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    21 Reviews


    Kukenam Sky Tent

    Strap Tepui's Kukenam Sky Tent to the top of your car and camp above everyone else at the campground. While fellow campers complain about various rocks and rain keeping them up all night, you can rest easy atop this tent's cushy foam base and below its PU-coated canopy. Designed for year-round protection, this rugged tent boasts heavy-duty polyester and cotton fabrics with waterproof treatments to keep rain, snow, and moisture out. Alternatively, all-around no-see-em mesh paneling gives plenty of ventilation for summer trips, and every panel (including the skylight) opens up with the waterproof zippers for even more airflow.

    Although it may seem intimidating, the Kukenam is relatively simple to install and set up. It comes with universal mounting brackets that attach to most roof racks and after-market roof bars. Once installed, the Kukenam sets up with a quick-and-simple pull of the ladder and a few pole inserts. Pushing the ladder folds out the internal aluminum frame and extends the poles for a complete setup. Collapse the tent by reversing those simple instructions, and zip it into the included PVC travel cover for convenient protection to and from your favorite camping destination.

    • Rugged and convenient camping option for your off-road rig
    • Attaches to roof rack for quick and convenient setup
    • Designed for large or lifted off-road vehicles
    • Telescoping ladder offers easy access to roof
    • Includes high-density foam mattress for home-like comfort
    • Side screen windows allow you to view the stars
    • No-see-um mesh netting keeps out bugs
    • Four large internal pockets help you stay organized
    • Item #TPU000O

    Tech Specs

    [canopy] 600D cotton/poly ripstop, DWR treatment, [rainfly] 420D polyester oxford, polyurethane coating, [travel cover] 1000D PVC, [base] aluminum]
    Interior Height
    Floor Dimensions
    56 x 96in
    Packed Size
    56 x 48 x 12in
    Packed Weight
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

    California Proposition 65


    This product can expose you to chemicals including Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

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    Best addition to car camping

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had this tent for about 6 months and it has been nothing but great on over a dozen trips. I've slept in it in a wide variety of conditions: from 9,000 ft and freezing temps, to camping out in the desert with a low of 95. It sleeps 2 adults comfortably, and a 3rd could squeeze in if you're all friends. The only downside is that the tent isn't great in the wind - it's perfectly stable but just kind of noisy.

    Best addition to car camping

    So nice to be off of the ground!

      This tent is awesome and is so much better than sleeping in a tent on the ground! The only reason that I am going it 4 stars is because of durability issues. Over time the cover has cracked in the corners and the ladder does not lock like it used to. But overall this is a great product and is extremely convenient for car camping.

      My wife and I love our tent

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      My wife and I got this tent last year so that we could easily pack everything up and get going no matter where we are. We have taken it through Nevada, California, Oregon, Southern Utah and Colorado over the past year.

      The overall construction of the tent has been pretty good and it has held up to some very high wind situations in Southern Utah, a couple rain storms and some high heat conditions. The fabric on the tent has held up quite well through our first season and I expect much of the same going forward. It seems to breath fairly well and during the heat of the summers it is really nice to have a little fan going to provide some extra air when needed.

      It is fairly stable when folded out but I have found that it works best if you tie down the side that hangs out over the side or rear of your vehicle. If you get higher winds coming in it can push the platform up. I typically just tie down to the rear tow hook on my Jeep.

      The mattress that it comes with is a decent mattress. Certainly more comfortable than your standard padding but it should be noted that as the temperatures get cooler the memory foam tends to get a little stiff. Not typically an issue during the summer but early spring / late fall it can be quite firm once you start getting evening temperatures in the 40s. We have added a layer of egg shell foam to have a little more plush sleeping.

      It is fairly easy to deploy and put it away. I find that it typically takes about five minutes to setup and probably 10 to put away primarily because of the height of my vehicle. We have a Jeep Wrangler so at times I find myself climbing up on the roof to tuck the shell and rainfly in .


      Easy setup and quick deployment

      More comfortable than your standard sleeping pad

      Terrain doesn't matter as long as it is level you can park it on rocks

      No worries about flooding in during rain

      Plenty of additional addons and features from Tepui

      The skylights are amazing to have open to fall asleep to.

      Durable and has held up in some fairly difficult conditions. Super sturdy in the wind and didn't budge at all while regular tents were getting blown around or flattened


      Being higher up does leave you more susceptible to the wind and at first can be unnerving. This isn't usually much of an issue if you're in a more forested area but out in the desert where the wind blows a little harder it takes some getting used to.

