Dac Explorer 2 - Minivan and Sport Utility Vehicle Tent

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Dac Explorer 2 - Minivan and Sport Utility Vehicle Tent -
A great way to convert your vehicle into a complete camping unit. Easy set up! Just place the tent over the rear portion of the vehicle, hook the shockcord into the wheelwell, unzip the doors, reach inside tent and raise the liftgate. Features great ventilation with 2 no-see-um mesh windows behind the doors.


  • Fits most SUVs and Minivans, vehicles that have a rear liftgate; that is, a complete rear panel that raises up.
  • Fits over carrier rack or airfoil.
  • Does not fit vehicles with an external rear mounted spare tire.


  • Outer door panels fold up and tie back for maximum ventilation or zip and tie at bottom corners for privacy.


  • Packed Size - 11"x11"x6".


  • Inverted 'T' layout on no-see-um screens and 2 way zippers provide easy entry to the rear of the vehicle.


  • Import.


  • Fire retardant.
  • Roof and walls are coated poyester.
  • Easy set up - shockcord with plastic coated hooks attach to the wheel well and the shockcords hold the tent snug to the truck.
  • Carry bag included.
  • Weight - 5 lbs.
  • Color - Tan roof, Blue walls.
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Dac Explorer 2 - Minivan and Sport Utility Vehicle Tent Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Love this SUV Tent!

I saw one of these on a friend's Subaru Forester when I was at a music festival and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I sometimes sleep in the back of my Subaru Outback for short (usually overnight) camping trips and this will be perfect for those occasions. Obviously, it's possible to sleep in your SUV without this, but the benefits this SUV tent provides are screened ventilation, more space, a quieter way in and out (without opening/closing car doors) and hopefully also keeping rain and bugs out.

Overall the fit was great. There is a small gap where I have an aftermarket roof rack that raises the tent up a bit off the roof. I think heavy rain might run under, but in examining it, I think the car's own rain channels will divert any rain off to the sides and prevent it from getting inside the car (a tarp on the roof would probably also solve that issue if the rain channels don't).

Set up in about 15 minutes the first time - should be faster next time now that I'm familiar with it.

This is a great way to sleep up off the ground and get some extra comfort while car camping. Looking forward to using it on some upcoming trips and at music festivals next summer.
Outback Hotel at Campmor on 08/08/2012

Enjoyed this tent for 12 Years!

I bought this tent 12 years and 2 mini vans ago. It it easy to set up. I can be up and ready in less than 10 minutes doing it by myself, even in the rain. I extend the top bungee cords on to the top roof rack and the bottom under the frame to achieve a snug fit while providing access through the side sliding doors. The design keeps me dry inside while letting in air and light. I can drop the outer flaps for privacy if I need to. I've even run my tent through my washing machine gentle detergent and cycle when it got dirty. If it gets wet, I just spread it out in the back of my van to dry.
I always feel save because I can hop into the front seat and drive away with the tent intact, if I ever needed to.
I had a tent maker sew in plastic over the window to so I can look up at the stars at night and trees and sky in the morning. This is one of the best investments I have made. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sadly it was misplaced and I have to get a new one. Otherwise, I would be looking forward to another 10 or more years with it.
Camper Lady at Campmor on 06/06/2013

6 years later, still loving it!

I've used my hatch tent annually since I got it in 2006, when I go to a several day retreat/festival. Up until last year I used it with my van, but by last year I had downsized to a Mazda 3 hatchback and I was still able to camp in my car (a little more confined, of course, but still workable!) I love the convenience and compactness of sleeping in my vehicle at events where space is at a premium, so I'm up off the ground, wherever I'm parked, and I don't need to worry about trying to secure tent pegs into the ground (like if I'm in a parking lot!). The only thing that I would change/improve is the way the fabric hangs down the side of the vehicle between the roof and the bungy at the bottom. With contours in the body of the vehicle I've ended up with open spaces that mosquitos could fly through, so what I do is use magnets down the side of the fabric to hold it close to the body, thus eliminating the spaces.
Kerr the festival car-camper at Campmor on 03/03/2012

Perfect for Our 2002 Xterra

Works great on our 2002 Nissan Xterra. Sometimes it's nice to load some gear up, drive to the mountains to an out-of-the-way place, and just sleep in the back. We have plenty of extra tent room when using it with our Xterra. Keeps out bugs and water, which is all I expect it to keep out, with no problems. Those who complain about it not fitting well seem to have really high tailgates when raised. Easy set-up for those who like to go camping on a whim without lots of gear and who want to get off the ground with the experince of nature for a night.

Ventilation is good, but it can get stuffy if you're camping in July or August. We just crack the backseat windows. If you're on the fence about it like I was, just go for it and you'll be glad you did.
Stonewall Jackson at Campmor on 01/01/2012

Love it!

