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Q&A Roof Top Tents

The setup is extremely fast and you have way better protection from wind and water/rain. You are off the ground and the temperature is much better in the RTT.  Up in the air camping allows you to get away from the creepy crawlies and the animals that swing around your campsite to say hi at 2:00am.  Ground camping takes some finesse when you have to move rocks, dirt, sand and when the tent is on your vehicle all you have to do is make sure the vehicle is level.  Breakdown is minutes and you are back on the road or trail to your next adventure.

The setup is extremely fast and you have way better protection from wind and water/rain. You are off the ground and the temperature is much better in the RTT.  Up in the air camping allows you to get away from the creepy crawlies and the animals that swing around your campsite to say hi at 2:00am.  Ground camping takes some finesse when you have to move rocks, dirt, sand and when the tent is on your vehicle all you have to do is make sure the vehicle is level.  Breakdown is minutes and you are back on the road or trail to your next adventure.

Great Question and you should always contact the manufacturer’s information of the vehicle to see what the weight capacity of the rack or Crossbars will hold. Look to see if the vehicle rates the Dynamic Weight Load and all of the Tuff Stuff tents have their weights and max capacity on the website specification section.   If you are mounting on the back of a truck, most Overland racking systems are designed to take a roof top tent.

Each tent has its own Weight Capacity

- Trailhead Max Capacity 800 Lbs
- Ranger  Max Capacity 660 Lbs
- Delta Max Capacity 660 Lbs
- Elite Max Capacity 880 Lbs
- Alpha Max Capacity 1100 Lbs
- Alpha II Compact Max Capacity 900 Lb

- Trailhead 110 Lbs  
- Ranger  154 Lbs
- Delta 140 Lbs
- Elite 185 Lbs
- Alpha 176 Lbs  
- Alpha II Compact 152 Lbs

Most crossbars and roof racks give their dynamic weight load, which is the weight they can carry when you're driving.   If your cross bars have a dynamic weight load of 110 -180 lbs., you shouldn't put anything heavier than that on your bars when you're driving. Because other forces such as wind, bumps, breaking, stress from driving condition are at work, the static weight load this is the weight limit when you are parked and is actually much higher than the dynamic weight load.

Dynamic Weight Capacity

- Trailhead 110 Lbs  
- Ranger  154 Lbs
- Delta 140 Lbs
- Elite 185 Lbs
- Alpha 176 Lbs  
- Alpha II Compact 152 Lbs

STATIC Weight Capacity

- Trailhead Max Capacity 800 Lbs
- Ranger  Max Capacity 660 Lbs
- Delta Max Capacity 660 Lbs
- Elite Max Capacity 880 Lbs
- Alpha Max Capacity 1100 Lbs
- Alpha II Compact Max Capacity 900 Lb

Very easy! You can mount and unmount them using just one included box wrench for (Elite / Ranger Delta /Trailhead) 13mm and (Alpha / Alpha II) 17mm. Some of the Tuff Stuff® roof top tents can be loaded and unloaded by 2-3 people. The first time you mount the tent on your vehicle, it will take less than 45 minutes and once you get the hang of it, less than 20 minutes.

All Overland tents require a “Tent Rack” to mount the tent brackets.  Tuff Stuff® Overland has a universal bracket system that will mount to the sides of your bed.  They come in two (2) sizes for various vehicles. 

Yes, mounting brackets are included with any purchase of a rooftop tent.  The brackets are different for the ALPHA and ALPA II compact tents.

With their universal mounting system, Tuff Stuff® Overland roof top tents can be mounted on most vehicles on the market. They are designed to be mounted on two normal crossbars (not directly on the roof of the car), the same bars you would attach your bike or kayak to.

- Check your vehicle's manual or contact the manufacturer to know your roof's dynamic weight limit is and match up to the weight of the tent.

- Make sure your roof rack or cross bars have a dynamic weight load of at least:
*Trailhead 110 Lbs  
*Ranger  154 Lbs
*Delta 140 Lbs
*Elite 185 Lbs
*Alpha 176 Lbs  
*Alpha II Compact 152 Lbs 

- Your crossbars should be at least 30"apart, with a maximum distance of 60”.

- Check the spacing of the mounting rails 

- Our rooftop tents are designed to fit on most vehicles with roof racks. The general rule of thumb is to make sure that your rack has a Dynamic Weight Capacity of at least the weight of the tent. This is the weight that the rack can physically carry while the vehicle is in motion. When the tent is in use, the weight of the tent plus the weight of its occupants is effectively dispersed over the entire frame of the vehicle, as well as the tent hinge and ladder, also known as the Static Weight Capacity. 

*Trailhead Max Capacity 800 Lbs
*Ranger  Max Capacity 660 Lbs
*Delta Max Capacity 660 Lbs
*Elite Max Capacity 880 Lbs
*Alpha Max Capacity 1100 Lbs
*Alpha II Compact Max Capacity 900 Lb

- Our stock mounting hardware will fit rack bars with a cross-section of 3.25" width x 1.5" height. Be sure to mount the racks on your vehicle 24”-40” apart for our 2-person tents, 32"-48" apart for our 3-person tents, and 44”-60” apart for our 4-person tents.

