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Camping Products Guide - Tech

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Camping Products Guide - Tech

Camping is a big part of what we do. Whether we're covering an event along the Rubicon Trail or exploring the mining regions of Colorado, more often than not we're many miles from a bed and a hot meal. After a few too many instances where we found ourselves without the proper gear to sustain ourselves, we decided to make up a short list of some of the items that can make camping life that much more livable. No, we aren't talking about buying an RV and hooking up a satellite dish, but we are talking about improving your camping gear collection to include some basic items that will help satisfy your safety needs, your sleep needs, and your appetite.

Brunton 8040G Compass
Long before hand-held GPS units were the norm outdoor adventurers have avoided getting lost using a trusty compass. The Brunton 8040G is a classic example of such a device. The pocket-sized 8040G is a mirrored compass with an easy-reading, optic green base plate, a tool-free declination adjustment, and a built-in thermometer. Weighing just 1.6 ounces the Brunton 8040G features a clinometer, a 0-to-35-degree-inclination scale, two-degree graduations, and inch and mm scales. The compass measures 3.8 inches by 2.5 inches closed and is 9 inches by 2.5 inches open. A lanyard is also included.
For more information, contact: Brunton, (307) 857-4700, www.brunton.com.

Delorme Earthmate PN-40
DeLorme recently introduced the latest in its popular Earthmate line of hand-held GPS devices, the Earthmate PN-40. The Earthmate PN-40 features a dual-core processor for rapid screen re-draws, offers 1 GB of onboard Flash memory with 500 MB of user-available space, and supports SDHC high-capacity SD cards. It can hold up to 10 tracks (10,000 points per track), 1,000 user-defined waypoints, and up to 50 routes. The 65K-color daylight-readable TFT screen provides clarity in any light conditions and the unit is WAAS-enabled for accuracy within 3 meters. The Earthmate PN-40 runs on two AA batteries (included) or available Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries, features a rugged, rubberized housing, and is waterproof to IPX-7 standard. The unit displays USGS 7.5-minute quads, aerial imagery, and NOAA nautical charts, which are available for download from DeLorme. Topo USA 7.0 software with complete U.S. topo and street maps is included at no extra cost. Other Earthmate PN-40 features include a three-axis electronic compass with included accelerometer that performs when held in any position, and a sensitive barometric altimeter for reliably accurate altitude readings.
For more information, contact: Delorme, (800) 561-5105, www.delorme.com.

Black Diamond ApolloLantern and Icon Headlamp
The Apollo Lantern from Black Diamond is a bright, non-glaring, soup-can-sized backcountry lantern with foldable legs and NRG rechargeable battery compatibility. The lantern's frosted globe combined with its inset 3-watt LED eliminates glare while the dual reflectors capture and maximize light output, which casts sufficient illumination to brightly fill a four-person tent. A dimming switch provides adjustable brightness and the fold-down legs increase the Apollo's height to 9.5 inches, which further boosts light dispersion. The lantern runs on four AA batteries or using Black Diamond's NRG Rechargeable Battery kit, which can provide simple, one-step wall-charging similar to a mobile phone. The Apollo also features a handy battery power indicator with green, yellow or red LEDs that display either the amount of battery power left or the charging status of the NRG.
Also available from Black Diamond is the Icon headlamp. The Icon headlamp offers a three-watt LED spotlight, four proximity LEDs, and seven different brightness settings. When used with the NRG rechargeable battery kit the Icon will stay illuminated at full strength all night long. For a longer duration of light the Icon can use AA batteries and be set to use just the four proximity LEDS to provide more than 160 hours of burn time. The Icon also features a dual-purpose battery-power meter that displays a green, yellow or red LED to indicate either the amount of battery power left or the charging status of the NRG rechargeable battery.
For more information, contact: Black Diamond Equipment, (801) 278-5552, www.bdel.com.

