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5 Advantages of Rooftop Tents vs. Traditional Ground Camping

Jan 13, 2022

As lovers of the great outdoors, we’re always looking for new ways to improve our experiences out in nature. But the best way to improve your experience is to find new ways to do things you were already doing. Hunkering down for the night is one of them.

Instead of pitching the same old boy scout-issued tent, you can “elevate” your camping experience with a rooftop tent. If you still aren’t sold on the idea of investing in a new tent, these advantages of rooftop tents vs. traditional camping just might convince you.


When we want to protect our food from animals while camping, we get it off of ground level. Yet, we leave ourselves at the same level of bears, deer, snakes, and scorpions when we go to sleep at night. Rooftop tents add an extra level of protection between you and the local fauna, especially if you’re keeping food with you.    


Some mess is to be expected when you’re roughing it, but that doesn’t mean you want to go to sleep in a sleeping bag full of mud or, worse, a tent that’s been sitting in a puddle. Rooftop tents keep your sleeping area out of the muck, especially in the unfortunate event of your campout getting rained on. This also protects any valuables you may have with you.  


There are a lot of things to consider when you’re choosing a spot to pitch a traditional tent: how level the ground is, nearby running water, and obstacles like rocks or logs. One of the key advantages of rooftop tents over traditional camping is the fact you can take many of these obstacles out of consideration. This allows you to make camp almost anywhere, even if you’re going overlanding.

Ease of Setup

Depending on the size of your traditional tent, pitching your tent can take almost half an hour. On top of that, there is always the possibility of losing a tent pole along the way. But rooftop tents can be set up in one to ten minutes, especially if you’re using a hard-shell tent without the frustration of poles and stakes.

Storage Solution

Even if you’re sticking to the essentials, all the gear you need for camping adds up, and that can leave you with limited car space. If you’re going camping with a bigger group of people, this can make things uncomfortable, to say the least. Besides being one less piece of gear in your trunk, hard shell rooftop tents allow you to free up extra space in the vehicle for other gear and essentials.

If you’re trying to reinvent your camping experience, Ironman has you covered with high-quality 4x4 rooftop tents in a variety of styles and all the accessories that go with them.