Camp Time Roll-A-Cot

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Camp Time Roll-A-Cot -

The Camp Time Roll-A-Cot is a natural for camp and cabin, or as a spare bed at home.

Made in USA.


  • Fabric tension is easily adjusted with a twist of the wing nut
  • Tough 1000-denier polyester mesh provides breathable comfort for a good night's sleep

Support and Cushioning:

  • Supports up to 250 lbs.


  • Strong tubular aluminum alloy frame has the strength of steel at 1/3 the weight
  • Convenient carry bag attaches to cot frame to double as a night storage pouch
Unique folding legs solidly support the side rail and adjust the fabric tension to your desired firmness. Each self-contained side rail is made of 3 tubes that slide together for maximum strength. Roll-A-Cot folds in the middle and rolls up into an amazingly compact bundle. Made in USA.

Northern River Supply
Extremely comfortable! The Roll-A-Cot is 74"L x 28"W x 15" tall when set up. Side pocket for books and night light. Rolled up, its 36" long x 5" in diameter. Directions included. 250 lb. capacity.
Weight: 10 lbs.

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Activity:Family & car camping
Cot material(s):Polyester
Country of Origin:USA
Folded dimensions:5 x 37 inches
Frame construction:Aluminum alloy
Material:1000D polyester mesh with high strength marine grade aluminum alloy 6005-T5 frame
Materials:1.5 in. 6061-T6 aluminum frame. Top is TEXTILENE® brand synthetic fabric (TEXTILENE® is a Registered Trademark of Twitchell Corporation).
Packed size:5 in. x 36 in.
Set up size:28 in. W x 74 in. L x 15 in. H
Unfolded dimensions:74 x 28 x 15 (L x W x H) inches
Weight:10 pounds
Weight capacity (lbs):250 pounds
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Camp Time Roll-A-Cot Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Excellent for summer spare bed

Use: I use this to sleep downstairs in the summer with a cotton sleep sack. Good features: The mesh bottom lets the fan blow cool air all around me, so it is even cooler than sleeping on a mat on the floor. In the winter, you'd probably want to add a sleeping pad underneath to buffer the cold air. I'm only 5'1"/110 lb, so I don't bother with the tensioning wingnuts. They look like the feature most likely to annoy. The cot has a gentle dip, but I actually find that more comfortable than sleeping on a board-like surface. The velcro set-up is ingenious and easy on the hands. Warnings: If you sleep in a sleeping bag or a sleep sack, beware the cot flip--I think this would happen with any cot that has legs positioned in from the ends--the first morning, I wasn't quite awake when i wriggled up out of my sleeping bag (instead of unzipping), and I was up at the very tip top of the cot, so it tipped up and dumped me and the cat onto our rumps. All in all, I think it is worth it not to have those cross-bars at the ends to bump head and heels against. I keep it assembled all summer (just tipped up against the wall) except when company comes over, so I can't predict how it would hold up to a daily reassembly.
Mickey in the City at REI on 07/07/2012

15 years and it's still rock solid

I have owned a roll-a-cot for 15 years and it is still rock solid. I used it for staffing summer scout camps, road trips, hotels (instead of uncomfortable roll-out beds), and even a two-month period in college because this was far more comfortable to sleep on than the bed provided by my "furnished" apartment. It is comfortable enough without a pad underneath; although, if you are going to be using it for an extended period, a nice air pad is a great touch. I especially like the tension wing-nuts on the legs as over the years the fabric has stretched a little bit.

Set-up is also very simple as several other reviews I read have mentioned. Many cots that roll up have annoying cross bars that you have to attach at both ends. This cot couldn't be a whole lot easier to set up. It's just a great design.

I have slept on at least 15 other cots over the years by various manufacturers and have found this to be better than most and have never found a cot to beat it. After all this time though, the roll-a-cot is still rock solid with no squeaks, tears, or complaints from me.
Mountain Nomad at REI on 08/08/2010

Simplicity that works!!!!

