You are probably already familiar with the everyday car camper’s top car tent choice – Decathlon’s Arpenaz Base M tent – at around 120 GBP, it’s the cheapest car tent you can find. By a huge margin – any other car tent you are likely to find is either a few hundred GBP above this price, or it’s a cheap and flimsy Aliexpress thing. That’s probably why the Arpenaz Base M is constantly out of stock. Now here’s the good news – Decathlon has expanded its offer of car tents, giving us a better selection at various price ranges – still below what’s generally available. I have picked the best car tents from their offer in this post. But be quick – in a year, prices rose by 12% – 20% in a year since I started writing about them here.
Best budget car tent for camping – Arpenaz Base M
As already mentioned, this one is a long-term favourite for many people I’ve spoken to or judging by many comments in car camping forums. (FB groups like Berlingo campers only, Small Vehicle Campers etc). See my review for some of their testimonials. It cost 99 GBP in 2021, currently it’s at 120 GBP – seems car tents are in demand!
There are three ways how you can fit it over your tailgate or side door:
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.
🏆Best cars for camping 🏆
- Fiat Doblò camper XL, High Roof 🇪🇺 4.0/5
- Honda Odyssey 🇺🇸 4.0/5
- Volkswagen Sharan 🇪🇺 3.9/5
- Caddy Maxi Camper (Life) 🇪🇺 3.8/5
Inflatable car tent – Inflatable Camping Shelter – Air Seconds Base Connect
There are at least two ways how to fit the Air Seconds Base Connect tent over your car
For more camping accessories:
Founder of NimbleCamper.com, avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast. Car camping and microcamping allows me to keep traveling and exploring with a much greater level of freedom & privacy – to go anywhere and sleep anywhere. I didn’t have 30K to buy a VW Multivan, so found my way to the world of everyday car camping conversions. Here I share my experiences and what I learn.