Taking a family trip will often involve bringing your furry friends along for the ride.
No one has more fun on an outdoor adventure than the family dog, and giving them a great place to sleep with you at night.
While most dogs do get their own doghouses, your rooftop tent needs to be able to accommodate you and your dog, so let’s take a look at some great rooftop tents that can accommodate the family and the dogs, too:
Rooftop Tents with an Annex Room:
Trying to get your dog (especially if they are a large breed) up a 7ft ladder is difficult and could cause injury.
Therefore, finding a rooftop tent that has a ground floor space is a great way to keep your dog safe and warm without having to help them up the ladder.
Annex accessories or tents that come with it not only give you an added space outside the rooftop tent for supplies or a small table; it can also make a small doghouse for your furry friend.
Here are a few rooftop tents with ground floor space for your dogs:
1. Thule x Tepui Explorer Autana 4 + Annex
This Thule x Tepui Explorer rooftop tent with an added annex room is a great way to make more space for you and your family.
This rooftop tent camper has a sturdy construction and plenty of storage and space. It is made with aluminum poles and mesh panel ventilation, and it comes with a ladder to get into the tent and a tent mat to keep out the cold.
This tent sells for about $2,549.95 and is a great investment.
The Explorer not only has room for four, which is great for families, it also has an attached annex room which comes with the entire tent and does not need to be bought separately.
This makes a great space for your dog without having to try to help them up the ladder.
However, make sure that you secure your dog within the annex room, as there is no flooring. Rather the annex room is more like a canopy that creates a warm, dry space for extra supplies or a small space to change clothes or stand.
Therefore, your dog might sneak out underneath the canopy if he is not properly secured inside, so if you use a crate or a chain for your dog, you may want to do so.
If not, the dog would have to sleep either with you or in your vehicle.
2. iKamper Annex Room Accessory:
Most rooftop tents don’t come with an annex room in the package; rather, you have to buy this added accessory yourself.
Annex room accessories will often cost a few hundred dollars, but most are totally worth the price as they create added living space, storage space, eating space, or even just relaxing space with mosquito netting and four walls to keep you warm and dry.
The iKamper Annex Room accessory is great for preexisting iKamper rooftop tents and allows you to create a whole extra space down below for you and your dog if you want to keep them out of your sleeping space.
This annex room costs roughly $500-$700 depending on which iKamper tent you start with.
It is important to keep in mind that with any annex accessory, you are getting the one that is compatible with your preexisting rooftop tent.
Rooftop Tents with Plenty of Space:
Family rooftop tent camping can be difficult for many reasons.
Young children are hard to camp with at the best of times, but in a small space on top of your car can be even harder. Family camping requires more supplies, and therefore more space, so having the right amount of tent space for you, your family, and your dogs, is crucial.
We’ve found a few tents that will give you and your furry friends plenty of space; however, they will require that your dog sleeps in the tent with you rather than in a separate annex.
Keep in mind that unlike our previous tents listed in this article, these won’t have an annex accessory without further purchase:
3. Roofnest Condor XL Rooftop Tent:
This tent is made for four adult users to use at once, making enough potential room for parents, children, and their dog, depending on your family pet’s size.
The Roofnest Condor XL is made from durable, waterproof materials for rain, wind, and sun, as well as an included ladder, storage space, and removable pockets, as well as plenty of windows and ventilation for those gorgeous summer days.
The Condor XL also comes with a 6cm built-in mattress to keep you warm and comfy inside.
This is a great family tent for everyone – including your dogs.
If you can’t fit all of your supplies, consider keeping them in the trunk of your car at night or when not in use.
4. Skycamp 2.0 – iKamper
The Skycamp 2.0 is a larger version of their previous Skycamp, allowing four people to sleep comfortably.
This is great for families who want a little extra room or want to bring their dogs along when they set up shop in this rooftop tent.
The Skycamp includes a thick mattress at 1.8″ for the floor to keep you comfortable, as well as strong, stainless steel shell locks that keep the doors and flaps locked down tight.
Furthermore, the Skycamp is made of a breathable poly-cotton canvas, waterproof polyester, double-layered, fiberglass reinforced panels for 1″ thick insulation.
Again, this will require you to help your dog up the ladder and into the tent, but most users have found that it isn’t so hard to lift them to the equivalent of the roof of the car.
Camping with pets can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you want to take your dog rooftop tent camping, you will need either a large enough tent to fit you, the family, and Fido, or you will need an extended annex room accessory added on to your tent.
Depending on your needs, a regular rooftop tent camper for two people plus a dog or two would be perfect! However, big groups will want to invest in larger models.
Finally, if your dog is too large to carry up the ladder, consider getting an annex room that fits well with your preexisting rooftop tent.
Shelby Sullivan is our specialist when it comes to pontoon boats and recreational watercraft. She is often found sailing the freshwater lakes of Michigan. She is also a light-traveler who enjoys camping and traveling the world. Read more about Shelby here.