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Thule Rooftop Tents

Will the Thule Rooftop Tent fit my vehicle?

There are two things to consider before buying a Thule Rooftop Tent....

1 - Roof Bars...

Firstly, you’ll need a set of roof bars. Roof bars are the ones that run across your vehicle roof, from side to side.
Roof bars are available for most vehicles and have various methods of fixing to the car as you can see from the illustrations below.

The Thule Rooftop Tent will fit directly to these bars.

Any doubts - please contact us BEFORE ORDERING for guidance and advice

Your Vehicle will have one of these ways to attached roof bars....

Raised Rails

Flush Rails

Fix Point

Normal Roof

Thule Rooftop Tents ONLY support these types of fitment....

Raised Rails

Flush Rails

Fix Point

Normal Roof

Thule Rooftop Tents WILL NOT fit vehicles that use the "clamp Style" Roof Bars. (Vehicle with a "normal" Roof) This is because the high static weight may cause damage to the roof. Its the difference between being able to open your car doors or not the following morning.

Thule Rooftop Tents WILL NOT fit any type of Thule "Edge" roof bars (Thule Edge or Thule EVO Edge)

Thule Rooftop Tents WILL NOT fit any type of Thule SlideBar.

DO NOT use Thule Rooftop Tents if you have a Glass Roof on your vehicle. Cars with sunroofs may be used but the opening function should not be used.

Thule Rooftop Tents WILL ONLY fit Roof Bars with a maximum width of 3.25"/80 mm and height of 1.5"/38 mm. 
We Recommend only fitting Thule Rooftop Tents with Thule Roof Bars. 
Thule WingBar, Thule WingBar EVO and Thule ProBar.

When mounting Tepui tent to vehicles with raised side rails:

Make sure raised rails are structurally supported.
Make sure crossbars are positioned next to supports of raised rails

Crossbar dimensions:
Minimum railing distance required is determined by tent model, see tent specifications below:

2 person tent = 25.2"/64 cm
3 person tent = 33.5"/85 cm
4 person tent = 30.7"/78 cm

 

2 - Vehicle Roof Load Limits

Roof bars are are attached to the steel frame of your car, so the weight of the Thule Rooftop Tent is spread through the strength of the vehicle.

It is important to check that your vehicle roof load limit is higher than the combined weight of the Thule Rooftop Box and roof bars which you’re purchasing.

 

Dynamic vs. Static Loads

A dynamic load refers to the maximum weight allowed whilst your vehicle is moving, and the static load is when your vehicle is stationary. A vehicle can actually take much larger static loads than it can dynamic loads.

The reason for the difference is that when moving, your vehicle is turning, accelerating and braking, which all exert lateral forces on the top of your vehicle, and can make it unstable, when driving.

However, when your vehicle is stationary, only a downward force is being exerted directly into the steel frame. Vehicle frames are designed to withstand a force large enough to protect you in a crash, and to take the force of driving over bumps in the road, and changes in road gradient, when you hit them at speed.

In other words, when your vehicle is stationary, the steel frame can easily take the weight of a Thule Rooftop Tent, as well as two or even three adults. 

Your vehicle and roof rack must have a minimum dynamic (driving) weight carrying capacity of 165 lbs/75 kg. For tents weighing greater than 165 lbs/75 kg the maximum weight capacity for the rack and vehicle must be equal to or greater than the tent weight.

Recommended roof rack weight capacities can be found on the products on our website or Thule.com.  Check your vehicle instruction booklet for information on recommended roof load.

We only recommend Thule Roof Rack systems for Thule Rooftop tents. For other brand roof rack applications check vehicle and roof rack owner’s manual for maximum weight capacity.
We and Thule cannot guarantee any compatibility of other roof racks and/or their load capabilities.

Weight capacity of tent in use with people inside the tent (static weight) can exceed the dynamic weight capacity of the rack partially supported by the ladder. The tent’s static weight capacity is stated for each tent. As a guideline 3 times the stated roof rack capacity can be used in static mode (roof rack and tent included)

The Maths..... Click Here

 

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