Installation of Hard Shell Tents
There are 5 types of installations broadly applying to Hard Shell tent to vehicle applications.
Tent to Existing roof-rack (through Bolt)
Tent to canopy (Through Bolt, or Z bracket)
Tent to roof rails via an Adapter plate
(Front Runner, Rhino backbone, ARB etc)
Tent to gutters, via Rack feet
Tent to Vehicle via Tough Touring Rack (Removable mount)
It is easiest to outline best practice for mounting the various tents by dealing with them by vehicle specifically, as getting tents on vehicles directly requires the rack to suit both vehicle and the tents mount points!
It is fair to say also that some vehicles suit some tents far more than others.
Fitting the wrong tent to the wrong vehicle can result in issues with wind noise, improper weight distribution, and poor use of space. We have published some of our experiences and tips to hopefully help you understand what mounting surface and what equipment you will need and how to get the best results for your tent and your vehicle.
You can find the installation guides by Tent manufacturer.
Eezi-Awn Rooftop Tents:
Stealth, Dart, Blade series
Bundutec Bundutop Rooftop Tents:
Boss Hardshell RT1