The Tepui Kukenam Roof Top Tent…

I’ve been contemplating buying a roof top tent (RTT) for quite some time.

Never completely satisfied with what I was seeing, but liking the concept, I thought I’d see if anyone is selling any used in my area (currently Edmonton Alberta).  Two showed up – a lightly used green roof top tent and the Tepui Kekenam “Siberian Camo” tent.

Well, the black Jeep needs a tent to match and it was pretty  much a done deal on this one!

If you’re from Alberta, be sure to check out Cochrane Toyota – from what I can tell, they do off road well because their parts manager is someone with a passion for this as well.  I asked them to hold the tent (new in box) and I picked it up on Saturday while driving towards my excursion at Dinosaur Provincial Park.

I’d say it took about two hours from box to assembled and mounted on the roof.  But with only a few basic tools and the tight confines of the Gobi roof rack kept me from rushing.

It only took about 10 minutes to deploy the tent and install the awning & fly support rods.

It’s a great tent, and I’d recommend Tepui to anyone interested – just not the Siberian Camo… that’s mine!

Crowsnest Pass Alberta

I originally published the above back in May, 2014 and since then have a few more comments.

It is still a great tent.  I always receive compliments and positive comments about it.

At the end of 2014, I’ve got about 25 nights in the tent (I started tracking part way through the year) and therefore my current cost per night spent in the tent is the equivalent of about $72, for 2015 that will continue to drop drastically. Roof top tent’s are certainly a ‘cool factor’ item, but you really need to stop and think if it’s of going to be use to you to justify the cost.

For me, it is a worthy investment since I’m using it almost every weekend.

You’ll also want to consider the new height of your vehicle. If you’re 4×4’ing, keep in mind you have less clearance than before. Some trail runs I’ve done required an assistant to push and hold up branches out of the way for clearance.

Finally, if you’re camping in cold or chilly weather, get the anti-condensation mat. Yes, it’s an expensive addition, but it’ll keep the foam mattress dry, and when temperatures dip to close to (or below) freezing, you’ll get a lot of condensation on the floor panel.

jeep -  anti con mat - IMG_20140615_095404

Finally, if you’re out camping in windy conditions, I suggest getting a few small bungee cords. I’ve been keeping the windows and storm fly closed in windy conditions and the tie downs on the tent are fabric. Using the bungee cords allows for more movement in the wind and I don’t have to worry about ripping the tent material.

The photo below was from my Waterton trip in October 2014. It was cold, it was windy and lightly raining when I first setup camp for the night. the bungee’s kept things closed firmly, but allowed movement in the gusts.
waterton - canmore - banff - jasper - hwy 11

For the 2015 season, I have a few upgrades planned, interior LED lighting and under overhang LED lighting, that will be powered off the vehicle’s 12 volt supply. Also, I’ll have an interior light switch that will interface to the outside lighting of the Jeep, to override the Jeep controls and activate all lights-on in the unlikely event I have night-time visitors I want to scare off.


alberta - nordegg and foothills to edson

dinosaur provincial park alberta

ponoka and rocky mountain house alberta

12 thoughts on “The Tepui Kukenam Roof Top Tent…”

  1. Heather says:

    how did it mount to the gobi rack? do you still use the aluminum mounting channels that came with the tent?

    1. ej says:

      I’ll have to post up a close up photo — but yes, the aluminum mounting channels with the tent work just fine with the Gobi rack — the ones to the rear are a little hard getting to (couldn’t get a socket in there, had to use open box wrench).

  2. Basil says:

    How much was the tent?

    1. ej says:

      I paid $1400 here in Canada. I believe you can buy from Tepui direct for around $1200 for this model and in the Siberian Camouflage.

  3. Patrick says:

    Thank you for the information. I’m looking at purchasing one of those tents. It was very helpful. Good camping to you.

  4. marc says:

    how does it look when it is down ?

  5. Jeff says:

    Is yours the regular Kukenam, or is it the XL. I would love the additional space, but I fear that it will swallow my JKUR. Any thoughts?

    1. ej says:

      Mine is the regular Tepui Kukenam tent. It holds two people quite comfortably with room to spare. Also, the Kukenam – as I have it installed, would still allow access to the freedom panels for removal (I personally don’t remove them). However, I have’t really compared to see how much larger the XL version is.

  6. steve says:

    I’m looking at a rtt…question, can you haul a kayak on top of the rtt when its down? nice to see another Edmonton area person so passionate about overland like myself

    1. ej says:

      With these ‘soft shell’ rtt’s you probably could strap a kayak to it as once it’s folded for travel, it is a pretty solid surface. As long as your tie down points are on your roof rack (or other solid points) I don’t think there should be a problem. I’ve only just been renting kayaks “on location” so I haven’t tried it yet. If you haven’t jumped to the facebook page yet, you should have a look and “like us”… I’m hoping to post a adventure invites to some local followers this year.

      1. Steve says:

        Thanks…just made a few page so I can follow and thanks for the info in the kayak

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: