For all of their advantages, rooftop tents do have one obvious downside and this is the real estate that you must sacrifice on top of your rig to mount them. Sure, some RTTs offer the ability to mount load bars for cargo, but that often comes with significant weight limitations. But the folks at Thule have a solution: the Thule Tepui Foothill, a rooftop tent with a stowed footprint that is half the size of conventional rooftop tents. But this doesn’t mean that you also sacrifice on sleeping space. The Foothill provides sleeping accommodations for two adults, all with a compact, 24-inch width when stowed for travel (that is just 9.5 inches tall). This means that most users will still have room to fit a cargo box, bicycle, kayak, or surfboards on their roof rack.
Thule says that their new Foothill tent can easily be deployed by one person and that the setup is intuitive, utilizing telescopic internal frame poles. Highlights of this tent include an oversized entry, multiple skylight windows, a rear panoramic window, and a newly designed base that is simultaneously lightweight with increased stability and strength. The Foothill comes with pre-installed mounting rails that facilitate easy installation. The UV- and mold-resistant canopy is designed to hold up to year-round use, while the included rainfly keeps things dry when precipitation shows up. The new Foothill RTT weighs 110 pounds and has a 400-pound capacity.
The new Thule Tepui Foothill RTT retails for $1700 and will be available at various locations including REI starting February 2021. Learn more at www.thule.com