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If you like camping, having a car to mount a roof tent on is an important part of the car buying process. However, you don’t have to sacrifice fun in the name of camping practicality. There are some unconventional choices in the auto market if you’re looking for a vehicle to plop a roof tent down on, and these are just a few. However, these are certainly the most fun cars you can mount a roof tent on.

Mount a roof tent on a Porsche 911

A black 996-generation Porsche 911
2000 Porsche 996 Carrera | National Motor Museum via Getty Images

The Porsche 911 is just about the perfect sports car. Rear-wheel drive, available manual transmission, and endless flexibility. People daily drive these sporty coupes, and for good reason. No, you probably can’t fit a family of four plus the dog, but single life has its upsides. The best part? Some 911 models are becoming relatively affordable.

The 996-generation of 911, manufactured from 1997-2004 is one such example. Enthusiasts aren’t fond of the “blobby” headlights, but that just helps keep values down. If you think this isn’t a great car to mount a roof tent to, take a look at this owner’s Instagram. Looks fun, right? Plus, the 996 911 has rear seat and front trunk storage, perfect for a weekend away in the woods. However, the 911 simply cannot rival the practicality of the next car on our list.

… Or maybe a Volkswagen GTI

The white MK6-generation Volkswagen GIT
Volkswagen Golf GTI | National Motor Museum via Getty Images

The Volkswagen GTI is the hot hatchback. It’s the name that started it, all the way back in the 1980s. The GTI has long been praised for its fun front-wheel-drive layout, especially when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Unlike the 911, you’ll certainly be able to fit the family and the dog in this small hatch and have plenty of fun along the way.

That practicality is exactly why the VW GTI is such a great car to mount a roof tent to. It’ll hold more gear and people than the 911 while being just as fun. It also has the added benefit of being more economical, both in gas mileage and price. Clean GTI models can be found for under $20,000 all day, and will happily do 30 MPG.

A Toyota Tundra is the practical pick

A Toyota Tundra among the palm trees, an excellent candidate to mount a roof tent on
A Toyota Tundra | Tim Graham via Getty Images

Finally, the obvious choice. Depending on where you choose to camp, ground clearance can defeat the other two candidates on the list, but not the Toyota Tundra. The truck is famed for its reliability and the large bed and cab make fitting people and things a breeze. It also offers a different kind of fun than the other two: off-road fun. If that’s more your thing, then the Tundra is the one for you. As with any vehicle, be sure to check just how much weight you can put on the roof before getting a tent up there. Regardless of which vehicle you’d like to mount a roof tent to, all three are solid candidates for a fun weekend out away from it all.


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