True 5 Person Tent Possible? Please Help

Randun

Active member
Good morning,

I am new to the site and overlanding in general. A few months back I found the Overland Journal Podcast and have been hooked. I traded in my Prius for a thirsty RAM 1500 Rebel.

My wife and I have three children 6 and under and live near Salt Lake City. Our goal is to get outdoors and explore Utah's backcountry (fly fishing, hiking, etc.)

Enough with the fluff...I have spent hours researching roof top tents. It seems that every YouTube video and blog post are sponsored. So, I figured I would turn to the experts (you) and see if you could help provide any recommendations.

For a family of 5, is there a high quality roof top tent that can hold all of us and our pup? I would prefer a hardshell but believe it's unlikely.

I look forward to becoming more active on the boards and appreciate your help.

Thank you
I have a friend that I camp with that has this tent:


They have a family of 6 (counting their dog), and they love it. Since this RTT comes with an annex room, a lot of times they switch up their sleeping arrangements depending on who is going on the trip. The last time I camped with them, they didn't use the annex room and all 5 of them (2 adults and 3 kids, they left the dog at home that trip) slept up top. The time before when I camped with them they slept 2 adults and 2 kids up top, and then in the lower annex room they had their other daughter, 2 of her friends, and the dog. :)

If you really wanted to go the hard-shell route, then you could always add an annex room for extra sleeping room. I have another friend who I camp with that has TSO's Alpha. Their Alphas are on their website here:


They have a family of 5 as well. Two adults, a teenager, a three and a four year old. They always use the annex room when they camp. 4 sleep up top, and the teenager sleeps in the annex room.

So, yes, there are tents out there that will fit your family. Good luck!
 

1500Rebel

New member
I have a friend that I camp with that has this tent:


They have a family of 6 (counting their dog), and they love it. Since this RTT comes with an annex room, a lot of times they switch up their sleeping arrangements depending on who is going on the trip. The last time I camped with them, they didn't use the annex room and all 5 of them (2 adults and 3 kids, they left the dog at home that trip) slept up top. The time before when I camped with them they slept 2 adults and 2 kids up top, and then in the lower annex room they had their other daughter, 2 of her friends, and the dog. :)

If you really wanted to go the hard-shell route, then you could always add an annex room for extra sleeping room. I have another friend who I camp with that has TSO's Alpha. Their Alphas are on their website here:


They have a family of 5 as well. Two adults, a teenager, a three and a four year old. They always use the annex room when they camp. 4 sleep up top, and the teenager sleeps in the annex room.

So, yes, there are tents out there that will fit your family. Good luck!
Randun,

This is great! Thank you for your help. I really appreciate the forum being so welcoming.

Thanks again
 

Ryannnz

Member
We JUST bought our CVT RTT for our family of 5, ages 9 and under.

We have the Hybrid Denali and it will easily take the whole squad WITH the Annex...

See our video review here;

LMK the if you have any questions. We love it!


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Randun

Active member
We JUST bought our CVT RTT for our family of 5, ages 9 and under.

We have the Hybrid Denali and it will easily take the whole squad WITH the Annex...

See our video review here;

LMK the if you have any questions. We love it!


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Thank you SO much for your time and your opinion. I really appreciate it!
 

1500Rebel

New member
We JUST bought our CVT RTT for our family of 5, ages 9 and under.

We have the Hybrid Denali and it will easily take the whole squad WITH the Annex...

See our video review here;

LMK the if you have any questions. We love it!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Ryannnz,

The garage, tent, and prerunner look great! I love what you are doing.

Thank you for your response.
 

Cprosser

New member
Love my 23zero walkabout 87. Plenty of room for four up top 10, 4 years olds), will be getting the annex soon for the dog/changing room. The LST is awesome, totally works as advertised.
 

spikemd

Explorer
Here is a pick of the Overland Pros Anza 2000 tent with 5 sleeping bags. Im 6'1 but my wife is 5'1 and 3 kids from 11 to 14. We all fit for a week in Baja last week. It's doable, but u can't sprawl out. The tent is 6.5 feet long so we sleep oriented front to back.

Here is a pic with the 5 sleeping bags layed out. We can keep the bags and pillows in the tent and close it up.

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