5.11 Tactical Series Light for Life FlashlightThe rechargeable "Light for Life" Flashlight could be the last flashlight you ever purchase. The Light for Life Flashlight provides the longest uptime, the fastest recharge on the market, and no batteries. That's right - it's battery-free. The Light for Life Flashlight is Ultracapacitor-driven and can deliver 23.5 hours of runtime in a 24-hour period, and then can be re-charged in just 90 seconds (using Flashpoint Technology). The Light for Life Flashlight is rated for 50,000 charge/discharge cycles with virtually no degradation and no memory - even in severe temperature conditions. That's one charge a day for more than 135 years, a good indication that it could be the last flashlight you will ever need to buy. With no batteries and no heavy metals the Light for Life flashlight is also environmentally friendly and RoHS compliant. The Light for Life Flashlight comes with a 12V DC charging base that plugs into a car, as well as a mounting plate and a belt ring. A full line of accessories, including lens filters, flare cones, holsters, and an AC adapter, are also available.
For more info, contact: 5.11 Tactical Series, (866) 451-1726, www.511tactical.com.

Brunton Solo 3.4 and Solaris USB
The Brunton Solo 3.4 is a portable, rechargeable power storage system that can be used to operate or charge a variety of small electronics, including cell phones, pda's, iPods, GPS units, hand-held radios, and more. The Solo 3.4 unit can be charged using a computer USB, the included vehicle DC adapter or AC wall charger, or using the Solaris USB solar panel. The Solo 3.4 power plant weighs just 5.2 ounces but offers a 5.5 volt output and a 3400mAH Lithium-ion, rechargeable power supply. Also available are the Solo 7.5 and the Solo 15, which are capable of operating larger electronic devices, such as TVs and lap top computers. The Solaris USB solar panel weighs just 5 ounces, features USB charging capability, and offers an output of 3 watts. It can easily be folded and stowed away when not in use or left attached to the Solo 3.4 for continual charging during daylight hours.
For more information, contact: Brunton, (307) 857-4700, www.brunton.com.

Primus EtaPower MF Stove
Primus's new EtaPower MF stove is based on the award-winning EtaPower EF, but it has been refined with a perfectly adjusted preheating coil, an improved burner, and a number of smaller changes from its predecessor. A compact unit at 8.3 inches x 8.3 inches x 5.3 inches, the powerful EtaPower MF weighs 32.8 ounces with the fuel pump and offers an output of 5,400 to 7,000 BTU per hour with a boiling time of 2.5- to 3.5-minutes. It can be used with both LP gas and liquid fuels, such as white gas, gasoline/petrol, kerosene/paraffin, and if necessary even diesel. The EtaPower MF includes a burner base, a windscreen, an EtaPower pot with heat exchanger, a frying pan, a handle, an ErgoPump, a 0.35L fuel bottle, a multi-tool, and a storage bag that can also be used to insulate the pot.
For more information, contact: North American Gear, LLC, (307) 332-0901, www.primuscamping.com.

Brunton Helios Stormproof Lighter
The Helios Stormproof Lighter from Brunton is windproof and waterproof and weighs 1.7 ounces. The Helios lighter features an adjustable, high-temperature internal flame that can withstand up to 80 mph winds and when the lid is closed the Helios is waterproof. The refillable Helios lighter uses premium butane fuel and features a piezo ignition that is reliable for at least 30,000 ignitions. The Helios Stormproof Lighter includes a detachable wrist lanyard and includes a one-year warranty. Brunton also offers its FuelTool to refill your lighter with high performance Bruntane.
For more information, contact: Brunton, (307) 857-4700, www.brunton.com.

