Convert your car into a camper
The GoTent roof tent fits onto all cars, takes seconds to open and features a memory foam mattress which sleeps two.
The Go Tent Fits Onto All Cars
No matter the size.
Attaches easily onto a roof rack.
View our fitting page for further details.
A Roof Tent Made For Adventuring
Simply park up, pop up the tent and make wild camping, overlanding and boondocking easy.
No more hours spent digging pegs into the ground.
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Roof tent – Camping made simple
By Car Roof Tent
With a roof tent, there are no limits to your travels.
What is a roof tent?
A roof tent (also known as RTT – roof top tent) is a waterproof hard shell box, which attaches to the roof bars of a vehicle and allows campers to travel anywhere and to any place where they wish to camp.
To use, unzip and unfurl the shell structure, roll down the ladder, climb inside and sleep on the soft bedding for the night.
Most can accommodate up to 2 adults and one child.
There are no restrictions where you can camp and trek to, freeing you from being bound to a static camp site and this will allow you to explore camping sites such as mountains, beaches, Scottish lochs, lakes and forests in any season or weather.
Why should I use a roof tent?
- You’re well away from the ground and any danger of contact with insects/bugs or dangerous animals becomes minimised, in addition to it providing a 360° view from atop the vehicle, which will alert you to any potential dangers.
- They’re easy and setup in seconds. Wave goodbye to the days of hours spent assembling a tent.
- Say for instance, when you discover a beautiful location at which you would love to setup camp at, but you’re unable to, due to an inability to locate a safe or convenient space for you to setup at. With one of these, there are no limitations as to where you can camp at. As long as your car can get there, you can camp there. Discover the 10 best locations to take your roof top tent.
- You will free up space inside your car as our products come complete, with soft bedding and ladders.
- Take your normal, everyday car on your camping adventures, go overlanding and boondocking and save cash by avoiding the need to purchase a campervan.
How Go Tent’s are made
Designed in the United Kingdom, all of our structures undergo European Union CE tests, to ensure that they pass strict health and safety standards.
What type of car can I use for a rooftent?
In general, any car or van as long as it supportsa roof-rack or roof bars. Some types include Mini’s, a saloon cars, estates or Minivans (MPV).
However, 4x4’s/SUV’s are perfect for the more adventurous campers, as these vehicles can trek to places that normal cars can’t. Any type of commercial van can be used, which will provide a camper van feel for 2 adults and will save you tens of thousands of pounds. Click here to read how these compare against campervans: roof tents versus campervans.
Popular cars include:
- Mitsubishi Overlander
- Land Rover Discovery
- Range Rover
- Range Rover Sport
- Land Rover Defender
- Mini Countryman
- Toyota Land Cruiser, Hilux & 4Runner
- Jeep (Grand Cherokee, Compass & all other types)
- VW Passat and many more.
Click here to read more on the The Best Cars and Vans for Roof-Top Tents
Benefits of roof tents
Some advantages include the fact that they tend to be very light and do not add a great deal of overall weight, when affixed to the roof bars of a car, van, suv/4 x 4 or pickup truck.
They’re designed to be streamlined as possible – which means that the waterproof shell structure won’t slow a vehicle down as it travels down the road, something that can’t be said of campervans or Recreation Vehicles (RV’s) – whose boxy structures leads them to affecting their aerodynamics, which then leads to RV’s and campervans being slow on roads and motorways and affects those vehicles’ performance at top speeds.
One of their greatest features is that they open and close in seconds.
It takes seconds to put one of these to work. Compare this with setting up at a campsite, which can take hours, finding a safe and ideal location. Next the actual tent will need to be removed from the vehicle and unpacked.
Then, pegs will need to be dug into the ground and more time will need to be spent into ensuring that the structure is stable and that it will support the weight of the tent and that the tent has been property set-up. Next the sleeping area will need to be furnished with a mattress and a duvet, which will take up further space inside a car. And all of this may be done in difficult weather, such as during the winter.
With a roof tent, you can bid goodbye to having to deal with this hassle. They take seconds to setup up and come complete with a mattress, which will provide enough sleeping space for two adults.
Timeline of roof tents
- 1928: The May 17 1928 edition of the Eugene Register Guard advertised for sale the ‘Wards Knockabout Touring Tent’ made of Khaki and which covered the top of a car. It retailed for $10.15 ($145 in 2018)
- 1958: Life magazine features a car roof tent for sale, retailing for $279. ($2,360 in 2018 dollars)
- 1960: Canadian inventor, Elton O Ferguson is granted a patent for a ‘car top tent’
- 1963: The UK social magazine, New Society talked about a “car roof tent” that was being sold to campers.
- 1966: Which magazine tested two car roof tents, the Easden Caratent and the Suzuki Car Tent
- 1967: The June 1967 edition of Boys Life magazine featured a roof tent that the magazine called a ‘cartopper’ which attached to a roof rack and was described as being a nylon penthouse. The cartopper retailed for between $300 to $700. ($2,200 to $5,140 in 2018)
- 1972: In an article titled: ‘money saving checklist of built it yourself plans’ in the May 1972 edition of popular science magazine, a coupon worth $3.95($23.10 in 2018) was offered for a hard top camper.
- 1975: Clayton, Missouri based Olin Corporation is granted a patent for a “carrier mountable on the roof rack of a car”.
- 1976: The May 1976 edition of Popular Science magazine featured four different roof tents for sale. The Cozy car top camper by Midas-International Corp retailing for $399 ($1,720 in 2018). A pop-up tent by Jefferson Cross Country Tent Co., selling for $289 ($1,240 in 2018). Tent for Gm hatchback at $89.95($387 in 2018) and a ‘lightweight Tepee’ by the Great Lakes Boat Top Co., which sold for $79.95 ($344 in 2018).
- 1998: Honda announced the launch of a pop-up roof tent for its Step WGN wagon.
- 1999: The January 1999 edition of Which Magazine reviewed the Murvi Meteor campervan which also included a Reimo superflat elevating roof. The van retailed for £26,087 (£43,630 in 2018).
Roof tent References
1. Eugene Register Guard – May 17 1928
2. Elaborate Array Of Camping Gear. Life Magazine, June 21 1958.
3. US Patent #US2942609A, filed September 24 1958, awarded June 28 1960
4. New Society, Volume 1, 1963.
5. Which? 1966.
6. Family Camping. Boys Life, June 1967.
7. Popular Science, May 1972
8. US Patent #US3861572A, filed June 07 1973, awarded January 21 1975
9. Car Pack Tents, Popular Science, May 1976.
10. Honda Launches Step WGN Field Deck with Pop-Up Roof, January 22 1998.
11. Which Magazine, January 1999.