Smittybilt Overlander Hard Shell Rooftop Tent - 2983

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  • Smittybilt | Part Number: S/B2983
  • Fitment:Universal Fit
  • Sleep Capacity:3
  • Tent / Accessory:Tent


The new Smittybilt Hard Shell Tent has been designed for the enthusiast who is looking for a low profile, durable and high value rooftop tent. This tent has the features needed for you to enjoy the outdoors and live anywhere with the ultimate off-road shelter.

Customer Reviews

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5.0 Excellent choice in a hardshell rtt

We've used ours for several months now, several trips offroad. This tent is just fine. Set sup easily, comes down slightly less easily, but a single person can manage it, and doesn't take 30+ minutes. If you want to keep things inside, you need to move them around to align with the space available under the upper hard shell - so more o the center of the footprint. This is obvious and self evident. That said, while the unit arrives with the ladder and mattress inside (and the supports for the window covers), you're just not going to fit much more inside. If you want a tent capable of swallowing a mattress topper, extra pillows and sleeping bags, you're going to be paying a LOT more money. Unexpected benefits of adding this RTT to our Rubicon included increased fuel economy (it encouraged me to slow down and not drive like a maniac) and it makes the interior quieter by directing air from the windshield over the roof instead of onto the thin fiberglass. (For those interested, the MPG has been as high as 18 mpg on the highway - 65 - 70 mph, and we have the 2.0 turbo engine in a 2020 JLUR) Styling is subjective, but I like it. It's comfortable for 2 people and legit sets up in only a few minutes. Take-down takes a bit longer to accomplish, but is manageable by one person. Start with the front, then move to the back, pausing to tuck in the fabric along each side. The hooks that latch the top down are adjustable, so take the time to adjust them and things flow well. Pro tip: use small/med dog booties to wrap those latches if you have wind - that'll stop any rattling against the sides. this can happen on ANY tent that has latches, so will work on them all.

from Ventura Co |
1.0 Looks good but horrible design

İ do have a jeep with Alu cab tent and purchased a branco and did want it to try this one. İf u go camping i lot don't buy this. Really cheaply made. To close this tent u need 2 person each time or extra 30-45 min. There is no online instructions. Horrible customer service. Just had a bad experience and throw the box out can't return it now. To close to tents u have to put all the canopies inside which is almost impossible. İ didn't left alleging bag or pillow inside and still Is really hard to close. My Alu cab takes 30 sec to open and close has 4 pillows and 2 sleeping bag inside the tent. İ will be seeing this or trash it for sure and get something better made

from Phoenix |
4.0 Great for the $$$$..... buuuut

I could do without the canopies on all 4 sides i feel they just get in the way when packing it up.

from Tejas |
5.0 Great tent for $2200 not so much for $3200

I outfitted a 100 series Land Cruiser with one of these last year. I also have a CVT Mount Helens which is a similar style RTT. I found the Smittybilt to be of similar quality but with some added features like more and larger awnings that made it a great buy and at the time it was cheaper too by about $700. I thought the Smittybilt at $2200 was the best hard shell RTT deal on the market. Now its $3200 for 2021, at that price I see other options in the market that I would prefer from cottage industry vendors. At $3200 you are in the aluminum RTT range not mass produced china range.

from San Francisco, CA |
5.0 Good quality, well built, roomy and comfortable

I am giving 4 stars because it is well made and is roomy and comfortable. I would like to do another review once I use it for I haven’t used it yet.

from Indiana |
4.0 Good Value

Follow-up to previous review. After finally using the tent a few times I will update some of my comments. First, this tent is very stable on the roof and roomy. We did add a 1 inch foam pad to beef up the provided 2 inch pad. Was still able to completely close tent with added 1" pad and sleeping bags remaining inside the tent. The ladder we store in the vehicle. Going down the road the tent is very quiet with minimum wind noise due to it's low profile aero design. The metal rods for the window awnings (which are straight new) have all remained bent after first couple of uses. But there still seems to be enough tension to work properly. Will see over time. And the rubber pads on the feet of the ladder have already cut trough (either the aluminum is to sharp, or the rubber is to weak). Overall happy with the purchase and would recommend it. What could be a few simple improvements - thicker pad, higher quality mounting bolts, thicker rubber feet on ladder, and ditch the led lantern. What I like the best - all windows have awnings, sturdy ladder, weight, low profile, quilted cover over mattress, and color.

