Smittybilt Overlander Tent

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Smittybilt Overlander Tent Review Facts

The Smittybilt Overlander Tent is a tent of standard size that sleeps two or three people and mounts quickly and easily at the crossbars of a vehicle roof. It allows the camping on the roof of the vehicle and has access from both the passenger and driver side. This waterproof tent folds out in just minutes to the full height after it is installed on the top. It comes with a comfortable foam mattress that is full-size, an LED strip light, four inner pockets for gear, and an outside storage bag for shoes. Two skylights allow enjoyment of the night sky, and the side windows have mosquito netting to ward off the bugs. Made of heavy-duty, polyester-waterproof rip-stop material, this product has been tested for severe weather to be terrific for heavy rain and wind. The Overlander has a good rating among buyers and has plenty of positive feedback.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable foam mattress
  • External storage bag for shoes; four internal pockets
  • Double skylights for enjoyment of the night sky
  • Tested for severe weather; waterproof
  • Zippers are a heavy duty; LED strip light
  • Access from passenger and driver side
  • Standard size tent; sleeps two or three people
  • Good for jeeps, trucks, SUVs, cars, and trailers
Cons
  • Damaged and missing hardware; seams not taped
  • Problems with installing; ladder broke for a few people
  • Needs zippers or tie downs instead of Velcro fasteners
Brand

Brand

Smittybilt is the trusted brand for over fifty years for outfitting Jeeps with functional and reliable accessories. Its products are made by off-road procreators to withstand the toughest and roughest treatment possible. This terrific company is the provider of innovative products for Jeeps, SUVs, and trucks.

It is well-known for distinctive armor and bumpers, but it also makes winches, soft goods, and trail equipment too. It is the manufacturer of the Overlander Tent that is the subject of this product review. We list some of their own accessories that are compatible with this tent to add to the enjoyment of using it.
Key Features

Key Features

Side windows have mosquito netting
Heavy-duty polyester-waterproof rip-stop
Zippers are heavy duty
Access from both the passenger and driver side
Universal installation
-Dual aluminum dual track using U-clamps
-661-pound maximum capacity load
-Ladder extends to 6 ½ feet
-LED strip light for indoor lighting
-Several accessories are available
-Can remain on the vehicle
-Has Velcro straps for tie-downs
-Full-size mattress suits two people
Comfort

Comfort

Made for comfort and ease of use, the Smittybilt Overlander Tent has many features that will make you very happy when camping outdoors on your vehicle. It comes with a nice foam mattress that is full-size with the dimensions of 92 x 55 inches. Many buyers say this is a comfortable pad even though it is only a few inches thick. Those with back problems and those who are side sleepers claim that it is thick enough for a comfortable night’s sleep.

The side windows have mosquito netting to keep the bugs out while you enjoy the cool air coming in. there are four internal pockets for storing gear items and an external storage bag for shoes. The double skylights allow enjoyment of the clear night sky. This vehicle rooftop tent keeps you secure and safe as you slumber in the great outdoors. No need to worry about roving night animals coming near or trying to enter your tent any longer. An optional annex can be bought separately for a larger coverage on the exterior of the vehicle.
Durability

Durability

If it is one thing that satisfied customers can agree on it is the durability and well-made construction of this item. The top and rain fly are made of waterproof heavy-duty 600D material, and the frame tent poles are constructed of anodized aluminum.

The tent body is made of heavy-duty polyester-waterproof rip-stop and polyurethane-impregnated for the best durability. It has been tested for severe weather, holds up in 40mph winds well, and can withstand pressure from heavy rain. The waterproof flysheet is 42D Oxford with 4mm durable spring steel pole extension rods and poles.

The tent poles have hinges of stainless steel, the mosquito netting is CE-approved, and the zippers are heavy duty. Included are a CE-approved extension cord and adapter for a cigarette lighter.

We did find in our research on buyer feedback and comments that the aluminum ladder broke when a few people tried to use it. no details were given, so there is not much we can report of these incidents.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Having a rooftop tent for a vehicle is a very flexible way to camp. The Overlander Tent provides you with several options to make this versatile experience even more accommodating to your lifestyle and needs. It comes with a telescopic ladder and an LED strips on the inside for wonderful light at night. A ladder extension can be purchased separately as well for added length.

The tent has access from both the passenger and driver side and universal installation with the dual aluminum dual track using U-clamps. It is easy to put up with two people, can be taken down by one person quickly, and packs well with all the bedding equipment inside when not in use.

Even riding with the tent on top, the bedding is not a problem if left inside. Camping just does not get much easier than this exceptional product that is less labor intensive than regular ground tents and definitely more comfortable and safe.
Size

Size

This Smittybilt product is a tent of standard size with the open dimensions in inches of 95 wide x 56 long x 51 high. It has a 661-pounds maximum capacity load and weighs 116.5 pounds (52.8kgs) itself.

