On this page you will find our Installation Instructions and Video, instructions for receiving a shipment from Roofnest, and instructions for picking your tent up at our warehouse in Denver.

Check out our Installation Video and see how easy it is to install a Roofnest Roof Top Tent!

Installation Instructions

Thanks for purchasing your new Roofnest! Installation is straightforward in most cases and requires no special skills or tools.

Preliminary Information:

You need to a minimum of two horizontal crossbars that are at least 36” wide for the Sparrow (42” or greater preferred) and 48” wide for the Eagle (52” or greater preferred).

The shape of the crossbar (aero, round, square) does not matter but their dimensions do. The mounting hardware included with your tent will work for 95% of roof rack crossbars out there. Your crossbars must be no more than 3.5 inches across or 1.5 inches thick – if your crossbars are bigger than this you will need to purchase separate mounting hardware – email us at info@roofnest.com and we can suggest some options.

Your crossbars need to be at least 30” apart (front to back) for the Sparrow and 33” apart for the Eagle (36” and 38” apart preferred, respectively). This will properly distribute the weight of the tent and its occupants.

There needs to be enough clearance between the roof of your vehicle and the top of your crossbars to be able to fit your arm in so you can tighten the mounting hardware. We have seen that the stock crossbars on many makes of vehicle do not provide the proper clearance to make installation easy – in these cases an after-market crossbar solution is recommended – email us at info@roofnest.com for suggestions.


Step 1: Unbox the Roofnest by removing the top cover on the cardboard box.

Step 2: Remove the plastic film protecting the top and bottom shells of the Roofnest.

Step 3: Open the Roofnest by undoing the straps on one end only and pulling up that end. Remove the black nylon bag inside the Roofnest containing the mounting hardware and ladder. Close the Roofnest by pushing or pulling the open end down and fastening just the spring-lock buckles.

Step 4: Place the Roofnest onto your crossbars. You don’t need to worry about lining up your Roofnest just yet.

Step 5: Set up your mounting hardware by inserting a bolt into a mounting bracket to form a mounting set. Begin putting the mounting sets into the two mounting rails on the bottom of the Roofnest – two sets for each corner. You’ll need to lift the Roofnest slightly to get one of the two bolts at each corner onto the other side of your crossbar.

Step 6: Place each of the four mounting plates onto the two bolts at each corner and thread the included nuts onto the bolts (but do not tighten them). Some Roofnest models have 13mm nylon-locking nuts and others have black plastic knobs. A 13mm ratcheting wrench is included in models with the nylon-locking nuts.

Step 7: Now it’s time to orient the Roofnest so that it is centered where you want it. If the mounting hardware is loose then you should be able to move the Roofnest so that it is lined up on your roof where you want it.

Step 8: Tighten all the mounting hardware hand tight. Drive your car 10-20 miles and check all the nuts to make sure they are still tight – sometimes the Roofnest will shift and so you may need to orient before you tighten again.

Periodically check the mounting hardware to ensure that it stays tight and the Roofnest is secure.

Now go camping and enjoy!

Instructions for Receiving your Roofnest Shipment

Roofnest works with several shipping companies to provide fast and reasonably-priced shipping services to our customers so you can get out camping sooner!

More on this below, but it is extremely important that you inspect the box and tent for damage BEFORE you sign to receive the tent. Once you sign, you are affirming that you received the tent in perfect condition so please make sure you know that it is prior to signing. Please see below for further information.

Roofnests ship from our warehouse in Denver via trucking companies like Estes or Reddaway. After your Roofnest ships, we will send you a tracking number (called a “PRO” number) and the name of the company doing the shipping. These will be stamped onto the “bill of lading” which we will email to you.

To track your shipment, go to the trucking company’s website and find their tracking page (you can just google “estes trucking tracking” or “reddaway tracking”, e.g. to find it). Enter the PRO number from your bill of lading and you will find out when your shipment is due and a phone number for the trucking company.

The trucking company will call you to schedule the final delivery but we highly recommend you call the trucking company first and make sure that the final delivery is scheduled when you are home – you will need to be present to sign for the delivery.

Accepting your Roofnest Delivery.

When the trucking company arrives, they will pull the box off the truck and ask you to sign the bill of leading to clear the delivery. DO NOT SIGN until you have inspected the tent – especially if the box appears damaged in any way. TAKE YOUR TIME and please take these important steps:

  • If you see any damage to the box, write on the bill describing the damage to the box and add “Condition of contents subject to further inspection.” PLEASE DO THIS EVEN IF YOU THINK THE TENT IS 100% FINE. Make sure you are able to fully inspect the tent before signing for the delivery.
  • If you see damage to the actual tent itself, you must decide whether to refuse the shipment or not. If you refuse the shipment you must carefully and completely notate the damge on the delivery ticket and also write “shipment refused due to damage”. Roofnest will send out another tent if we have stock on hand (otherwise you will have to wait for our next available stock or choose a different model/color – your choice).
  • If the tent is damaged but you choose to keep it, you must carefully and completely describe the damage on the delivery ticket before signing it and also write “Subject to further inspection”. Roofnest will work with you to repair the damage or compensate you a reasonable amount.
  • Be aware that once you sign that the tent is undamaged, if damage is subsequently found it will be difficult or impossible to get compensation from the shipping company or get a replacement tent.
  • Remember, you can always write “Subject to further inspection” if you are unsure.

Once you have accepted your delivery and have your tent, you can proceed to the Installation Instructions on our website at:


Thanks for purchasing a Roofnest!!

Instructions for picking up your new Roofnest

Roofnest works with a storage and distribution warehouse in Denver, CO near Peoria and I-70 and this is where you will pick up your new tent:

Howard Logistics

13100 E 38th ave. Denver, CO 80239

The warehouse is open M-F, 8 AM to 3:30 PM and you will need to visit during these hours to check in and pickup your new Roofnest.

Make sure you send an email to info@roofnest.com to let us know when you’re planning on picking up your tent. When you arrive, check in at the office on the east end of the building where the cars are parked. They will direct you to the dock at the west end where you can pick up and install your tent.

Please read the instruction steps carefully – the installation will go the smoothest if the steps are followed in order.

Pull up adjacent to the ramp at the west end – when you arrive, the warehouse will bring your tent down to the dock. Installation is easier if your vehicle is closer to the ramp so keep this in mind and consider aligning your vehicle before you begin installation.

The warehouse staff are awesome but it is not their job to help you install or even lift your tent onto your car. Please do not ask them to help you with this – lifting the tent takes two people so bring a friend or family member!

After you’ve completed the install, please break down the cardboard box and put it in the small dumpster near the ramp (a knife or box knife will be helpful for this step). Dispose of the rest of the packing material, etc into the large dumpster.

Please do not leave anything on the ramp or parking area when you are finished!


Thanks for picking up your Roofnest!!