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wiloran

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Posted: 02/03/18 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone used an SUV tent? Did you like it? Would welcome thoughts, comments and suggestions. We’ve gone from a tent to a 24-ft C to a 27 ft TT to a 38 ft TT and are now in a van conversion. We’re scaling back and looking for something that eliminates need for parking/storage, insurance and battery charging. We’re 68 and 64, but pretty adaptable to “roughing it.”

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I personally find the vehicle tents to be more trouble than they're worth. I would simply go back to your tent camping days, but sleep in the back of the SUV on a memory foam topper.


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At one time I considered an suv tent. I decided a freestanding tent would be more practical for me. Any time I might want to leave my campsite for any reason, I would have to disengage and maybe even take down the suv tent, but a normal tent can stay as is. If your camping style is different YMMV.


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We looked into them for our off road adventures. Seemed more hassle than a tent or hammock to us.


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wiloran

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Good responses and an excellent point about not being able to drive away from a campsite when you’re hooked up to a tent. I’m glad I asked before impulsively buying something. You’ve given me my answer, Thanks.

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If I was going to go back to a tent, it would be a wall tent. Yes, they take some effort to erect and a GOOD QUALITY wall tent is not cheap ! Also, if they are not selling you a rain fly with your tent, it will be short lived or leak.

Google the word "glamping" (glamour camping). A couple of king-sized camping cots with a decent mattress, a couple of zero-gravity chairs, a decent kitchen set up with a sink and a 4.5 cu ft refrigerator and you have a setup as nice as a 5er ! You just don't want to have to tear down every night and setup the next day.

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Glamping. Wow, who would have thought! That would be wonderful for a longer term camp site, but since our trips usually involve some traveling I don’t think it would work. I’m intrigued with the idea though, thanks!

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i didn't have any experience but my ex girlfriend's did use to do their family picnics with the SUVs. Did not take any interest in the rest of the story

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On my trip to Alaska last year I saw some people here and there using cartop (trucktop? SUVtop?) tents, things like the Tepui line (other makes also exist, and I don't know anything about which are superior and which are not). They seemed to me to have certain advantages in wild areas...and certain disadvantages, too. It might be a bit quicker and easier to set up than a more traditional SUV tent, and certainly require less manicured ground.





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We got a smokin deal on a Napier SUV tent and will be using it for the first time this weekend...will let you know. We've been tent camping for a few years now and the Napier tent is easily disconnected from the vehicle with no impact on the tent.


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