My husband and I use this on our Mazda 5 for quick camping getaways instead of having to struggle to setup a tent for just a couple of nights. We are so spoiled now. It only takes a couple of minutes to setup. Other campers look on with jealousy as we get to begin enjoying the great outdoors within minutes of arriving at camp. It is such as easy setup and take down process that having to put it up and down every time you leave camp is not a big deal it is still a big time and headache saver in the long run.
Christy the Car Camper at Campmor on 11/11/2010

Needs Magnets

Awkward for one person to set up. Much better with two people.
Better than a tent:
- off ground
- easier to get up in morning
- less time/work to set up/take down
Not as easy as expected:
- requires a lot of prep inside the minivan
- moving seats (we don't have stow+go)
- moving gear to front seats
Probably too hot in high summer/too cold in deep winter.
Slightly overpriced for convenience and function.
Really needs magnets sewn into sides to keep bugs out. Or magnet strips the user can attach during set-up.
Don at Campmor on 10/10/2012

Great alternative to tent camping!

Granted we were trying to set this up after dark with headlights from another car, but the one downside to this tent is that we found the directions a bit vague and thus it took us a while to set up. That aside, my husband and I slept very comfortably in the back of our highlander with this tent and I would highly recommend it! No bug bites or stuffiness in the morning like we would have had from sleeping in a tent in the ground! Definitely our new favorite way to camp!!!
Janet and todd at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Great addition

This thing is great. My biggest problem with camping in the back of my 4Runner was ventilation. This thing provides great ventilation. It also extends the rear of the truck to give the feel of a lot more space. It seals well enough around the shell of the truck to keep out insects. I've found the zipper on the doors tend to stick and don't operate as smoothly as I like. I normally enter the truck from the side doors so don't use the zippers too often.
raysuf at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Great Product!

This is great for when we need to go somewhere and don't want to pay for a hotel....friends houses....car camping....only con is that it is not tight fitting enough around the car so I was afraid to get mozzies in but so far we haven't. Sooo incredibly easy to set up! And it folds down to a small pouch. Now we need screens for our windows to get goo air circulation going. Like this very much!
Shawn at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Gave us the ventilation we needed!

It was wonderful to have fresh, cool sleeping air, rather than being in a closed up vehicle! The only suggestion would be the addition of stretchy rope in the side hems, as it didn't fit our SUV as snugly as we would have liked. We ended up duct taping a "pleat" to the car on each side to keep the bugs out.
The Buz and his Chick at Campmor on 08/08/2013

Negative Reviews:

Needs more size availability

This suv tent is good for air circulation in the vehicle and that's about it. It is too small for the newer Honda Pilots, will not fit under bottom bumper. After adding some tie straps to the bottom of the tent I was able to secure tight enough to keep out the bugs. I almost returned the tent but after adding modification decided to keep it.
Steve at Campmor on 09/09/2011

Will not fit newer model Honda Pilot

This tent will not fit a newer model Honda Pilot. It is too small to fit under the lower bumper thus poor seal for bugs. If you put the lower section on first the lift door will not open all the way thus stretching the zippers too tight. This tent is a neat idea but a larger model for bigger SUV's would be better.
Steve at Campmor on 08/08/2011

DAC Explorer 2 tent on 2010 Sienna

A little tricky to set up, and the directions were not accurate for a 2010 Toyota Sienna. With the addition of some bungee cords and creative tucking, it should be serviceable although not quite insect-proof.
dc at Campmor on 11/11/2010

Does not provide a snug fit on a minivan

The sides and top do not snug up to the vehicle, leaving gaps for mosquitos, rain and wind.
Mrs. Scout at Campmor on 09/09/2010

Piece of cheap junk

Dave at Campmor on 11/11/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Could Be Soooo Perfect

When I want to get away for a weekend camping trip I just want to go. I've got all my kits pre packed and I just take my bike and hiking boots. I don't want to mess with big tents and/or RVs. I thought this SUV tent would be perfect and it could be BUT the main purpose of it is to keep the mosquitos out but the netting is of the cheapest quality. It needs to be a high quality no see-um mesh. Otherwise the thing is pretty cool. It is easy to put on and fit my Subaru Forester easily and well. Follow the directions in the steps listed and you would not have any trouble getting this on snugly. The hatch will not be fully open. You car's hatch door will be level with the top of the car. I returned it because I did not think the poor quality of the mosquito netting justified the price. I did not test it in rain and or heavy wind but the over all construction and tent fabric seems like a good quality. I'll stick to my ground tent for now.
EasyCamper at Campmor on 09/09/2012