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Tuatara Crest Rooftop Tent

RRP $1,999.00


Introducing the Tuatara Crest, an upgraded version of our original SSC Blackout rooftop tent in New Zealand. Weighing only 49.5kgs, it's our most compact design, making it an excellent fit for smaller vehicles or ute trays. The slatted base design reduces weight and minimizes condensation. Notable enhancements include a longer front door for better water runoff, side windows for improved ventilation, larger power cord entry, an improved cover design, and an upgraded telescopic ladder design. With a 70mm high-density foam mattress, you'll enjoy a comfortable night's sleep.

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  • Introducing the SSC
  • On the road
  • Easy pack down
  • First Impressions

The basics – Tuatara Crest

  • Compact Design: Ideal for smaller cars, trailers or the back of Ute's. It is also one of the lightest roof tents on the market
  • Blackout Fly: 200D Ripstop Polyester for longer sleep in's with darker interior and reduce heat
  • Slatted Base Design: Reduces weight, increases airflow and reduces condensation build-up
  • Thick Mattress: High density 70mm foam
  • 2-in-1 window Design: allows for easier access and venting
  • Telescopic Ladder: 2.3m adjustable aluminium ladder to suit any car size
  • Heavy-duty Frame: 19mm/25mm poles
  • Cambuckle Compression Straps: For secure storage while driving
  • Heavy-Duty Travel Cover: 1000D PVC built to handle New Zealand's diverse weather
3 year warranty
Tuatara Crest Rooftop Tent plan view Tuatara Crest Rooftop Tent cross section view
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Instructions
  • Easy-Grip Zip-Pulls Our Easy-Grip Zip-Pulls have a handy finger loop. The rubber and cord zip pulls make less noise as the pulls don’t rattle in the wind.
  • Fold Out
  • Collapsible This product saves space by collapsing to a fraction of its size when not in use.
  • 350kg Weight Rating
  • Mat Included A comfortable mat is included with this product!
  • 200 denier fabric We use a high density/high thread count (Denier) PU coated polyester fabric for the fly, which we have developed over many years. This fabric has superior tensile strength and is 8 times more durable than nylon. It doesn't stretch or sag when wet like nylon does and is a heavier quality than comparable fabrics.
  • Aluminium poles Our Powerflex aluminium poles are the largest diameter pole possible, relative to the size of the tent. This ensures you get maximum strength at minimum weight. They are also coloured to match the coloured pole sleeves. These are teamed up with lightweight high-strength aluminium 'V' hiker pegs.
  • Storage pockets Handy storage to easily locate important items and to minimise clutter.
  • Lantern hanging points Conveniently located tabs to hang LED lanterns.
  • Heavy-duty frame Our Rooftop Tent frames are constructed from thick, heavy-duty aluminium poles for durability and longevity.
  • 180 Degree View Wake up to 180-degree expansive views through the extended porch!
  • Anti-Condensation Mesh Prevents condensation build-up between the thick mattress and the base.
  • Blackout Coating A light-diffusing fly for longer sleep in's while camping!
  • Compact Compact shell design allows you to store other gear on your roof racks.
  • Telescopic Ladder Easy to use adjustable Telescopic ladder suits any vehicle height.
  • Open Dimensions: 1320 W x 1020 H x 2210 D (mm)
  • Closed Dimensions: 1300 W x 330 H x 1050 D (mm)
  • Travel Cover Dimensions: 1350 W x 350 H x 1120m D (mm)
  • Fly Aqua Rating: 20,000mm
  • Body Aqua Rating: 8000mm
  • Fly Material: 200D Ripstop Polyester
  • Body Material: 190g Ripstop Polycotton
  • Floor area: 2.4m²
  • Mattress: 1160 W x 70 H x 2060 D (mm)
  • Rooftop Tent Weight: 49.5kg
  • Internal Weight Rating: 250kg
  • Roof Rack Rating (Recommended): 75kg

Extra storage space on roof racks for the mounting of gear beside the Tuatara SSC may vary due to differences in vehicle sizes.

  • Cool tent Paul Cannon

    Have spent a night in . Ladder is stable and as a old fella I’m confident on it for a pee in the middle of the night . It did have condensation on a very wet and misty cold night It can easily alleviate by opening side windows and because it has the porch cover , the front door can be partially open for ventilation. Tent looks sexy on car . Easy to bolt on and the form is small and compact . All the material is tight and doesn’t flap in breeze . My wife loves the tent and finds the mattress very comfortable . It’s cozy/smallish but I can stretch out at 6 foot 3 no problem . Although my head might touch end of tent may be problem if high humidity . II have this problem on all 2 person tents as a tall person . I think this is perfect two person three season and 1person winter tent . I intend to use above the snow line this winter so will write another review after ten days down south.
    Hi Paul, thanks for the epic review! We look forward to hearing about your winter adventures in the SSC. Many thanks, Kiwi Camping team
  • 1st time Rooftop User. Mike Lloyd

    Received my Tuatara Crest last month. Haven't unpacked it yet as I'm still sorting my Holden 2008 V6 Omega. Yes! Holden Omega. 3 weeks it will be on my roof. Looking forward to traveling from Kaitaia to Invercargill. Will right more in a cpl of week's.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review Mike! We look forward to hearing more about your adventures in the Crest Roof Tent. Best regards, Kiwi Camping team

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