Car-top tent camping offers a trailer’s convenience while allowing for a connection to nature. These quick-to-deploy rooftop tents can stay on your vehicle all year long, pop open easily, keep snakes and skunks out of your sleeping bag, and promise killer views. The tent mounts to your ride’s roof rails, but they’re not universal, so check a few specifications before buying.
Your rails must be rated to handle the dynamic weight of the tent when you’re driving down the road and the static sum of the tent, campers, and supplies when parked. You should also confirm that your rails are compatible with the tent’s mounting hardware. Here are the best rooftop tents to try this year.