple people to get ready in the morning at the same time. The best part?
The Elite Overland includes a free, removable room divider so you and your kids can each have separate sleeping quarters while you’re in the great outdoors!
More info: offroadtents.com
How to Choose a 4 Person Roof Top Tent
Okay, now that you have seen our top picks, let’s talk a bit about how to choose a roof top tent. As we mentioned, roof top tents are quite complex, so if you’re new to the world of roof top camping, you might not understand where to start.
If that wasn’t enough, if you’re looking specifically for four person roof top tents, you have to be quite careful with what you buy. Since the vast majority of roof top tents are made for just two people, you’ll need to pay particular attention to a tent’s specifications before you buy. When shopping for your next rooftop tent, keep these key features in mind:
Type: Soft top v. Hard top
Once of the first things you’ll notice when shopping around for a roof top tent is that there are different types available. In general, we categorize roof top tents as either soft top or hard top.
The soft top models fold into a rubber-esque cover that’s mounted to the top of your vehicle, much like a cargo bag would be. These tend to be the most affordable options and, thus, are generally more popular.
Hard top models are new to the world of roof top tents, however, they’re quickly taking the market by storm. Although there aren’t many of them (and certainly very few 4 person models), hard top roof top tents look like a large fiberglass cargo box when not in use and then pop out to form a tent.
There are no two ways about it: Roof top tents are heavy. On average, a roof top tent will weigh 100-200 pounds (45-90kg), and you will, at least once, have to lift this up to the top of your car to install it. If the weight of your roof top tent is too much for you to manage, consider asking a friend to help or hiring a professional to do the installation.
Sliding v. Telescoping Ladders
Since roof top tents sit above your car, you’ll need a ladder to get in and out of bed. Roof top tents generally come with their own ladders, though there are two kinds: sliding and telescoping.
Sliding ladders are generally sturdier, but telescoping ladders tend to be better when you want a more compact set up or more height options for getting into your tent.
Awnings and Annexes
While some roof top tents provide a place to sleep and nothing more, others have plenty of add-ons, like a large awning for protection from the rain and sun or an annex, which acts as a second room for relaxation, privacy, or gear storage. All of these add-ons are pretty darn awesome but do keep in mind that they’ll add both cost and weight to your set up.
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when buying a roof top tent is its compatibility with your vehicle. Not all vehicles are able to bear the weight of a roof top tent, as well as four people, so be sure to check your vehicle’s specs before you drop a lot of money on a roof top tent.
Oh, and be sure to buy roof bars that are made for roof top tents, not just a cargo box, as these bars need to spread out your weight over the whole structure of your vehicle.
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David Parnell is the founder and lead editor at Trail and Summit, who enjoys writing on a wide range of topics from travel trailers to trail running. He’s an accomplished mountain endurance athlete who has completed over 25 ultra marathon races (follow on Strava). He is most proud of his finish at The Drift 100 – a high elevation, 100 mile winter foot race that zigzags along the Continental Divide in Wyoming. In the future he hopes to compete in the ITI 350 and ultimately the full 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational that follows the same path as the historic dog sled race.
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