Has the thought of mounting a tent on top of your car ever crossed your mind?
Well, in that case, consider this:
Put your pillow and blanket in the rooftop tent and off you go.
And yes of course, our tents fit on every car, really!
Even on your really small car.
On the Facts, Tips & Tricks page, I'll explain exactly what extra weight for example your car can handle.
The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the wind is blowing gently through the tent, your mind wanders off to .....................
Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Femke, a Dutch fan of the outdoors and addicted to travelling. Hence this rooftop tent adventure.
Femke's rooftop tents are super easy tents for people who want to explore beautiful places quickly, easily and comfortably with any passenger car, large but also small.
My husband Tim (and partner in crime ) and I developed these rooftop tents together with the manufacturers based on our- and their experience and the feedback we received from our clients. With their help we've created the perfect tent for the North European climate.
Did we get your attention by this short intro? If so and you want to find out more, please continue reading.
Or skip and jump to the dedicated pages per type of tent.
How it all started
It all started with a camping holiday in Croatia, on my favorite island of Hvar in 2012. The four of us, camping in a rather large tent, on the ground. (Tim my husband and 2 sons, Daneel and Kamiel)
Our neighbours had a large suitcase on the roof of their small car. With the blink of an eye, converted it into a true two-person bed. And that within a few seconds!
The chairs and the table came out of the back of the car and they were ready. Cheers!
The next morning, when I wanted to ask if I could have a look in their tent, they were already on their way to a new adventure.
In the meantime it is almost 2022 and we are still working on improvements and adding tents to our range of tents. From the kitchen table at our home in Amsterdam or our showroom in Weesp.
In recent years we have been busy developing the perfect weather resistant rooftop tents for our, sometimes, humid weather. Our next aim is to produce tents in Europe but this seems harder than you would expect. On it!
Since we produce our tents ourselves we can make small adjustments easily, albeit to the zippers, the canopies or awnings, the fabric or closures. All the improvements help to realize the perfect rooftop tent.
This means we are very busy, drawing, producing, checking them in the factory twice to three-times a year while the the rooftop tents are in the making, very exciting ;-)
This year we have introduced our first tent with an aluminium cover, ALU KHOSI.
I imported the first rooftop tent from China in 2014. With my family we tested this tent during short holidays. Some friends also gave it a try on different types of cars.
All feedback was discussed with our producer. Improvements were made: the quality of the zippers, the ventilation in the tent, the mosquito net is made of a finer quality netting, there are other closures etc etc. All very practical issues that will increase comfort and quality and thereby contribute to a carefree holiday. As this is what camping is all about.
Convenience & speed at a glance:
· You mount the tent easily and quickly on to your car, add your sleeping bag and you are ready
· You do not really need 4WD, the roof tent also fits well on small cars, provided that cross bars fit on to the roof
· You make your bed once and of you go!
· You do not have to set up a tent, FEMKES rooftop tents are ready-to-sleep within one minute (without power or much effort).
· You end up with more space in your car, so you can bring more other stuff for cooking, sports, games, etc.
· No moisture, no chill from the ground and no scary bugs
Freedom and Philosophy
Breathe in breathe out ..................
The camping neighbors made me think: the feeling of ultimate freedom. So simple and so fast, just park your car somewhere for a comfortable night of sleep in your own bed, a 'penthouse' on your car.
I wanted to do something with this idea.
Once at home the search began and it soon became clear to me that more people had discovered this way of traveling already. Recently it has become a well known way of travelling amongst our outdoor friends and, by the looks of it, many more will follow.
It is my ambition to be able to supply a roof tent that is 100% sustainable. That is not yet feasible at this moment. The first step has been made: the 'shell' of the tents is made of ABS. This material, unlike polyester /fiberglass, is 100% recyclable. Next step would be to find a factory closer to home. A big challenge this turns out to be.
We simply rent a few m2 for storage and make sure there is water for a cup of coffee, glass of wine even. So don't expect a sexy showroom but more of a workshop when you visit. It is a place were we, together with you can dream about beautiful new destinations and share experiences.........who would not want that?
Freedom & view!
· You wake up and immediately have a room with a view
· You are traveling lean & mean, less in the back of your car for sure
· You can just stop and go to sleep any time you've found the perfect spot
· As the tent is on your car you have a lot more space to move around on a small campsite
Strong & smart
· You really get top-gear: good and solid stuff, well made, to my own taste and well-being
· The rooftop tents are strong and cleverly put together with handy gadgets & extras, such as ventilation grilles and a sturdy ladder.
- Everything can be replaced so no waste when something breaks or tears.
MILES or HOPPER
Especially, that freedom!
The three tents we currently sell or rent out are called MILES, HOPPER and KHOSI.
All tents are equipped with mosquito netting, mattress, fixed canopies, a mounting kit and a ladder that can be extended if desired. Under the mattress sits an anti-condensation mat (3D mesh). For extra comfort we can recommend a 3,5 cm memory foam mattress.
MILES opens up by four gas springs or struts, the HOPPER by two gas springs/struts and has two hinges on the short side of the hard shell.
Pro's and con's? Not really, it just depends on your personal preferences.
Colors: orange, grey, green and sand
One tip, the Hopper is ideal for very high cars or vans because this tent opens or closes on one side, in this case most likely from behind the vehicle.
KHOSI and ALU KHOSI
KHOSI's are hybrid tents. This means that it is a fold out tent with a hard shell. From ABS or Aluminium.
The KHOSI's are also equipped with mosquito netting, mattress, mounting kit and ladder. It has a fly tarp connected to the tent which can be opened up for extra shade or put down when it rains. An extra awning can be zipped to this fly tarp to create a lot of shade.
And the colors? Just green, with a black shell. Beautiful.
Am I the only one?
No, of course not!
But Tim and I are the only one who develop hard shell tents in Holland ourselves based on our experience with new and better materials.
Of course there are competitors on the market such as Maggiolina, Airtop and many others. Just look around on the internet and compare.
Of course we hope you choose one of Femkes RooftopTents and come back to us for either more information or your purchase.
Our aim is to offer a personal approach, pleasant service and a fair price within the market of all rooftop tents's available.
In addition, we take this feedback seriously and it helps us to further develop our own rooftop tents.
Our aim is to deliver a simple yet comfortable tent, accessible for young and old owning a small or big car.
Perhaps it is just as handy to explain that there are more softshell tents on the market than hardshell tents. There is also a considerable price difference here. A softshell is a tent made entirely of fabric, usually a square package on your roof that can be folded out, opening up next to the car.
A hardshell can only go up and is form-fixed, provided with a hard 'shell' that opens and closes by means of gas springs/struts. Hardshells are somewhat smaller in terms of sleeping surface (in our case) but on the other hand faster to dry after the rain and considerably faster in terms of packing up and leaving your campsite.
A mix of both would be our hybrid KHOSI tents.
How Cosy is this?
Khosi, playing with the annex awning
For you, who has little time to read it all.... start here!
A quick summary below of our types of hard shell rooftop tents.........
Here you can take a look at a more detailed overview of all tents
ALU KHOSI open and close instruction video
including the rare footage of Ray setting up the zip-on awning
Check out these two for example, this could be you.
Relax, take a deep breath and watch this 3,5 minute video, you deserve it.
Photos & Videos
Take a look and enjoy the view
Sky High in the Picos, this was one of our first tents, years back
The best views are from the top
Anglers, fishermen or flyfishers, we don't get them but they sure do share a passion!
And that passion, we get, totally!