This superb tent is larger than most other entry tents and sleeps two or three people. We noticed that buyers used it in combinations of two adults and a child, two adults, or two adults and two dogs successfully and comfortably. There is a larger size available that suits three to four people too.

The included ladder extends 6 ½ feet and is 18 inches wide. This makes it six inches wider than regular tent ladders. The aluminum/polyurethane base sandwich base is 2.5cm with a load capacity of 300kg. So, even though it fits on top of a vehicle, it is still the same size, maybe larger, than your standard-sized ground tent but much safer.
Style

Style

The Overlander Tent is a rooftop tent that is best used for camping and it fits perfectly on the top of a Jeep vehicle. It is a good purchase for the cost according to many happy buyers, and it makes road trips very economical. The color offered is a coyote tan, and it comes with a warranty for one year.

The mounting brackets are included with the purchase. Two of the most mentioned features of this product online are the LED strip light and the cigarette-lighter 12V power adapter. This Smittybilt item has a 4.3 rating from customers and almost 100 reviews. We mention several accessories in that section to make this tent even more functional and enjoyable for those that love to camp often.
Support

Support

Assembling and mounting the tent is the hardest part of using it, so we want to pass along what we have discovered about that to future customers. The tent attaches easily to the Overhead Rack that is bought separately from Smittybilt.

It mounts quickly and easily at the crossbars of the Jeep roof. Those that are attaching it to other vehicles or trailer beds will want to ensure that their racks or crossbars are good for this product. if not, changes can be made to fit it. Having the right crossbars or roof rack is essential for this tent to be secure and safe on the vehicle. The travel bag has Velcro fasteners for better packability. We mention this aspect again in a section below. It is Velcro that holds the product in its compact form on the roof as you drive the vehicle.
Use

Use

The manufacturer states that this tent is designed for Jeep vehicle of the years 2007 and up, but we found that buyers are using it successfully and enjoyable on a number of different vehicles. It works on Tacoma trucks, Chevy Sonic, 4Runner, Subaru CrossTrek (with locking type of aluminum heavy-duty crossbars), small cars, pickup toppers, and a sailboat trailer. The key is having the right crossbars for attaching it and it will probably fit almost any vehicle. Most people that go camping often just leave the compact tent in it folded form on the roof. It just takes a few minutes to pop it up and be ready for sleeping and lounging. The Overlander is good to use for all seasons, as it can take wind and rain well.
Waterproof

Waterproof

When the Overlander is not being used, it has a PVC cover that is heavy duty to keep the ten free from harmful UV rays and dry. It includes a rainfly, a removable cover, and a mosquito screen. This waterproof product must be stored completely dry to keep it a long time in good condition. You should waterproof the exposed parts and rainfly each year. The cause of most damaged or failing tent products is the lack of care in storage. it is vital to check on these items when they are stored to make sure that there are no problems. It is certainly easier and more economical to check it during the year than it is to purchase and install a new tent each year.
Accessories

Accessories

For those that love to go camping often, Smittybilt offers a few other products that go well with the Overlander Tent to make your experiences more enjoyable. One of the great accessories for this product is the Annex that is an enclosed area under the tent that fits on the side of the vehicle. It enlarges the covered area and gives you more protected space for gear and entry into the vehicle. There is also a retractable awning for the vehicle, a rooftop tent ladder, and an inverter generator. All of these are made by Smittybilt, so you know they will fit well with the Overlander Tent.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Simple and quick to put up and dismantle, this Smittybilt item is loved and used for many years after it is purchased. It eliminates the ropes and tent pegs on the ground that regular tents require, plus it folds out in just minutes to the full height. While the majority of customers are happy with their purchase, some buyers had some problems.

A few received damaged tents or had missing parts, such as the hardware to install it. others had issues with putting it up or taking it down. The Velcro straps to tie it down when not in use on the vehicle roof bothered several people because they do not hold well. Zippers or real tie downs are needed to secure it properly they said. It is better to have something more stable when it is windy or when driving with it on top. The seams of the tent are not taped to be the best for weatherproof or windproof. This was another issue that buyers noticed.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Considering the large size, the unique placement on the vehicle, and the many features of the Overlander Tent, we were surprised that there were not any major issues that buyers experienced. The problems that affected the overall rating concerns missing or damaged parts received installation issues, a couple of broken ladders, and the need for better tie downs.

For a tent product, you would expect more complicated concerns, but we did not find any. This goes to show that Smittybilt items are top-notch in the choice of materials, design, and construction. Most customers are very satisfied with their purchase and some even plan to buy another one for a second vehicle. The Overlander is a remarkable solution for those that do not want to camp on the ground or do not want to work a lot in the evening to make camp.

This product attaches easily, goes up fast, can be left on the vehicle, and withstands rough weather. It is comfortable, durable, long-lasting, and dependable. This Smittybilt tent is worth the cost and is highly recommendable to potential buyers.