      Price is certainly higher than your average tent. It has however gotten my wife out more frequently to enjoy the outdoors and that is worth it to me.

      Getting up and down in the middle of the night is a little more difficult than your average tent

      It mentions being a 3 person tent but it can be a bit cramped depending on how you typically sleep or overall size of people in the tent

      Overall we are very happy with our purchase and look forward to many more adventures with each other and our kids.

      My wife and I love our tent

      Wife loves to tent camp now!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought this for a trip my wife wanted to take to the Oregon Coast (or at least that’s how I talked her into letting me buy it). I read tons of reviews but couldn’t find anyone that I knew that had one, some of the reviews made it sound like a lot more work than it really is! So here’s my pro’s and con’s after using it for the summer. The trip along the coast was the bomb with this thing.....we didn’t plan anything, we had a starting point and a handful of days to do it and never had to worry about where we would sleep. I installed it on a Subaru crosstrek with the aftermarket crossbars and feet. It was just like anything else, once you’ve done it once its easy. The hardest part of the install was lifting it onto the roof of the car (my 12 year old son and I) with out scratching the vehicle. I set it up once or twice before we hit the road, its way easier than any ground tent I’ve set up. I read you could leave your sleeping bags in it while the second day we had our sleeping clothes, flashlights, extra waters, pillows and bags in it while driving. The wife would argue the best thing about this is being “safer” up off the ground.....while it is very cool its not even in my top 3 things I love about it. I would say first is the time you save with it, leaving things in it was convenient. We got to where we could set it up in 7 mins, takedown was closer to 12 mins. With being in a smaller car it helped free up some space too. 2nd is the memory foam mattress they come with is far cozier than any sleeping pad I’ve had. 3rd is how well it held up adapting to all the different weather.....on colder nights we wouldn’t put up the window awnings, leaving them down helped give another layer between us and the weather, warmer nights we put them up and would open as needed.....never slept cold.....never got woken up having the wind tossing it around, pretty quiet. It has a pretty sweet star gazing roof too. We moved it from the car to the truck a couple times since buying and with the adjustable ladder its as easy to get in when its on the car or on top of the trucks shell (about 8’ off the ground).......I will admit its pretty cool being up off the ground. The only con’s I have is its bulky, most automatic car washes wont let me through with it on regardless of the vehicle. It takes a min of two people to move it and finding a place to keep it through the winter was challenging, it takes up a lot of real estate in the garage.....if you keep it on the same car and leave it on all year round it wouldn’t be a problem. On one of the outings the kids kicked us out and 3 teenage kids slept in it comfortably for 6 nights. All in all I would buy again, pros are far more than the cons.

      Wife loves to tent camp now!

      Best Car Camping Ever!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I feel like I have a hotel on top of my car. I've used it in 15 degrees and 80 degrees. You can keep everything closed and stay warm, or open everything to stay cool. The mattress is way more comfortable than any sleeping pad, and being off the ground and level is super nice. I don't have to worry about any weather condition. It feels like you're retiring to a hotel on your car after adventuring all day.

      You'll Never Go Back to a Normal Tent

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Bought my first Tepui a few years back, ended up selling it to a buddy and immediately regretting it, so I bought a new one this fall. Being up off the ground tends to help keep the tent cooler when its hot, and warmer when it gets cold. The mattress is very comfortable and even better with a double sized sleeping bag. If you car camp regularly, buy this tent, you won't regret it.

      You'll Never Go Back to a Normal Tent

      More Hype Than An 80's Rap Video

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      After seeing the Tepui tents on every car, truck, and SUV around town I decided that this many people can't be wrong. I gave this model a go due to wanting to camp in the later parts of Summer and early Fall, due to climbing and mountain biking. It was EXACTLY what I had hoped it would be. Extremely easy to mount to your vehicle, safe, and secure. It sets up in a matter of minutes, and keeps those annoying rocks out of your back while trying to get a good nights rest. If you're on the fence about the brand, or even this model in particular, I would urge you to sway toward this direction. Tepui really knows what they're doing, and it shows through their products!

      More Hype Than An 80's Rap Video

      Kukenam 3 man Siberian camo tent

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The kukenam 3 man Siberian camo is legit! It’s a great tent for 3 full size ppl or comfortably 2 w/ plenty of space. It’s held up perfect the 3 times I’ve already used it w/ in the 2 weeks I’ve had it. I have to say that it’s a hell of a lot easier to put up and break down then your average ground tent. It keeps its warmth very well which impressed me the most and through the rain there was no leaks in the tent and nothing to complain about. I Highly recommend this to anyone who loves to camp and will use it regularly.