This cot is looks cheap from photos, but it's a simple design that makes it very convenient. No complicated hinges and legs requiring space to fold up. This cot is extremely light weight and sets up and wraps up extremely fast without struggle. It has telescoping poles that helps keep it compact in storage. It has nuts that you turn to increase tension rather than having to struggle with pulling on "handle bars". You can feel the coolness flowing through the mesh, so in winter make sure you have a sheet or cover on top of the cot. But in hot weather, the mesh will help keep things cool. When I unrolled the cot for the first time and set things up and then put it away, I very much appreciated that a good product doesn't need to be fancy to be durable and work. Well worth the purchase. It was comfortable, but given how light weight it is and the fact there are no handle bars, getting the 32 inch width may be something to consider, but this 28" was very comfortable and I expect this cot to last a very long time. Great product!
ChadCo at REI on 09/09/2009

Very nice cot

I would give it 5 stars except it is a little large still when packed. I also bought a Go-Kot at the same time. It is longer for me and this one was a little shorter. Comparing the two kots is rather easy. The Roll-a-Kot is excellent because it is more stable than the Go-kot and you can sit on it while you get dressed. Also it has ample storage under it to stow your gear. The Go-kot packs smaller and is in some ways a superior kot but in other ways it is not. It is not as stable and can tip over if it is not level and can also tip over due to the legs not supporting from the outside of the kot straight down. I also had to buy fuel line hose to slip over the Go-Kot legs to protect the tent floor. All in all I prefer the Roll-a-Kot over the Go-Kot. They are both good kots though and I would not buy any other brand besides the two I have mentioned. Good luck in your choices.....
Conspiracy Nut at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Excellent, sturdy cot made in the USA

This is a very sturdy cot that is made in the USA. It is easy to put together, and easy to pack in your car. It is made of vinyl coated polyester, with each side havine 3 different lengths of aluminum tubing. The legs are also aluminum, with a simple, yet effective design. Once you put this together, there is virtually NO SAG when I am laying on it. I weight about 175 pounds, and I can bounce up and down on it slightly, without any problems. My only complaint is that upon opening up the product, the vinyl coating on the polyester fabric gives off a slight smell. In time though, I expect that smell to dissapate. If you want to see how to assemble the cot, and how sturdy it is. Go to Youtube, and type themarkfellows2. I will also attach my video review at the bottom, but sometimes REI strips them out. There doesn't seem to be any ryme or reason to when they do this, but if they do, check it out on my youtube channel...
the Mark Fellows II at REI on 04/04/2012

Love these!

These are great cots - my son and I have this one, we got the larger for my husband. We have a Hobitat 6 tent, and all 3 of them fit perfectly in the tent either in a U shaped arrangement, or side by side with room at either end.

Easy to set up - the first time be sure you have the wing nuts all the way down on the threads, you will have no trouble if you do that. After the first use, they go together pretty well no matter what.

Just open the bag, shake, and set the legs in place. Easy even when you are too tired to stay awake.

We use therma-rest pads on ours, but it would be fine without too. I have used these for overnight guests at home, would be easy to use for travel etc. Very comfortable.

These weigh about 10 lbs, much lighter than the canvas cots we looked at which avg about 20 lbs apiece.
Michelle H. at REI on 05/05/2011

Excellent bed

I bought this cot to augment the camping pad I'd been sleeping on a couple times a week while commuting back and forth between San Francisco and Sacramento for school. I was tired of sleeping on the floor, and a friend recommended I get a cot.

I researched away, saw the excellent reviews, decided to get one. I purchased the wide version. The cot, plus a camp pad, equaled a nice bed away from home. I've thrown the setup into my car whenever bunking over at a friend's house, and set it up when a buddy stays over.

