When a letter camearound the Jalopnik office to see if anyone was interested in camping for a few days in a car, it was met with a stunned silence from most my colleagues. Me? I was born under canvas, molded by it, so I was happy to try out some in-car camping. Or rather, camping on top of the car, like I find myself now in a Roofnest Condor tent mounted on the roof rails from a Kia Sorento. So, what do you want to know about it?
For everyone not familiar with Roofnestthey make a range of handy tents that fold up to something the size of a typical roof box† To set up camp, just push the top up, pull down the ladder, and out jumps a full-shaped tent. Then you climb the ladder and enter your little nest where you are safe from all the critters and creepy crawlies that spend their time at the campsite.
And his from that elevated vantage point which I am now at a campground in the Catskills. I have three nights and four days to try out the Roofnest Condor, and I’d like to know what you want to know about it.
The model I’m trying out is one of the three tents that Roofnest offers. They make a lightweight Falcon series, which the company says is good for overlanders, the easyuntil-use Sparrow series, and this one, the Condor.
Once unfolded, the Condor has room for two adults to sleep, in an 83″ x 60″ area. He weighs 135 lb and has up to 50 inches of headroom once surfaced. The costs of all this travel comfort† $3,395.
That’s a lot to spend on a tent, so what advantages does it have over a traditional camping setup? And, why choose a car plus a pop-top tent when there are many campers and vans which can act as both, without any of the extra settings? I want to find out in the coming days. Leave your questions below and I’ll try to answer them all.