July Live Outside & Play

Summer is officially here and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re continuing to follow our friends Ben and Roxy (plus Henry the dog) from L.O.A.P. on their cross-country adventures celebrating #VanLife. This month they’ll be caravanning across Colorado (our Roofnest home state)! If you’re in the area this month, be sure to try and join them at a meet-up.

LOAP July Calendar

6th – Copper Mountain Music Festival in Summit County, CO

12th-14th – Colorado Van Life Gathering in Basalt, CO

18th – S2S Event in Boulder, CO

26-28th – Group Camp Out in the Flat Top Mountains

Copper Mountain Music Festival

Join Ben and Roxy in celebrating 4th of July weekend at Copper Mountain Music Festival! On the 6th and 7th, they’ll be featuring free live shows from Guster and Rayland Baxter. Stop by for some delicious Colorado brews and to celebrate the red, white, and blue with some fellow Flock members!

Colorado Van Life Gathering

Next, Ben and Roxy will be attending the fourth annual Van Life gathering in Basalt, CO showcasing their Van and Roofnest Eagle. This year there will be a two day campout at the Dallenbach Ranch. There will be tons of vans and RVs, yoga flows, environmental workshops, and live music. Tickets are $65 and cover your entire weekend, with a portion of the ticket being donated to the Trust for Public Land. This event is family and pet friendly, so pack up and head out!

June Ambassador Highlight

Todd Hendrickson

We’re bringing you another Flock Ambassador Highlight, and this month we’re featuring Todd Hendrickson! He’s been a Flock member for two years and we’re excited to show you a little bit of what his world of adventure is like. Check out his Instagram and follow along! @hoptodd

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m Todd, I’m 52 years old, and I’m the CEO of Aquascape, an ultra-high end swimming pool builder.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Explore as often as possible. I tend to wander when I am traveling alone so I can turn down any random road or trail. Rarely will I look at a map, and many of my favorite campsites were found this way. Once I have scouted out an area I then save the best sites to go back to with friends to further enjoy the area.

How has Roofnest helped you with your travels?

I have camped and wandered my whole life and have slept in cars, trucks, and tents. I was driving past a local used car dealer and saw my jeep for sale around the end of November 2017 and went in and bought it on a whim. I tried sleeping in the back a few times and was not happy, so I looked online for “jeep camping” and saw people were sleeping in roof top tents. I had actually never heard of them, so I then typed in roof top tents on Craigslist and happened to buy an almost new Roofnest Sparrow. A guy had bought it new and it didn’t fit in his garage. The rest is history. I keep my tent on the jeep year round and have all my gear always packed in the garage. I can depart anytime and go, go, go.  

What’s your favorite part of your Roofnest?

I loved my old Sparrow (and sold it to my brother) but really love the new Sandpiper. I was stoked to get one of the first few. The racks are amazing, and it’s great I can keep my gear on top when the tent is open. Having the tent set up in under 30 seconds lets me explore until I find a spot I love and not worry about picking a semi-ok spot so I have time to unpack an old fashioned ground tent, bedding, etc. It’s a complete game changer. Everywhere I go people want to see the tent and climb in, it’s super cool.

Tell us a quick summary about your most recent favorite trip:

One of my favorite recent trips was down to Death Valley to meet a group of friends for 5 days. I left Northern CA around 5pm, drove until 5am to an area near our 7am meetup, popped up the tent and took a power nap, and then off to our trip kickoff meeting at 7. We then drove about 80 miles a day through the deepest nooks and crannies of Death Valley, camping each night at an epic different location.  We went from high mountains, canyons, and ravines to crazy giant sand dunes. In the end I did 1500 miles in 4 nights/5 days.

Anything else you want our audience to know?

I have seen more of California’s back roads in the last 15 months than I have in my entire life.  A good roof top tent is well worth the investment. My Roofnest has kept me warm, dry, well rested, and safe for all of these adventures. Heavy wind, rain, snow, dust, bugs, critters, creepers: you name it and I have seen it. I won’t ever camp on the ground again. Also, I would say you get what you pay for and buying a cheaper tent will greatly lower your enjoyment and experiences. Do it right the first time and buy a Roofnest!

Look out next month for another ambassador highlight, and above all, reach out to u on Instagram @roofnest if you’d like to be featured!

June Live Outside and Play

First of all, Happy June Flock! Our friends Ben and Roxy from Live Outside and Play continue on their journey across the country this summer. They’re in their Roofnest Eagle taking in all the birds eye views from West Virginia to Colorado this month. If you’re in the area, make sure to join them for some outdoor fun, good conversation, and above all a tour of their Roofnest Eagle!

LOAP June Calendar

  • 6/6-9: Wanderlust in Snowshoe, WV
  • 6/13-16: Franklin visit in Franklin, VA
  • 6/14: Meetup in Franklin, VA
  • 6/29: Aprés Day with Upslope in Boulder, CO

Wanderlust

Wanderlust is in Snowshoe! If you’re in the area, make sure to drop in to experience some of the world’s leading yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, speakers and more. A gathering about overall health and wellness, in short, this is something you don’t want to miss! And of course, after a long day of dancing and yoga you’re probably used to camping in a hot tent on the ground, however, this year we want to change that. Get yourself a Roofnest and live the festival life the right way.


