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MADE IN THE USA RUGGED™ Clamshell Rooftop Tent

(2 customer reviews)



Made in the USA, the NEW 2023 RUGGED™ clamshell Rooftop Tent is the lightest, thinnest hardtop tent on the market today at 113 lbs and 4.85” tall – just big enough to store your sleeping bags and ladder. Includes top crossbars to transport up to 75lbs on top. This waterproof all-season tent w/ rainfly (get a good sleeping bag for under 40°) includes a 1″ sleeping pad and comprehensive mounting hardware and is backed by our 3-year warrantyFits most vehicles that have a roof rack or crossbars that will support 150+lbs in transit + campers while stationary.

PRO TIP: If you want the best sleep possible, the XPed DUO M fits the RUGGED and will close when partially deflated!


Outstanding vehicle integration keeps BA Tent’s RTTs snug to the vehicle (1″ above roof) for better daily commuter performance and while in route to your off-road adventure. With it’s lower center of gravity and weight, you’ll never feel it while crawling over rocks and racing across the Baja Desert. The enhanced aesthetic is another Badass bonus that overlanders and campers alike value.
***Ladder and vehicle not included.

  • Made-in-USA quality you can see, backed up by a 3-year warranty**
  • The lightest, thinnest hardtop tent on the market at 4.85” tall and 113 lbs.
  • Tactical storage case styling using semi-gloss textured plastic outer shell 
  • Ultra-slim 4.85” tall Extruded Aluminum Frame supports up to 500lbs 
  • High-performance tent made of industry-leading waterproofing using 420D Nylon Oxford Fabric with 3 doors and 3 large zippered windows 
  • Durable, micro-weave black mesh window screens keep the no-see’um bugs out and provide unobstructed 270-degree views to bring the outside in, or seal up when you need privacy. 
  • Gas shock strut arms allows for quick set up and structural integrity even in windy conditions 
  • Low height adds minimal wind noise and drag. 
  • 100% recycled thermal regulating/even mattress pad offers comfort and support 
  • Patented modular design delivers higher quality at a lower price 
  • Two person sleeping capacity 
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The Badass Tents’ RUGGED RTT is designed to look like a military use utility case on top of your rig. This model’s clamshell design tilts up at one end and offers a 270-degree view towards the back and a full 360-degree view when purchased with the moonroof option. The RUGGED’s 5” tall ultra-low-profile design is the lightest, thinnest rooftop tent on the market today at 113 lbs. and will allow most vehicles to pull into residential garages and parking structures without having to remove the rooftop tent. *

All Badass Tents (also known as BA Tents) are quick to set up, feature a sleek ultra-compact design for low wind noise which doesn’t affect gas mileage, have first in-class patented features, made using durable ABS material with a utility finish over a high strength extruded aluminum frame and offers cost savings through some user assembly. Stay where you play with a convenient Badass rooftop tent.

Outstanding vehicle integration keeps BA Tent’s RTTs snug to the vehicle for better performance off-road or wherever adventures can be found. The enhanced aesthetic is another Badass bonus that overlanders and campers alike value.

*Check clearance before entering home garage or parking structures. It’s not Badass to damage a vehicle, RTT or building.

** See for limited warranty details. Long story short, we cover all the hard parts of the tent against manufacturing defect or damage, excluding any soft parts.  We don’t cover “operator error” or my dog did it, my rig rolled over, etc.

***Ladder and vehicle not included.

Reviews 2

2 reviews for MADE IN THE USA RUGGED™ Clamshell Rooftop Tent

  1. Keith

    I love my new tent!!! I recently purchased a BadAss RUGGED™ ROOF TOP TENT was able to attach with the 6 included L brackets to the factory Yakima brand rails on my SnugTop Truck Bed Camper top. Really happy with the perceived strength of the mount and the low profile. Have driven highway speeds (80 mph) and it was rock solid, did not move.

    My 6 year old son and I slept in the driveway the first night (his Idea). It got down to 28º that night!!! My son did well until about 05:30 when he got cold and we went inside.

    Initially when we laid down on the included “sleeping surface”. This is a relatively dense about 1” covered foam pad. At first it felt firm but comfortable. As the night progressed, perhaps because of the low temperature, it began to become very hard and uncomfortable. So a good sleeping base but not good to sleep directly on.

    I have purchased 2 Thermarest mattress 20” wide each and they fit very well side by side and because of the base this makes a very comfortable sleep surface.
    The top is a piece of aluminum which is nice but if your feet touch the aluminum at night they will be very cold. I found some nice 3mm aluminized insulation that I glued to the entire top. Provides enough insulation so that you can touch without your feet getting cold and also adequate to keep the condensation away, even at 28º.

    What I Love:
    The ease of deployment, less than one minute
    The ease of closing, less thank one minute
    Low profile
    How close it mounts to my roof
    Solid at highway speeds
    Looks really good
    Hard Shell
    quality construction
    Price is very fair

    Could consider:
    Cutouts for gas struts. I ended up milling a small amount of material off as to not catch the struts on opening and closing
    Softer sleep pad, cannot sleep on surface, purchased two Thermarest mattresses to sleep on
    Its a little short, I am 6’1” and I barely touch at both ends
    Accidentally forgot about the tent and drove through a Carwash, Tent was completely dry!!!
    Very happy with my tent!!! Keith

  2. Dario Gonzalez (verified owner)

    Let’s start saying that the Rugged is Bad Asssssss.I got compliments wherever I go.It jus look right on top of my Gladiator.Bkack and Orange is always a winner.(thought Il die for the new PMT in camo)
    I find myself in regular parking lots opening the tent so people can see it after the reach out to me 👍👍👍.
    Like the Keith said the pad is not really effective after 3 am(just bought a 2 in memory foam topper from AMZ) and a 3 mm insolation pad and glued to the aluminum roof(DONE)
    Got a matching black and orange ladder as well cus my OCD is stronger than my wallet.
    We love this tent made in USA by USA workers.
    Outstanding costumer service even from the owner sending you emails.
    Very happy I am.

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