If you live in the United States, you can place an order on the tuffstuff4x4 website with free delivery within the contiguous United States.

- Delivery: We can have your roof top tent delivered to your doorstep for free shipping. 

- Dealer: In the U.S we also have a network of dealers that you can go to for professional advice, questions, and installation.  

I found a Tuff Stuff tents for much cheaper on a different website.

Buyer Beware! Several online shops (mostly of Chinese origin), which often place ads on Facebook and Instagram, claim to sell Tuff Stuff® Overland rooftop for prices as low as 15% of the going prices.

- If you are in doubt about the validity of a website that claims to sell Tuff Stuff® Overland products, check Tuff Stuff® Overland's list of authorized dealers and distributors.

- If you still have doubts or want further information, please contact the Tuff Stuff® Overland support team at support@tuffstuff4x4.com 

When you return home from overlanding or camping, you should consider cleaning and drying your tent. Also, wash the mattress and cover occasionally (only hang dry the mattress).  Read the basic maintenance guides below.

- Open the tent fully and brush with a hard brush / vacuum all dirt from inside of tent

- Use a mild detergent only.  The Mixture is about 1 cup of Lysol all-purpose cleaner to 1 gallon of hot water. Allow the water to cool down a bit and with warm water and a soft to medium brush to clean the fabric as needed.

- Once done cleaning, rinse fabric with warm or cool water of all detergent prior to drying.

- Let it dry under the sun with all windows open. It is important that the tent is completely dry before storage or mildew and mold may occur. This is especially necessary after camping in rain or wet conditions.

- Using a small brush, remove dirt from the zippers. Also, use a silicon spray to keep them lubricated.

- The tents come with a comfortable mattress; it includes a washable cover, so you will not need an air mattress or a cover sheet for it.

Please note that if moisture or humidity is trapped in the canvas material for a length of time, mold and mildew will start to form. If mold or mildew starts it will stain the canvas and produce a bad odors.  

In order to handle mold properly, follow these steps:

1. Open the tent up and brush the affected area with a hard bristled brush to get and loose dirt off.

2. Using a Lysol solution of (1 cup Lysol to 1 gallon water), wash the canvas using a sponge and the bristled brush.

3. Rinse the tent off with a solution of - 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sea salt, 1 gallon hot water
4. Once the Lysol solution has been properly washed out, let the tent dry outside for a few hours and feel the tent canvas to make sure it is completely dry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The tent must be completely dry before you close it up and store the tent.

After you have set up, spray the tent with water and allow it to dry completely. This gets the canvas ready due to the water causes the canvas to swell slightly, closing the needle holes where the canvas was stitched. The most effective way to do this is to have the tent out in its first good rain. You only need to do this once.

As zippers out in the open and completely exposed to the elements (sand, mud, rain, snow) they will need to be cared for in order to maintain a long life. It is impossible to keep mud and dust away from the zippers, you will need to add some lubrication. Using a lubricant such as Bee's Wax is a great. Just buy a small block and rub it on the zipper opening and closing the zipper. This should greatly improve the operation of the zipper, and dramatically increase its service life. If mud and dirt does get ground into the zipper, clean it with a damp cloth and then re-lubricate with the same Bee’s Wax.

When you clean the tent it starts to break down the waterproofing of the material. After cleaning we suggest re-applying some waterproofing agents. Some waterproofing solutions will also add UV protection as well. A silicone based water repellent such as 303 Fabric Guard or Atsko Silicone Water-Guard work extremely well. 

Absolutely, winter camping is awesome.  You might consider purchasing a Tuff Stuff® Overland winter camping insulator.  This will help keep the heat in the tent.  Other great accessories for cold weather camping are an Anti-Condensation Mat.   This will keep the moisture off the mattress due to the differences in temperatures.

Tuff Stuff® Overland provides a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty on all material, craftsmanship, and parts. This covers manufacturing defects and does not extend to normal wear and tear, cosmetic blemishes sustained during use or damage caused by improper use, improper cleaning, or improper storage. Tuff Stuff® Overland will repair or replace (at our discretion) defective items at no cost to the customer. Any questions can be submitted on our customer care department at support@tuffstuff4x4.com 

We currently do not offer international shipping on Tuff Stuff® Overland products through    www.TuffStuff4x4.com.

Yes we do.   Residents of the following US states - AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV - are required to pay sales tax.

Normally but not during COVID 19 we accept returns of unused products in its original packaging, within 30 days of purchase, and with receipt. Customer must arrange and cover costs of shipping back to our warehouse. Please contact us for more details and to initiate the return process.

Due to Covid 19 and the safety of our employees and customers we will NOT accept returns if the product has been opened from the original package.  Please do not open the product if you intend to get a refund on the purchase.  This policy will change once we receive additional guidelines from the CDC in the USA.

COVID-19 update: Curbside pickup is available at this time. NOTE: you must arrange ahead of time for the pickup time.  Please wear a mask and gloves and do not come to pick up if you have Covid 19. Our primary goal is to keep our employees safe at all times.

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