Using a TentBox roof tent in strong winds

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Camping in a TentBox roof tent in harsh wind conditions

All TentBox models can be safely opened in wind speeds up to 38km/h. Although this is the official windspeed they've been tested in, many members of our community have braved far windier nights, and their TentBox has not failed them.

Will my TentBox blow over/collapse in strong winds?

It can seem a little daunting setting up camp on a windy night in a TentBox raised from the ground, however, it is impossible for wind to blow a TentBox shut.

Gas struts

The TentBox Classic and TentBox Cargo are both held open with the help of hydraulic rams/gas struts, which are incredibly strong. The TentBox Classic has gas struts in all 4 of the corners, making it incredibly sturdy, and the TentBox Cargo has the capacity to hold up to 40kg on its additional roof bars whilst remaining safely open - a night of harsh winds is no match for this TentBox.

TentBox Lite overhang

Despite it seeming as though the TentBox Lite has less support on the overhanging side, the unit locks into place in the middle and acts as one whole, sturdy base. The ladder only acts as a partial support, so even if the wind blew the ladder slightly out of place, the TentBox itself would remain safe on your car. You can read more about this here.

Where's the best place to set up camp?


It's a really good idea to check the direction of the wind before you set up for the night, as the orientation of your TentBox can really help minimise the effects of strong wind.

It's best to face the narrowest part of the TentBox to the wind.

The TentBox Cargo had an aerodynamic wedge-shape, which means you can angle it so the wind hits the hinge/angled side, putting less of an impact on the flat side. 

When using the TentBox Classic, it would be best to face the rear of your vehicle to the wind. With the TentBox Lite, the opposite side to the ladder should be wind-facing. 


You may want to avoid the wind altogether by setting up camp in a place more sheltered from the wind, however:

You should avoid settling down for the night amidst large trees which have the potential to blow branches and debris directly towards your TentBox. Opt for a spot that is slightly more open, to keep both you and your TentBox safe from harm.

Is there anything else to consider?

Loose materials

If it's seriously windy, we would recommend removing the porch poles from your TentBox and tying down the fabric to avoid it being caught by the wind. You also don't want the poles coming out and potentially ripping the fabric or damaging anything nearby.


Although your TentBox will remain strong and sturdy through the windy weather, it goes without saying that it's going to be far noisier than usual - having earplugs on hand is essential for camping in this weather!

We would really recommend checking out the Community Page on our website, as well as our growing TentBox Community Group on Facebook. You'll be able to read real stories of TentBox owners camping in extreme weather conditions. One member even took their TentBox to the Arctic Circle... in the middle of winter!

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