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A dirtbag's dream.
You might be touring the National Park system, following your favorite jam band around the country, or making your annual pilgrimage to that festival in the desert—either way, you'll be better prepared for what lies ahead with the Tepui Autana Sky Tent mounted to the top of your rig. You've probably seen the Autana in a campground somewhere in the Sierras, parked outside of a music festival, or spotted one set up in a remote desert camp somewhere on the Colorado plateau, and realized that's exactly what your rig needs. The Autana Sky is similar to Tepui's popular Autana tent, but differs in design thanks to two zippered sky panels on the roof, so you can enjoy the starry views from the roof of your car of truck.
You might be asking yourself exactly how this crazy contraption works, but Tepui's smart design makes the Autana relatively simple to install and set up. The tent comes with universal mounting brackets that will attach to most roof racks and after market roof bars. The tent is built around a durable aluminum frame, and its main canopy fabric is composed of a burly 600-denier cotton, polyester material that's been treated with a breathable and water-resistant coating. An additional rainfly with PU coating can be deployed along the roof of the tent during those particularly surly storms. The main sleeping area sits on welded aluminum base that is insulated and capped with a sheet of aluminum, offering a solid platform for the included, high density foam mattress to rest on—this means you won't have to deal with air mattresses and sleeping pads, just set up the tent, throw you're blanket or sleeping bag down, and you'll be ready to catch some Zs.
The collapsing design allows the Autana to be quickly deployed and collapsed at camp, and the included telescoping ladder makes getting in and out of the main sleeping area simple. The Autana also comes with an additional annex area that zips around the base of the main sleeping area, offering an additional 56sq ft of space to the tent. The annex also comes with a removable PVC floor for those times you might be camped on a sandy beach, desert floor, or muddy campground. Tepui tents travel well thanks to their collapsing design, and the included PVC travel cover that protects the tent system from weather and wear while you're on the road.
- 600D cotton, polyester ripstop with ventilate coating
- 420D polyester rainfly with PU coating
- No-see-um mesh mosquito screens
- Aluminum tubing internal frame
- Welded aluminum tubing base with insulation and cap sheet
- One door, one optional annex
- Three-person sleeping capacity
- 130lb weight (150lb with annex)
- Two operational sky panels on roof
- 8ft 6in telescoping aluminum ladder included
- PVC travel cover included
- Universal mounting brackets included
- Item #TPU0002
- Q & A
15 Minutes In
First time setting up - 15 minutes in.
Lots of false starts were made. But we've gotten so much faster after a few times.
7 Minutes Later
First time setting up 7 minutes in
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First time setting up - 3 minutes later
Best way to camp
After purchasing this tent, my fiance was SO excited that he had to set it up and sleep in it right away in our driveway. So those are the pictures I've attached.
But since then we've camped in it twice - and let me tell you - that is enough to make me realize that I'm never going back to just a tent with an air mattress again.
The foam topper is super comfortable. And unlike an air mattress, it won't deflate in the middle of the night. We've started leaving a sheet and comforter and pillows just up top to make week night camping even easier. All you have to do once you get to the site after dark is unzip the cover, pop the tent open, and put out the stays for the windows. Then you can climb right in and go to sleep.
The length of the tent is more than long enough for my 6 foot fiance and our 50lbs dog down at his feet. The width might be a little tight for 3 actual people, but it fits the 2 of us and a dog very comfortably.
The set up took us a few tries to get it down. The learning curve is a little steep but by our 4th time we were pros. There are a lot of helpful youtube videos that Tepui has provided. The annex takes a little bit more time, but can be a great addition when you're actually hanging out at the site and not just popping up for a quick sleep.
And the annex was a life-saver our last rainy trip because it provided a perfect shelter for our whole group (4 people and 2 dogs) from the mud streaming under the car for many hands of cards. We could fit all of our camp chairs and a camp table and two dog beds.
Overall - an INCREDIBLE way to camp. Two huge thumbs up.
How is it mounted to the roof?