We decided to go “all-in” as newbie roofers and overlanders buying our 2022 4Runner TRD Sport, Prinsu platform, and Ponderosa Rooftop Tent & Annex with a goal of travelling to as many corners of the United States as possible in six months. Our first ever night in a rooftop tent was to be one of 169 nights that we would spend in our set-up as we travelled nearly 28,000 km across 33 US states with our 13-year-old husky. Needless to say, we put the RTT through its paces!

Our adventure ended up basically being a perimeter check of the US as we traversed the diverse and enchanting terrains of the West Coast, and the picturesque landscapes of the South, and delved into the heart of many states along the East Coast. Our journey was a kaleidoscope of experiences, offering us glimpses of the stunning natural beauty, delightful culinary adventures, and the warmth of the people across this truly diverse nation.

Our spacious rooftop tent allowed for great airflow and always supplied us with spectacular views. With temperatures ranging from -4 deg C (Kartchner, Arizona)  to 35 deg C (Shoshoni, Wyoming), we were absolutely comfortable as the Ponderosa 4-season tent held on like a champ even in several instances of very strong (75 kph) winds and torrential rainstorms.

Our pupper loved the annex for sleeping and so did we for changing, getting out of the elements, storage, and for those moments when neighbours were just a little too close for bathroom privacy. Our portable rechargeable power unit and solar light kept everything nicely charged and lit.

There were too many highlights to mention them all, but the top 10 included (in chronological order): Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (CA), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (AZ), White Sands National Park (NM), The Outer Banks, (NC), Assateague State Park (MD), Shenandoah National Park (VA), Blue Ridge Parkway National park (VA/NC), The Badlands (SC), Yellowstone (WY), and Glacier National Park (MT).

This was a perfect set-up for us to be in nature non-stop for 6 months. If you have any thoughts of venturing out… just go for it! Not all who wander are lost…they just have a more adventurous spirit!

@mtjmcguire

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