Mini Cooper Roof Rack Tent Buyers Guide

Mini Cooper Roof Rack Tent Buyers Guide

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Although the Mini Cooper looks quite small from the outside, you can still have a great camping trip with the Mini. You have the option of installing a rooftop tent on the roof of the Mini Cooper and sleeping wherever your vehicle goes.

A rooftop tent has many advantages over a camping trailer or RV. With your Mini Cooper and the rooftop tent, you are of course much more flexible and can reach places that a camping trailer or RV could never reach.

All you need to mount a rooftop tent on the roof of the Mini Cooper are the appropriate roof rails and roof crossbars. The roof rails are mounted on the factory screw spots on the roof. Then you have to install the crossbars. The rooftop tent is then mounted on the crossbars at four mounting spots. In this way, the rooftop tent is securely and stably connected to the vehicle. You can even mount a rooftop tent on the Mini Cooper if the vehicle has a glass roof. Since the rooftop tent is connected to the vehicle body, the rooftop tent never comes into contact with the roof or the glass roof.

The registered roof load is a bit low, but this only applies to the moving vehicle. As soon as the vehicle is stationary, the permissible roof load increases many times over.

This makes it possible to mount a two to three-person rooftop tent on the Mini Cooper. The additional weight of the roof tent and the people in the tent is optimally distributed over the entire vehicle body via the roof rails.

In this way, the Mini Cooper is not damaged, even if there are three adults in the rooftop tent on the vehicle roof.

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When buying a rooftop tent for the Mini Cooper, however, you should make sure that the new rooftop tent is not wider than the vehicle when folded. Further down on this page, you will also find some tent recommendations for the Mini Cooper.

Most modern hard-shell or soft-shell rooftop tents are built to take up as little space as possible when folded.

Getting in and out of the rooftop tent is also very easy, as each rooftop tent has a telescopic ladder that you can use to easily enter and exit the rooftop tent.

Also, make sure that the rooftop tent mounted on the roof of the Mini Cooper increases fuel consumption and thus reduces the maximum range.

The driving dynamics of the Mini Cooper also deteriorate due to the rooftop tent installed. The center of gravity is negatively influenced by the additional weight on the vehicle roof. So be careful when cornering fast.

If you want to learn more 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

Smittybilt Overlander Tent

Mini Cooper Roof Rack Tent Buyers Guide
  • 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
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Thule Tepui Low-Pro Rooftop Tent

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  • 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

Mini Cooper Roof Rack Tent Buyers Guide
  • 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

Mini Cooper Roof Rack Tent Buyers Guide
  • 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″

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.

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
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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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