ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent Setup

Using the ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent makes setting up camp a snap, taking very little time and effort. 

ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent ready to be opened

For me the following steps work well to get the tent ready to be used:

  • Undo the 3 Velcro straps
  • Unzip and pull the cover back
  • Lift my rack to the correct height
  • Undo the 2 Velcro straps that hold the tent closed
  • Extend the ladder (this gives added leverage to open the tent)
  • Pull on the ladder, open the tent and place the ladder on the ground so the two parts of the tent platform are level
  • Pull the awning out
  • Climb in the tent
  • Extend the adjustable pole and tighten the knobs
  • Remove the elastic straps inside the tent

Tent fully opened

  • Tighten Awning Pole (I use my foot to push the awning tight and then tighten the knob)
  • Install the poles to hold the window awnings out
  • Install the poles to hold the fly up
  • Install the Annex (if using)

Tent with Annex installed

Once your bedding is in place you are ready for a great night’s rest.

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Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 


  2 comments for “ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent Setup

  1. October 12, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Is there a door on the side facing the trailer. That would be a great addition if not. That way you could access items in the trailer without having to go all the way around or without exiting the annex. I also have an M416 and cannon wait to install a RTT.

    Got to have one.

    • October 12, 2009 at 6:02 PM

      There is a door on the back side of the Annex.

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