If you are just looking for a roof tent, but you don’t have a massive SUV or 4×4, you surely wonder if the new roof tent fits you small estate car for example? So the first question without further looking into any specs of the roof tent of your dream is that if it is a roof tent that your car can carry? Luckily, most roof top tent manufacturers make lightweight roof tents, so there is a roof tent out there for cars, there are roof tents for pickups, roof tents for vans etc.
The limiting factor – most of the time – is the space on the roof (minimum distance between the crossbars), and the weight of the roof tent. To be specific, it is not the weight of the tent, but car roof’s dynamic load capacity. So if you’d like to find out which roof top tent is (not) too heavy for your car, you must find out what the dynamic load capacity of your car is.
What is Dynamic Load Capacity?
The dynamic load capacity tells you how much weight your car can carry when transporting equipment on the roof. It represents the maximum permissible load that the rack / brackets can withstand when repeatedly in motion over a long period of time.
A distinction must be made between dynamic and static load capacity. The latter describes the permissible load when the transport equipment is stationary.
All you need to be conscious of is that the actual weight of the tent and the weight of the people who are going to inhabit tent must be within the capacity of the roof bars. As long as you have a pair of decent roof bars, this should not be an issue. Despite whatever ‘Load Capacity’ you read in the product info (most often 150 lbs or 75 kgs), just ignore that. That is the dynamic load capacity.
What’s Your Car’s Dynamic Load Capacity?
Now that’s the most important question. While your car will have no issues holding the weight of a roof top tent and 1-2-4 people inside, when stationary, the dynamic load capacity is much less.
You should always check the Manual of your car to get the exact figure! The Dynamic load capacity can vary from model to model even between different years of the same model!
Having said that, as a quick overview, I have put together this table for you have a glance at what you can expect. Most roof top tents will fit on a car that has at least 165lbs / 75kg roof load capacity. So the really interesting ones are those that have slightly less…
The below table is regularly updated and new models added!
Dynamic Load Capacity - Find Out Which Roof Tent Fits Your CarLooking for a roof tent for a car? Check the dynamic load capacity of your car before making any commitments!
|Car Make||Max. Dynamic Roof Load (kg)||Max. Dynamic Roof Load (lbs)|
|BMW 1 Serie||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW 2 Serie Active Tourer||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW 2 Serie Coupe||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW 3 Serie||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW 3 Serie Gran Turismo||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW 3 Serie Touring||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW 4 Serie Coupe||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW 4 Serie Gran Coupe||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW 5 Serie||100kg||220.46lbs|
|BMW 5 Serie Touring||100kg||220.46lbs|
|BMW 7 Serie||100kg||220.46lbs|
|BMW 8 Serie||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW Grand Coupe||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW Grand Tourer||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW i3||Check instruction manual for your car|
|BMW i8||Check instruction manual for your car|
|BMW i8 Roadster||Check instruction manual for your car|
|BMW Serie Gran Coupe||75kg||165.35lbs|
|BMW Serie Gran Turismo||100kg||220.46lbs|
|BMW Z4||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Car||Maximum roof load|
|Dacia Dokker||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Dacia Lodgy||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Dacia Logan MCV||80kg||176.37lbs|
|Ford Focus||75 kg||165.35lbs|
|Ford F-Serie||75 kg||165.35lbs|
|Honda Civic||75 kg||165.35lbs|
|Land Rover Discovery 2 (road)||50kg||110lbs|
|Land Rover Discovery 2 (off-road)||30kg||66lbs|
|Land Rover Discovery 3||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Land Rover Discovery 4||72kg||158.7lbs|
|Land Rover Freelander 2||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Land Rover Defender 90||118kg||260.14lbs|
|Land Rover Defender 110||168kg||370.37lbs|
|Nissan Qashquai||75 kg||165.35lbs|
|Opel Corsa||75 kg||165.35lbs|
|Peugeot 308 SW||80kg||176.37lbs|
|Peugeot 508 Berline||70kg||165.35lbs|
|Peugeot 508 SW||100kg||220.46lbs|
