Years ago, the ground tent was considered standard operating procedure if you and your family wanted to go camping. But perhaps that’s the reason camping participation took a nose dive? If we’re being honest, do we really want to be on the ground? Or do we just want to be outdoors? We prefer the latter. We also tend to think that the emergence of Roof Top Tents has injected a newfound energy into the camping world and has provided those who would have never dealt with pitching a tent a means to experience the wilderness. Heck, that’s why we bought one! Check out the video from our friends at Overland Bound below for their thoughts and our reaction below the video:
It’s difficult to disagree with any of the key points in this video. However, his experience is different than most. The Overland Bound vehicle is a Toyota Landcruiser, which although is one of the most capable vehicles on the planet, it’s not the traditional rig you’d put a roof top tent on in the first place. If you have a vehicle with a bed, such as a Toyota Tacoma, the RTT is the only way to go. The folks over at Overland Bound also leave base camp more frequently than the average weekender. For the most part, you’re going to find a nice spot to camp for the night, park and pop the tent. For hardcore overlanders, the option to leave the tent pitched while you go off and explore with your vehicle may be enticing for some, but not most. The one thing the video did not mention is price, which could end up being the determining factor between the two options. Ground tents can be a couple hundred bucks and roof top tents can cost up to $3000.00. The RTT is certainly an investment but we believe it would eventually pay off as the convenience may persuade you to camp more frequently. And of course, if you don’t want to spend the money to buy a roof top tent, you can always rent one.
For more of our thoughts on Roof Top Tents, check out our post on how they changed the game!