Mazda CX 5

Mazda CX 5 Roof Rack Tent Buyers Guide

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The Mazda CX 5 is the ideal vehicle for everyday use. The Mazda CX 5 reliably takes you to work or to the supermarket every day. But the CX5 also offers a lot of space inside for the whole family. This is also a very big advantage if you plan to go camping with the CX 5.

You don’t need a camping trailer or RV to have a great weekend camping. The Mazda CX 5 offers enough space on the roof to mount a large six-person rooftop tent.

So you and your family can sleep safely and comfortably on the vehicle roof of the CX5.

The big 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. But in a roof tent you are also safe from the nightly cold that rises from the ground, or you are also safe from water that collects on the ground.

A rooftop tent has many advantages, not only compared to a ground tent. A rooftop tent also has many advantages over a camping trailer or an RV.

With the CX 5 and a rooftop tent, you can explore completely new campgrounds that you would never get to with a camping trailer or a large RV. Wherever your vehicle goes, you can set up the roof tent.

Since the Mazda CX 5 offers a lot of space on the vehicle roof, you can, for example, mount a hard-shell or soft-shell rooftop tent for up to six people.

All you need to set up a rooftop tent on the roof of the Mazda CX 5 are roof rails and roof crossbars. The roof rails are screwed firmly to the vehicle roof. The threads for attaching the roof rails are already on the roof under a plastic cover (some CX 5 models even have factory roof rails).

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Now you can attach the crossbars to the roof rails. This creates a stable basis for mounting the rooftop tent on the vehicle roof of the Mazda CX 5.

The roof tent is connected to the crossbars at four mounting spots on the underside. This assembly is the same for all rooftop tents. This creates a secure and stable connection between the rooftop tent and the vehicle.

The registered permissible roof load of the Mazda CX 5 seems a bit low, but this always refers to the moving vehicle (e.g. with roof boxes). As soon as the vehicle is stationary, the permissible roof load increases many times over.

Up to six adults can stay in the rooftop tent on the vehicle roof without any problems. The additional weight is optimally distributed over the entire vehicle body via the roof rails.

So neither the roof of the Mazda CX5 nor the vehicle body will be damaged.

You also have the option of installing an awning on the rooftop tent. So you can create another room. The Mazda CX 5 is ideal for setting up a rooftop tent and experiencing a camping adventure.

Below are some examples of the most popular rooftop tents for the Mazda CX 5.

But always note that the fuel consumption increases and the maximum range of the vehicle decrease. The driving behavior of the CX5 also deteriorates because of the additional weight on the vehicle roof, which shifts the center of gravity of the vehicle further up.

If possible, you should only assemble the rooftop tent when you really need it and otherwise store it in the garage.

If you are looking for more information about rooftop tents or camping, you will find many interesting and informative articles on this website.

These roof crossbars for the Mazda CX 5 are ideal for mounting a rooftop tent. With this model, you don’t need any roof rails either, as these crossbars are mounted directly on the screw points for the roof rails. The distance between the crossbars is also ideal for mounting a rooftop tent on the CX5.

>> Check out the crossbars for the CX5 on Amazon.com <<

Here are the biggest pluses of a roof rack tent:

  1. Roof rack tents are easy to setup.
  2. Roof rack tents are very cozy.
  3. Roof rack tents last a long time.
  4. Roof rack tents can be taken along when changing vehicles.
  5. Roof rack tents will become more and more popular in the years to come.
  6. Roof rack tents turn your vehicle into a fully-fledged camping vehicle.
  7. Roof Rack Tents are easy to clean and maintain.
  8. Roof rack tents keep the cold off the floor at night.
  9. Roof Rack Tents can easily be stowed in your garage or basement when you don’t need them.
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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

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
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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″

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