Do you like getting out into the great outdoors with your MINI Countryman? Ever found yourself wishing you could sleep in a tent without having to actually lie on the ground? Fancy waking up on the roof of your car only to find your mate has pinched the ladder for you to get down? Then the BMW MINI Countryman AUTOHOME Roof Tent is made for you!
In all seriousness, having a tent on top of your vehicle does make sense in countries around the world. It means less chance of being trampled or having a small and poisonous visitor come to share your sleeping bag. And that’s why roof tents generally haven’t gone beyond the VW bus crowd in the UK – unless you’re particularly worried about grass snakes or a rabid badger sneaking up on you.
And the actual tent seems decent enough. It’s made by AUTOHOME, an Italian company which has made car-top campsites for more than 50 years. They worked with the MINI Design Team to create this version of the AirTop roof tent which is available direct from MINI in Black or White to match the roof of your Countryman. And it fits to the standard roof rails, allowing you to use the Countryman roof rail carrier, without the need for tools. You just secure it with the included steel clamps.
There is one other benefit for the BMW MINI Countryman AUTOHOME roof tent. It automatically raises up on four gas pressure springs. So you drive around with what looks like a normal transport box, release the 3 safety clasps, and your accommodation is ready. No faffing around with guide poles and manuals required.
It’s obviously limited in size by the roof of your MINI, but at 2.1 metres long and 1.3 metres wide, you can fit yourself and potentially a house guest. The BMW MINI Countryman AUTOHOME roof tent is also 94cm high when raised, and the special high-quality fabric means it is rain proof, insulated against heat and noise and well ventilated as required. It also comes with a high-density mattress with cotton cover, two doors and windows with zips, close-meshes mosquito nets, a battery-operated LED interior light, luggage nets and pockets.
And they also provide the aluminium ladder to get in and out, which is handy.
So if you’re planning to circumnavigate the globe or take your MINI Countryman on safari, then you can order the BMW MINI Countryman AUTOHOME Roof Tent from MINI (or your local dealer).