Questions about Autohome® roof top tents
- Why should I buy an Autohome?
Autohome is not “Number 1” in the world by chance.
Because Autohome knows how to bring together imagination and the quality of “Made in Italy”.
Because Autohome does everything possible to give you a restful sleep.
Every Autohome tent is the result of the experience and advice of famous travelers. A marriage of skills to create a complete range of roof top tents.
Quality, reliability, comfort and a large number of accessories to suit your needs.
- What do I need to have to mount a roof tent to my vehicle?
Autohome tents are designed to mount easily on aftermarket crossbars, like Thule, Yakima or Front Runner. These are the same crossbar mounting systems you would use to carry your bicycles, canoe or kayak on the top of your car. The rack system transfers the weight to the structural parts of your vehicle's roof. All roof racks carry a dynamic weight rating to guide the tested limitations of the rack system when the vehicle is in motion. Most racks carry a maximum 165 pound dynamic rating, which means the rack can support 165 pounds of weight while driving down the road. Autohome tents weigh between 92 and 158 pounds, so the rack system can easily handle the weight on most vehicles. When you are occupying the tent, this is a "static load", much more gentle and the racks can easily handle this weight. Always check with the vehicle manufacturer of your car to help determine an appropriate rack system and tent weight for your specific situation, taking both static and dynamic ratings into account.
The lightest Autohome shell tents in Carbon Fiber. The small weighs around 73 lbs. (versus 95 lbs. for the fiberglass) and the medium weighs around 81 lbs.(versus 108 lbs). On average it is 25% lighter and even stronger than the other fiberglass models. This model has become quite popular among those who want the durability of an AutoHome tent, and the lightest possible weight.
Be sure to follow the load recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer.
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- Are these tents suitable for winter camping?
Yes, AutoHome tents are expedition quality and has the option to be fitted with a the winter hood accessory for very severe weather.
These hoods can even be useful in the desert where there are high winds and extreme temperature drops at night.
- What other things will I need to buy for my Autohome roof tent?
All Autohome tents are ready to use out of the box. They come complete with an excellent mattress-grade foam mattress with a washable cover, pillows, ladder, mosquito netting, even a night light on some models. You can set these tents up with sheets and blankets and you will be as comfortable as you are in your bed at home.
- Who buys these tents?
There are many people who have discovered the benefits of Autohome tents. While the heavy canvas roof top tents offered by other makers are primarily designed for African or Australian travel conditions, Autohome tents have a wider appeal. The owner who explores the back country in a 4X4 vehicle is a small but vital segment of our customer base. But many owners use their tent in support of their outdoor activities, ranging from mountain biking, surfing, sail-boarding, skiing and snow boarding, canoeists and kayakers, climbers and hikers, hunters, scuba divers, fishermen, to bird watchers. Professionals who work in the outdoors also comprise a small but growing group of owners, from geologists, wildlife biologists, and photographers being among them. Our tents have also been put to work by oil platform workers, relief workers, long haul drivers, and others who need a comfortable place to sleep wherever they find themselves at the end of the day.
- How could I avoid water condensation build-up between the mattress and the tent base?
It is not possible to completely eliminate condensation, like gravity it exists and very little can be done to counteract it, particularly as a sleeping person will release up to 0.5l of moisture a night. It can however be significantly reduced, one method is to use the ACS - 3D “Air Circulation System”, which allows air circulation under the mattress. However, all Autohome fabrics are characterized by high breathability and water vapor transmission ratio: the only way to counteract condensation and humidity.
- Do fans remove the condensation from inside the tent?
Fans do not work properly to remove condensation for the inside of roof tents. Generally, they are gadgets fitted by companies to attract inexperienced clients.
- How can I be sure the fabric is breathable?
Other tent manufacturers claim their fabrics are breathable, often they are not. You can easily check to see if a fabric is breathable by holding a part of the fabric against your mouth, with your hand behind it, and blow hard against it. If you can feel the air passing through to your hand the fabric is breathable. But just as important as breathability is the transmission of water vapor, which – according to Autohome quality standards – should be no lower than 350 g/m²/day. Only breathability or rapid transmission speeds can prevent the tent from building up excess condensation.
- Can I get a shell in the color to match my vehicles paint??
The Autohome factory doesn’t customize the shell color to match the paint of your vehicle because they exclusively use Gelcoat, which requires special processing. Gelcoat is a dense paint used in the nautical industry, applied thickly to the molding during manufacture. It is a strong paint largely unaffected by UV rays, heat, salt water and strong solvents, and is able to take on the toughest conditions without extreme wear and tear. Conventionally painted shells scratch, mark and get damaged much more easily. We have had customers who have had their tents painted aftermarket and have also had customers apply aftermarket vinyl wraps with good success.
- Where can I see these tents in North America?
We exhibit at many of the industry tradeshows in North America and have a growing network of dealers. There are several owners who would be happy to show you their tents and how they work. Give us a call and we will track down someone in your area that has a tent similar to one you may be interested in and are available to show it to you. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 888-852-2359 and we will try to connect you with an Autohome owner in your region.
- Are all the Autohome roof top tents the same quality?
Quality is standard with all Autohome roof tents. Tents used by professional rally raid teams and explorers are exactly the same as the products bought and used by the general public.