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When considering the purchase of an AutoHome roof top tent, people often ask us what model is the right choice for them.

We have to answer, “It depends”—on climate, camping style, physical abilities, and vehicle type.

Here we offer some guidelines and suggestions for choosing a tent, based on our own experience, and on what our AutoHome users have shared with us.

You’ll find your roof top tent is a bedroom-like Pullman berth on your car’s roof. Our tents are the answer for outdoors people who are highly mobile. Our owners are involved in the spectrum of outdoor oriented sports or professional occupations, but do not want the extra work of the full-on “camping” experience. They even tell us they’d rather stay in our tent than check in at a local motel, even in bad weather! They find that our products fit their requirements for protection, ease of use and durability.

In general, our hard-shell roof top tents can be left mounted on your vehicle all, or most, of the time. You can store your bedding, access ladder and soft bags of clothes or other items inside the tent while you are traveling. Our tents are sealed against dust and water intrusion, deploy very quickly, provide comfort in any weather, and offer little air resistance when driving.

All AutoHome roof top tents, regardless of model, are supplied complete—ready to use right out of the box. All you need to add is your bedding, personal items, and camping destinations.

Bigger is not always better

We seldom recommend purchase of a tent that is larger than you really need. There are several reasons for this:

  1. Smaller tents retain body heat better and will keep you warmer in cold climates
  2. A larger tent has more aerodynamic drag and will add an unnecessary reduction in fuel efficiency
  3. A larger tent will be heavier, which also decreases the available loaded weight the vehicle can carry and again, reduces fuel efficiency

AIR TOP

COLUMBUS

MAGGIOLINA

 

Variant

Carbon Fiber

Extreme

Airland Plus

Grand Tour

Carbon Fiber

What tents open with least effort?

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

What tents open the quickest?

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

What tents are best for a small car?

X*

X*

X*

 

 

 

X

What tents are best for winter camping?

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

What tents are best in high winds?

 

 

 

X

X

X

X

What tents can carry a top load?

 

X**

 

X

 

X**

 

What are options for very tall campers?

X

X***

 

 

X***

 

 

Best tents for hot weather?

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

Which tents are biggest?

 

X****

 

 

X****

X****

 

*Small models
**With optional fit kit
***X-long models
****Large models

So, some pointers and guidance…

  • If you want simple, fast set up with minimum effort choose the Columbus Variant or Air Top models—they are powered by gas rams and open in an instant.
  • For warm weather or three season camping, we recommend the Columbus Variant.
  • For all season camping choose the Air Top.
  • For maximum protection in any weather, we recommend the Air Top or Maggiolina models. The Maggiolina models especially, with their strong, crank up mechanisms, offer exceptional rigidity in very high winds, a good choice if you anticipate extreme conditions.
  • In cold weather camping, the Maggiolina or Air Top will provide the best protection from the cold as the mattress is 3-1/4 inches thick for extra insulation under the sleeper. In very cold weather, add the optional winter hood for extra insulation.
  • If you are much over 6 feet tall, look at the following options, based on mattress length:
    —Maggiolina AirLand Plus XL: Mattress is 79-1/3” long
    —Air Top: Mattress is 80” long
    —Columbus Variant: Mattress is 81-1/3” long (but the forward 6” are not usable)
    —Columbus Variant XL: Mattress is 89-3/4” long

AIR TOP

COLUMBUS

MAGGIOLINA

 

Variant

Carbon Fiber

Airland Plus

Extreme

Grand Tour

Carbon Fiber

Max number of sleeping people (2 adults and 1–2 kids)

3

4

3

4

3

4

3

Tent length

83″

83 or 91″

83″

83 or 91″

83″

83 or 86″

83″

Tent width

51–57″

51–63″

51–57″

51–63″

51–57″

51–63″

51–57″

Tent height when open

36″

59″

59″

36″

34″

38″

36″

Tent height when closed

13″

11″

11″

11″

13″

14″

11″

Tent weight in lbs.

119–130

114–141

92–103

123–158

143–152

123–158

101–108

Number of doors

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

Number of vent windows

2

2

2

2

2

2

2