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4 Ways to Safely Store Your Roof Top Tent For Winter

As the leaves fall and the temperature drops, many of us put away our hiking boots and camp stoves for the season, and swap out our hard shell roof top tent for a ski rack (unless, of course, you’ve got a Sandpiper or a Falcon, which means you can have the best of both worlds). 

But if you’re a newly-minted Roofnest owner entering your first winter with a roof top tent, you’re probably wondering where you should safely store your roof top tent for winter.

We always recommend that you keep your Roofnest at least 2” off the ground to prevent moisture from getting into your tent and causing rot or other potential damage. That’s why it’s important to find a safe, convenient place to store your roof top tent until spring rolls around, so you can keep enjoying your tent for many years to come (without it taking over your whole garage).

If you’re ready to say sayonara to the camp season, here are 4 creative options for safely storing your Roofnest until spring.

The Leaner

This solution is ideal if you don’t want to spend time and money installing a pully system-style storage device for keeping your Roofnest off the ground during the winter:

  1. The first step is to purchase a moving bag designed for mattresses. A queen size should work perfectly.
  2. Wrap your Roofnest in the bag, seal the end with duct tape, fold excess, and tape to side.
  3. Once the Roofnest is wrapped, take four 12” long 2×4 sections and space them out evenly over the width of the tent on the ground against a wall.
  4. Lean your Roofnest against the wall on top of the supports. For added security, drill an eyehole screw a few inches into the wall on either side of the tent half way up and secure your Roofnest to the wall with a cam strap or rope.

Flat Stanley


This is an easy solution if you’ve got a lot of extra storage room. Simply store your Roofnest as if it were still on your car, but with a buffer between your tent and the ground.

  1. Once you have your Roofnest off of your car, store the mounting materials in your Roofnest for safe keeping.
  2. Like in “The Leaner”, we recommend using the same queen-sized mattress bag to keep your Roofnest dust free and to keep any pesky bugs out.
  3. Insert your Roofnest into the mattress bag, seal, and then set on four 2×4 sections that are spaced out 20 inches apart, like in the image above.

The Houdini

This is a great storage solution if you plan on taking your Roofnest on and off your car all year long.

This is the most work-intensive storage solution, but is a great way to have the ability to detach and install your Roofnest alone if needed.

This setup is built from two bike pully racks and webbing, which you can purchase below on Amazon:

  1. Place each pully from one set across from each other horizontally on the ceiling of your garage, spaced approximately 51”-59” apart (depending on the size of your Roofnest model)
  2. Mount the second set of pullies 40″ away from the first in the same fashion (51″-59″ apart), so that when you hoist your Roofnest, there is approximately 20” on either side of the pullies.
  3. Create a basic webbing loop from hook to hook that can slide under your Roofnest and hoist it up to your garage roof.

Season Camper

Last but not least, if you don’t want to take your Roofnest off for the winter, you don’t have to.

With our ABS-Fiberglass shell paired with walls that received a waterproof rating of 3000mm (3x a typical tent), you’re Roofnest is safe on your roof all winter long, no matter how much it gets pounded by fresh pow.

And if you’re an avid skiier, your roof top tent can be your ticket to grabbing first chair or carving out first tracks in the back country. All the more reason why you may not want to take off that Roofnest just yet.

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If you have any about winter storage or any other aspects of your Roofnest, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

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