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The roof tent comparison

An overview of the horntools models

Are you still unsure which horntools model is right for you? Here you will find the most important information about our roof tents summarized in a clear comparison.

Type of roof tent

Folding roof tent

Hard shell roof tent

Folding roof tent

Available sizes

320 x 140 / 165 / 220 x 130 cm

220 x 150 x 30 cm

320 x 120 / 140 / 165 / 220 x 130 cm


2 to 4 persons
(= 2 adults and 2 children)
depending on model

2 persons

1 person up to 4 persons
(= 2 adults and 2 children)
depending on model


63 - 92 kg
depending on model

70 kg

45,5 - 78 kg
depending on model


2,290 - 3,590 €

2,890 €

1,490 - 2,990 €


Navy blue (Ocean) or gray (Stone)



Compatible with all roof racks

Water resistant

Fabric material

300g/m² Canvas with PU coating, 35% Cotton, 65% Polyester (Water column: 2000 mm)

Cotton, Canvas with PU coating (Water column: 2000 mm)

280 g Ripstop Canvas, 65 % Polyester, 35 % Cotton (Water column: 2000 mm)

Duration of assembly

15 min

3 min

15 min

Sky View roof window

Annex room available

LED interior lighting

Scope of delivery*
  • Roof tent with cover
  • Rain cover
  • Black telescopic ladder
  • LED lights
  • Mattress (8 cm cold foam)
  • Roof tent with hard shell
  • Shoe bag
  • Organizer bag
  • Telescopic ladder with bag
  • Mattress (7 cm cold foam)

Roof tent with cover
Rain cover
Aluminum ladder
Mattress (8 cm cold foam)

*all roof tents are supplied with a ladder, mattress and the necessary fastening material and tools

Ocean & Stone


The brand new Elements roof tent combines our many years of experience in the roof tent sector. It comes in the versions “Ocean” (navy blue) & “Stone” (grey) and has some exciting features.

Discover our Elements (Ocean)


The folding tent for all areas of use. Loved and optimized for years. A compact tent in many sizes, for all vehicles.

Discover our Desert


The new hard shell car tent from horntools. Set up in under three minutes, it offers plenty of space and comes with all the necessary accessories.

Discover our Themis
Dachzelt Trapper Joe

Trapper Joe

Our robust entry-level folding tent. Compact in size, extremely waterproof.

To Trapper Joe

Our roof tents in use

Johanna B.

Roof tent Desert

We used the roof tent on a Mitsubishi Outlander, 2 adults + dog. Setting up and taking down is simple and logical. The roof tent made us very flexible, everything was quickly packed up and ready for the onward journey. The annex room was easy to assemble and made it possible to sit together nicely, even in bad weather.


Hard shell tent Themis

We decided on this roof tent a few months ago after very intensive testing, advice etc. from x different brands. We are completely satisfied and can recommend it to anyone who wants a hard shell roof tent. The on-site advice and installation was also highly professional.

Eric P.

Roof tent Desert 220

We opted for the Desert 220. It offers more than enough space for 2 adults and two children aged 3 and 7. It was mounted on an Isuzu DMAX and a Horntools Navis was also installed as the base carrier. The first night even brought pouring rain, we all stayed dry and the accessories supplied are also great! We are looking forward to the coming adventures!

5 year guarantee

We voluntarily give a 5-year guarantee on all of our products.

Developed in Austria

All products have been developed and tested by us in Austria for almost 30 years.

Free advice

Call us or write to us. We are always there for you.

Find your perfect car roof tent

Roof Tent Guide

You are interested in a roof tent, but don't know which model is right for you yet?
We'll help you find answers to all the important roof tent questions.

Type of roof tent

Folding tent or hard shell roof tent - which one is better?

The choice between a folding and hard shell roof tent depends on your personal usage requirements, preferences and budget.

The advantages of a hard shell roof tent

Fixed shell construction: This makes the roof tent flatter and more aerodynamic on the roof.
Resistant hard shell: This protects you from any weather and makes you feel particularly safe.
Time-saving: The horntools hard shell roof tent can be set up in under three minutes. You can save extra time by stowing your bedding in the roof tent when it is folded down.
Convenient size: The roof tent usually does not exceed the side mirrors of your vehicle, so you can easily spend the night almost anywhere.

The advantages of a folding tent

✅ Less expensive: You need a little more time to set it up.
✅ Low weight: Ideal for vehicles with a low roof load.
✅ Very spacious: If you are traveling with child(ren), a folding tent offers you enough space.
✅ Overlapping surface provides a shaded area: you usually don't need an additional awning.

The pop-up tent is mounted on an aluminum plate, is set up by folding out the plate and is protected by a rubber cover when closed. When closed, it is around 10 cm higher than the hard shell roof tent.

How much does a roof tent cost?

Folding tents are generally cheaper than hard shell roof tents. Our entry-level model Trapper Joe costs 1,390 euros, while the Desert folding tent costs between 1,490 and 2,990 euros depending on the size and the Themis hard shell tent 2,890 euros.

How much space does a roof tent offer?

Depending on the model, roof tents offer space for up to 4 people (2 adults and 2 children).