The setup was a little challenging the first time, and the tightening screws hurt my fingers until I busted out with some pliers. Once I got them adjusted the first time though, I've rarely had to fine-tune the screws since - even after repeat breakdowns and setups. It packs nice and compact, and doesn't weight too much. I love it!
Mo B. at REI on 04/04/2010

Easy plus comfort

The Roll-A-Cot delivers! My daughter and I plan to take many weekend camping/hiking trips this year, and comfort is important. I have difficulty sleeping on the ground, even with the aid of a pad or air mattress. A cot seemed to be a logical choice. After reading other reviews on the Roll-A-Cot, we decided to give it a try. Both my daughter and I have tested out the cot at home. It is light weight, which is a plus, and it is easy to assemble. There is no bar running through the middle, so an annoying bar digging in to your back. Little to no noise when turning from side to side, and you're able to adjust the tension a bit. With a sleeping pad and bag on top, it's extremely comfortable! The one down side is the price. It's a bit on the expensive side, which is the only reason we're not giving it 5 stars.
PA Hikers at REI on 02/02/2013

A good night's sleep

After sleeping on blow-up mattresses for several years when camping, this is a great improvement. It is so easy to get out of bed when needed. I never considered a cot before because I thought it was just too much silly gear for camping but I admit I was wrong. We recently camped at Linville Gorge in NC and found the cots to be a great comfort in wilderness sleeping. We were car camping and needed to use a taller tent but I wish I would have purchased these years ago. I don't know how they will be in winter camping but they were great with a backpack pad in 50 degree weather. They were quick and easy to assemble and take down but the only thing that I worry about is how long they will last in that they are very light and I don't know how strong they will be over time.
starfish 58 at REI on 08/08/2013

Happy so far

I have a dozen nights on this cot and it has been a welcome addition to my car camping equipment. It folds up small and is easy to store. I sleep 100x better than on the ground and it is nice to be able to sit up on it. The storage bag helps keep all my tent items close at hand. Only down sides are that the material is breathable which is great when it is hot and you are lounging in the shade but provides no insulation when cold, and it is a little narrow and my knees hit the side bar when I sleep on my side.
I have not had any problems with the legs or stability and I toss and turn a lot at night.
Great Cot and I will buy another one.
advntr44 at REI on 07/07/2013

Negative Reviews:

Not comfortable; too small

Was not at all impressed by the set-up, comfort nor size of this cot. I am 6' @ 140 lbs, but this cot is just way too small to get a comfortable night’s sleep on. Would rather sleep on the ground/floor than on this cot.

Also was unimpressed by the tautness adjustment. The only good thing i can say about this cot is it’s lightweight and compact. I would rather carry a heavier military style cot and have some comfort, or just sleep on the ground, because the weight of this cot is not worth the poor comfort it provides.
Oregon Hawkeye at REI on 03/03/2008

Assembly problems, holes not drilled

Holes were not drilled to lock support legs into main body of bed frame.
Matt at Campmor on 06/06/2011

Neutral Reviews:

It does the job, but....

takes some practice to set it up and take it down and it's definitely not "intuitive". Also, the feet of the legs are round with hard rubber caps and one of them made a short rip in our tent floor (granted, I had been setting more on one end and the cot moves slightly when you get up; using the round furniture slides solves this problem). I've only used it 6-7 times so can't speak to it's durability, but it does sag a little even when the tension is adjusted to its tightest (and to be expected where there are no middle support legs plus I weigh 220# and the weight limit is listed at 250#). However, it is very light and compact and easy to store. Bottom line is that it's good quality and reasonably comfortable.
Arthritic Senior at REI on 08/08/2011

Hoping for more durability

It worked great for the first couple of times, but after that we started having problems with the legs. Simply put, they broke. Very disappointed. We are constantly having friends and relatives visit and always need extra "beds". The air mattresses all end up with holes due to jumping kids and clawed animals and the cots all end up breaking. The search continues...
atahoekid at REI on 05/05/2011

worked well

purchased for my son (age 15,about 6 feet) for Scout Jamboree. set up easily, did not break, he may have put wood blocks underneath to provide clearance for footlocker underneath.
scout mom at Campmor on 11/11/2010