Clamshell Roof Top Tents for Sale
Looking for a clamshell roof top tent for your next overlanding trip? Then you have come to the right place.
Clamshell roof top tents are a luxury version of the traditional ones. They take less than 15-30 seconds to set up and are super comfortable to sleep in.
In the following sections, we will review 4 of the best clamshell roof top tents currently on the market and answer a few common questions you might have about them. Without further due, Let's jump right into it.
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Best Clamshell Roof Top Tent
A premium spin to the traditional clamshell design.
The Aspen clamshell roof top tent by Freespirit Recreation oozes luxury from every angle. It combines all of the best qualities of a solid clamshell tent with premium interiors to provide an excellent overall rooftop tent experience.
The body fabric of the Freespirit Aspen clamshell tent is made with a special three-layer fabric that will keep you comfortable no matter what weather you are camping in. It sort of functions as a heater in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer.
On the other hand, the body frame is made using aluminum honeycomb to guarantee that the tent is both sturdy and lightweight. You also have the option to install crossbars on the roof if you wish to carry more items on your trip.
The Aspen clamshell rooftop tent is available in two and three-person models. Both sizes include a 1.25-inch thick high-density foam mattress and a 1.5-inch-thick EPE floor. You may need to add more bedding or a sleeping pad on top of the mattress to make it more comfortable.
The front and side windows are pretty big and contain a mesh screen. The overhead space features a USB Type-A LED light strip that will provide all the light you need at night. In addition, the inner roof has storage compartments where you may put all your essentials.
The setup and takedown process of Freespirit Aspen is as easy as ABC -- takes no more than 15-30 seconds. You can mount it on any vehicle with a roof rack or crossbar system (All the required hardware for mounting is provided with the purchase).
|Aspen Clamshell Roof Top Tent Specs|
|Sleeping Capacity||2-3 People|
|Weight (3 person)||154 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||750 lbs|
|Frame||Aluminum Gas Strut-assisted|
|Setup Time||15-30 seconds|
|Interior Dimensions||55"W x 80"L|
- Lightning quick setup and takedown.
- No decrease in your vehicle's MPG as it is lightweight and low-profile.
- Very roomy interior and a durable structure that will ensure your comfort no matter the weather.
- There is room for improvement in the quality of the mattress.
4 Person Clamshell Roof Top Tent
Best for families who love overlanding.
Overland Vehicle Systems Bushveld is one of the most affordable and spacious clamshell rooftop tents currently on the market. It is pretty easy to open and close and is available in two different sizes.
Both the 420-oxford ripstop rain fly cover and the double 600D ripstop material that make up the body of the Bushveld clamshell tent has a UV rating of PU 2500 and are completely waterproof. The top shell is made of a single piece of polymer and is incredibly durable.
The base of the Bushveld also features insulation in the form of a black metal diamond plate, which will keep you warm even on the chilliest winter evenings. In addition, all of the fittings and latches are constructed of marine-grade stainless steel 304, so you won't have to worry about anything breaking while you're out on your adventures.
Bushveld clam shell rooftop tent comes in two different sizes: two-person and four-person. Each model comes with a quilted memory foam mattress that has a thickness of three inches and is quite comfortable to sleep on. In order to avoid the formation of moisture buildup, an anti-condensation mat is placed beneath the mattress.
In case you need extra space, Bushveld has the option to add an annex to it that is large enough to sleep one person. It includes a built-in PVC floor and waterproof walls. Even if you are not looking for extra sleeping space, It's a very useful accessory to have.
Because the frame is constructed with gas struts, the OVS Bushveld clamshell tent can be opened and closed in a matter of thirty seconds. Plus, It is easy to mount your vehicle as well (it shouldn't take more than an hour).
|Bushveld Clamshell Roof Tent Specs|
|Sleeping Capacity||2-4 People|
|Setup Time||30-60 seconds|
|Closed Dimensions||81" long X 47" wide X 7" tall|
|Sleeping Dimensions||78” L X 84” W X 43” Tall|
- Very spacious and large sleeping area.
- Super easy and quick to open and close.
- Extremely durable body construction.
- Anti-condensation mat will prevent the accumulation of moisture beneath the mattress.
- 4-person size weight is quite heavy.
3 Person Clamshell Roof Top Tent
Rugged design that compliments any vehicle easily.
DThe Mamba by Overland Vehicle Systems is currently the best 3 person clam shell rooftop tent available on the market. We believe it is way underpriced when considering all the premium features it comes with.
