The GFC Rooftop Tent Expands to Eight Times Its Packed Size

October 11, 2018 by Rick Stella, @RickStella

Based in Bozeman, Mont., Go Fast Campers specializes in American-made truck campers and rooftop tents built to “embrace the outdoors.”

The company’s mantra takes that concept a step further, stating that people don’t “go outside to live in a shoebox.” That’s evident in its latest release, the GFC Rooftop Tent — the thinnest of its kind anywhere on the market.

What starts out as an inconspicuous and low-profile platform quickly expands into a tent roughly eight times its original size. Closed, the GFC RTT sits just 6 inches high, but once opened it offers 4 feet of interior space. Despite its small size, Go Fast Campers was able to maintain durability without making it weigh a ton. Featuring 100 percent American-made composite and metal construction, the entire add-on weighs just 135 pounds.

The tent itself is built using a waterproof fabric, and Go Fast Campers included mesh windows on either side to allow airflow and natural light. Its entryway also doubles as a large window which zips up for privacy. A 2-inch thick, multi-density foam mattress is included that’s comfortable to sleep on while providing insulation.

It’s capable of attaching to any vehicle outfit with a standard rack system while still managing to preserve said racks. The tent features the brand’s proprietary track mounting system which saves the hassle of drilling holes into the platform or forgoing racks altogether. This does mean buying a second set of racks, (outside of the set used to install the GFC RTT) but its versatility is a nice addition.

Unlike most rooftop tents, the GFC RTT doesn’t ship with an included ladder. However, Go Fast Campers does offer the option to buy a ladder as an add-on for an extra $149. The 8-foot ladder collapses into itself, making it easy to stow when not in use.

The GFC RTT is available now at a price of $3,499. However, Go Fast Campers says it plans on making just 10 units for its initial sale before opening a waiting list. According to the company, waitlisted tents ship in the order it receives each submitted request.

Editor’s note: images courtesy of GFC tents. 

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