Cadac Safari Chef Grill
Cadac's Safari Chef Grill is its latest in compact and portable grills. The Safari Chef is a 5-in-1 gas grill that offers five interchangeable cooking surfaces that make it as versatile as it is portable. Changing between the unique cooking surfaces allows the Safari Chef to be a barbeque, a griddle, a saut pan, a stove top, and even a wok. The surfaces include a barbeque grill, a DuPont non-stick ribbed griddle plate, a Du Pont non-stick lipped breakfast plate/griddle, a stove top, and a dome wok/pot that doubles as a lid. With the lid in place on the barbeque grill surface the Safari Chef becomes a convection-style oven that can be used to roast meats. Weighing less than nine pounds, the Safari Chef is dishwasher safe, works with a 1-pound propane canister, and includes a convenient carry bag.
For more information, contact: Cadac North America, (888) 60-CADAC, www.cadacnorthamerica.com.

Cook Partner Portable Stove
The Cook Partner Portable Stove is a heavy-duty unit built for a long service life. The stove is manufactured from 0.080-inch sheet aluminum that is seam-welded to form the stove case, lid, and fold-out windscreens. A large handle and locking latch are also in place for easy transport. Inside the stove case the cooking surfaces are stainless steel, which cleans easily and won't rust. The Cook Partner Portable Stove offers a 15,000 BTU output and measures 18x12 inches, making it a compact and powerful cooking station.
For more information, contact: Adventure Trailers, (877) 661-8097, www.adventuretrailers.com.

Coleman PerfectFlow 2-Burner Propane Grill Stove
The Coleman PerfectFlow 2-Burner Propane Grill Stove features the PerfectFlow pressure control system, which regulates fuel flow for constant, even heat. Offering 20,000 total BTU in two fully adjustable burners the Grill Stove features a removable die-cast aluminum grill grate and nickel-chrome stove grate to create 160 inches of cooking space. Cooking grease and food residue are easily cleaned up with the removable dishwasher-safe tray. The single stove top burner and the grill allow users to heat up a pot of chili while grilling burgers, all on a single stove. The propane-powered Grill Stove lasts up to 1.1 hours with both burners on high on one 16.4 oz Coleman propane cylinder (sold separately). The Grill Stove also features Coleman's Perfectheat design for optimal cooking performance, the WindBlock system, designed to shield the burners from wind for maximum heat, and a limited 5 year warranty.
For more information, contact: www.coleman.com.

Reliance Products
Water is the most important fluid you should carry with you while out on the trail. Reliance Products offers a variety of containers to carry water in your vehicle. The Aqua-Tainer "big blue" is the most popular and trusted water container on the market. It is made from rugged materials and features an ergonomic contoured handle and a premium screw on vent cap. This container comes with a hideaway spout for easy water dispensing and is stackable for bulk water storage. The Aqua-Tainer is available in two sizes; 7 gal./26L or 4 gal./15L capacities. It measures 11.25 inches long by 11 inches wide and is 15.25 inches high. The Aqua-Tainer weighs 2.15-pounds empty. Based on the design of a traditional plastic "jerry can", the Desert Patrol is a rugged short term water storage vessel. It comes with a standard three-piece spout system for accurate bulk pouring. The angled handle is designed for single or two handed gripping for easier lifting and pouring. Available in two sizes (5 gal./ 20L or 3 gal./12L) the Desert Patrol is ideal for ATV, paddle sports, camping and RVing. The Desert Patrol measures 14.75 inches long by 6.25 inches wide and is 19 inches tall. It weighs 1.82-pounds empty.
For more information, contact: Reliance Products, (800) 665-0258, www.relianceproducts.com.

Adventure Trailers Drawer System
Designed by a cabinet maker and seasoned expedition leader, the Adventure Trailers Drawer System holds up to the strains of extended travel with the feel of a well-made cabinet. The Drawer System is designed and constructed for strength and to be lightweight. The drawers are made from a light weight -inch composite board and finished with a tough urethane coating. The drawer components are held together by a combination of hardware and adhesive, producing an extremely strong box. The high-end drawer slides use high-quality ball bearings and are rated well over the drawer's maximum weight capacity. The drawer slides can also be paired with lockable latches. All of the drawers are 20 inches wide and can be paired to form a double drawer and can also be stacked. The drawers are offered in two heights; 8.75 inches and 12 inches, and in two depths; 24 inches, and 36 inches. Drawer units are connected together using provided hardware. Slides to mount a portable fridge or cooler are also available.
For more information, contact:Adventure Trailers, (877) 661-8097, www.adventuretrailers.com.