      Kukenam 3 man Siberian camo tent

      Wouldn't stay any other way

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've had the chance to use my Tepui a handful of times this summer. I recently took it up to Montana for a weekend trip of biking at Big Sky. The first morning I woke up it was between 30-40* F outside and frost covered the tent. With a fleece blanket and a down comforter I was nice a toasty all night. The combination of a thick mattress and canvas tent hold in heat better than a standard nylon tent.
      I also find a little more comfort going to bed in bear country 6+ feet off the ground. Granted a Grizzly wouldn't have much trouble finding it's way into the tent, I feel better than being on the ground.
      I highly recommend trying one of these out if you are on the fence as I was. The simplicity and comfort of a Tepui are unmatched and a nice conversation piece at the very least!

      Camping in Luxury

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This tent blew me away! I borrowed the one we have here in the Backcountry GHO office for a week trip down to the national parks in southern Utah, and although the tent was a little smelly from all the smelly gearheads who have used it before (I'm looking at you David), the tent was everything I wanted and more! The deployment of the tent was super simple and only involved unzipping the heavy-duty PVC cover and pulling on the ladder to unfold the tent, the mattress was extremely comfortable and could've easily fit three people although it was just myself, and the walls and roof of the tent were of the highest quality. I removed the rain fly cover for the nights I was there to enjoy the stars, and although it did drizzle one morning, the rest of the tent shed that moisture just fine on it's own! I know the price might throw you off a little, but comparing it with an tow-behind pop up camper, this tent wins every time! Let me know if you have any specific questions by sending me an email:

      Coolest tent ever!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Nothing awakens my inner child more than something that resembles a Fort! These tents are super cool and roomy I was initially very skeptical about being on the roof of a car in A tent, But when my friend bought one and we went camping with it I was amazed at how easy it was to set up especially because the 1st night it started raining on us out in Mount Hood and in a few minutes we were out of the rain. It kept us warm and dry all night and its a plus not being on the ground.

      So far slept 2 weeks in it...

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have had this on my truck since May 2017. I have to say I am impressed. I think I have spent 15+ nights in it so far. Had 4 nights of straight rain, and stayed dry. It is easy to open and great to keep you off the ground. You never know where you will end up and it is so much easier than a large pole tent. Great for a basecamp. I have plans on mounting it on my Polaris UTV to have a mobile hotel with me.

      So far slept 2 weeks in it...

      Badass Setup

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I first used the Tepui when I was visiting friends in Wyoming for a fishing trip in mild summer weather and then used it on the beach in some cold and windy weather. I was amazed at how easy the tent was to setup at the camp site and how comfortable the mattress was inside. The tent has so many options for ventilation that it was warm in the cold and cool in the heat. It held up well in 30-40 mph winds, albeit a little noisy. When you're first using the tent it's hard to figure out what all of the loops, d-rings and hooks are for, but you quickly figure out that everything is there for a reason. Tepui thought of everything. Only downside is there isn't a good place to store your boots (I recommend picking up a small plastic storage container and keeping it in the tent, or leaving it at the base of the ladder). The bottom of the tent, closest to the ladder, has sturdy hooks that are perfect for hanging wetsuits or other gear that needs to dry. This tent is just badass, plain and simple. Cream rises to the top, in this case your car.

      Providing an update to the comment. I've used this tent now for 15+ trips and I still don't have a single complaint. It has held up well, and I keep it on top of my car at all times. I would highly recommend. I want to add a suggestion, if you're in really windy weather, but know that it isn't going to rain, I would suggest taking the rain fly off. The canvas material the tent is made out of is beefy enough to retain heat in the wind, and by taking the rain fly off you eliminate the flapping from the wind. Cuts down on noise by 50-75%.

      Great product, but not waterproof

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      We got this tent and love how well made it is and how easy it is to set up when you get to your campsite at the end of the day. Climbing up inside feels like climbing into a tree fort and I felt really safe inside due to that.. Nice heavy duty fabric and good construction overall. It takes a little to put it together but nothing super hard. We use a pulley system to get it on and off of our vehicle and then it stores on the ceiling of our garage. Makes it super easy to even take the tent for just a night or two. It is our go to tent for car camping.

      However don't expect to stay dry if you use the tent in a consistent rainfall. Found this out the hard way on the first night of a 2 week trip in the middle of nowhere Canada. Wet bedding and even the mattress got a little wet on the underside, thankfully it didn't soak through all the way. And thankfully we ended up in nice warm weather the next day to get it all dried out.

