There’s a sort of rite of passage associated with pitching and sleeping in a traditional camping tent. However, many modern-day innovations have shaken up the outdoor industry in such a way that we must now rethink our options when it comes to sleeping under the stars. Take the rooftop tent for instance: It gives you a fun and thrilling way to camp, especially if you’re looking to evade nocturnal critters or wet grass. Likewise, if you’re an overlanding fan, you may not always settle for the night in a location where flat ground is an option; it’s much more practical to sleep on top of your car. Continuing to make themselves known as a viable, if not better, alternative to ground tents, rooftop tents have been improving rapidly in recent years, and Dometic’s TRT 140 AIR should signal the next big trend.
From a name best associated with its impressive lineup of coolers and outdoor air conditioners, Dometic’s latest tent combines the benefits of a rooftop tent with the convenience of an inflatable airframe. Providing you with a quicker and hassle-free setup, the brand’s patented AIR technology consists of strong TPU inflation tubes protected by a heavy-duty polyester sleeve. Inflated from a single point, it can set up entirely in about 2 minutes, and deflate in around 3 minutes. And unlike a metal-framed tent, the AIR frame won’t bend or break in severe wind. Built from both 300D ripstop polyester and a proprietary Weathershield TC canvas — a polycotton material that regulates interior temperatures and reduces condensation — the tent is incredibly durable and ready for all seasons.
Compatible with any vehicle and accessible via the built-in telescopic aluminum ladder, the unit weighs 103.7lbs in total and can sleep up to 2 adults inside on the integrated mattress. There are also four large mesh windows so you can take advantage of the views from a higher vantage point, or you can close them with the zippered blinds for added privacy.
Each unit comes with a 12V electric pump and both internal and external storage pouches. The AIR tech was also used on the brand’s HUB 2 inflatable shelter. Change up your camping routine with Dometic’s TRT 140 AIR, which is available for pre-sale now for $2,500.