ARB Fridge Freeze
The all-new 50-quart ARB Fridge Freeze is able to maintain sub-freezing temperatures in 90 degree F heat, while only drawing an intermittent 1.35 amps per hour from a 12 volt power source, which is less than a single headlamp draws. The ARB Fridge Freeze is the result of three years of engineering development and uses the latest cooling technology and clever design features. The user-friendly unit features a recessed front mounted digital control panel, an internal LED cabinet light, a separate dairy/fruit compartment, a unique stainless-steel detent hinge with quick release mechanism, a powder coated zinc steel cabinet shell, a recessed powdered coated steel fixed carry handles, a two-piece injection-molded UV stable lid, and an integrated power system with no external power transformers required to operate the fridge on 12V DC, 24V DC or 110V AC. The ARB Fridge Freeze weighs 53 pounds and is capable of operating at extreme angles (up to 30 degrees) without affecting operation or reliability. Other features include rounded corners and edges to protect vehicle upholstery and a fully removable lid and basket for easy access and cleaning. ARB's new Transit Bag is also available. The Transit Bag offers a tough and durable canvas exterior with a reflective interior lining to insulate against heat and maximize cooling efficiency. Integrated vent panels are in place to ensure adequate air flow to the motor and condenser, and a large side pocket can hold the power lead and manual. The ARB Fridge Freeze
For more information, contact: ARB 4x4 Accessories, (800) 761-8192, www.arbusa.com.

Gerber E-Tool
The Gerber E-Tool is a functional, collapsible shovel that features a serrated blade edge and cast pick attachment for chopping through solid terrain. The powder-coated carbon steel blade and forged-steel head are supported by an anodized aluminum shaft and a glass-filled nylon handle. Weighing just 37.30 ounces the Gerber E-Tool measures 23.75 inches when open and 9.25 inches closed. It is easily stowed in any vehicle and is lightweight and tough for the dirtiest of jobs.
For more information, contact: Gerber, (800) 443-4871, www.gerbergear.com.

Engel MT45 Fridge
The Engel MT45 is a medium-to-large-sized powerful freezer capable of freezing almost anything - including ice cubes. It is ideal for long term freezing. As a refrigerator it can hold a steady interior temperature. The Engel MT45 is great for people on the move since it can be taken anywhere. The Engel MT45 can be powered by a 12-volt power supply or household 110-volt supply. The Engel unit features low power consumption (0.7 - 2.5 amps), a two-year warranty, and freezing ability from 40 degrees F to below 0 degrees F. The Engel unit offers a 43 quart volume, which is the equivalent to 60 12-ounce beverage cans. The outside dimensions of the Engel MT45 are 25.5 x 14.3 x 20 inches. The Engel MT45 is shown on drawer slides, which are also available from Adventure Trailers. Freezer hinge locks and bags are also available.
For more information, contact: Adventure Trailers, (877) 661-8097, www.adventuretrailers.com.

Travel Chair
Space is limited in most 4x4s so bulky folding chairs are often the first item that's left behind. Portable, collapsible chairs are usually small enough to fit in your vehicle but many we've come across are cheaply-made and only last one or two trips before the seams or fabric tears apart. Travel Chair has pretty much eradicated this issue with its full line of sturdy and portable, collapsible chairs and travel tables. With its 300-pound capacity, the Big Bubba chair offers a deep seat and just the right seat length and back angle to support the whole body--even big bodies. The Anywhere Chair is a 250-pound capacity, quick-folding chair that features a built-in insulated cooler under the seat with room for a six-pack and the ice or cold packs to keep it cool. Travel Chair's TravelBench line is the perfect solution for instant group seating around a camp fire. The "El Grande" TravelBench offers a 300-pound capacity per seat with seating for five. The El Grande also features a rear banner display option where a company or club name/logo can be printed. A six-seat TravelBench is also offered and heavy-duty and lounge-style chairs are also available. Each Travel Chair is designed in-house using the finest materials and processes. The chair frames are constructed from high-grade steel and/or aluminum depending on chair type. High-strength 600 denier nylon and double stitched seams are applied throughout and seat belt webbing is used to further reinforce the seat bottoms. Over-sized rivets are installed in holes drilled to exact tolerances and molded grommets and nylon feet add further strength.
For more information, contact: Travel Chair, (253) 851-7519, www.travelchair.com.

