As ModernJeepers, we have all seen them. We have looked at them. We might even own one. What I’m referring to are rooftop tents…living quarters that rest on top or around your Jeep. After a quick google search, I realized that the options have exploded over the past couple years.
In fact, there are so many options that it really just comes down to how big you want your “tent” to be and how much you want to spend! There are also a plethora of articles out there that talk about the things you may want or need while trying to figure out if Overlanding is right for you. Our friends at AxleBoy wrote up a great overview of things to think about. The entire article can be found here: Overlanding Basics, but they had what I though was a perfect description:
What is Overlanding?
When you take your Jeep Overlanding, there is no real destination. The goal is to become reliant on your vehicle for transportation and the gear you pack for shelter. Everything you need should be available within your Jeep and you should use the journey to learn about the nature around you. You should be equipped to tackle all types of weather and terrain and face any challenges that come your way.
A perfect explanation! At the end of the day, we are still talking about our beloved Jeeps…not a camper…not a full size truck. So when it comes to selecting the things we need, we have to be “picky”. But I’ve noticed that there seems to be a seperation of those of us the enjoy “rockcrawling” and those of us that are “overlanders”, and folks seem to think that they have to chose one or the other, which isn’t really true. Our friends Jim and Deb of Trail Nut have shown us that you can do both!
So where does that leave us? With options…lots and lots of options. What sparked me to write this article was a review of a rooftop tent called the TentBox: TentBox – A Photographers Dream.
Then I realized that this was this company was outside of the US, and with more searching I found out how popular overlanding was in other parts of the world…far more popular than even here! And how many products there are to choose from! So, I guess I’m writing this to present a question to our readers: With all of the information available to us, where do you get yours? How do you research products? I don’t know of an “overlanding store” per se…can you imagine a Jeep dealership with rooftop tents mounted on every Jeep? An “REI” for Jeepers? Camping World but instead of RV’s it’s full of Jeeps? I’m just curious and would love your feedback!
Happy Jeeping and hopefully you are all getting outside!