Saturday, December 2, 2023


Brilliant or wacky? Rooftop tent mounted to trailer!

By Cheri Sicard
Here is an interesting rooftop tent idea from New Jersey Outdoor Adventures [376K subscribers, 107M views] that might seem wacky but just might be totally brilliant. As we discussed in an earlier video, there are a number of disadvantages to rooftop-mount tents for camping, but this idea eliminates nearly all of them!

The YouTube short video [20 seconds!] offers a few advantages for mounting a rooftop tent on a tow-behind trailer, and I can think of a few more. They say:

  • You won’t have to match the proper tent to the vehicle.
  • It’s easier for people with mobility issues to get into and out of the tent.
  • Mounting the tent to the trailer still keeps you off the ground.

In addition, mounting a rooftop tent to a trailer offers these advantages:

  • You won’t have to pack up your tent every time to use your vehicle.
  • You won’t need to drill holes in your vehicle to mount the tent.
  • The trailer-mounted tent is quicker and easier to set up than a traditional tent.

Personally, I would not want a rooftop tent for the reasons outlined in the first video. But in my opinion, this is a brilliant idea and might make me rethink that!



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Joucye (@guest_260568)
20 days ago

Canvas, Yogi and Boo-boo would love that.
The last tent I slept in was Olive Drab, no thanks.

Bill Byerly (@guest_260323)
21 days ago

Pretty neat idea if you’re looking for a quick get away

Neal Davis (@guest_260310)
21 days ago

Seems a great idea for tent campers. Just get the trailer level and stabilized.

Bob P (@guest_260308)
21 days ago

Not necessarily conducive to boondocking when wild animals could visit you in the night.

Cheri Sicard (@guest_260379)
21 days ago
Reply to  Bob P

More conducive than a tent on the ground.

Jim Johnson (@guest_260286)
22 days ago

Sent the video link to our tent camping kids. Should be able to tow this with darn near any car.

Tom (@guest_260273)
22 days ago

Take a pickup bed into a towed trailer, and then put a pop-up tent on the trailer. Be able to stand up, a big plus as we age.

Steve Wilson (@guest_260270)
22 days ago

Trailer tent: it’s a great idea for many reasons if you have a place to store the trailer. I built a deer blind on a light trailer and enjoyed it much more than climbing up a 10’ ladder holding a gun etc. The trailer tent isn’t for everyone but a great way to get off the ground and extend one’s camping years.

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