Tech Specs

Technical specifications for our roof tents.

 

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Hard Shell

Dimensions and Weight
  • External Dimensions when closed: L214 x W125 x H30cm / L84.2 x W49.2 x H11.5 inches
  • External Dimensions when open: L214 x W125 x H100 cm / L84.2 x W49.2 x H39.4 inches
  • Internal Dimensions: L210 x W124 x H95cm / L82.6 x W48.8 x H37.4 inches
  • Weight: 70kgs / 155lbs
Vehicle and Installation Requirements

A TentBox Hard Shell will work with pretty much any vehicle set-up. You just need to have two cross bars (the bars that run from the right to left of your vehicle roof), with at least 80cm / 31inches between the front one and the rear one. 

Click here to go to a website that helps you find which bars will work for you, by simply entering the make and model of your vehicle.

For a better understanding of how a TentBox Hard Shell roof tent mounts to your roof bars, check our our installation page.

What about the weight?

A lot of people ask us whether the weight will be ok with their vehicle set-up. The simple answer is, yes! As long as your roof bars, and vehicle roof are rated to support over 70kgs / 155lbs (which most are), there won’t be a problem with the weight.

You may be wondering why you don’t also have to include the weight of the people who will be inside the TentBox, and that is a perfectly sensible question!

Here’s the answer:

Vehicle load ratings are based on ‘dynamic loads’, which is a load rating for when the vehicle is in motion. Therefore the weight of the people inside doesn’t count, as there will only be people inside a TentBox when a vehicle is stationary.

Vehicles can take a vast amount of weight on their roofs when stationary, as all of the weight bears directly down onto the structural steel frame. Remember, roof tents have been around for decades and have been used on all sorts of vehicles, MINI has even released a version of their own, and MINI’s are tiny!

Materials and Specifications

Outer hard-shell material:
The upper and lower shell of the TentBox Hard Shell roof tent is made from reinforced fibreglass. There is even an aluminium plate fixed to the bottom piece to increase its strength and rigidity. The beauty of having the roof made from fibreglass is that it is completely impermeable and rainwater runs straight off it and away from the fabric walls.

Fabric Material:
The fabric walls of the TentBox Hard Shell are made from a 320gsm rip-stop poly-cotton canvas, with an external PU coating. What that means is the walls of the TentBox are waterproof, breathable, rip-resistant, and thicker than a regular tent. The thicker material adds strength, insulation, and blocks out some of the sunlight for those mornings where you just want to stay in bed! This material can be re-proofed, using any standard canvas re-proofer. We recommend the Fabsil brand.

Opening Mechanism:
The TentBox Hard Shell opens and closes using Air-Assisted struts. This means that as soon as the locking straps are released, it will self-erect almost instantly. Pulling it down is just as simple, and can be done in 30 seconds, using the provided handles. Once you’ve got the technique dialled, you’ll be able to do it in even less time!

Mattress:
The mattress is made from high-density memory foam, and for that reason is extremely comfortable. The mattress is 4 inches thick and comes with a removable, washable cover.

Insulation and lining:
The TentBox Hard Shell roof tent is lined with an extremely soft flannel, which gives it a really cosy feeling, and is further insulated with sponge.

Pockets and Storage:
The TentBox Hard Shell comes with plenty of storage options. There is a large overhead net, perfect for putting fairy lights and storing clothes, amongst other things. There are also two double hanging pockets on either side, next to your head, which are ideal for storing things like keys, phones, wallets and books. On top of this there are also a couple of metal hooks, which are great for hanging jackets, caps and lights, etc.

Windows:
The TentBox Hard Shell has a one large panoramic window at the front, and one at the back. Both of these windows have a permanent fly screen and a canvas flap, which can be zipped open or closed. These windows give a fantastic view of your surroundings, and also provide great airflow when opened up.

Doors:
There are two doors on the TentBox Hard Shell, one on each side. Both doors can be rolled up when unzipped, and have additional fly-screens. The ladder can be used to access the roof tent through either door.

Ladder:
The ladder is made of aluminium and slides to the required height. The maximum height of the ladder is 230cm / 90.5inches. The ladder can be used to gain entry to the TentBox using either of the side doors.

Locking Mechanism:
The TentBox Hard Shell is held shut using an extra-safe 8-point system. This consists of 4x hardwearing rubber ‘ski-boot’ style ratchet straps, and 4x ‘buckle and webbing’ straps. There is one of each type of strap at each corner of the TentBox. Although that sounds like a lot of straps, it still only takes about 30 seconds to get them undone as the rubber straps have a quick release!

Restrictions

Maximum recommended driving speed: 70mph / 120kmph (Although it’s obvious, we have to say it: you must only drive with your TentBox closed!)

Maximum weight inside a TentBox: 300kgs

Maximum wind speed in which you can safely open a TentBox: 38mph / 61kmph (that’s pretty windy!).

Warranty, Repairs and Returns

Warranty
At TentBox we offer a 1-year manufactures warranty on all roof top tents. We will repair or replace any damage or faults that arise due to a manufacturing defect. This warranty does not cover damage caused by the user. The warranty is only valid if the safety and fitting instructions are followed properly. If you’re out of warranty, we’ll still help, see below!

Repairs
At the TentBox workshop, we have tonnes of spare parts, and pretty much everything on the TentBox is inter-changeable, so even if a TentBox is out of warranty, or has been damaged by a user, we will help you get it fixed as quickly and as affordably as possible. Check out our store for a list of spare parts and prices.

