My favorite quote from this interview with Tepui Tents founder Evan Currid?

“Are we going to buy a house, or are we going to start this company?”

It’s this mentality that makes things happen. Setting aside creature comforts, sleep, an easy day job, and other “sacrifices” barely seem like such when you’re following a dream. Tepui was started with personal savings of $33,000 right after Evan and his wife married, and that question up above was the decision they had to make. Here’s how that even became a consideration, and where they’ve gone from there to build the most well known North American brand in car roof-top tents!

For show notes and more thoughts on this episode, plus photos of their tents and the Tepui team, check out my full post at The Build Cycle!


  1. Exodux on

    I talked to Evan at Sea Otter, what a cool dude and a great story. Next year when I buy my next new vehicle, I’m getting one of his company’s tents to go with it.

  2. joe on

    What a weird idea. It’s not like we live in Africa. Never had any problems with my tent being on the ground. Don’t know why I would pay a premium to screw up the Aero on my car.

  3. joe on

    Well, my Engineering Brain tore this design a new a-hole.

    For one, mounting on the roof is going to make this tent terrible in any kind of adverse weather conditions. First, you have difficulty sleeping as it stands up in the wind, without any kind guy lines for reinforcement the tent is going to be miserable shaking all the time in the wind. And, it’s going to scare the bejeebus out of you as it shimmies to and fro.

    Second, are you going to tell me getting out of this thing and taking a p*ss in the middle of the night is a safe exercise? No way. Out come the p*ss bottles (if you’re a guy), and you’re just screwed if you’re a girl. And I can never get any sleep if it’s hard for me to p*ss at night.

    These are some simple, off the top of my head criticisms. I know this tent is going to be harder to set up, while on a ladder. I also know, that ingress and egress will be that much more difficult (can’t imagine how bad for elderly people). It’s even harder to keep the tent warm.

    And what are the possible benefits?

    Hmmmm. Having to think hard on this one. Maybe the snakes? I dunno. I live in Oregon. I’ve never had a rattle snake sleep next to my tent, but I imagine it’s possible. It certainly won’t dissuade the bears or the cougars, so I could care less.

    And, honestly, that’s it. What other benefits might there be. It’s rigidly attached to your vehicle. It’s not significantly easier to setup, or disassemble than any of my tents (maybe for some really lazy elderly people). It’s always in the weather, and it can’t be easily sheltered, so it will constantly be seeing wear and tear, day in and day out. Also, it obviously costs MORE than any other comparable solution.

    Ok, that’s enough for now. You can buy it if you want to, but maybe you should ask yourself these questions first. And no, I am not a competitor. Just a bored Engineer.

    • joshhin on

      These types of tents are getting pretty popular. Enough that some large brands have started to produce them. The are quite a bit quicker to setup than a standard tent. Also can be much heavier duty as the car doesn’t really care how heavy it is. Don’t have to worry about ground condition etc.

    • TM on

      Joe, you’ve missed the point. These tents are FUN and they offer views you wouldn’t get from a tent on the ground. And because weight is not an issue, some are starting to build 4 season models and think about the possibilities? Add ons like solar, a tube to hold water for a shower, or even a porta-potty. And how about a second floor? Impossible right? No, these are blue sky ideas for this great concept that is taking off like wildfire. The possibilities are many and I’m excited for what’s to come for this idea.


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