Mountainsmith Modular Hauler System
Mountainsmith's Modular Hauler System is an innovative system designed for storing, organizing, packing, and transporting outdoor and everyday gear. Ten different storage cubes are available to carry food or gear that is cold, wet, or dry. The cubes can be used on their own or inside the Modular Haulers, which are offered in 2- 3- and 4-cube configurations. Each of the Modular Haulers weighs less than 2 pounds empty; the cubes vary in weight depending on their design. The Basic Cube has a fully weatherproof interior with a zip-top closure. The marine blue Cooler Cube has padded and insulated side panels and a waterproof PVC-free liner to keep food and drinks cold. The Deluxe Cooler Cube offers mesh pockets, an interior zip pocket, a fold-down beverage tray that will hold four cups, and a sleeve in the back for magazines. Each cube is constructed of durable, high-quality ripstop, and all but the Breathable Cube have laminated mesh tops that hold a packing slip or provide easy viewing of contents. They are all compatible with the Modular Haulers and can be purchased individually, providing additional organizational options. Cubes are offered in a variety of colors.
For more information, contact: Mountainsmith, (800) 551-5889, www.mountainsmith.com.

Big Agnes King Solomon Sleeping Bag
The Big Agnes King Solomon Sleeping Bag is a 1 to 15 degrees F double-wide bag designed for two people, but it can also be used as a single bag for those who enjoy a spacious sleeping environment. The King Solomon sleeping bag features two separate, integrated pad sleeves that measure 20 inches by 72 inches, with an extra 2 inches in the foot bed- enough length to accommodate heights up to 6 feet, 2 inches. There is one zipper on each side of the bag to allow easy access for both sleepers and built-in pillow pockets hold a fleece or Big Agnes pillow. A no-draft collar for each sleeper seals around neck of the bag to keep cold air from sneaking in and a center no-draft flap with Velcro closures on the center of the bag gives you the option to attach the top of the body of the bag to the center of the hood to eliminate more drafts that may occur when you move in your sleep. The Big Agnes King Solomon sleeping bag features a down proof, nylon microfiber rip-stop shell that is treated to repel water, and a soft, breathable down proof nylon lining with stain resistant finish. The integrated pad sleeve is nylon rip-stop and is also treated to repel water. The King Solomon bag is filled with 600 fill goose down, weighs 5 pounds 3 ounces, and compresses to 10 inches x 10 inches.
For more information, contact: Big Agnes, (877) 554-8975, www.bigagnes.com.

Kamp-Rite Tent Cot
Kamp-Rite's Tent Cot is an aluminum-framed sleeping cot that doubles as a tent. The Tent Cot is elevated 11 inches off the ground, which keeps you and your gear away from ground moisture and chill, as well as spiders, ants, bugs, snakes, and other unwanted guests. The Tent Cot features zippered entries on each side that can be closed up to keep out the elements or left open on warmer nights for better air circulation. A 3/8-inch sleeping pad is included to enhance comfort and insulation and a carry-bag is included for transport and storage. The Tent Cot is made from durable 210D poly-oxford fabric with a PU waterproofed coating and uses a welded aluminum frame with polyox hinges designed to support up to 300 pounds. The standard Tent Cot bed size is 84 x 28 inches. The company also offers "The Double" Tent Cot designed to support up to 500 pounds with a bed size of 84 x 52 inches. The Double is longer than a queen-size bed and nearly as long. A Kid-size Tent Cot is also available.
For more information, contact: Kamp-Rite, (800) 709-9905, www.kamprite.com.

