Hitch Tent Is a Clever, Non-Rooftop Platform for Your Rooftop Tent

hitch tent rooftop platform hitchtent rack system setup
Rubicon Expedition Products

To camp in a tent is glorious; to camp in a rooftop tent is sublime.

The ability to park your ride and set up your tent site in minutes offers one of the easiest, most convenient methods of tent camping. However, it’s not without its shortcomings, namely having to climb up and down to get into bed and the risk of potentially caving in your vehicle’s roof. Hitch Tent,  a clever automotive hitch-mounted tenting platform, is designed to combine all the utility of a rooftop tent with the stability of a traditional tent system.

The new Hitch Tent Rack System from Rubicon Expedition Products is unlike most any other car camping product we’ve seen. It mounts to a traditional, two-inch automotive trailer hitch, standing flat vertically against the rear of your car, truck, or SUV. Upon arrival at your campsite, simply fold down the Hitch Tent platform wherever you plan to sleep for the night. The four built-in legs and feet are fully adjustable to effortlessly find the best, most level sleeping position. Then, mount a standard two- or three-person canvas-style rooftop tent to the platform and — voila! — your outdoor bedroom awaits. Hitch Tent’s built-in rails are designed just like those of a traditional roof rack, so tent setup is identical.

Rubicon Expedition Products

After setup, the platform can be unmounted from your automobile’s hitch or not — your call. This versatility means trips into town no longer need to involve breaking down your tent first. The rear-mounted design frees up the entire roof to make room for all the toys that outdoor lovers typically pack: kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, skis, or a luggage box. The design also reduces wind resistance, which can be a huge boon for long-distance road tripping.

Hitch Tent is constructed of ultra-durable CNC machined aluminum and hot rolled A36 steel to ensure it’s ready for the worst outdoor conditions. While the platform is lightweight, it’s built to support up to 600 pounds — plenty of capacity for your significant other and the dog.

Hitch Tent doesn’t come cheap. Interested buyers will need to fork over $2,000, not including the tent. The first units aren’t scheduled to ship until mid-September 2019 at the earliest, but at least that gives you plenty of time to start planning your fall camping trips.

If you’re also in the market for a rooftop tent, check out our roundup of the best rooftop tents for sleeping off-grid and off-the-ground. You could alternatively splash out on an all-in-one, portable, hitch-mounted “hotel room” like Hitch Hotel.

Fashion & Style

What is a Camp Collar Shirt? Our Guide to the Classic Look

What exactly is a camp collar shirt, and better yet, do you need one? The answer is easy: A camp collar shirt has the potential to be nothing less than your new summer go-to.
Living

Protect Your Pup Against 4th of July Fireworks with Ford’s Prototype Noise-Canceling Kennel

Ford is using its noise-canceling system developed for the Edge SUV to make a kennel that will keep pets safe and calm during fireworks
Fashion & Style

Native Shoes Plant Shoe is 100% Biodegradable and Animal-Free

This is a first of its kind in the sneaker world. So, what exactly is it made from?
Outdoors

A Remote Camping Trip in Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly

The only way onto Canyon de Chelly in Arizona is with a trusted tour company that is partnered with the Navajo Nation, the owners of the land. Here's what you can expect.
Travel

The Best Places to Snorkel in the United States

There's plenty of amazing snorkeling right in the U.S. of A. No passport required.
Outdoors

The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season

Long nights, coolers full of beer, and comfortable beds are a good recipe for year-round car camping adventures.
Travel

The Most Adventurous Wildlife Safari Tours in North America

For travelers seeking a nature-centric adventure, check out these wildlife safari tours that don’t require a trip across the pond.
Fashion & Style

GoLite Makes Performance Apparel from Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic

They wick, stretch, regulate temperature, and repel moisture, all while making use of recycled fibers.
Outdoors

The Best Long-Distance Bike Trails Across America

The best thing about bicycling is that it can take you to some amazing places. You can cover more miles than walking and, unlike driving, you’re still connected to your environment.
Travel

Everything You Need to Know About Van Life (and Some Cool Gear to Take Along for Ride)

Contemplating a modern nomadic lifestyle? We interviewed four van life experts for tips on surviving and thriving on the road.
Outdoors

23 Best Travel Pants for Hiking, Exploring, and Everything in Between

Our favorite, all-around travel pants are suitable for every environment and activity, from finding comfort on the plane to finding adventure outdoors.
Outdoors

We Tested the Recool, Igloo’s New Biodegradable Cooler

Size, ice retention, and durability — here's how a cooler made from biodegradable pulp performs.
Travel

The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're reading this, you're staring at a screen. Wouldn't you rather be exploring a different part of the world than the Internet?
Fashion & Style

7 Shirts You Can Wear on the Trail and to the Office

Work shirts can be uncomfortable. They don’t breathe or wick moisture well. They don’t regulate temperature. They stink after a hard day. But does it have to be that way?