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BMW X1 roof rack tent

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The BMW X1 is a great car for the city but also for your next camping trip. If you love to go camping and spend your time in nature, you don’t need a camping trailer or a large RV. The BMW X1 offers enough space inside to take your whole family with you.

The big advantage of going camping with the X1 is that you can camp anywhere your vehicle can go. So you can discover completely new campgrounds that you could never reach with a large camping trailer or an RV.

The BMW X1 offers enough space on the vehicle roof to mount a four-person rooftop tent. So you can sleep with your whole family on the roof of the vehicle. The elevated position offers many different advantages. A big advantage of a rooftop tent is that you are safe from small and large animals. In a rooftop tent, you are also safe from water or rain that collects on the ground. A rooftop tent also offers much more comfort than a ground tent. The processing of a rooftop tent is usually much better than a ground tent.

All you need to mount a rooftop tent on the vehicle roof of the BMW X1 are roof crossbars. The crossbars are mounted on the original roof rails of the BMW X1 and thus provide a basis for attaching the rooftop tent. A rooftop tent is connected to the crossbars at four mounting spots. In this way, the roof tent is securely and stably connected to the vehicle.

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The additional weight of the roof tent and the people in the roof tent is optimally dissipated via the roof rails to the entire vehicle body. In this way, the vehicle is not damaged, even if there are many people in the roof tent or sleeping there.

The registered permissible roof load of the BMW X1 is relatively low, but this always applies to the moving vehicle (e.g. if you have a roof box mounted on the vehicle). As soon as the vehicle is stationary, the permissible roof load increases many times over and four adults can stay in the rooftop tent without any problems.

When choosing a rooftop tent for the BMW X1, you should make sure that the rooftop tent is not wider than the vehicle when folded.

Further down on this page, you will find a few examples of the most popular rooftop tents for the BMW X1. Since all rooftop tents are universal, you don’t have to pay much attention to anything else.

You can also buy a rooftop tent for the BMW X1 which has an awning. So you get an additional protected space in which you can stay.

But make sure that installing a rooftop tent increases fuel consumption and reduces the range. It is also possible that the driving behavior deteriorates due to the rooftop tent since the vehicle’s center of gravity shifts further upwards.

If you are looking for more information about rooftop tents or camping, you will find a lot of interesting information on this website!

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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