|Please note: for some cars, the roof load may vary depending on the year of construction. We advise you to always check your car’s instruction manual.|
|Renault Clio Estate||80kg||176.37lbs|
|Renault Grand Scenic||80kg||176.37lbs|
|Renault Kangoo ZE||100kg||220.46lbs|
|Renault Koleos||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Renault Master open transport||200kg||440.9lbs|
|Renault Megane Estate||80kg||176.37lbs|
|Renault Megane Scenic||80kg||176.37lbs|
|Renault Talisman||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Renault Trafic Passenger||210kg||462.9lbs|
|Renault Twizy||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Skoda Fabia Combi||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Skoda Octavia Combi||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Skoda Rapid Spaceback||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Skoda Superb Combi||100kg||220.46lbs|
|Tesla Model 3||70kg||154.32lbs|
|Toyota Auris Touring Sports||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Toyota Avensis Touring Sports||103kg||227lbs|
|Toyota Camry||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Toyota C-HR||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Toyota Corolla Hatchback||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Toyota Corolla Sedan||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Toyota Corolla Touring Sports||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Toyota Corolla TREK||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Toyota GR Supra||50kg||110.23lbs|
|Toyota GT86||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Toyota iOn||Check instruction manual for your car|
|Toyota Land Cruiser||80kg||176.37lbs|
|Toyota PROACE Verso||150kg||330.69lbs|
|Vauxhall Astra||75 kg||165.35lbs|
|Volkswagen Caddy Combi||100kg||220.46lbs|
|Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Volkswagen Golf Variant||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Volkswagen ID.3||Check instruction manual for your ar|
|Volkswagen Passat Variant||100kg||220.46lbs|
|Volvo V40 Cross Country||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Volvo V60 Cross Country||75kg||165.35lbs|
|Volvo V90 Cross Country||100kg||220.46lbs|
|Volvo XC40||75 kg||165.35lbs|
Hoping you can help, please. We have a 2011 Hyundai IX35. This page suggests that the roof load is 100kg – assuming that is the dynamic roof load?
In which case, would these bars be suitable to take a 55kg roof tent, please?
The link suggests that the bars have a max load limit of 75kg. Again, I’m assuming that’s the dynamic load limit and that in a static situation the bars would cope with a 55kg tent plus two adults?
Grateful for your advice.
Yes, the 75 kg max load limit is for the dyniamic load, not static (ie when two adults sleep in the tent). From the details you shared this setup will be safe.
Thanks for this article and suggestions!
Hi can you tell me the dynamic load of a VW Fox please?
What year is it?
I have a 2022 Mazda CX-5. Any idea what the static weight is? The dynamic weight is 165 lbs.
Unfortunately I could not find this information, but most cars, especially SUVs have way more static weight load capacity than you need for roof top tents
I have a Toyota Verso S with a static glass roof,and am thinking of a Tentbox light or Ox diesel Probably only be me in the unit.Your advice please ad there is nothing in the cars manual.Also on a budget am I looking at tge best products for tge money Tgank you in anticipation Peter
Unfortunately the fixed glass roof is not your friend this time. I had a Meriva with a panoramic roof and it reduced the 75 kg limit to only 50.
I don’t know the dynamic load of the Verso S, but I bet that the panoramic roof trim has a reduced limit as well.
If you can’t find the information in the car manual, it might be worth giving a try with an official toyota seller, they might have access to information that is otherwise unavailable for the general public.
The number of people occupying the tent when the car is static does not really matter in this case.
Sorry that I can’t be any more helpful.
I have a 2010 vauxhall meriva b with glass roof. I`m planning to buy a roof tent but I don`t know how much weight would hold the roof when is stationary. Will probably need to support at least 200 kilos including the weight of the tent. Any idea how to find out the weight limit of my roof?
I had the same car (2011) and unfortunately the glass roof has a reduced dynamic capacity (45 kilos if I remember rightly). Don’t ask where did I find it, I can’t remember now (it was two cars ago), but I remember it was quite a shock as the normal roof version has a decent dynamic load. As for static load, I found no information, but it was out of the question anyways.