No matter how hard it rains, this tent will not allow even a single drop of water to get inside as it is constructed with a high-quality rip-stop material that is 100% waterproof. In addition, the frame of the Mamba is built out of aluminum of aircraft-grade quality, making it exceptionally durable and sturdy even in windy conditions.
Two Removable Aluminum crossbars are included on the roof of the Mamba clamshell tent. They have a weight capacity of approximately 250 lbs, and you can mount gear such as recovery boards, kayaks, mountain bikes, etc.
Mamba weighs roughly 250 pounds and has enough space to accommodate two to three people comfortably. It has a memory foam mattress that is 2 inches thick and an anti-condensation pad underneath it to prevent moisture from accumulating in the mattress. Although the mattress is comfy on its own, we recommend that you add a sleeping bag or other bedding on top of it.
Honeycomb insulation, built into the Mamba's base, maintains a comfortable temperature throughout the night. In addition, there is sufficient space within the tent, even while it is closed, for you to store your bedding, pillows, blankets, and other items.
The nylon pull strap and the nitrogen gas-charged struts built right into the Mamba clamshell roof tent make setup and takedown lightning fast. Because the tent is heavy, you will require the assistance of another person to mount it on your rack properly.
|Mamba Clamshell Tent Specs|
|Sleeping Capacity||3 People|
|Setup Time||30 seconds|
|Closed Dimensions||91” x 55.5” x 8”|
|Sleeping Area||86” x 50”|
|Setup time||30 seconds|
- Overall the tent is made using durable and high-quality materials.
- Setup and takedown is quick.
- You can mount gear on the roof of Mamba.
- Mamba weighs 250 pounds. Mounting it on your vehicle will require a roof rack system, and you won't be able to utilize aftermarket crossbars that cost $200.
Low-Profile Clamshell Roof Top Tent
Best lightweight and low-profile option.
The BadAss Rugged is the thinnest clamshell rooftop tent currently on the market. It's also the lightest option on the list. From rainfly to the roof, BadAss Rugged has a variety of customization choices to meet your specific requirements.
BadAss Rugged is designed and manufactured in the United States and boasts an industry-leading 420D nylon oxford waterproof body fabric tested to be durable in all weather. It does not come with a rainfly awning out of the box, but you can buy one for an extra $100.
The frame of the BA Rugged clamshell tent weighs around 113 lbs and is constructed of ultra-slim extruded aluminum that supports up to 500lbs. Plus, It is very low profile with a height of 4.85" when closed — This makes sure there is no wind noise or drops in your MPG (Miles per Gallon).
BA Rugged Clamshell tent has enough room for two people to sleep comfortably. It does not come with a mattress, but it does feature a thermal regulating 1" sleeping pad to keep you warm and comfortable on chilly winter evenings.
All three windows of the tent include durable, micro-weave black mesh screens to keep bugs out and allow 270-degree views of your surroundings or seal up when you need privacy.
The frame's gas shock strut arms enable rapid setup and takedown. Mounting it on your vehicle is also simple, and it is designed to fit most cars with a roof rack or crossbars capable of supporting 150+ pounds while moving.
|BadAss Rugged Clamshell Roof Top Tent Specs|
|Sleeping Capacity||2 People|
- Durable, lightweight, and fantastic value for money.
- The low profile design reduces wind noise and prevents drop in your vehicle's MPG.
- Using the optional crossbar system, you can attach 75 lbs of gear to the roof.
- There is no mattress included.
- Rainfly awning is not included. You have to purchase them separately.
- Does not include a ladder. It will cost you around $120 to add it to the tent.
Clamshell Roof Top Tents FAQ
Can I put a clamshell roof top tent on my car?
It depends on your vehicle's roof weight capacity. While most off-road vehicles have a high roof weight capacity -- it is still best check once before mounting the roof top tent to avoid damages.
How long do they take to setup and takedown?
Typically, You can set up and takedown a clamshell roof top tent in under 15-30 seconds.
Can I use them in bad weather conditions?
Yes! All the above tents are designed to keep you safe even in extreme weather conditions.
Do these tents come with a warranty?
Yes! They come with a limited manufacturer warranty. It varies from brand to brand.
Got Questions About Clamshell Roof Top Tents?
Overland Junction can help you find the perfect clamshell roof top tent for your next adventure. If you have any questions or would like more information on any of our clamshell roof top tents, please browse our website or contact our customer service department by phone at 833-205-7703 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org before making a purchase.