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Porsche 911 Roof Rack Tent Buyers Guide

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The Porsche 911 is probably one of the most popular sports cars in the world. But did you know that you can also go camping with the 911?

If you drive to the campground in a Porsche 911 (regardless of the year of manufacture), this probably makes more of an impression than if you go camping with a camping trailer or an RV.

It is possible to mount a rooftop tent on the roof of the Porsche and sleep safely and relaxed on the vehicle roof.

To install a rooftop tent on the Porsche 911, you need roof rails that are screwed to the factory roof rail mounting spots. Depending on the design, you will then need roof crossbars to mount the roof tent. If you have connected the rooftop tent to the crossbars at four mounting spots, a very secure and firm connection to the vehicle is created.

The permissible roof load of the Porsche is relatively low, but this always refers to the vehicle in motion. As soon as the vehicle is stationary, the permissible roof load of the Porsche increases many times over. So it is possible to install a rooftop tent on the roof of the Porsche 911 and four adults can stay and sleep in the rooftop tent.

You have the option to buy a hard-shell or soft-shell rooftop tent. A hard-shell rooftop tent usually has a smaller interior space than a soft-shell rooftop tent.

When buying a rooftop tent for the Porsche 911, you should also make sure that the rooftop tent is not wider than the vehicle when folded.

You should also note that if you drive around with the rooftop tent, fuel consumption increases, and the possible range decreases. This is because the mounted rooftop tent on the roof of the Porsche 911 negatively affects the aerodynamics.

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The driving dynamics of the vehicle also deteriorate because the vehicle’s center of gravity is shifted further upwards.

You should therefore only assemble the rooftop tent when you really need it. Otherwise, you should safely store it in the garage.

Another advantage of a rooftop tent is that you are safe from small and large animals on the vehicle roof. Likewise, you no longer have to sleep directly on the hard and cold floor. This makes a rooftop tent much more comfortable than a ground tent. It is also possible to install a solar panel on top of the roof tent to generate your own electricity. There is so much more you can do with a rooftop tent… you’re more mobile with a rooftop tent than a big RV and more flexible than with a camping trailer.

The Porsche 911 offers enough space on the roof to mount a two to four-person rooftop tent. All Porsche 911 models offer a mounting point for roof rails, where you can then attach the crossbars, which then carry the rooftop tent.

If you want to learn more about rooftop tents or camping, check out my other articles on this website!

porsche 911 with mounted roof rails and crossbars

When buying roof rails, make sure they are of good quality. You can buy the roof rails and roof crossbars for the Porsche 911 online, but you can also buy the roof rails from your local Porsche dealer and have them installed directly there.

It also doesn’t matter which 911 model you own, you can also install the roof rails on a GT3 or GT2 model. Where there are likely to be problems is with the Targa models that have a glass roof.

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.

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