Truck-Bedz
Truck-Bedz offers unique, inflatable mattresses that fit inside the bed of a truck as well as most popular SUVs. Each Truck-Bedz mattress features two dual-stage, heavy-duty boat valves to assist with inflation and deflation and also include a 12V high-flow air pump with a 19-foot cord. The Truck-Bedz Expedition Series mattress is made from extra heavy-duty 420d nylon backpack fabric bonded with a strong polyurethane coating and then RF welded into shape. The lighter-duty Weekender Series mattress's are made from heavy-duty PVC material using all of the design features found in the original Truck-Bedz, but offered at much lower prices for those on a tighter budget. Truck-Bedz mattresses are available in sizes to fit many popular trucks, SUVs, step-side trucks, and many models of vans and minivans. Applications are available for Chevy, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, and Isuzu vehicles.
For more information, contact: (866) 303-2339, www.truck-bedz.com.

Coleman Hooligan 3 Tent
The Coleman Hooligan 3 Tent is a two pole dome structure that is easy to transport and simple to set up. With an 8x7-foot footprint the three-person tent uses Coleman's Exclusive WeatherTec System to always keep you and your gear dry. The Hooligan 3 Tent features a dry entry vestibule that allows convenient access and adjustable airflow, a full fly for complete protection in the harshest conditions, an entire mesh inner tent to provide maximum ventilation, and color-coded, shock-corded fiberglass poles. The easy set-up instructions are sewn into the durable carry bag, which also includes separate sacks for poles and stakes. The flysheet and the inner tent feature a 450mm PU coating and the flooring is made from Polyethylene 1000D materials for maximum weather resistance. The Hooligan 3 tent offers a 59-inch center height, a single door, and a window accessible from the tents interior.
For more information, contact: www.coleman.com.

Sportz Truck and SUV Tents
The leading manufacturer and distributer of vehicle camping tents, Napier Enterprises offers its Sportz truck and SUV tents to fit most popular vehicle models. The SUV tent wraps around the rear cargo area of the vehicle allowing you to access the interior for additional space. The detachable screen room offers a 7x6-foot area for bug free dining and family gatherings.
The 10x10-foot tent provides a sleeping area for five to six people along with the additional space provided by the vehicle. The tent uses a ring and pin assembly and shock-corded fiberglass poles for set up, and the Sportz SUV 83000's patented removable sleeve can be completely removed to convert the tent into a stand-alone ground tent making it easy to drive away from your campsite. The tent's detachable screen room allows you the flexibility to use the screen room or remove it when not in use. When in use the window storm flaps allow you to close up the screens to create a whole new room.
The Sportz Truck Tent III assembles in the back of your open-bed pickup to create a sleeping area for two people with over 5.5 feet of head room. The shock-corded fiberglass poles are color coded to match the corresponding sleeves, making set up an easy process. The tent's bed straps and an interior support pole adds strength allowing it to stay secure in the bed of the truck during storms. The durable, polyester exterior and rain fly have 1,200 mm of waterproofing coating to keep you dry even in the wettest weather. The Sportz Truck Tent III also features two large No-See-Um mesh windows and two ceiling vents for excellent ventilation. Additionally a 6x6-foot awning creates a protected storage area for bulky gear and also provides plenty of shade. The tent is available in eight sizes to fit the most popular trucks on the market.
For more information, contact: Sportz by Napier, (800) 567-2434, www.sportzbynapier.com.

