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Can You Put A Rooftop Tent On A Panoramic Roof?

Do you own a vehicle with a panoramic roof and are now considering whether it is possible to install a rooftop tent? In this article, I would like to show you how you can also install a rooftop tent on a vehicle with a panoramic glass roof.

If you look at a vehicle from the outside with a panoramic roof, you can quickly think that the roof of this vehicle is very unstable, since a large part of the roof is made of glass.

But I can already tell you here that it is also possible to install a rooftop tent on vehicles with a panoramic roof.

range rover with panoramic roof
For example, this range rover also has a panoramic roof, but since the car has the possibility to install roof bars, you can install a rooftop tent here.

Therefore, an installation of a rooftop tent is also possible for cars with a panoramic roof!

The rooftop tent is not mounted directly on the vehicle’s panoramic roof. The rooftop tent uses the roof bars of a vehicle for assembly.

If your car has roof bars or mounting points to retrofit a roof bar on the vehicle, then it is also possible to install a rooftop tent on a vehicle with a panoramic roof.

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roofbar mounting spots
As you can see in this picture you need the roof bars on your vehicle, or the possibility to install roof bars afterward.
The crossbars are then installed on the roof bars. The crossbars are then used to attach the rooftop tent.

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rooftop tent attached to crossbars
You must purchase appropriate roof crossbars for your vehicle. The rooftop tent is then mounted on these crossbars and not on the glass roof itself.

Can the panoramic roof of the vehicle be opened with the rooftop tent installed?

Yes, the vehicle’s glass roof can still be opened as usual, since the rooftop tent and the roof crossbars are at a certain distance from the roof.

When buying roof cross bars, make sure that they are at a certain distance from the glass roof. You also need the space to screw the rooftop tent to the crossbars.

Can the panoramic roof be damaged by the additional load of the rooftop tent?

No, the weight of the rooftop tent will not damage the panoramic glass roof as the weight of the rooftop tent is evenly distributed over the frame of the vehicle.

The mounting points for the roof bars are selected by the manufacturer in such a way that the roof load is distributed over the entire structure of the vehicle.

As an example, if a vehicle with a panoramic roof overturns, the impact is distributed over the entire body. So the same also applies to external roof loads that are added to the vehicle.

mounting spots of a car with panoramic roof
The additional weight is optimally distributed over the entire structure of the vehicle. There is no extra load on the vehicle’s panoramic roof.
tesla model s with roof bars

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For example, here is a picture of a Tesla Model S with installed roof bars and roof crossbars. So it would be possible to install a rooftop tent on a Tesla with a panoramic roof!

What you need to install a rooftop tent on a vehicle with a panoramic roof:

Roof bars (already installed by the manufacturer or aftermarket).

Roofcrossbars, are mostly available from the car manufacturer as an accessory.

The rooftop tent – Since most rooftop tents are universal, you have a free choice here.

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Some time for assembly – The assembly of all parts, including the rooftop tent, takes about 2-3 hours.

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