Can You Use A Roof Top Tent On The Ground?

Top-of-the-line tents for roofs are durable and will cost you a decent sum of money. They can help make camping more attractive by maintaining cleanliness and comfort all the way through your journey. They are different from tents on the ground in many ways.

For those who have not used or seen the roof top tent, it’s a reasonable question to ask if they are able to be utilized in the field or on the floor. It is dependent upon what exactly you are referring to by “used”.

Roof top tents cannot be used when in the ground. When you are in the ground can cause damage through bent aluminum tracks or breaking the bottom of the tent.

Once you have received your camping tent, assembly process requires that the tent be erected in the dirt. While doing this, there is no additional weights should be placed in the RTT.

Is it safe for you to place an roof tent set on the ground?

The only reason you need to have the roof top tent (RTT) in the ground, is when you’re engaged in transporting it to a secure place for storage, setting up tracks to mount it, prior to installation, or making changes of the tent even airing out.

When your RTT arrives for the first time, you must set it up your RTT on the floor. It is necessary to install the ladder as well as the mounting tracks and any other accessories come with. The mounting tracks are able to support any weight that the tent may carry it is on the ground as most RTTs have a minimal capacity of 300 pounds. that.

I would not recommend storing an RTT over the floor, and it’s not because of mounting tracks. It’s more the risk of rodents and water damages and the danger of heavy objects falling onto the. For a complete guide on how to store your RTT read my other article , where I offer some suggestions and the best techniques.

A few owners, including me, keep their RTT on for the majority of the time, but not all the year. However, there are some major disadvantages to not having it on for a long period of time. Most importantly, you’ll experience an increase in fuel consumption and wear and tear on your vehicle.

The process of entering the roof top tent while it’s placed on the ground

It is not recommended to enter the tent if it’s lying placed on the ground, and especially if the surface is uneven or rough! The aluminum tracks for mounting may be able to withstand the weight. However, the reverse part of the RTT that folds out is not equipped with the mounting track, and it is not made to be in contact with uneven and rough surfaces.

The foundation of a roof top tent usually made up of a thin layer of aluminum sheets sandwiched and, if it’s heavier-duty, it is made of an aluminum honeycomb. Whatever you choose, you do not wish to cause further harm to the base or the structure of your tent. Cracks can cause a variety of issues later on including a lack insulation, water leaks or the inability to support any weight.

If you are on a soft, level surface, I can’t understand why you can’t go inside the RTT particularly in the case of a hardshell in which the entire tent rests on its tracks for mounting.

One issue I am concerned about is one issue I’m concerned about is the RTT not being attached to any kind of structure. If you place too excessive weight on one side of your tent it might make the side to rise up, then crash into the ground. This is the only situation that I can see causing harm, even if it’s on a soft or flat area.

Since I’ve owned my RTT I’m not able to come up with a situation where I’d have to enter my tent even though it’s in the ground. It’s usually enough to lift it and get inside, without any weight in the tent!


If you’re new to RTTs , or are just curious about researching the subject, I’ve created many useful information for you to benefit from! I suggest you check out the beginner information section of my blog, which contains a variety of posts specifically designed for newbies to RTTs.

It’s also worthwhile to look at the Recommended Gear page where I provide my recommendations for my personal top camping equipment items.

These are great resources to gain more about and get yourself immersed in the world of camping at the roof!

Roundup of Using A Roof Top Tent On The Ground

To protect myself I highly suggest not stepping into an RTT in the dirt. This could be due to the risk of damage to tracks that are used to mount it or that it’s not attached to any object, both are ineffective dangers.

RTTs can cost thousands of dollars. Anything you have to accomplish on the ground will most likely be completed when you attach it on your trailer or vehicle. Although these toys are very robust and built to last but, like all things they could break easily when they are used incorrectly.

In time’s end it is an preventable issue. Be cautious and smart when you set it down on the ground, however, everything will be good!

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Den Kyle

Den Kyle

I'm the founder of Dens Camp Guide. After many years of hiking and trekking worldwide, I decided to share my experiences by making my guide website! Former science teacher, Ohio State graduate, and now full-time adventurer!