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BMW 2 Series roof rack tent

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The BMW 2 Series is very practical if you need a lot of storage space or if you have a large family. Likewise, the BMW 2 Series is a very reliable vehicle. Did you also know that you can convert the BMW into a great camping vehicle by installing a rooftop tent on the vehicle roof?

So you don’t need a heavy camping trailer or expensive RV to experience a great camping adventure. Another advantage of the rooftop tent is that you can discover new campgrounds that you could never reach with a camping trailer or RV. Likewise, a roof tent offers much more comfort than a ground tent.

In a rooftop tent, you are also safe from small and large animals thanks to the elevated position. You are also safe from rain or water that can collect on the ground. You are also safe from the cold that comes out of the ground at night.

All you need to mount a rooftop tent on the vehicle roof of the BMW 2 Series are the appropriate roof crossbars. The crossbars are mounted on the factory roof rails of the BMW 2 Series and thus provide a secure basis for mounting the rooftop tent.

The additional weight of the rooftop tent and the people staying in the rooftop tent is transferred via the crossbars to the roof rails, which then transfer the weight evenly to the vehicle body. This way the vehicle will not be damaged.

The registered permitted roof load of the BMW 2 Series is relatively low, but this only applies to the vehicle in motion. This plays a role, for example, if you want to mount a roof box or transport other loads on the vehicle roof.

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However, as soon as the vehicle is stationary, the permissible roof load increases many times over. This is how you can assemble the rooftop tent and up to six people can stay in the rooftop tent.

For example, you can install a large six-person rooftop tent on the roof of the BMW 2 Series. You are also free to decide whether you want to buy a hard-shell or a soft-shell rooftop tent. You should only make sure that the rooftop tent is not wider than the vehicle when folded.

A hard-shell rooftop tent for the BMW 2 Series has the advantage that it is quicker to set up. On the other hand, a soft-shell rooftop tent is usually better equipped and offers more space.

You also have the option of buying a rooftop tent, which has an awning (annex). So you have a protected area where you can stay even when it rains.

However, note that if you mount a rooftop tent on the roof of the BMW 2 Series, fuel consumption can increase and the maximum range can be reduced. Likewise, driving behavior can also be negatively influenced, as the center of gravity shifts further upwards. So you should always drive very carefully with a rooftop tent and remember that fuel consumption increases.

Further down on this website, you will find an overview of the most popular rooftop tents for the BMW 2 Series.

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Here we have listed the best roof top tents to make it easier for you to make the right purchase decision.

Thule Tepui Explorer Ayer 2 Rooftop Tent

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  • Can accommodate up to two people
  • Constructed from coated 600 denier and a 260g poly-cotton blend made to withstand the elements of any season
  • Tent fabric is UV resistant and withstands the elements of any season
  • Mesh panels offer plenty of ventilation and open for more airflow
  • Four, large internal pockets for storing gear and camping accessories
  • Includes a high-density foam mattress for added comfort
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Smittybilt Overlander Tent

  • Standard size tent (sleeps 2-3) with high-density 92″ x 55″ foam double/full mattress and 661 lb. max load
  • 600D heavy-duty waterproof top and rain fly; sunroof; side windows with mosquito netting; anodized aluminum tent frame poles; telescopic ladder; interior LED strips and many more features
  • Easy to set up and take down; heavy duty PVC cover keeps tent dry and free from UV rays when not in use
  • Smittybilt Tent Annex (sold separately #2788) with removeable floor can be attached with heavy duty zippers for privacy
  • Tent also available in Size XL (sleeps 3-4 #2773). Ladder extension also available (#2785).Ladder capacity:265 lbs
  • Mounting brackets included

Thule Tepui Low-Pro Rooftop Tent

  • Can accommodate up to two people
  • Ultra low profile design folds down to 7″ / 18 cm for better aerodynamics and vehicle fit
  • Tent base is constructed of thermoplastic materials that are both durable and 100% recyclable
  • Dome canopy is lightweight while still providing all-season protection
  • Patented ZipperGimp easily attaches the canopy to the base of the tent

Thule Tepui Autana Rooftop Tent with Annex

  • Can accommodate up to three people
  • Includes an extended private canopy entrance with removable annex
  • Diamond plate base for added protection and durability
  • Constructed from high-quality 360g stitched fabric
  • Includes an anti-condensation mat to keep moisture from building up under the mattress

Thule Tepui Autana Rooftop Tent with Annex

  • Can accommodate up to four people
  • Includes an extended private canopy entrance with removable annex
  • Constructed from coated 600 denier and a 260g poly-cotton blend made to withstand the elements of any season
  • Tent fabric is UV resistant and withstands the elements of any season
  • Mesh panels offer plenty of ventilation and open for more airflow
  • Four, large internal pockets for storing gear and camping accessories
  • Includes a high-density foam mattress for added comfort

TMB Beige Pop Up Roof Overlanding Tent

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  • Fits most vehicles equipped with cross bars and roof rails, make your camping and overlanding adventures more comfortable and convenient
  • 6-Month Warranty against Manufacturer defects
  • Closes via snap straps, bungee net roof storage with side pouches, inner and outer zippers for easy closure
  • Easy to open with shock assisted arms, stays securely open once fully extended, memory foam mattress pre-installed
  • Includes: Ladder, extra storage bag, Closed Dimensions: 84″ x 49″ x 13″
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Is it difficult to install a roof rack tent?

No! On the contrary, with most models you only have to screw the underside of the tent floor to the roof rack of your vehicle. The best way to do this is with two people, as the roof rack tent is relatively heavy. After you have tightened all the screws properly, you can put full load on the tent.

Is it difficult to clean the tent?

No, you can easily clean the outside of the tent with water and a little detergent. The inside of the tent is also best cleaned with soap and water. Make sure that the inside of the tent is completely dry before you fold it up and store it. Otherwise it could happen that mold could form in the tent due to the high humidity.

How many people can sleep on the roof of the car in the tent?

It all depends on the size of the tent. You can also sleep with three people in a two-person tent. The weight does not play such a big role here, as the tent is not supported on the roof of the car, but on the supporting pillars (A-pillar & C-pillar) of the car or truck. This means that the weight is always evenly distributed over the entire vehicle.

Everything there for assembly?

The Roof Rack Tents are mounted on the Roof Rack Crossbar of your car. You need these brackets for your car roof. If you don't have a roof retention system yet, you can find one with us! Just click HERE.

Since I got a roof rack tent, I have been out in nature a lot more and go camping very often. It's just great to be able to pitch your tent so easily and anywhere!

Tom W. Happy Customer
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I sold my RV and bought a jeep with a roof rack tent mounted on it. That was the best decision i ever made. I can pitch my tent anywhere in the desert with my jeep and spend the night there. I would never have come to these places with my RV.

Mark S. Happy Customer

My friend and I bought a roof tent for our car and now drive it almost every weekend into the wilderness and pitch our tent where it suits us. We're just excited about our new roof rack tent and never want to go camping without a roof tent again.

Samanta K. Happy Customer