Roof tent assembly and storage

Which car fits a roof tent?

In general, you can mount a roof tent on any car, provided a roof rack is attached to your car roof. It does not matter whether it is two cross struts as a carrier or a roof rack platform. It is important that the width and length of the car roof offers sufficient space for the roof tent and that the width of the roof rack is compatible with the roof tent bracket. In addition, the permissible roof load specified by the car manufacturer for the installation of the roof rack and roof tent must be observed. This can normally be found in the car manual or can be obtained directly from the manufacturer. Folding tents with less weight are therefore recommended for smaller vehicles with a lower permissible roof load.

What does roof load mean?

The roof load that the vehicle manufacturer refers to in the manual is the dynamic roof load. This is the permitted load that you are allowed to carry on the roof of your vehicle while travelling. For example, if you have specified a roof load of 80 kg for your vehicle, your roof tent + roof rack may weigh a maximum of 80 kg. When stationary, you can then sleep in the roof tent without any concerns.

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Do I need a special roof rack for a roof tent?

A roof rack is always a prerequisite for fitting a roof tent. As long as the width of the carrier is compatible with the roof tent bracket, you can mount a roof tent on any roof rack.

💡Tip: Don't have a suitable roof rack yet? Then take a look at our brackets - these can be flexibly adjusted in width as required and can therefore be optimally adapted to your vehicle model.

How do I install my roof tent?

To install the roof tent, you must lift it onto your roof racks. This is best done with the help of two to four people. The roof tent is then screwed onto the roof rack at four points using screws and counter plates. All fastening material and tools are supplied with our roof tents.

How do I store my roof tent?

If you do not use your roof tent or awning for a longer period of time, e.g. over the winter months, it makes sense to remove them. This not only protects and preserves the products, but also makes your vehicle more economical and safer to drive (without additional structures). The roof tent should only be assembled and closed when it is completely dry. Moisture could lead to mold growth in the long term.

Care of the roof tent

Do I have to air the roof tent?

The secret to a long service life for your roof tent is: ventilate, ventilate, ventilate - even during use. Ventilate your roof tent regularly, even when traveling, ideally in sunny weather. It is best to open all the windows to allow as much air circulation as possible. We also recommend using a mattress pad to prevent moisture build-up.

How do I clean a roof tent?

The roof tent should only be cleaned with cold or lukewarm water and a soft brush. Do not use any chemicals, soaps or cleaning agents. The zippers will last the longest if you spray them with silicone spray. If mold forms, remove it with a sponge and then allow the tent to dry completely. It is then best to waterproof it again.

How do I maintain a roof tent?

To ensure the longevity of your roof tent even after purchase, there are a few recommended maintenance options. The seams of your roof tent are the heart of the tent and must be looked after with particular care. To ensure that they last a long time, they must not dry out completely, as this can lead to the seams breaking. We therefore recommend checking them regularly and treating them with a block of beeswax. This brings elasticity to the seams and promotes waterproofness. If the seams start to leak, you can remedy this with seam sealant. The zippers also need to be treated with silicone spray to ensure they work reliably.

Do I have to impregnate a roof tent?

You haven't used your roof tent yet? Or have you just cleaned it thoroughly and are planning to store it for a longer period of time? Then this is the ideal time for a (fresh) waterproofing treatment. You can repeat this every one to two years, depending on use. It's best to use a high-quality product or waterproofing spray from a specialist tent or outdoor retailer - this provides waterproofing and UV protection.

Sleeping in a roof tent

Where can I stay overnight with a roof tent? The legal situation of camping away from known campsites

Wild camping, i.e. spending the night at undesignated campsites, is legally regulated or even prohibited in many regions. Austria and Germany in particular have strict regulations on this. The following always applies: designated nature conservation areas are taboo for overnight camping. Private land and private forests offer a good alternative - wild camping is possible here with the express permission of the owner. Spending the night in (rest) areas is generally prohibited unless it is to restore your own fitness to drive.

However, every country has different laws! Sweden, Norway and Finland are considered an absolute paradise for wild campers, whereas the west of Europe is rather difficult. In any case, find out about legal wild camping options and, if in doubt, ask the relevant municipality or local police station.

Do I need a sleeping bag for the roof tent?

All of our roof tents are equipped with a comfortable mattress that is at least 7 cm thick. Most people use a sleeping bag to sleep in a rooftop tent. Of course, this also depends on the temperature. In cooler temperatures it definitely makes sense to use a functional sleeping bag. Attention : even on summer days it can cool down significantly at night in some regions. We have a 3-season sleeping bag in our range, with good moisture regulation and water-repellent synthetic fiber insulation. Thanks to the synthetic filling, this sleeping bag is very easy to care for and is ideal for spending the night in a roof tent.

Wie schnell darf ich mit dem Dachzelt fahren?

Generell wird eine Höchstgeschwindigkeit von 100 - 130 km/h empfohlen, je nach Fahrzeugmodell. Bitte beachten, dass sich die zusätzliche Höhe des Dachzelts auf die Gesamthöhe des Fahrzeugs und somit auch auf das Fahrverhalten auswirken kann. Speziell bei stärkerem Wind ist darauf zu achten.