Arpenaz Base Fresh car tent


With 9m2 space, it’s one of the biggest on offer. It might lack the cover sheet when attaching to a car, but at this price it still is a good option + you can buy a cheap sheet in any DIY store. Key benefits:

  • price – big & one of the cheapest car tents on the market at this quality/usability
  • usability – fits most MPVs – tailgate or side-door
  • good quality – tested in long rain, strong winds, it holds up pretty well (relatively to the price)


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Budget but bigger car tent – Arpenaz Base Fresh (10 people)

This one is still very cheap at around 180 GBP (up from 150 GBP in 2021) considering it’s also bigger than the Arpenaz Base M – by 0.5m on each side and 10cm taller (overall and the opening). This gives you a generous 9m2 compared to Arpenaz’s 6.25m2.


Lukas Cech –

camping living room with poles arpenaz base fresh 10 person 2 - Arpenaz Base Fresh car tent
A gazebo & tent in one – with more room for your things and a 185cm tall opening, you can basically reverse your tailgate into it. It doesn’t have the cover sheet that you can put over your car as the Arpenaz Base M, so rain insulation might need some DIY tarp/sheet, but other than that this is a good choice if you need something big and cheap.
– Cheap
– Height: 2.25 m (opening for tailgate 185cm) | Floor area: 9 m2 | Comfortable for 10 people
– Openings on 4 sides | but only 1 mosquito net
– Waterproof – Water column (Schmerber): Flysheet > 2,000 mm
– Rectangular cover | 89 x 22 x 30 cm | 58 litres
– Weight 11.6kg
– Easy installation: self-supporting structure | Aluminium poles
– The fabric filters UV rays with an UPF of 50+
– Withstands force 6 winds – around 50 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, but you might need to buy an additional sheet to cover the tailgate during rain

~180 GBP / EUR*

*yep, in EUR it works out cheaper
Available at any Decathlon website or store in your country.
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:
See how it fit’s my Sharan 2013 in this full review + video

Confirmed to fit: Sharan, Touran, Berlingo, Caddy, Partner, Kangoo, Combo
At around 100-120 GBP / , it’s a bargain that does the job of a 300+ GBP tent

at Decathlon UK
Or see my full review here
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Works best for two people camping trip (tested it myself!) – very light, easy to fold and transport, sturdy enough at this price range.

£59.99 – BUY NOW
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Inflatable luxury for 6 people (3 bedrooms)
+ 170cm opening for any tailgate

Fits MPVs, SUVs, Bedrooms:140×210 cm | Stand-up living room:7,1 sqm with zipped basin groundsheet
Fresh fabric: reduces heat inside your tent in the sun

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