from Mission, TX |
4.0 Smittybilt hard shell tent 2983

Just took tent out over the weekend and it did a very good job, no real weather but we had 15 mph winds and it handled it very well. The tent itself is very light so my wife and I can hook it up on weekends and take it off for driving day to day. Feels sturdy and well put together though the fit and finish is not great with edges not lining up from the the hard top to the floor portion when latched shut. No issues with function just looks a bit off. The sleeping pad is about 2 inch thick but I am average size 5'-10" 190 Lbs. and sleeping on my side bottomed the pad out to the floor, for me additional padding will be needed. They use a grommet and toggle set up to hold the rain shields and I am not sure how long they will last as the nylon on the fastener feels thin. Only big complaint is the hardware (bolts) provided to secure to rack are junk, 3 bolts cross threaded and broke after first install. Easy fix just bought real stainless steel square top bolts and nuts from hardware store, so problem fixed but I didn't want to have replacement ones sent because I think the quality of steel to make the bolts from the manufacture is very poor. So Smittybilt get better hardware and you will have much fewer warrantee issues IMO. I have no other experience with roof top tents and this is my first so I cannot give any comparisons, but overall am very pleased with product, and its much better than my "ground" REI base camp 4 tent, but its not perfect. Happy Camping!

from New Mexico |
5.0 Really easy to set up

I just got this tent and it’s really nice can’t wait to get out and use it. Only issue I had was the mounting the lock nuts seized up during install and broke a couple of bolts. I’m pretty Impressed so far the mattress seems comfortable and super easy to put up. Taking it down is a struggle still trying to figure out the easiest way.

The tent is on a low profile bed rack


Question & Answers

52 Answered questions

Q: As much as I love the low profile, is there enough space to prepack your sleeping bags and pillows? What's the storage when closed? Answer this question

A: Yeah, completely doable. We have an XL sleeping bag secured inside the RTT. Just make sure that when you're closing the tent, the sleeping bag won't interfere with the hinges. We folded our bag in half and placed it in the middle of the tent away from the joints and it closes every time.

Answered by Maestro Luu from San Diego, CA on 10/24/2020

A: I tried closing it up with sleeping stuff in the tent and couldn’t close it I also had a foam topper I tried closing with just that and it wouldn’t close.

Answered by Dorman20 from Phoenix on 10/24/2020

A: Hey, For best results we would recommend you pack the pillows and bags in the Jeep/Truck. Thanks!

Answered by Kelly from Ohio on 10/01/2020

Q: can this sleep 2 adults and 2 small kids? Answer this question

A: It would be REALLY tight. In fact I would go as far as to say no. 

Answered by TJmilz from Iowa on 08/03/2021

A: Yes

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 08/03/2021

Q: I have been contemplating the purchase of this rooftop tent, yet the price increased $1,000.00 overnight....without warning or notice of the item being previously ON SALE. Is this a glitch or should I simply write this off as a missed opportunity or what? Answer this question

A: don’t even bother, i am now on my second tent. after the very first, use pull down strap broke off the the bracket! this happened to me while camping. the second replacement tent came as if it was used, full of scratches everywhere they even tried to touch it up with a sharpie... i complained to customer service and i haven’t even received a response.. very disappointed 

Answered by Gabe from Miami,fl on 04/06/2021

A: We did receive a price increase from the vendor. This is the current price.

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 04/02/2021

Q: I have a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willy's. Which roof rack would you recommend and are these easy to put on/ take off? Answer this question

A: Any of the roof rack that will fits to your jeep and make sure it will hold the weight but don’t worry it’s not that heavy anyway two people can lift with no sweat. I love the product you don’t regret, great rooftop tent.

Answered by Harry-O from New York on 02/15/2021

A: Part number S/B77717 is the rack that would work, though not really made to take on and off. Go Rhino makes a rack for this I believe.

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 02/11/2021

Q: Why no pull down straps? Thanks Answer this question

A: No I mean to close it.. I'm short and the tent will have to be put on a lift jeep.

Answered by Tate from Manchester on 10/30/2020

A: This tent has stainless steel closures to keep it securely closed.

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 10/30/2020


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