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James Masciuch & Nikki Starace - Bethesda, Maryland Background


James Masciuch & Nikki Starace

Bethesda, Maryland

Tepui Tent: Kukenam with Annex


Rig: 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (JK), SPod SE Touch Power Management, Superchips Traildash 2, JW Speaker Lights, Poison Spyder Skids and Diff Guards, Various Recovery Gear, MetalCloak Springs, Fox Shocks, BFGoodrich KO2 Tires.


2014 Manley Trailer, Custom Steel Locking Lid with Adjustable Height Rack for Tepui Tent and ARB Awnings w/ Room, 120 Watts of Goal Zero Solar Panels, 2 AGM Batteries, Dual Zone Fridge & Freezer, LED Lighting, Charging Plugs Galore


Favorite place to adventure: Pacific Northwest, Canadian Rockies, San Juan Mountains, Utah.


Dream travel destination: Baja Peninsula, Alaska, Churchill Manitoba (Polar Bears!), Tanzania and Kenya.


Favorite outdoor activity: Off-road travel, Long-Distance Cycling, Photography, Camping, Hiking.




“Based just outside of Washington D.C., it can sometimes be hard to get that “outdoor itch” satiated. Don’t get me wrong, I spend most of the time in the local woods hiking/camping with my dog; Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest are just a short drive away. But the rolling hills affectionately called the Appalachian Mountains can become dull. While we will never turn down an international trip, road-tripping has become a natural part of our lives. It is a fun, easy way to experience a new place


Both Nikki and I work in schools, so we are lucky enough to get away for large chunks of time in the summer. After a three-week trip through the Redwoods and Canadian Rockies in a rental Hyundai with a craigslist cooler and my backpacking tent, I knew there had to be a better way. Cooking on a tiny folding stove, inflating and deflating air mattresses, and stuffing an ultralight tent in to a too-tiny stuff sack gets old pretty quick.


Being a lifetime Jeep owner and rather handy with tools, I set out to build a rig we could drive across the country and live out of for weeks at a time. When we returned, I got another Jeep, this time springing for a lifetime warranty with unlimited mileage and a basic expedition trailer to build up. What you see displayed here is a result of that hard but enjoyable work. With Nikki’s amazing meal and trip planning, we could easily have added another month to our recent 5-week trip.


There is nothing better than eating fresh Tikka Marsala under the stars with a popsicle for dessert, then retreating into a bed off the ground after taking a hot shower, all while being in the great outdoors miles away from anyone!! We’re taking “glamping” to a whole new level with a Tepui Tent as our home away from home! " –James Masciuch