best roof top tent for winter camping and snow

Best roof top tent for winter camping and snow

If you are planning to buy a roof top tent for winter camping, you must be sure that the final choice is capable of withstanding the harsh winter conditions.

The best roof top tent for winter camping must be:

  • Completely waterproof.
  • Have a good heat insulation capability.
  • Does have enough space to have additional covers.
  • Does have straps to attach portable dehumidifiers.
  • Easy to set up without any complicated steps.


1# Overland Vehicle Systems Nomadic 3 winter rooftop tent (OUR TOP PICK)


If you need to have a more detailed review of the Nomadic 3 roof top tent you can check the one we did here.

The Overland Vehicle Systems Nomadic 3 is a high-end winter roof top tent that is capable of withstanding harsh weather while keeping its internal space safe and protected.

It is expensive though, but the high cost of this tent includes multiple features and additional tools that you will buy if you are going to camp in the winter anyway.

Thanks to its rain-fly, It is completely waterproof. This rainfly can be removed if the weather is good or just for stargazing.

Polyester is the main material used in this rain fly, the 420D Oxford polyester is completely waterproof and can add a level of protection against snow.

We also like the fact that this rain fly doesn’t generate a lot of noise when hit by raindrops.

The setup time of a tent is also an important factor to think of in order to choose a good roof top tent for winter.

To set this tent on your vehicle, you don’t need anything super complicated, and most importantly, you can finish the process of installation in less than half an hour.

If you need a roof top tent that takes less time in the setup process you can find other alternatives, but you might need to sacrifice other aspects of the tent-like quality of build or the waterproofing.

One the setup process is done, you can use the telescopic ladder (sold with the tent) to get in and out of the tent. The length of this ladder is 96”, and it is capable of being adjusted depending on the need, which makes this roof top tent a good choice for winter camping due to the fact that you can use the same tent on different vehicles.

You can also use the safety straps to attach the ladder to the roof rack of your vehicle in case you need some additional safety.

With a width of 63” and a length of 122” and a height of 51” this tent is a large one, most SUVs and vehicles, in general, can support it, but you need to be sure that you have a place to store it when it is not in use.

As for its internal space, this tent is spacious and comfortable due to its included mattress and the use of canvas that keeps the inside of the tent warm.

During our stress test of this tent, we concluded that it can last for at least 5 years of heavy use.

For normal and ordinary use frequency (camping with the tent for two weeks two times per year), it can last for at least 7 years.

The tent is equipped with multiple windows, each one can be covered with a mesh screen to block unwanted insects and keep good ventilation, which is also a factor that allows this tent to be used all year.

The base of the Nomadic 3 is also insulated.

2# Front Runner Roof Top Tent


The second list of the best tents for winter camping is the Front runner roof top tent.

It is spacious. And can easily accommodate two people without any problem. Its closed measurements are 8.2’ in length and 4.3’ in width.

The walls of this winter roof top tent are made of 400D fabric, this one is waterproof and additionally clotted with a layer of PVC which is also waterproof and mold resistant. 

Like the Nomadic 3, the front runner is equipped with a rainfly that is capable of preventing rain and snow from getting inside the tent.

This rainfly is made from 200D and it can be attached to the tent using zippers. These zippers don’t feel cheap.

The ceiling of the Front Runner has a ventilator that ensures the hot air leaves the tent as quickly as possible.

The door and the windows close and open easily, a great thing especially when it is dark outside.

You don’t need any special roof rack addition to mount this tent. This, in addition to the fact that it is a lightweight class roof top tent, makes it a great choice for the majority of the SUVs that exist today.

3# Thule Explorer Kukenam 3


The last option is this list is Thule Explorer Kukenam 3. We often recommend this one as the best roof top tent for winter camping.

It is for people that love to have a cool and comfortable place to sleep away from rocks and branches.

The Thule Tepui Explorer Kukenam 3 is made from high-quality materials. The poles and internal storage boxes are all made for durability.

It can be used for the whole year. Its waterproofing capability allows it for the use in most European and North American regions. While its large screened windows keep it cool during hot summers.

The mattress that comes with this tent is a good deal, you don’t need to get a new mattress due to the fact that this one has the same features as its much more expensive alternatives.

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