Après Day

Apres Day with Upslope is a #VanLife rally for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. This rally will be Apres all day, and a big outdoor party! As a celebration of outdoor living and nomadic life, there will be experts from the road with their vans available for tour, and of course, beer! Join Ben and Roxy for some epic times and because there’s beer… and fully loaded sprinter vans…

May Ambassador Highlight

Roxy and Ben From Live Outside and Play

We are excited to introduce you to a new series: our ambassador highlights! We want you to get to know the faces of our flock members and hear their stories of adventure. This month we have our ambassadors Roxy and Ben from Live Outside and Play. You can check out their Instagram to follow along on their journey! (@liveoutsideandplay).

Who are you and what do you guys do?

We’re Ben & Roxy and we’re living in a van on the road full time with our pup, Henry. We do photography and videography for Elevation Outdoors and Blue Ridge Outdoors and seven awesome outdoor focused companies, one being Roofnest.

How is your Roofnest a part of your outdoor journey?

Living in a van, our space is limited. With the extra room up top from the Roofnest, we can focus on daily living in the van, and sleeping up on top. It gives us the option to bring friends along on adventures as well.

Why did you decide to start Live Outside and Play?

Connecting with nature and living each day spontaneously is high on our list of “Favorite ways to thrive.” This lifestyle works for us and gives us the freedom to explore parts of the US we never knew existed. Working with outdoor focused companies to spread the love of the outdoors is the best part of this job.

Follow along with our ambassadors on Instagram through @roofnest!

Live Outside And Play June Calendar

  • June 6-9, Wanderlust Festival, Snowshoe WV
  • June 13-16, Franklin VA visit, Franklin VA
  • June 14, Meetup in Franklin VA, Franklin VA
  • June 29, Apres Day with Upslope, Boulder CO

Lookout next month for another Ambassador highlight and reach out to us if you want to be featured. Happy adventuring Flock!

Live Outside and Play

Our friends Roxy and Ben from Live Outside and Play are back on the road for their epic summer adventure, so you know we had to set them up with a new Roofnest Eagle. They are starting their adventure on the East Coast, Virginia and Maryland specifically, and they would love to show off their new Roofnest to anyone who wants to see it. Go join them for some fun times, good conversation, and a tour of our Eagle model.

LOAP May Calendar

  • May 12– Group Hike with Rockfish Gap Outfitters Waynesboro, VA
  • May 16 – Appalachian Trail Days, Trail Magic Damascus, VA
  • May 17-19 – 33rd Annual Appalachian Trail Days Festival Damascus, VA
  • May 18 – Badminton Tournament Sponsored by LEKI Damascus, VA
  • May 23-26 – Delfest Cumberland, MD

The 33rd Appalachian Trail days festival is coming in hot and you better bet it’s going to be one hell of a time! Whether you want to join in on the hiker parade/water gun fight, bid on some new gear in the auction, or grab a beer and listen to some music, this festival is for you. Join Roxy and Ben in celebrating one of the most epic trails in our country!

To finish off the month, Roxy and Ben will be heading to Cumberland, Maryland to jam out at Del Fest. With a lineup including The String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, Trampled By Turtles, and more, this festival is one for the books! In between sets they offer yoga classes, an arts and crafts tent for you crafty Flock members, and theres no need to leave the kids at home because they have a full kid zone to keep them entertained. So join the fun and be the talk of the campground with your new Roofnest.

Hitting the Beach in Southern California in a Roofnest Sparrow

Article by Roofnest Flock member, Penny Sprague

 

I’ve always loved camping. I spent my childhood camping in homemade tents with my parents, and as I’ve gotten older I still have the love for camping, getting out into nature and just enjoying. As I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser, I realized sleeping on the ground wasn’t as appealing as it used to be so I set out to find a car roof camper. And to top it all off, I now always travel with my two dogs, Jack Sparrow and Ceilidh.

I went through a stint of staying in hotel rooms because I had to escape L.A., but the dogs didn’t like the “different smells” in each of the places I’d go. And let’s face the fact, hotel rooms get a bit expensive. What I missed was driving to the beach and pitching a tent and watching the sunset with a glass of wine and my pups.

So, I started searching for a comfortable way to camp with my dogs that would be our place; they would know the smells, and it would be EASY. Because I want to be able to get up and go whenever I get the urge, I decided to try the new Roofnest Sparrow, and so far it’s been a great decision. Ultimately, its the dog’s decision. If they are happy and will sleep peacefully, then I am happy. And they love it! I bring along Jack’s favorite blanket that he can burrow underneath while sleeping. Ceilidh has already figured out that climbing the ladder gets her inside — so she’s trying to learn! They also love all that they can see everything through all of the windows.

 

 

I wish I had a bit more free time to head to the beach to camp with my pups, but I know with my Roofnest car roof camper it’s available to me at a moment’s notice. I hope to get out more in the fall when my schedule clears up and the beach sites here in Southern California become a bit more open.

I already have a trip planned to Jalama Beach, which is one of our favorite places to camp! Miles of beaches to run and investigate with amazing sunsets!

I love being a part of the Roofnest Flock, and hope to share more of our adventures with my car roof camper soon!

Happy Camping!