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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.