It’s a fun idea – – a tent that can attach to your vehicle to provide additional space and comfort to your camping trip. Your DC power is close, and in some applications, it adds a whole new level of comfort.
The model we tested was designed for the SUV set up. I was pretty skeptical that the tent would hook up to either my ‘93 wrangler or my ‘04 Escalade ESV but I tested both ways and it has proven to be quite a versatile unit!
First off the set up was awesome. There are two pole set ups in the tent, and it is clear as to which set of poles go where. I would have been able to set up alone – however the assistance of Michael, my 12-year-old Boy Scout was greatly appreciated. The tent as a stand-alone unit was spacious – with more than enough room to accommodate my family of five. There is ample headroom, which is helpful when a camper is over 6 feet.
There are two easy entrances so you can exit the tent without stepping on your tent mates as well.
As for the car sleeve it’s a little bulky in design and I didn’t originally have high hopes that it would help keep the rain out during the storm. However that passed with flying colors. And for us we were able to put gear in the back of the jeep while maintaining easy access to all the items we wanted.
There are a few cons however. I wasn’t a huge fan of the canopy set up. It felt a little like an afterthought. But it was functional and not too difficult to set up. The cargo net at the top of the tent was a bit of a joke as at 5’4″ there is no way I could reach it. Unfortunately as I tried to take it down I inadvertently broke two clips that hold it up, but since I really can’t use it anyway not too big of a deal.
Overall this gets a grade of A-. It is a nice tent and if you like car camping this would be a great fit for you.