BMW X3 roof rack tent

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The BMW X3 is one of the most popular SUVs in the world. The X3 offers enough space to transport your whole family, but also offers the possibility to drive off the beaten track. The BMW X3 is also the ideal companion for your next camping trip. Since the X3 is relatively large, it also offers plenty of space on the roof to mount a rooftop tent.

A rooftop tent can be very practical and offers many advantages over an ordinary ground tent or camping trailer. Since the BMW X3 can also move on unpaved roads, you can stay overnight wherever the vehicle goes. You don’t have to consider a heavy camping trailer either.

Another advantage of a rooftop tent is that you sleep at a certain height above the ground. So you are safe from small and large animals on the vehicle roof. You are also safe from water or rain that collects on the ground. In the rooftop tent, you are also safe from the nightly cold that comes out of the ground.

All you need to mount a rooftop tent on the BMW X3 are roof rails and roof crossbars. Some models of the X3 already have factory roof rails to which you can attach the crossbars. The roof crossbars provide a stable basis for mounting the rooftop tent on the roof of the BMW X3.

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. The weight of the rooftop tent and the people in the tent is safely and evenly transferred to the vehicle body via the roof rails. In this way, the X3 will not be damaged even if there are many people in the rooftop tent.

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The registered permissible roof load of the BMW X3 is relatively low, but this only applies to the vehicle in motion. This is important if you are installing a roof box, for example. But as soon as the vehicle is stationary, the possible roof load increases many times over!

The BMW X3 is built very stable. This makes it possible to mount a very large six-person rooftop tent on the roof of the BMW X3. Of course, you can also assemble smaller roof tents, you can decide this yourself.

It is also possible to mount a rooftop tent on the BMW X3 which has an awning. So you then have another safe and wind-protected area.

Please note, however, that installing a rooftop tent increases fuel consumption and reduces the maximum range. The driving behavior also deteriorates because the vehicle’s center of gravity shifts further upwards. So you should only mount the rooftop tent on the X3 when you really need it.

Further down on this page, you will find the most popular rooftop tents for the BMW X3. However, you are free to decide which rooftop tent you buy and assemble since all rooftop tents are universal and are assembled in the same way.

On this website, you will also find many other interesting articles about rooftop tents and camping. Just take a look around 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

 

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