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Elevate Your Camping Experience: LandyCampers' Ultimate Guide to Thule Approach Rooftop Tents

Updated: Jul 9

Are you ready to revolutionise your camping adventures? Say goodbye to traditional ground tents and hello to the future of outdoor accommodation - the Thule Approach rooftop tent. This innovative camping solution is set to transform your vehicle into a mobile basecamp, offering unparalleled comfort, convenience, and a deeper connection with nature.


LandyCampers Defender 90 with Thule Approach M Rooftop tent open in a camping setting, with table, chair and stove

Image: © Max Isham Photography


Why Choose a Thule Rooftop Tent?


Innovative Design for Maximum Space

The Thule Approach redefines camping comfort with its modern, aerodynamic design. Its expandable shell creates a surprisingly roomy interior with a high ceiling, allowing for comfortable standing and movement. The wider floor plan offers more usable space compared to many competing rooftop tents, ensuring you never feel cramped during your outdoor adventures.

Inside a Thule Approach M Rooftop Tent, a child and mother sit looking out of the window showing the high headroom and spacious interior

Image: © Max Isham Photography


Premium Sleeping Surface

At the heart of the tent's comfort is the integrated thick, dual-layer, high-density foam mattress. This premium sleeping surface provides optimal support and comfort, eliminating the need for additional sleeping pads or air mattresses. The mattress stays securely in place when folding the tent, ensuring it's always ready for use as soon as you set up camp.


Climate Control Features

Enjoy a pleasant environment in any weather with the Thule Approach's excellent climate control features. Multiple windows and vents allow for customizable airflow, while mesh panels keep insects out and let fresh air in. The insulated base helps maintain comfortable temperatures, ensuring a cosy space year-round.


Clever Storage Solutions

Stay organized with built-in pockets and gear lofts that keep essentials within easy reach. A dedicated storage area for bedding when the tent is closed and optional shoe bags add to the convenience, keeping your living space tidy and functional.


Enhanced Headroom

The unique pole structure of the Thule Approach creates vertical walls, maximizing usable space. This design eliminates the sloping sides common in traditional tents, allowing you to sit up comfortably in bed or stand to change clothes with ease.


Inside a Thule Approach Rooftent, looking out from the window and skylights at a sunny view of gorse hedgrow

Image: © Max Isham Photography


Quality Materials for Comfort

Experience superior comfort with the Thule Approach's high-quality materials. The durable, breathable fabric prevents condensation and maintains air quality, while a blackout coating ensures better sleep. The soft-touch interior fabric creates a cosy, home-like feel, making your tent a true home away from home.



Weather-Ready Features:


  • Versatile Rain Cover: Offers multiple protection modes to keep you dry in various conditions.

  • UV-Resistant Fabric: Protects against harsh sunlight, extending the life of your tent.

  • Insulated Base: Helps maintain a comfortable temperature inside the tent.

  • Weather-Sealed Seams: Prevent water ingress during heavy rain.

Durability You Can Count On


When you're out in the wilderness, reliability is crucial. The Thule Approach undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it can withstand the demands of outdoor adventures.


Testing and Quality Assurance:

  • Wind Resistance: Tested to withstand strong gusts without compromise.

  • Water Resistance: Subjected to simulated heavy rainfall to guarantee waterproofing.

  • Temperature Extremes: Proven to perform in both hot and cold conditions.

  • Durability Testing: Subjected to repeated use scenarios to ensure longevity.


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Customizable Comfort with Optional Accessories


Enhance your Thule rooftop tent experience with a range of optional accessories designed to take your comfort to the next level.


Available Add-Ons:

  • Annex: Create additional sheltered living space beneath your rooftop tent.

  • Awning: Extend your shaded area for relaxing or cooking outdoors.

  • Insulation: A quilted inner tent, to keep you cosy on cooler nights

  • Shoe Bags: Keep your footwear organized and easily accessible.

  • Anti-condensation Mat: A 3d mesh matting to fit under the mattress, increasing airflow and keeping out the damp.


A woman stands pouring coffee at a camping table with a stove and kettle, in front of a Thule Approach Rooftop Tent open on a LandyCampers Defender 110 with the Annexe extension opened

Image: © Max Isham Photography


Why Invest in a Thule Approach Rooftop Tent?


  1. Versatility: Transform any compatible vehicle into a camper, giving you the freedom to explore without the need for a dedicated camping vehicle.

  2. Cost-Effective: While the initial investment may be higher than a traditional tent, the durability and versatility of a rooftop tent can save you money in the long run on accommodations and camping gear.

  3. Comfort: Enjoy a comfortable, flat sleeping surface off the ground, away from moisture, insects, and uneven terrain.

  4. Safety: Sleeping elevated provides an added sense of security in unfamiliar camping locations.

  5. Convenience: With quick setup and takedown, you'll spend less time setting up camp and more time enjoying your surroundings.

  6. Quality: Thule's reputation for quality ensures you're investing in a product that will last for years of adventures.



Experience Before You Buy


Interested in trying out a Thule Approach rooftop tent before making the investment?


LandyCampers, an award-winning camper rental service, is the only UK provider offering Thule Approach rooftop tents as part of their rental fleet. This unique opportunity allows you to experience the comfort and convenience of these innovative tents first-hand before deciding to purchase your own.



Image: © Max Isham Photography


FAQ: Thule Rooftop Tents


  1. How many people can sleep in a Thule Approach rooftop tent? The Thule Approach M comfortably sleeps 2-3 adults, making it perfect for couples or small families. The Approach L sleeps 3-4 and the Approach S sleeps 1-2.

  2. Is it difficult to climb into a rooftop tent? Not at all! The Thule Approach comes with a sturdy ladder that makes access easy and safe.

  3. Can I use a rooftop tent in winter? Absolutely! The Thule Approach is designed for year-round use, with insulation and weather protection features.

  4. Will a rooftop tent affect my vehicle's fuel efficiency? While there may be a slight impact on fuel efficiency due to added weight and wind resistance, many users find the difference minimal, especially when compared to towing a trailer.

  5. Are rooftop tents safe in strong winds? Yes, Thule rooftop tents are extensively tested for wind resistance and stability.

  6. How do I clean and maintain my rooftop tent? Thule provides detailed care instructions, but generally, regular cleaning with mild soap and water, along with proper drying before storage, will keep your tent in excellent condition.


Ready to elevate your camping experience? Consider investing in a Thule Approach rooftop tent and unlock a new world of outdoor adventure possibilities. Whether you're a weekend warrior or a seasoned overlander, this innovative camping solution offers comfort, convenience, and connection to nature like never before.


Remember, if you want to try before you buy, LandyCampers offers the unique opportunity to rent vehicles equipped with Thule Approach rooftop tents. It's the perfect way to experience the future of camping first-hand!


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