Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Yes! We provide installation at our shop in Longmont, Colorado (remote installation options also available upon request) and are happy to work with you to create the perfect setup. We will assist you with determining which RTC model is best suited for your vehicle as well as assist you with selecting and ordering the best bed rack, topper or other mounting solution, if additional components are required. If you have accessories you want wired to the RTC, like a fridge or lighting, we can help with that too. 

If you are having a vehicle custom-built, we are more than happy to work with your builder to ensure the RTC is accounted for in the build. For example, a custom van build can be greatly enhanced by adding a permanent pass-thru for access to the RTC from inside the van. We can help facilitate things like this along with other unique applications.  

Whatever your dream overlanding rig is, we will work with you to ensure the RTC is compatible!  

UPDATE: All Pre-Order Slots are SOLD OUT. Check back soon for 2022 pricing and availability.

Introductory (pre-order) pricing for the RT 110 is $25,000 and $20,000 for the RT 90. Prices will increase once all pre-order production spots are gone. Stay tuned for details.

Both models come fully equipped, with heat and all electronics.   

While the RTC looks like a rooftop tent at first glance, it is much more akin to a camper or teardrop trailer, with hard walls, security, power, heat and weatherproofing. A traditional rooftop tent is just that - a tent, with soft sides and no security or amenities. If you compare the carbon fiber Redtail RTC with similarly sized teardrop trailers, you will find that the RTC costs less than many small trailers, has similar or more headroom and sleeping space, and offers more advanced systems like lithium, solar and no need for a generator. Add a simple kitchen setup to your vehicle and now you've got the comforts and security of a teardrop without the inconvenience of having to tow, register or store a trailer.  

Every Redtail RTC is handcrafted and built-to-order in Colorado. We use only the highest quality components and the shell is constructed almost entirely of lightweight, incredibly strong carbon fiber.

We follow a low volume, high quality business model and do not mass produce our campers. We source or build only the finest components and systems and we are a direct-to consumer business invested in our customers' experience. We work closely with each member of the Redtail family throughout the build process, installation and beyond to build relationships and create a community of like-minded adventurers.

The price of our campers reflects the cost of building high end, American-made products and running a sustainable business with fair wages for employees and a high end experience for our customers. 

We design and manufacture all Redtail Overland products locally in Longmont, Colorado. Small batch for a sustainable footprint. 

We don't just assemble components at our shop, we actually manufacture the majority of our components in-house to ensure they meet our high standards, and yours.  

The Redtail 110 is our most spacious option, with room for two adults and two kids. We recommend the Redtail 110 for trucks, full size SUVs, vans and adventure trailers. 

The Redtail 90 is more compact and lighter weight, with room for two adults to sleep comfortably. We recommend the Redtail 90 for mid-size SUVs and beyond. 

Please note that the RT 110 is BIG. It is larger than any other clamshell style RTT on the market and may look too wide on smaller SUVs or vehicles with a narrow roof. The RT 90 is quite spacious with a footprint on par with most other full size clamshell RTTs. 

Always refer to your vehicle and roof rack maximum load ratings. 

Please contact us for our current lead time; email or call 303-485-1879.  

We will contact you one week before we begin production on your unit and provide an estimated completion date at that time. Each Redtail RTC is handmade in Colorado and built-to-order. 

Please view our spec page for dimensions and other important information: SPECS 

The Redtail 110 weighs 310lbs and is best suited for a truck, van or adventure trailer. 

The Redtail 90 weighs 250lbs and is designed for large SUVs and beyond.  

We recommend mounting the larger Redtail 110 to a truck, full-size SUV, van or adventure trailer. Choose the Redtail 90 for your large SUV and beyond. 

We offer professional installation at the Redtail Overland shop in Longmont, Colorado. 

Our proprietary shell structure functions as a roof rack, eliminating the need for an additional roof rack, lowering your overall height profile and minimizing weight and complexity. Our proprietary legs mount directly to the lower t-track substructure and have a quick release function to easily remove the camper. 

If you prefer to use an alternative aftermarket roof rack system, be sure to check with the manufacturer for specs. You will most likely need our Redtail Universal Mounting Kit. Please CONTACT US for more information. 

The Redtail RTC is not designed to work with your vehicle's factory roof rack. 

Always refer to your vehicle's maximum load rating. Professional installation recommended.  

Yes. We will be offering a Redtail Overland Wiring Kit which includes a smart charger to ensure the lithium battery bank is charged properly and not damaged. Professional installation recommended. We will handle the wiring at installation, upon request.

Yes! There is a system of retractable screens and shades. No noisy zippers or velcro.  

Yes, a telescoping ladder is included. The ladder can be attached to either side of the RTC and is slim enough to be stored inside the camper when closed.  

Maybe. This depends on whether your vehicle is equipped with a sunroof or other pass-thru, and the relationship between the roof rack and the sunroof/pass-thru. Please reference dimensional drawings on our Specs page for floor hatch location.   

Yes. The diesel heater is a completely separate unit with its own auxiliary 2 gallon fuel tank. The tank is equipped with a quick release hose that easily connects to the fuel inlet port on the side of your Redtail RTC. When in use, the fuel tank attaches conveniently to an integrated mount on the RTC. 

If you do have a diesel vehicle, you can plumb the heater directly to your factory diesel fuel tank.  

Nope! The apps work off Bluetooth, so no cell service or wifi is required. You can also control the lights with a physical touchpad and view your battery status with the built-in display.  

If your Redtail RTC will remain on your car with frequent access to solar, or stored outside with solar, you can simply turn off the lights and heater. 

If you will be storing your RTC inside with access to shore power, use the integrated shore power inlet to keep your batteries charged. Simply use an extension cord to plug into a standard 110v household outlet. Pro tip - use the shore power inlet to maintain or recharge your batteries anytime solar is not available. 

If you will be storing your RTC inside with no access to shore power, use our easy disconnect switch to fully disable the batteries. Ensure the batteries are fully charged before disconnecting.  

We provide a 3 year warranty on the structure, all components we manufacture, and on the installation of all components. During the 3 year warranty period, we will help facilitate any warranty issues on third party products which are covered under separate OEM warranties.

Reference your Redtail RTC manual for a complete list of components and warranty periods.  

Please CONTACT US and we can often trouble-shoot and resolve issues remotely. Or, you can make an appointment to visit our shop in Longmont, CO for service.  

If you still have questions, please contact us at or call us at 303-485-1879