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Old 11-01-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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Does anyone do a lot of road tripping and camping with their Impreza?

I was looking into a couple different things:

1. Back of car tents that attach and pop out so you can sleep in the back of the car.

2. Top of car tents that attach to rails and sleep above car

My questions are has anyone tried either of these and recommends a type or brand. For rooftop types can these even work on our Impreza's, what is max weight while driving, what is max weight when parked.

I have a 2015 Subaru Impreza sport premium 2.0i.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:57 AM   #2
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At the end of September we went up North a few hours in a crosstrek with a dog and 2 people total. Lots of food, a big telescope, 2 tents, and some other stuff.

Honestly I'd rather sleep in the back of the car with the hatch closed and seats folded than try to sleep half in and half out of a compact car. You're gonna cave the roof in if you try to sleep on top of it, not sure where you heard that was good idea.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:41 AM   #3
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I've done some road tripping and car camping with my '12 hatch. We just use our backpacking tent/pads/sleeping bags, supplement it with a big-ass quilt, and bring along a small gas grill to cook on in case conditions aren't good for a campfire. Plenty of room in the car for two adults+dog+gear.

Sleeping in the car has never really appealed to me. It's less spacious than a decent tent. If you leave the windows up, it gets stuffy. If you leave the windows down, you get bugs in the car.

If you don't to spend the money on a decent tent that you'll only use a few times per year, many outdoor stores like REI or EMS rent out tents.
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:32 PM   #4
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With the seats folded down the rear area is only like 5' long, so it might be more comfortable to just sit in the front seat and recline all the way back. It might be useful to have a hatch tent, or some kind of mosquito netting, in larger cars, but it would be difficult to sleep inside of the Impreza.

Roof mounted systems are very expensive, in the $1000 range. I think Subaru officially says the max is in the 150-175 lb range for on the roof, but I can't believe that is true. That must be the crossbar max and not the rails themselves, if you consider the roof has to be able to at least support the car in the event of a rollover. However, the roof body metal is about as soft as cheese, as I have a few indentations that must have come from my hands or elbows when loading things onto the crossbars.

In all likeliness, it is probably more cost effective to get a regular tent setup with sleeping bags, pads, etc.
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:05 PM   #5
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Actually there are people who rig these up onto their roof racks with decent results

http://kamprite.com/product-category...-ground-tents/
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:01 PM   #6
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http://www.autohomeus.com/rooftop/maggiolinaCarbon.php

Yeah this is what we were looking at maybe purchasing, we don't mind spending the extra money if it will work with my car, worried about whether the stock racks could handle the load, the tent itself is only about 100 pounds. Might have to look into aftermarket racks?
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:01 AM   #7
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I had to sleep in the back of my 2012 Impreza hatchback for about 4 months this summer/fall for work purposes. I purchased a Thermarest LuxuryMap Mattress which is 3" thick, layered towels between the spare tire cover and the cargo area base to make the cargo area even with the back of the seats, and flipped the rear headrests around to support the head of the mattress. I am 6' tall so I slept diagonally, overall it wasn't bad.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:13 PM   #8
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http://www.autohomeus.com/rooftop/maggiolinaCarbon.php

Yeah this is what we were looking at maybe purchasing, we don't mind spending the extra money if it will work with my car, worried about whether the stock racks could handle the load, the tent itself is only about 100 pounds. Might have to look into aftermarket racks?
tbh for $5000-$6000 I would have bought a larger car.
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I have been using a rooftop tent on my Toyota Tacoma for 8 years now. If you camp where there isn't much soft ground, they are excellent. After you set them up a few times, they are pretty easy and only take 10 minutes if you are slow at it.

Mine is a Mombasa. There are several brands sold but pretty much all of the cheaper ones are made in China at the same place. Some are made in South Africa and the price is higher. A couple do finish assembly over here. My brand is getting hard to get. Two brands that have been getting a lot of business lately are http://www.cascadiatents.com/ and http://tepuitents.com/ . If I were buying now, I would go with Tepui. I like their options more. Both brands have them well under $2000.

The best part is, I can get away from all the motorhomes. They won't be out here.
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I have been using a rooftop tent on my Toyota Tacoma for 8 years now. If you camp where there isn't much soft ground, they are excellent. After you set them up a few times, they are pretty easy and only take 10 minutes if you are slow at it.

Mine is a Mombasa. There are several brands sold but pretty much all of the cheaper ones are made in China at the same place. Some are made in South Africa and the price is higher. A couple do finish assembly over here. My brand is getting hard to get. Two brands that have been getting a lot of business lately are http://www.cascadiatents.com/ and http://tepuitents.com/ . If I were buying now, I would go with Tepui. I like their options more. Both brands have them well under $2000.

The best part is, I can get away from all the motorhomes. They won't be out here.
Soooo awesome! I love that endless milky way sky.
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Soooo awesome! I love that endless milky way sky.
That was at the tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula last summer (past Copper Harbor). Dirty Rotten Survival was out not far from there in an episode. I love it out there.
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Old 01-18-2016, 04:19 PM   #12
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Interesting products, but as a backpacker, I don't understand why you wouldn't just pitch a tent on the ground? I good tent is reliably waterproof, significantly cheaper that these car-top tents, and can be pitched in places where cars can't go.
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One advantage is to being up off the ground. I can leave all my bedding inside the tent too.
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One advantage is to being up off the ground. I can leave all my bedding inside the tent too.
Why is that an advantage? If I'm backpacking or conserving space, Thermorest pads work well. If my car is with me (which it would be in the car top tent scenario), then cots in a ground-standing tent are an option.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:26 PM   #15
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There never seems to be a lot of flat area where we go either. Plus I like the idea of being up off the ground when it is raining. That tent has been through some hellacious storms on the shores of Superior.

Ground tents started many a verbal wars between the wife and I too. She loves that rooftop tent. I am considering moving up to a teardrop trailer in a few years. I'm old.
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