For camping trips, a Jeep tent can take outdoor adventures to another level. If you're looking for a roof top tent or Jeep camper you can learn about some of the best ones available today. We’re only halfway through summer. So there's plenty of time to pack up the family for some biking, kayaking, fishing and a number of other activities outdoors. If you're looking for a way to make camping a little more pleasant, we've picked out some great universal Jeep tents and awnings to keep you comfortable and ready to go at a moment's notice.

Jeep Rear End Tents and Campers

The Rightline Gear SUV Tent is handy if you want a little bit more security. It’s designed to fit over/against the back of your Jeep, but still stand on it’s own. Because it encloses the rear hatch/tailgate area, you can quickly access gear you have in the back of your Jeep. If you’re using the Jeep to supply power to a radio or phone, you have them easily within reach. Meaning, you don’t have to disconnect them and carry them to a tent, or leave them in your Jeep where you can’t get to them fast. In an unusual emergency you can crawl right up into the Jeep and make a getaway. Rightline-Gear-Jeep-Tent The tent itself is lightweight (around 21 lbs), It comes in a carry bag with straps, end poles, and the stakes you need. All in one package. The tent material is water resistant, and includes windows to let light in, with mesh screens and covers for privacy. Since the tent fits into it’s own carry pack, you can easily throw that in the back of your Jeep for the trip and go. And best of all, the universal fit lets you put it on any SUV, minivan, or truck with with a cap! Another tent that connects to the rear end of your SUV is the MOPAR Recreation Tent (part 82212604-M). The MOPAR tent can also be used as a stand alone tent anywhere in your camping area. It as a large 10 x 10 foot area, and two large entrance doors. It even has an awning for the door area to sit outside and relax. MOPAR-Recreation-Tent Of course, we carry traditional tents you can use solely on the ground if you’re inclined to camp that way. One of these is the Rightline Gear Pop-Tent (Part RLG-110995). This tent has a 7.5 x 6 foot area. The tent is designed to literally “pop” up and be ready in a just a minute or two. This is a great tent for kids (though it’s big enough for two adults) if they want to camp on their own tent away from adults, even if it’s only the back yard.

Jeep Rooftop Tents

Depending on where you are, tenting on the ground might not be the best option. With the Smittybilt Overland Tent, you get to camp out on top of your Jeep Wrangler, high above any scorpions, rattlesnakes, or any other critters that want to crash your camping party. And let’s face it, you get a much better view up there! No more looking for dry level ground to pop up a tent. If you can park your Jeep, you’re good to go! Transporting the Overland Tent is a piece of cake, since it rides on the roof of your Jeep. Once at your favorite camping spot, you just unpack it for setup and you’re ready to get on with your adventure. This saves a lot of time packing, folding, and unpacking like you have to do with traditional tents. The Smittybilt Overland is waterproof, has mosquito netting, adjustable mounting rails, and even an LED lighting strip inside. Smittybilt makes a Roof Rack for a 2-door (part SB-76716) or 4-door Wrangler (part SB-76717) to easily mount your new Overland tent. Smittybilt-Overlander-Tent-display While the tent is primarily designed for the JK Wrangler, folks have mounted them on everything from Cherokees, to pickup trucks, to trailers. As long as you have a roof rack, chances are you can get it mounted with some mild engineering. In fact, Smittybilt makes an XL Overland Roof Top Tent (part SB-2883) that’s more universal, and it’s larger. But for JK owners, Smittybilt make the optional roof racks you need, so you have it easy. Note the “ladder” is included. Smittybilt calls it “aluminum tent poles” but it also doubles as a ladder. From Australia, we have the ARB Kakadu Rooftop Tent. The name Kakadu is a reference to the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. This tent is versatile for almost any vehicle or application, as long as you have a type of roof rack or platform to mount it. It features a sturdy aluminum ladder, screened windows and door, various flaps for protection and privacy, and is made from high quality, poly/cotton rip stop canvas with a polyurethane coating.
The ARB Kakadu Tent has a nice cover that extends beyond the tent, adding better air flow and more shade to keep the inside cool. Once again, your camping up off the ground for a safer and more comfortable adventure. Another great ARB option is their Series III Simpson Rooftop Tent (part ARB-3201). It’s easy to set up once you reach your camp ground, and just as easy to fold back up, ready for the trip back home. There’s a big difference between assembling an old traditional tent on the ground and popping open one of these roof top tents in just a few minutes. (and ARB offers an Annex Tent as well for even more protection and space, part ARB-3102US).

Awnings for Shade while Camping

Awnings are great because in some areas, shade may be hard to come by. Even if you’re staying somewhere off-grid for just a few hours, they’re simple to use and can help protect you from the sun, rain, and birds dropping aerial surprises. You can use them with your tent, or use them by themselves when on a one day adventure. We have several awning options for your SUV or Jeep:
  • ARB Awnings - Available in several different sizes and styles, ARB Awnings are high quality and easy to use. They can be used on almost any kind of vehicle with an attachment point (i.e.. roof rack or luggage carrier).
  • Smittybilt G.E.A.R. Trail Shade - The Trail Shade is designed to attach to a rear spare tire carrier on your Jeep. It’s small and compact. But it can also be carried and used while hiking when attached to other objects along the trails.
  • Smittybilt Overland Tent Awning - The Smittybilt Awning is designed to attach to their own roof rack system. Which are available for both 2-door and 4-door JK Wranglers.
Camping with a Jeep couldn’t be easier. Keep in mind that these products are designed to be set up and taken down in just a few minutes. This means you aren’t wasting hours putting tents together and trying to get them apart when you could be spending time fishing, camping, and having fun with the family. It’s also more likely you will go camping more often since the setup times are so short. That means you’ll be using your Jeep more, and seeing the mountains, rivers, and far away lands you originally bought the Jeep for. Relax. Get a quality tent and stay the week. You only live once.

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