      We live in Alaska and travel a lot in Canada as well where rain is very common and it can rain for hours and even days on end. While the rainfly keeps rain off the roof, the water runs down the sides of the tent. And although the fabric is treated with water proofing. It is most definitely not waterproof. Water runs down the walls of the tent and into the seam of the floor and up into the mattress. Water beads up on the outside of the walls for awhile but soon the fabric becomes saturated, with bedding inside also beginning to wick moisture in and also folding up the saturated tent with bedding inside becomes a problem. A simple change in the rainfly design would solve this problem. We actually plan to have a canvas company sew us a new rainfly that utilizes the window awnings as well as the door awnings. And tepui does offer a weather shield but looking at it I doubt it would allow for good ventilation.

      We don't love the mattress. It is very very firm. We ended up having to use our thermarests on top. May end up swapping it out for something a little softer.

      Camping Elevated.

        I borrowed this tent for a weekend trip down to Moab, UT and it turned out to be the funnest weekend trip that I have taken. Having this nice and comfortable of a tent on top of my car made a whole world of difference. We were primarily climbing in Moab and so it was so nice to park our car super close to the routes that we wanted to climb and just camp on top of the car and be ready for a fun day the next morning. Everyone else in my party was in awe by this tent and they all wanted to get one after they saw how easy and comfortable the tent was. The built-in mattress is really comfortable and I did not even consider taking a pad inside of the tent. Also, on the drive down to Moab, we got caught in a big rain storm, but when we arrived in Moab the then was completely dry, so the cover really did its job of keeping water out of the tent. Overall, this tent is awesome and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys car-camping.

        Camping Elevated.

        get it!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've dreamed about owning a rooftop tent for my vehicle. I pictured myself off-roading to a remote spot where a conventional tent wouldnt work ex: on a cliff, old rocky river bed, or just some un-even ground that I could easily drive a tire or two onto a few rocks to level out. Now that I have the tent, I've yet to use it for any of those types of adventures. I've found myself using it for the pure facts that it is very comfortable, I feel safer being so high off the ground, and the quality is unreal. I've slept in the tent during knarly storms and never felt like the tent would fail. I'm very happy with my Tepui, and would say to anyone on the fence "just go ahead with the purchase, you wont regret it!"

        Glamping at its best!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Owning one of these just makes life better. I've done the #vanlife thing (actually it was #corollalife), and I WISH I had had this instead mainly because it's so dang comfy and keeps me organized. As someone who's always on the road and constantly searching for the best camp spot, the Tepui Kukenam helps to eliminate a lot of the searching process especially during those busy Moab weekends. Instead of looking for a place with even, comfy ground, my boyfriend and I are able to just drive down a dirt road a open the tent up! We got this mounted to the cap on his Toyota Tacoma, and with the Thule T2 on the hitch for the bikes, this has quickly become the dream rig. Because we're able to camp on top of the truck and keep the bikes loaded onto the rear hitch, this setup makes organization easy as pie.

        This tent is warm and cozy, holds up in high winds, and has a comfortable foam pad in it to sleep on. And as bonus, you can easily open it up to gaze at the stars as you fall asleep. I'm stunned by how well it regulates temperature; on a chilly desert night, just keep one end of the tent zipped up, and you'll stay cozy. Zip up both ends, and now your toasty, but not hot. On hot nights, unzip both ends, and you'll get a beautiful breeze sifting through the tent. And when the blazing sun hits your tent at 7am, you won't even know it if you've got the panels zipped up... This tent does NOT get hot in the morning sun like it would in a full polyester tent, so you can sleep comfortably and cool until 11am if you had too many beers during the previous night's campfire.

        The Tepui has a solid, sturdy frame, which helps to contribute to its resilience in high winds. When camping in the middle of a belligerent wind storm, the tent it still easy (and quick!) to set up, and wind won't really be a factor or hindrance in the process. You can sleep comfortably all night, and the walls won't continuously cave in or knock you in the face, but rather, the tent will maintain its solid structure. The only thing is that wind may come up at you and cause the unhinged part of the tent to wobble a bit when the tent is empty, but this can be easily fixed by holding a few of the ladder rungs together with a bungee (please contact me if you'd like a further explanation of this).

        If you're looking for a low-profile, inexpensive, and simple way to live the glamp life, this is for you. For mountain bikers, skiers, and other sweaty on-the-road athletes, consider the vanlife no more and go for this instead. You won't be shuffling gear around constantly, and your stinky clothes will be neatly organized below you while you get the best night of sleep you've had in a tent.

