Roof top tents mount to the top of your car, 4×4, or van and will turn your daily driver into a practical RV.
If you don’t like fiddling with tent stakes and air mattresses, a roof top tent might make sense for you.
One popular model I want to show you today is the AirLand by Maggiolina.
Introducing the Maggiolina AirLand Roof Top Tent
The Maggiolina AirLand is a streamlined roof top tent that comes in five sizes, sleeping from two to three people comfortably.
You can order it in an XL version that will give you a full 80″ of interior space to stretch out in.
You can buy a larger roof top tent, but you’ll get less gas mileage with those behemoths strapped to your vehicle’s roof.
The Maggiolina roof top tent is unique in that it’s built on an internal sub-frame that uses insulating foam sandwich construction.
The subframe is so strong in fact, that you don’t need any other support structure for the tent. It comes totally ready to use, and all you’ll need to add is your own bedding.
It simply mounts to standard roof rack cross bars, such as those made by Yakima or Thule.
I remember camping in a pup tent during my Boy Scout days. My dad and I would always seem to wake up soaking wet from dew and moisture that had crept in during the night.
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Fortunately, the Maggiolina’s insulated construction minimizes condensation under the mattress, and channels any water that does get into the tent away from the mattress.
There’s a few Maggiolina models to chose from, including ones featuring carbon fiber, greater head room, and an extra-thick fiberglass shell.
If you’re wondering what sized tent will fit your vehicle, check out this sizing chart here.
How the Maggiolina Roof Top Tent Works
To raise and lower the tent, you’ll need to use a hand crank and either stand on the tire or a step ladder.
This is probably the greatest negative to using a roof top tent, you’ll need to be able to use a ladder to setup and get into and out of the tent.
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Since the top raises and lowers with a crank, you can leave all your bedding inside. You won’t have to reorganize your sleeping quarters like you would each time you setup a regular camping tent.
Here’s the Maggiolina AirLand installed on a Toyota FJ Cruiser.
Inside the Maggiolina AirLand with the roof cranked up.
And with a comforter on top of the mattress.
What it looks like when the ladder and pillows are stowed before the top is cranked down.
And setup at the campsite.
Some people have asked if these hard shell tents leak in the rain.
Here’s what one owner had to say,
No, these do not leak in the rain. These tents are used for exploration and camping all over the world. Visit the Autohome sites for tons of more info. These tents have been known to withstand very high winds and keep the users bone dry inside in heavy rains.
You can see how easy it is to setup here.
AutoHome is based out of Carson City, NV and is the exclusive US distributor of Maggiolina roof top tents. The tents themselves are made by the Zifer company in Montavo, Italy.
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It doesn’t look like there’s a quick online ordering system, but if you’re interested in learning more here’s AutoHome’s contact information.
- Maggiolina main website
- Review by Adventure Tykes
- Another personal review on Expedition Portal
- Yet another review on American Adventurist, this time of the Maggiolina Extreme model
- FJ Cruiser Forum thread
- Links for help on installing roof top tents and other useful gear and accessories
- Care and cleaning of Maggiolina roof top tents