Sparrow Roof Top Tent on a Subaru


Eagle (Large)

  • Sleeps 2 adults plus 1 child
  • Interior: 55″ wide by 82″ long
  • Exterior: 58″ wide by 85″ long
  • 37″ tall on inside
  • Width (left-right) between Roofnest mounting rails: 32″
  • Minimum distance (front-back) between your rack’s crossbars: 33″

Sparrow (Small)

  • Sleeps 2 adults
  • Interior: 46″ wide by 80″ long
  • Exterior: 48″ wide by 82″ long
  • 36″ tall on inside
  • Width (left-right) between Roofnest mounting rails: 24.5″
  • Minimum distance (front-back) between your rack’s crossbars: 30″

Check the dimensions of your roof here!

Weights and Roof Racks

Eagle (large) dry weight is 135 lbs

Sparrow (small) dry weight is 120 lbs

Many customers want to know – “will this work with my vehicle?”. The simple answer is YES! Most vehicle roof racks are rated to carry over 125 lbs as a Dynamic Load. When you’re driving and the Roofnest is closed, most roof racks can easily support the load of the Roofnest whether your speeding down the highway or driving around town.

When you’re parked, the load on your roof rack is a Static Load. The forces on your roof rack are completely different than a dynamic load and a rack’s ability to support Static Loads is many times greater than Dynamic ones(some estimates are as high as 10 times as much).

There is a lengthy but complete discussion of the dynamic weight rating vs static weight rating of your car or truck’s roof rack here: Roof Loading and Roof Top Tents

These kind of roof top tents have been in use in Australia and Europe for more than a decade and campers put them on all kinds of vehicles and racks without damaging their car or tent. Just make sure that your roof rack can support the load of the Roofnest and you shouldn’t have any problems.

Materials and Construction

Fiberglass Shell

The outer shell is a reinforced structural fiberglass with an aerodynamic design that decreases road noise and improves gas mileage. The inside of the fiberglass shell is coated with a soft foam to further reduce interior noise and give the inside a soft “feel”.

Wall Material

The wall material is a polyurethane-coated polyester and cotton blend with a waterproof rating of 3000mm (for comparison a typical waterproof rating on a backpacking tent is 1000mm). The fabric is much thicker and tougher than a typical backpacking tent – more like a heavy-duty wall tent.

Doors and Windows

All Roofnests have two mesh windows at the front and back with zip closures. On either side of the tent is a doorway with a mesh screen and zip closure on either side. The roof top tent can be entered from either side.


All Roofnests are shipped with a sturdy and lightweight 8′ telescoping ladder for access. The ladder collapses and comes with its own heavy duty storage bag. The ladder can be attached to the edge of the Roofnest for additional safety if desired.

Built-in Mattress

Every Roofnest comes with a built-in, custom-shaped 6cm foam mattress. What a dream to sleep on! This is not your typical camping mattress, it feels like a real bed. If you’ve had difficulty sleeping while camping those problems are going to be a distant memory after a few nights in a Roofnest.

Build Quality

Roofnests are made in China in a factory with over 20 years of experience building outdoor products. Manufacturing in China has come a long way and I’m very pleased with the workmanship and professionalism of the Roofnest factory. I’m confident in the materials and build quality of the our roof top tents and I know you’ll be happy with your purchase.


The Roofnest Limited Warranty

When you buy a Roofnest roof top tent we want you to have an excellent experience purchasing, installing, and using your roof top tent. We provide a one year warranty to the original purchaser against manufacturer defects covering workmanship, parts, and materials which fail under normal use.

During this initial period Roofnest will correct the issue through repair or replacement at no cost. After the first year, we will repair and/or replace parts, materials, etc on a case-by-case basis for failures due to normal use. Roofnest does not cover problems due to user error, neglect, or acts of God. We will, however, work with you to get replacement parts and help with repair where possible.

What are our customers saying about Roofnests?

3 reviews for Sparrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    My truck needs to be a Swiss Army Knife. For my business I need a ladder rack and truck bed to shuttle equipment around. For play I throw on the Roofnest and go. This frees up the entire truck bed to be a kitchen with plenty of gear storage as well. The whole transformation takes about ten minutes and I’m gone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    RoofNest has made such a difference in how my husband and I travel—it fit both our adventure needs and budget. Once assembled, the bed is very spacious, comfortable, and practical with its added accessories of pockets, hooks and storage bins. I’ll admit I’m not a tent person when it comes to camping, so being able to pop up the comfy RoofNest in less than a minute had me hooked. Plus, the bed is very comfortable!

  3. 5 out of 5

    I have the Sparrow in White! I took it on road trip to Santa Cruz from Denver. I slept in it for 11 days. It’s freaking awesome.

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The Sparrow is the smaller of our two roof top tents. It will sleep two adults comfortably and is about 80″ long x 46″ wide on the inside.

Please see the Specs and Dimensions tabs to the left for more information on the Sparrow roof top tent.

Shipping is a flat $249 to anywhere in the lower 48 states or come pick one up in Denver or Boulder for free!