        Pros: Comfortable, easy to stay organized, can pop up anywhere, temperature regulation, looks cool, better than a van, etc... I can go on and on and on about this.

        Cons: It takes about 2-3 people to get this on and off the truck and can be awkward to move. Recommended for physically able people. You may go through a buyer's remorse phase, but I promise you that it will pass.

        If you have any mounting or sizing questions, or if you'd like to just hear a bit more about the Tepui tents, please give me a call at (801)619-7481 or email at

        Room With A View

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I took this tent out for the first time this spring to Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and I have to say, I'm in love. It gives you the freedom of your high clearance 4x4 but the comfort of having a pop up tent. We drove around on the backroads most days and by the end of the trip we were able to pop her open and ready to be used in under 10 minutes.

        The mattress it comes with is quite comfy - if you really want to upgrade, I think adding a 1 inch memory foam would turn this into a moving 5 star hotel. I definitely recommend getting the sheets that Tepui sells for this and getting a down camping blanket. We used sleeping bags for the first trip and folded them up into the tent when we were moving camp. It worked well but I wouldn't recommend leaving your pillows in.

        The initial set up is, for a lack of better words, a b!tch. We had 4 guys help get it on top of the car. It then took us about 30 minutes to screw in all the nuts tightly.I think it's easier to set up if you have taller towers on your crossbars but on my standard Subaru Forester rack, we weren't able to use my socket wrench. I have some friends that instead of taking off their tent from the towers when they want to take it off, they take off the whole rack.

        If you are interested in making this basecamp investment, have questions about tech specs or installation, give me a ring or shoot me a message: 801-204-4694 or

        Room With A View

        Off The Grid Radness

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The materials used for the tent are well made. The fabric used for the tent and the rainfly are pretty substantial and have held up great to all types of weather I've been in (have yet to use it in snow). No leaks or drips inside even in heavy rain. Given the design and shape it isn't ideal for strong wind, especially sitting exposed on top of a truck, but it had no issues standing up to it. Lot's of flapping and buffeting from the fabric, no matter how much you try to tighten the cinch straps down. Taking the rods out and securing the window flaps closed helps considerably in adverse conditions and I like that there are 4 tie down points for each...still some flapping. The foam mat is the most comfortable thing I've ever slept on camping, and since it folds up with the tent it makes it extremely convenient. *Condensation accumulates under the mat regardless of the weather conditions so I would recommend the anti condensation mat that Tepui makes specifically for each tent model. There is ample room for two people and some extra gear with plenty of headroom to sit up in. 4 pockets inside and some metal D rings positioned throughout to hang lights/gear come in handy.

        We've camped but this is camping

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        With the footprint of a ladder you can park, pitch and camp almost anywhere. There have been so many times when the campsites are full or the space is limited strolling in late to the site or trying to find somewhere just to park it. Camping has changed for us without a worry what we're sleeping over or what will happen when we wake up it's just easy and those dollars you think your saving getting cheaper tents cost you in the long run.

        We've camped but this is camping
        Unanswered Question

        Will this be compatible with a 50” roof rack or does the bar need to be longer? The tent will be mounted on a 2019 Forester with Malone Airflow2 rook rack.

        Unanswered Question

        I'd like to mount this right on top of the box of my Ridgeline bed (with rails right above the side walls) so that it folds back to the rear, or perhaps to the side Is this something you'd recommend? Can it do that, that low to the ground?

        I was wondering if this tent can mount in any direction, i.e. 90 degrees to what is shown in all photos so that the opening / ladder would hang over the rear of the vehicle? This would allow for a retractable awning to be mounted on the roof rack as well.

        I have a BMW x3
        does this $1499 set come with everything that I need for the first time?
        (including mattress foam, ladder, mount on the top of my car, screen)

        Hey Ric, the price listed is for the full tent. That price will not include a roof rack which will be necessary for attaching the tent to your vehicle. Feel free to reach out and I can see if your factory rack will handle the load of this tent or if there are options from Yakima or Thule that will fit your roof line and support this tent.

        My car has a large sun roof will this tent work on my Forester

        Hey Cathy! As long as your Forester has crossbars and their weight limit is more than 180 lbs, then definitely! YYou shouldn't have too much of a problem. Definitely make sure you are above the weight limit for your rack though, I would hate for this thing to damage your car or fall off! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly. Contact details above!