How stable is Sputnik?


Sputnik is very stable on its 3.4m by 2m footprint, there are four heavy duty pegs in each foot and when the ratchet straps are tightened these pegs anchor the unit to the ground. During real world tests between Sputnik and a roof top tent on a vehicle a similar amount of movement was experienced in gale force winds. Once the heavy duty guy ropes and pegs were deployed there was no movement in Sputnik. Sputnk was a superior structure to sleep in during these tests.

Can i sleep in Sputnik when it is off the vehicle and how much weight can be loaded onto the system?


Yes you can sleep in Sputnik when it is off the vehicle. The system has been loaded to 630 kilograms. The theoretical loads are much higher. The typical roof top tent weighs 40-85 kilograms.


How much does Sputnik weigh?


The Sputnik frame, legs, lifting mechanism and table weighs 55 kilograms. The tent is 10 kilograms.

Can I use Sputnik in soft sand?


Yes, the pegs are angled at 45 degrees through the base of the Sputniks legs which stops the legs from sinking. The unique socket connection between the base frame and the legs allow the system to recover the height that is lost during the weight transfer onto the main legs.

What material was used to manufacture Sputnik?


Sputnik is made from stainless steel, aluminium and mild steel.

Frequently Asked Questions


Please find a list of frequently asked questions below. If you cannot find the answer you were looking for then please contact us for more information.

Will Sputnik rust?

All mild steel parts are internally painted and then powder coated which offers excellent protection against rust.

Can I buy spare parts?

Yes, spare parts are available.

Is Sputnik dangerous to sleep in when elephants are around?

Elephants have the power to overturn a vehicle in seconds and so we believe that roof top tents on vehicles and roof top tents on Sputnik offer the same exposure. We have never heard of an elephant rubbing up against a car and accidently overturning a vehicle (this usually happens when provoked), they are far too intelligent to do such a thing and we feel that this behaviour will apply to Sputnik as well. The safety aspect can be quantified by comparing the amount of incidents to the amount of visitors to game reserves in South Africa and surrounding countries, they are few and far between. We have had several encounters with elephants in the middle of the night in Botswana, some coming as close as one metre from Sputnik and actually stepping over the guy ropes. Elephants are majestic creatures and are far from the dangerous mindless killers they are made out to be. If we respect the elephants and their space we believe that they pose little threat to us.

Can I mount my roof top tent so it opens to the back of my vehicle?

On traditional folding roof top tents the tent can only be mounted to open perpendicular (from side to side) from the front of the vehicle. When using a hardshell roof top tent the tent can only open to the rear of the vehicle.

Can I use my "Add a Room" with Sputnik?

Yes but it will need to be modified.

Can I use any roof top tent on Sputnik? 

Most tents that fold over when they are erected will work on Sputnik but the roof top tent must open to the side. Tents with fibreglass shells that are permanently longer than 2m can be mounted onto Sputnik but will open sideways on the system. See our picture section for images.

What material is the grount tent made from?

The ground tent is made from 320gsm riptech canvas.

What awning can i attach onto Sputnik?

Aftermarket awnings such as 270 degrees awnings can be used on Sputnik using the awning mounting brackets .Any awning with a self supporting extrusion can be used.

Will Sputnik work with my roof rack?

Sputnik will work with most roof racks. Desert, African Outback, Hannibal and Front Runner racks are all compatible. 

What size roof top tent can I use with Sputnik?


Up to a 1.8m wide traditional fold over tent can be installed and up to a 1.6m wide hardshell tent can be installed on Sputnik.