Wild and Free Camping Tents / Trailers:
Rooftop tents (RTTs) are an excellent option for wild and free tenting for numerous reasons. First and foremost, because they are stored on the roof of your vehicle, (or in our case now, an off road trailer), you don’t have to worry about taking up precious storage space inside for your vehicle, which can be very bulky.
Because your roof top tent will put you on top of your vehicle and off the ground, you will have more safety, security, and comfort while sleeping. Creepy crawlies and larger animals are less likely to get into your tent when you are off the ground, and you can usually enjoy the comfort of a high-density memory foam-type mattress in your roof top tent.
One of my favourite features of a roof top tent is the setup. Rather than dealing with pesky poles like a traditional tent, most roof top tents spring up on their own or require very minimal effort to put together. They are super lightweight and mobile, making them a great addition to add comfort to any campsite.
While roof top tents are more expensive than traditional tents, they are still extraordinarily cheaper than an RV. Although you miss out on an RV’s comfort features, like bathrooms and running water, you are still gaining some significant comforts for sleep, and you have the freedom to set up camp in nearly any terrain, unlike an RV.
There are some downsides to a RTT as well. Removing or remounting an RTT in between use can be a pain. A quick solution is to leave it on your vehicle through camping season if you know you will be using it frequently.
The roof top tent that we use is the iKamper Roof Top Tent (SkyCamp Mini). We also purchased the additional annex to give us more room for relaxing in the rain and changing.
(Yes, we are at a BC Provincial Park in this photo – as we said, we love camping in parks, too! Some parks are free in the off-season – bonus!)