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Mercedes-Benz G-Class Roof Rack Tent Buyers Guide

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is probably one of the most luxurious vehicles you can buy. The G-Wagon is ideal for the daily drive through the city, but also ideal for exploring the countryside at the weekend.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class also offers the possibility of finding campgrounds off the beaten track. You also have enough space in the vehicle to take your whole family plus camping equipment with you.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class would have enough power to tow a large camping trailer, but this is not necessary. You can mount a large rooftop tent on the vehicle roof of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and sleep safely on the roof of the G-Wagon.

The vehicle roof is large enough to mount a six-person rooftop tent on the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. You can of course choose between a soft-shell or hard-shell rooftop tent. You can also choose the size freely. If you go camping alone or with just two people, a three-person rooftop tent will suffice. However, if you have a large family that is going camping with you, you can also mount a large six-person rooftop tent on the roof of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Another advantage is that if you sleep on the vehicle roof, you are safe from small and large animals. You are also protected from the nightly cold that comes out of the ground.

All you need to set up a rooftop tent on the roof of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class are roof crossbars. These crossbars are mounted on the G-Wagon’s factory roof rails. If your G-Wagon does not have factory roof rails, you can of course easily retrofit these roof rails. The roof rails are attached to the vehicle roof. There are already original screw holes that are intended for this.

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The crossbars are connected to the roof rails and thus provide a platform for mounting the rooftop tent. The roof tent is then connected to the crossbars at four mounting spots. This creates a secure and stable connection between the roof tent and the vehicle.

The registered maximum roof load of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is relatively low, but this always refers to the moving vehicle (e.g. if you have a roof box mounted on the roof). However, as soon as the vehicle is stationary, the permissible roof load increases many times over. This means that up to six people can stay on the vehicle roof, in the rooftop tent, without any problems.

The additional weight of the tent and the people is then optimally dissipated via the roof rails to the entire vehicle body. This way there is no damage to the vehicle.

However, you should note that when the rooftop tent is mounted, fuel consumption increases, and the maximum range decreases. The driving characteristics also deteriorate as the vehicle’s center of gravity shifts further upwards.

So you should only set up the rooftop tent when you really need it!

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

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
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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
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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