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On this page you will find our Installation Instructions and Video and instructions for receiving a shipment from Roofnest.

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 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 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 exclusively with Estes Trucking to provide fast and reliable shipping services to our customers.

It is extremely important that you inspect the box and tent for damage BEFORE you sign to receive the tent. IF the box has any visible damage, write shipment is DAMAGED on the delivery ticket.  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.

Once your Roofnest shipment leaves our warehouse in Los Angeles we will email you a tracking number (called a “PRO” number). To track your shipment, go to:

Estes will call you to schedule the final delivery but we highly recommend you call them 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 (your tent should be on a pallet) and ask you to sign the bill of lading 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.  The driver will NOT assist in inspection and will usually try to rush you so please TAKE YOUR TIME.

  • If you see any damage to the box, write on the bill describing the damage and check the box for “Damaged” on the paperwork.” PLEASE DO THIS EVEN IF YOU THINK THE TENT IS 100% FINE.
  • 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 damage 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).
  • 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. Roofnest will work with you to repair the damage and 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 “Damaged” if you are unsure. The drivers will not always support this decision, but it is up to you to provide this information.

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!!