The brand new, redesigned 2020 Sparrow is ready to join you for all your road trip adventures. Featuring a built-in gear storage area (with included storage bag) and solar panel mounting area, 4″ more headroom, and three larger doors and window with ladder mounts on three sides. This do-it-all roof top tent sleeps 2 adults and let’s you store all your bedding inside the tent when traveling.
|Best For:||All Vehicles|
|Store Thick Bedding:||Yes|
|Interior Dimensions:||83"L x 49″W|
|Exterior Dimensions:||85"L x 50″W|
|Included With Tent:||7.5' ladder, anti-condensation mat, detachable pocket, 4'x4' ground mat|
On All Vehicles
Easy & Fair
- Sleeps: 2
- Interior: 83"L x 49″W
- Exterior: 85"L x 50″W
- Height: 11″ when closed
- Max Headroom: 40" when open
- Width left-right between Roofnest mounting rails: 21.5″
- Minimum distance front-back between rack crossbars: 28"
- Weight: 130 lbs
- Included With Tent: 7.5' ladder, anti-condensation mat, detachable pocket, 4'x4' ground mat
All our tents feature ABS outer shell reinforced with fiberglass molded into an aerodynamic design that decreases road noise and improves gas mileage. The inside of the shell is coated with an insulation layer and attractive quilted fabric to insulate, reduce noise, and give the inside a soft “feel”. The lower shell is composed of the same materials with a special shape to increase rigidity and stability. Each Roofnest is rated to support up to 650 lbs!
The wall material is a 280gram 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. The material provides additional warmth and is quiet during heavy winds due to its weight.
Doors and Windows
The Sparrow has a doorway with both mesh and canvas on either side and the rear of the tent – each can be turned into a shade awning with the included awning poles. There is a window at the front with zippers on both mesh and canvas. The tent can be entered from all 4 sides and the 3 doorways have ladder brackets under them to keep the included ladder stable.
All Roofnests are shipped with a sturdy and lightweight 7.5′ telescoping ladder that can be secured to the ladder brackets under all 3 doorways (sides and rear). The ladder collapses and comes with its own storage bag.
Every Roofnest comes with a built-in, custom-shaped 3″ 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.
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First trip with the Roofnest Sparrow XL
My wife and I, both 71 years old, just completed our first trip with our new Sparrow XL mounted atop our Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. We love the tent!
The Sparrow XL is well-constructed, easy to set up and take down, very comfortable for sleeping in temperatures from 30 to 50 degrees at night, and very quiet on the road even at freeway speeds. (BTW: The Roofnest down quilt is terrific in cooler temperatures — b it is both light weight and toasty.
We traveled almost 4000 miles through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana, staying in state parks. We experienced no problems of any kind with our Roofnest. We even took it through carwashes to get the bugs off. No sweat!
We slept in 40-45 mph wind gusts in Wyoming and the Sparrow was as solid as a rock. Our only addition was a set of cable-reinforced, locking security straps to provide extra piece of mind as we drove down the road — as well as to deter possible theft. This slowed down the setup and take-down process by several minutes, but it was worthwhile to us.
Everywhere we went, the Roofnest attracted a lot of attention and interest. Several well-experienced campers said wit was the coolest thing they had ever seen. And we think everyone was amazed to see two old geezers climbing in and out of the Roofnest.
We are very happy with the Sparrow XL and are already planning our next trip.
Thanks for everything!
Our Sparrow XL just arrived!
Our Sparrow XL just arrived on schedule in in excellent shape. It is now mounted securely on our 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid — it looks great and rides perfectly.
My wife and I (both in our 70’s) are planning our “shakedown camp out” and we are eager to use our new Roofnest.
P.S. The neighbor kids are just as excited as we are.
3 month trip
After a month long trial trip to Idaho in 2018 I took a 3 month trip to the Yukon and NorthWest Territories with my Sparrow Roofnest mounted on my 2007 Subaru Forester in 2019. The Sparrow was my sanctuary and never let me down whether I was at a Pilot Truck Stop or in the boonies in the Yukon. I set it up and took it down in pouring rain (British Columbia is green after all) as well as had strong winds in Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea. If it had rained I would run over the outside of the tent with an absorbant towel to prevent any excess moisture for getting trapped before driving away I also learned to first pull the back of the tent down to get the moisture of the roof before tackling the front and get all the rain water from the top down my sleeves. Ventilation was of course excellent with the large openings on all 4 sides. I had plenty of light to read by and found the Sparrow spacious with room for my Kindle and such without worrying that I might roll on top of the gadgets. A waterproof shoe bag was a life saver to take my muddy shoes inside and not worry about getting my bed dirty. If you are wondering about getting one of these, do it, you will not regret it. Be prepared to answer lots of questions from other travelers. I did not notice a drop in MPG. My Subie clocked 11,500+ miles on the trip to Canada. I hope this Coronavirus thing will be over soon ( 2121?) because my Forester can not wait to step out again with it’s Roofnest on top. The Roofnest was nicknamed ‘Lunchbox’ by my neighbor . It took a few months to figure out it was a “lunchbox” for grizzlies with me as a snack inside. Saw many black bears and grizzlies but they left my Nest alone.
Love my sparrow after 4 years
Bought my sparrow several years ago. From week long stays in the Tetons to weekend dashes to the Dunes in Southern Colorado, our Roofnest makes camping efficient, convenient, and comfortable. The whole organization has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout the years. If I wasn’t still so happy with my original sparrow, I’d be looking at a new one. Worth every penny.
Easy to set up, fun to use.
Installation was straightforward and not hard. The tent is made with visibly high quality materials and the tent is sturdy and solid. I’m 6’ tall and so is my friend. We both fit comfortably inside with room for snacks and gear. I can’t wait to elevate (literally) my camping experiences this summer.
Our new Sparrow & Sparrow XL are the culmination of many years of testing, learning, and perfecting our hard shell roof top tent design.
More headroom, more storage options, and more compatibility with accessories—like our 100W flexible solar panel—means you can seriously level up your camping game. Bring your favorite cook stove, hang some string lights, and keep your portable speaker charged all weekend long.
Plus, extra legroom means you can really stretch out and relax after a long day on the trail. And with upgraded and improved construction and material, this tent is built to withstand a lifetime of adventure.
So what are you waiting for? Take flight in a Roofnest Sparrow.