The Amarok as a touring vehicle -
The Volkswagen Amarok Dual Cabs offer cruising off road comfort for 4 with a handy short tray space. Like all Dual Cab Utes - Volkswagen Amarok performs a lot better with roof loads positioned between the wheels rather than behind them.
The Best HardShell Roof top tents for the Amarok and Why
The Bundutop offers 4-way airflow, ease of use (set up and pack up at push of a button) privacy, skirt protection from moisture on walls. At 2.1m long its well suited to the available rack space limitations of the Amarok.
Its our first choice predominatly because of its enormous internal space achieved by its STraight Lift design at only 76Kgs
The Square sides are perfect for mounting recovery gear, shovels axles and Pole Less awnings using our Awning to tent brackets...
On the Downsides - The Bundutop requires at least a 1300mm wide rack... you'll need the Dual cab roof to be strenthened to run any roof top teht - We spent a lot of time getting this right on the Amarok - check out our custom designed Tough Touring Amarok Roof top tent rack here
2. Bundu Clam:
If your into Clamshell Tents rather than straight lift - Bundutec has just released a new model without any electrics. It features automatically setting up its surrounding Rain awning and is Simple, tough and Lightweight. This tent has a huge internal closed storage space inside - and Is our Pick of the Clamshell Designs for the Prado.
At Just 85 Kgs it is reasonably lightweight - and the Square sides allow fitment of shovels, max trax and Pole Less awnings without issue and internally a 100mm mattress should do the job for a comfortable night. Poor weather wind and rain performance is excellent - topped only by the Bundutop in rain, and the stealth in wind - putting it into top 3 in all categories.
A simple and lightweight Clamshell roof top tent with small footprint (2.2m) Its tough and sleek with just 150mm side profile We've Included the Blade here because its low side profile looks the best on the Amarok, and its shape is really quiet on the roof. (Just about zero wind noise).
You can't carry any more than a 160W solar panel on an Eezi Awn Blade, (we make a solar panel mounting kit for it here) . There is no load carrying capacity and attaching shovels and Max trax etc is possible as it has flat square sides...
Its Rear awning is set up by two light guage sprung steel poles, these are easy to flex and pop in, the awning itself can also be zippered flat / shut for double skinned canvas over the rear and to stop any chance of flapping in windy conditions. A Good little tent overall and light enough for the Amarok.
Other Quality Roof Top Tents on the List are:
The Tents above score highly on our favorites list, but have been left off the top 3 for the Amarok due to their larger footprint (And the lack of space / load carrying ability of the Amarok. ) Amarok owners with upgraded suspension, Tray canopies etc - can enjoy a wider range of tent options...
The Challengest of the Amarok if you are setting up a new Amarok for Touring
Fitting poleless awnings or tents to most of the popular brands of racks is not going to work over the Cab or Canopy of the Amarok - As Both The cab and the canopy are too short to support either tent or awning readily without strengthening the mounting points.
There are only 4 x M6 Existing front Roof rack mounts from factory, they need to be strengthened to accept any more than 50kgs, OVer the rear, adding typical touring Loads to the canopy will be detrimental to the vehicles handling and stability.
If your going to Fit a roof top tent to the Amarok, the best plan is to stengthen the front roof rack mounts - and install a roof rack over the cab to fit the tent too. The sides of the tent (If you choose the right tent) are the perfect place to then fit your pole less awnings .
WHY FIT ROOF TENTS OVER THE CAB OF THE AMAROK
Over Cab mounting your roof tent will minimise vehicle stability issues on this vehicle. it also allows you to step up onto the tailgate and then a shorter step up again into the tent.
To be able to access the tent from the tray is great negating the need for ladders.
Awnings mounted to the tent give correct height without need for additional awning mounts to racks
4WD climbing and body-roll is minimised
Lowest possible weight / cost / profile overall.
Tough Touring Hard Shell Roof top tent Roof racks for the Amarok
Tough Touring now manufactures an Over Cab tent to vehicle rack for the Volkswagen Amarok Dual Cab.
Lowest roof profile in the market
It is seriously strong
Allows tent to be mounted over the Dual Cab
Can be fitted yourself
Supports almost all roof top tents including softshell and hard shell tents up to 2.3m long
Dual-cab varieties of the Amarok have only 4 M6 Bolts factory fitted into the cab to support roof racks.
To make the roof strong enough to fit a decent rack or rooftop tent, our kit can be fitted to increase the cab capacity to over 100kgs. The kit increases the fixing points to 8 x m8 bolts , and under roof lining retaining plates can also be added for addittional strength .
Pole Less Wing Awnings and the Amarok - LIMITED CHOICES!
Ostrich Wing is about to release a Purpose built lightweight Awning for Amarok dual cabs called the OSTRICH JUNIOR.. Its just 18kgs and 2.2m long, making it possible to fit up to the Rock without major rack or tub modifications -
Why Can't I run Any of the other Poleless wing awnings on the Amarok ?
The Amarok does not suit fitment of MOST standalone poleless wing awnings easily. This is because:
The Rear tub does not have any fixing points - If you have hoop bars fitted - They will be only 1600mm apart - Not far enough apart to carry a 2.6m pole less backplate.
Typical Over Cab Roof racks are only about 1200mm long on the Amarok... Too Short.
The Amarok is also too low for swing out awnings to clear over the head of average height passengers.
"If you vehicle is running oversized tyres, lift, and is fitted with a rooftop tent and or one of our racks - It is a different story and poleless wing awnings can be fitted - But you will be needing a stronger / larger rack and some mods to the Cabin roof to carry that rack ! "
Dual Battery Systems in the Amarok
The Amarok rear Tub has no hidden cavities large enough to hide 12 Volt chargers, Batteries or inverters, so we designed a Portable, self contained Power pack to give touring Dual Cab Utes real world power that they can take out when they get home. See more information on our Pack here https://www.toughtouring.com.au/product-page/800w-12-volt-kit-inverter-kit