Returns
Although it is rare, we do accept returns, as long as the TentBox is in an unused condition, and packaged in the same way it arrived. It is up to the customer to arrange and pay for return shipping. Get in touch with us if you would like to return your TentBox and we will give you a delivery address.

Soft Shell

Dimensions and Weight
  • External Dimensions when closed: L225 x W142 x H30cm / L88.5 x W56 x H11.8 inches
  • Internal Dimensions: L200 x W120 x H91cm / L79x W47 x H35.8 inches
  • Weight: 50kgs / 110lbs
Vehicle and Installation Requirements

A TentBox Soft Shell will work with pretty much any vehicle set-up. You just need to have two cross bars (the bars that run from the right to left of your vehicle roof), with at least 80cm / 31inches between the front one and the rear one. 

Click here to go to a website that helps you find which bars will work for you, by simply entering the make and model of your vehicle.

For a better understanding of how a TentBox Soft Shell mounts to your roof bars, check our our installation page.

What about the weight?

A lot of people ask us whether the weight will be ok with their vehicle set-up. The simple answer is, yes! As long as your roof bars, and vehicle roof are rated to support over 50kgs / 110lbs (which most are), there won’t be a problem with the weight.

You may be wondering why you don’t also have to include the weight of the people who will be inside the TentBox, and that is a perfectly sensible question!

Here’s the answer:

Vehicle load ratings are based on ‘dynamic loads’, which is a load rating for when the vehicle is in motion. Therefore the weight of the people inside doesn’t count, as there will only be people inside a TentBox when a vehicle is stationary.

Vehicles can take a vast amount of weight on their roofs when stationary, as all of the weight bears directly down onto the structural steel frame. Remember, roof tents have been around for decades and have been used on all sorts of vehicles, MINI has even released a version of their own, and MINI’s are tiny!

Materials and Specifications

Outer hood:
The outer hood is made from a 210D rip-stop poly-oxford PU3000mm fabric. Rip-stop materials do exactly what they say on the tin, they prevent ripping through a special reinforcement technique. The PU3000mm means that it can withstand 3000mm of rain over a period of a day; to put that into context, the standard for a waterproof jacket is PU1500mm, so this soft shell roof tent is extremely water-proof! In addition, the hood also has a UPF of 50+, to protect you from the often unknown dangers of UV penetration from the sun.

Inner Pod:
The inner pod is made from a 190G rip-stop poly-cotton PU2000mm fabric. Again, it’s super strong and super water proof, for the same reasons as the outer hood.

Cover:
The cover that wraps around the TentBox Soft Shell when it’s closed is made from a 600g high density PVC.

Frame:
The frame is made out of Aluminium. Lightweight, strong, and rust-proof. Three absolute essentials for a roof top tent.

Opening Mechanism:
The TentBox Soft Shell opens and closes using Air-Assisted struts. As soon as the rubber strap is released, it will self-erect almost instantly. Pulling it down is just as simple, and can be done in about 30 seconds. Once you’ve got the technique dialled, you’ll be able to do it in even less time!

Mattress:
The mattress is made from high-density memory foam, and for that reason is extremely comfortable. The mattress is 2 inches thick.

Insulation and lining:
The TentBox Soft Shell is insulated by the memory foam mattress, as well as the outer hood, which keeps warmth in when its cold, and protects you from the sun when it’s too hot.

Pockets and Storage:
The TentBox Soft Shell has a couple of great storage features. Not only does it have internal pockets which are great for storing keys, phones, wallets and other small items, but it also has two large shoe pockets that hang outside the roof tent, but under the other hood, ideal for keeping muddy shoes out of the inner pod, but out of the rain!

Windows:
The TentBox Soft Shell roof tent has several windows on all sides, allowing for a truly panoramic view. Each window can either be fully closed, closed with a fly net, or fully open. The fully open option is absolutely fantastic for taking unobstructed photographs.

Doors:
There is one door to the TentBox Soft Shell. Depending on which way you mount the TentBox, it will either be on the right or left hand side of your vehicle. The ladder can be used to access the TentBox through this door.

Ladder:
The ladder is telescopic and made of aluminium and extends to over 2metres. It clips in securely to the base of the TentBox Soft Shell Roof Tent.

Locking Mechanism:
The TentBox Soft Shell is held shut using a rubber strap. The strap is secure, but also simple to release when erecting the roof tent. The PVC cover also ensures that the TentBox Soft Shell is secured properly, and is held in place by two in-built ratchet straps.

Restrictions

Maximum recommended driving speed: 70mph / 120kmph (Although it’s obvious, we have to say it: you must only drive with your TentBox closed!)

Maximum weight inside a TentBox: 300kgs

Maximum wind speed in which you can safely open a TentBox: 38mph / 61kmph (that’s pretty windy!).

Warranty, Repairs and Returns

Warranty
At TentBox we offer a 1-year manufactures warranty on all roof top tents. We will repair or replace any damage or faults that arise due to a manufacturing defect. This warranty does not cover damage caused by the user. The warranty is only valid if the safety and fitting instructions are followed properly. If you’re out of warranty, we’ll still help, see below!

Repairs
At the TentBox workshop, we have tonnes of spare parts, and pretty much everything on the TentBox is inter-changeable, so even if a TentBox is out of warranty, or has been damaged by a user, we will help you get it fixed as quickly and as affordably as possible. Check out our store for a list of spare parts and prices.

Returns
Although it is rare, we do accept returns, as long as the TentBox is in an unused condition, and packaged in the same way it arrived. It is up to the customer to arrange and pay for return shipping. Get in touch with us if you would like to return your TentBox and we will give you a delivery address.

Got a question? Get in touch.