What Roof Rack Manufacturers say About Roof Top Tent Use

20th Apr 2016


Roof top tents can be a great addition to a Yakima rack system and many are safely in use. However, since it impossible to test every possible combination of tent and vehicle, certain precautions must be taken:

- Never use a rooftop tent with any clip (Q-Tower or BaseLine) or flush rail type systems.

- Never use a rooftop tent with any vehicle whose rooftop load limit is under 165 lbs.

- As a general rule, SUV and trucks can be good candidates for a rooftop tent, while cars, sedans and hatchbacks are usually not.

- Rooftop tents are usually acceptable for some fixed point and most raised rail systems.

- For installation on a shell, canopy or topper using tracks or fixed points, please check with the manufacturer for approval and install help.

- If using a rooftop tent, inspect rack system and connection before each and every use. Discontinue usage if any signs of looseness or wear appear.

- Yakima does not test rooftop tents for safety and compatibility. Any installation and use is at the sole discretion and risk of the user.


Roof Top Tents are all the rage right now but everyone is asking;

“How do I secure the tent to my vehicle’s roof when the crossbar’s load capacities is only a bit more than what I weigh?”

The straightforward answer is that there are two types of weight loading capacities for roof racks. These are the Static Weight Loading Capacity and Dynamic Weight Loading Capacity.

Static: when your vehicle is parked ----------||---------Dynamic: when your vehicle is in motion

The load rating that Rhino-Rack publishes on our products is the dynamic load rating. This is required for Australian standards and because our customers are generally travelling or exploring and need to know what weight their Rhino-Racks can handle on the move. The load rating of a roof system is less when your vehicle is dynamic compared to when you’re still, or static.

Now when it comes to roof top tents the load rating you need to be aware of is both.

1. First off don’t buy a heavy roof top tent that the dynamic weight of your roof or roof system can’t handle.

2. Know that when your vehicle is parked and you’re ready to climb into your roof top bed you are static and as such Rhino-Rack’s capability to handle weight becomes a lot more. 

3. 2500 systems are not suitable for roof top tents.