Rooftop Tent or Sleeping Inside

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Ive been considering micro camper or teadrop... built a boat... figure i coul d build a little minimal camper but i imagine if youre looking to get WAY away from things ... youre alwqys gonna be limited to a tent... whether its on the roof or elsewhere.... main problem down here about 8 mnths of the year is the heat...

I love the idea ... just dosnt seem as practical for me as it does for others i suppose.
I've considered a pull-behind, teardrops are so cool. But I want to be all self-contained, want to explore forest roads and the trails less traveled, yes get far away from things. I would struggle with a trailer attached.

I also want to explore the southwest (I'm in MN lived in AZ my parents are still there) and yes I've wondered about camping in the heat. So far my plan is to explore the north and higher elevations during the hot months and maybe spend the cooler months in the south. Suppose no matter where you go 95 degrees is still hot, especially in the humidity.

I've researched heating and cooling devices but have not decided on anything yet. This overlanding/car camping thing is new to me.
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I feel like a roof top tent is giving excuse for bears to walk on the hood
Suppose it's not impossible. But I imagine you'd feel the vehicle shake, should wake you up, have that bear/animal spray ready. Take a bear longer to get to your rtt, as opposed to a ground tent.

I'm looking into motion detection lights/trail cams, movement outside to activate lights out and in the tent to wake you up... Most of the time I'll be camping by myself so I guess I'll need all the helpful devices I can get. I'm a rookie at this.
 

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I've considered a pull-behind, teardrops are so cool. But I want to be all self-contained, want to explore forest roads and the trails less traveled, yes get far away from things. I would struggle with a trailer attached.

I also want to explore the southwest (I'm in MN lived in AZ my parents are still there) and yes I've wondered about camping in the heat. So far my plan is to explore the north and higher elevations during the hot months and maybe spend the cooler months in the south. Suppose no matter where you go 95 degrees is still hot, especially in the humidity.

I've researched heating and cooling devices but have not decided on anything yet. This overlanding/car camping thing is new to me.
Heating is pretty simple. A good sleeping bag is key and if you need more just pop some hot hands and toss them in... cooling is another story... most the camping i do most the year i just use a hammock ha
 

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Although they look kinda neat... what is the actual appeal on a rtt? It cant e any more comfortable than the ground .... im just cuious as to what the pros are i guess
I just assumed it was to stay away from critters. But I'm in Florida so we have a lot of critters that are less than friendly.
 

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Ive been considering micro camper or teadrop... built a boat... figure i coul d build a little minimal camper but i imagine if youre looking to get WAY away from things ... youre alwqys gonna be limited to a tent... whether its on the roof or elsewhere.... main problem down here about 8 mnths of the year is the heat...

I love the idea ... just dosnt seem as practical for me as it does for others i suppose.
I am going the tiny camper route. There is a company here in FL that is fantastic and I am going to pull the trigger on one soon. For now, I have the mattress for the back and that's good enough.
 

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Heating is pretty simple. A good sleeping bag is key and if you need more just pop some hot hands and toss them in... cooling is another story... most the camping i do most the year i just use a hammock ha
You are right, I do have a 0 degree bag. If I'm ever to camp in the below 20 degree weather I'm gonna need more. I haven't done a winter camp since boy scouts about 30 years ago.

Yes keeping cool is probably harder. USB fans is about all I can come up with. 🥵
 

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You are right, I do have a 0 degree bag. If I'm ever to camp in the below 20 degree weather I'm gonna need more. I haven't done a winter camp since boy scouts about 30 years ago.

Yes keeping cool is probably harder. USB fans is about all I can come up with. 🥵
I mean if you can find or make shade and have a breeze it isnt unbearable... thats why im thinking a roof top is not my best bet...
 

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I am going the tiny camper route. There is a company here in FL that is fantastic and I am going to pull the trigger on one soon. For now, I have the mattress for the back and that's good enough.
Which company is that? Ill likely build mine but im still in research mode so im looking at any examples i can find
 

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https://www.tinycampercompany.com/ I am looking at the 4x8 rugged rhino. I have friends who have bought from them and they have an excellent reputation and reasonable prices.
That first one on the page is basically what i had in mind ... pricing isnt bad at all on those...

Id like to build one partially just to do it... partially bc i can do it exacltly how i want... ive got q spare old utility trailer at the house already..... but lumber prices are ugly right now....
 

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https://www.tinycampercompany.com/ I am looking at the 4x8 rugged rhino. I have friends who have bought from them and they have an excellent reputation and reasonable prices.
Actually pretty good prices, and the weight is well below the BS towing rating. So can load it up with gear/food.
 

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Actually pretty good prices, and the weight is well below the BS towing rating. So can load it up with gear/food.
I love the rhino because it comes with A/C and being in Florida, that's something that I would want. I want something small that I can take to campgrounds and then go adventuring without.
 

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I am not sure if this forum is still active but any help would be greatly appreciated. I just got my Bronco Sport yesterday after having to part with my wifes toyota 4runner. We have a Desert Armor Warrior XL RTT (150lbs). I have been trying to figure out if we are able to mount it to the Bronco. However, I feel like I have been mislead. I have seen the photos of Bronco Sports with RTT's but when I look at the manual it says maximum weight of 150lbs. Even the RTT that they show in the pictures is 110lbs. If that is true then no one except a toddler could sleep up there. I feel like Ford false advertised the ability of the roof rack. Can someone please help me figure this out? Even the cross rails they are using in photos have a max weight of 165lbs.
 

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I have seen the photos of Bronco Sports with RTT's but when I look at the manual it says maximum weight of 150lbs.
I believe this is the max weight in motion. The more weight you have on top the higher the center of gravity, which can affect vehicle handling. The roof is meant to hold the weight of the vehicle in a roll over, so I think you can safely sleep up there.
 
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