My Fiance and I have the cabana and we love it. We haven't gotten a chance to take it out, but we've set it up at family functions and enjoyed the extra shade and roominess.
It does zip under the tailgate and it has a screen window that you can look out. We're driving cross country for our honey moon and will use the cabana as a bug deterrent if it's raining and we choose to sleep in the car in stead of in our ordinary tent.
When I found out that the cabana didn't extend the floor of the car at all, I was a little disappointed, but now I love the option for more shade (my fiance is VERY pale) and the added space of the tailgate seems like plenty to extend the cabin comfortably. I couldn't imagine not having it.
Also, the assembly time is QUICK! It takes about the same time to flip the seats up as it does to set up the cabana. It's an insta-party in my car!
I have the Cabana, and I plan to treat the fabric with a waterproofing product that is also used for tent floors. I would have to imagine that if it adheres to the fabric, it should work fine. Still, I will be toting along my regular tent the next time I do some wet camping -- in case my theory is wrong.
I'll post back once I put this theory to the test. Since it rains almost every day here in the NY/NJ area this year, I'm sure that won't be long.
My wife and I have purchased and used the tailgate cabana. It is made to zip up to completely enclose the tailgate. Its not super tight fitting, it won't keep all bugs out but does a decent job.
We actually returned the cabana to the dealership. After only using it a couple of times the wheel well clip is detaching from the tent shell. The cabana looks to be REALLY poorly constructed unfortunately. The dealership is ordering us a new one. I have no illusions of it being any higher quality. I will probably start repairing them instead of returning them.
It’s too bad, it is a great product, exceptionally easy to set up. It creates a good private space when combined w/the privacy screens. Maybe given the anticipated sales demand they couldn’t make a durable/quality product without making it prohibitively expensive.