Using a TentBox roof tent in strong winds

Neill Shurville
Last update by Neill
Oct 31, 2023


TentBox roof tents have been designed to ensure windier conditions.

  • Designed to endure wind
  • Choosing a place to camp
  • Other considerations

All TentBox models can be safely opened in wind speeds up to 38mph.

This guide discusses considerations we've made with each model to ensure they can withstand poor weather, and power all your adventures.

Designed to ensure wind

It can seem a little daunting setting up camp on a windy night in a TentBox raised from the ground, however we've designed each model with strong winds in mind.

Gas struts

The TentBox Classic and TentBox Cargo are both held open with the help of hydraulic gas struts, which are incredibly strong. They have an opening force of 400N.

The Classic has gas struts in all 4 of the corners, held within a mechanism we designed to ensure strength whilst open, but whilst still allowing it to be closed when you pull down on the closing strap.

The Cargo has external gas struts and is hinged at the front, making it even sturdier when open, in line with the more rugged nature of this model.

TentBox Lite overhang

You might think the TentBox Lite has less support on the overhanging side, however the hinge design allows the base to act as a single piece which makes it incredibly sturdy.

In higher winds, it's a good idea to use the included guy ropes, secured around your vehicle's wheels and connected to the D rings on the base of the Lite, to help ensure the folded out section is secure vs stronger gusts.

Choosing a place to camp


It's a really good idea to check the direction of the wind before you set up for the night, as the orientation of your TentBox can really help minimise the effects of strong wind. It's best to face the narrowest part of the TentBox to the wind.

The TentBox Cargo had an aerodynamic wedge-shape, which means you can angle it so the wind hits the hinge/angled side, putting less of an impact on the flat side.

When using the TentBox Classic, it would be best to face the rear of your vehicle to the wind.

With the TentBox Lite, the opposite side to the ladder should be wind-facing. 


You may want to avoid the wind altogether by setting up camp in a place more sheltered from the wind, however you should avoid settling down for the night amidst large trees which have the potential to blow branches and debris directly towards your TentBox.

Opt for a spot that is slightly more open, to keep both you and your TentBox safe from harm.

Other considerations

Loose materials

If it's seriously windy, we would recommend removing the porch poles from your TentBox and tying down the fabric to avoid it being caught by the wind.

You also don't want the poles coming out and potentially ripping the fabric or damaging anything nearby.


Although your TentBox will remain strong and sturdy through the windy weather, it goes without saying that it's going to be far noisier than usual - having earplugs on hand is a good idea!

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