Air Seconds Base Connect – Inflatable car tent

£300

Don’t like fiddling around with poles? This inflatable car tent might be the right choice for you then (note that it does require a separate pump). It’s made to connect to cars and vans, you can also buy an additional bedroom section to put inside. This looks like Decathlon’s first venture into real car tents (as so far, it was unintended – they built tents that happened to fit cars too). It’s also 10cm taller than the Arpenaz Base M. The sheet + poles make joining it to your car even more flexible. It has two large openings on opposite ends, giving you a choice of which side you’ll attach to the car. Key benefits:

  • versatility – fits most MPVs – tailgate or side-door, you can connect it from two ends
  • good quality – tested in long rain, strong winds, it holds up pretty well (relatively to the price)
  • easy to put up/down

 

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INFLATABLE HATCHBACK – TAILGATE TENT – Arpenaz Base Fresh

Lukas Cech – Nimblecamper.com

6 person inflatable camping shelter air seconds base connect - Air Seconds Base Connect - Inflatable car tent
Don’t like fiddling around with poles? This inflatable car tent might be the right choice for you then (note that it does require a separate pump). It’s made to connect to cars and vans, you can also buy an additional bedroom section to put inside. This looks like Decathlon’s first venture into real car tents (as so far, it was unintended – they built tents that happened to fit cars too). It’s also 10cm taller than the Arpenaz Base M. The sheet + poles make joining it to your car even more flexible. Unfortunately, the opening is much wider than an MPV, so you will have two big gaps on the sides, requiring further insulation during rain or against bugs. It has two large openings on opposite ends, giving you a choice of which side you’ll attach to the car.
– Average price
– Height: 2.25 m (opening for tailgate 175cm) | Floor area: 6.25 m2 | Comfortable for 6 people
– Openings on 4 sides (2 suitable for a car) | but only 1 mosquito net
– Waterproof – Water column (Schmerber): Flysheet >2000 mm rating Groundsheet >2400 mm rating
– Rectangular cover | 77 x 29 x 29 cm | 64 litres | Removable groundsheet
– Weight 13kg
– Easy installation: Extremely quick pitching thanks to its all-in-one inflatable structure (requires a separate pump though)
– The fabric filters UV rays with an UPF of 50+
– Withstands force 7 winds – around 60 km/h | Wind tunnel test
– Car connection/fit: doesn’t need a rail to be attached
– Car connection/fit: will not fit exactly as it’s not meant to be used with a car, but the opening is high enough for the tailgate, albeit a bit too wide.

~300 GBP / EUR*

*yep, in EUR it works out cheaper
Available at any Decathlon website or store in your country.

You can extend it with an internal bedroom section made specifically for this tent – keep the mozzies out easier and have more privacy. A changing/privacy shelter during the day, bedroom at night. See images below.

I recommend buying this foldable table + 4 chairs too – good ratings, price and takes up almost no space.

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arpenaz base m car tent
The best budget car tent you can find
+ it fits Sharan / Berlingo & similar MPVs like a glove:
ARPENAZ BASE M tent
See how it fit’s my Sharan 2013 in this full review + video

Confirmed to fit: Sharan, Touran, Berlingo, Caddy, Partner, Kangoo, Combo
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6 person inflatable tent
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+ 170cm opening for any tailgate

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