Big Agnes Twin Butte Car Tarp
Since shady camping spots aren't always available on the trail a sunshade can be a lifesaver. The Big Agnes Twin Butte Car Tarp is a camping tarp/sunshade that attaches to a vehicle roof rack to create an awning style sunshade. The tarp can also be staked to the ground to create a wind break/sun shade along the side of the vehicle. The tarp is supported using two adjustable DAC lightweight anodized aluminum poles that extend from 68 to 78 inches. The actual maximum height of the tarp depends on the height of the vehicle. Sleeves are in place on the tarp for securing it to the poles and multiple loops are available for hanging lights and gear (the Big Agnes Square Gear Loft is sold separately). The Twin Butte Tarp is made from durable polyester rip-stop with a 1,500mm waterproof polyurethane coating and all tarp seams are taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape. Reflective guy lines and four lightweight aluminum X-stakes are included. The Big Agnes Twin Butte Tarp is available in rust or charcoal colors. An accessory bug screen is also available.
For more information, contact: Big Agnes, (877) 554-8975, www.bigagnes.com.

MSR Outfitter Wing
The MSR Outfitter Wing is a great base-camp or trail-side shelter for big groups. It offers a six- to 12-person capacity and can provide 200 square feet of relief from the elements. It uses a unique seven-point design to provide a selection of set-up options, including the ability to be paired with MSR's largest tent, the Board Room. The Outfitter Wing is also quiet, stable, and strong, without the annoying flapping in the wind that is common when using cheap tarps as shelter. The interior peak height is variable depending on set up but can extend to as much as 96 inches. The Outfitter Wing weighs about 10 pounds and includes two 8-foot poles and seven RockBuster stakes. The smaller Vista Wing is also available, offering 120 square feet of coverage for two to four people.
For more information, contact: MSR, (800) 531-9531, www.msrgear.com.

The Camping Lab
The Camping Lab vehicle awning is made out of 300D rip-stop canvas and all structural elements are either aluminum or high-resistance plastic so there's nothing to rust or rot. The mounting system is very versatile and all that is needed is a flat surface to bolt it to. Special brackets are available for various applications. The Camping Lab also offers Serengeti rooftop tents from MyWay Tents, a South African manufacturer. The Serengeti rooftop tent is made out of light-weight, rip-stop canvas and aluminum and high-resistance plastic pieces. These tents are both extremely durable and surprisingly light in weight for a rooftop tent. All Camping Lab products are backed by a one year no hassle warranty. The Camping Lab also offers gazebos, roof racks, jerry can holders, fuel tanks, and more.
For more information, contact: The Camping Lab, (786) 489-8258, www.campinglab.com.

ARB Rooftop Tents
The ARB Rooftop Tent can be mounted to the rear or side of a vehicle or trailer. The tents feature an insulated, aluminum framed and clad base that reduces weight and helps prevent cold seeping through the floor, and are manufactured from high quality, cotton/poly rip-stop fabric that is breathable, waterproof, and mold resistant. Inside is a comfortable 2.5-inch high-density foam mattress with a removable cover to facilitate cleaning and screened doors and windows. The exterior features a flysheet raised above the tent on multiple bows to keep the tent cooler in sun and eliminate condensation in the cold, and window awnings that are supported on spring steel stays, which allow for windows to be opened during rain. The ARB Touring Rooftop Tent also features an enhanced mounting system with no need to drill into the roof rack or bars. It is also simple to install and remove when not in use. The Rooftop Tent comes complete with mounting hardware, wrenches, a sturdy, aluminum retractable ladder, a travel cover, and comprehensive instructions.
For more information, contact: ARB 4x4 Accessories, (800) 761-8192, www.arbusa.com.

Sierra Expeditions
Sierra Expeditions offers a variety of overland adventure and camping products, including a full line of BajaRack roof racks. The BajaRack MegaMule roof rack was designed as a rugged, aerodynamic gear basket. It's lightweight and comes with an aluminum wind deflector. The MegaMule measures 64 inches long by 48 inches wide by 7.25 inches tall. Also available are the BajaRack Mule Rack, EXPedition Rack, and the FJ BajaRack. The Mule rack mounts to most factory rack styles as well as Yakima and Thule crossbars. The aluminum wind deflector found on all BajaRack products eliminates noise and drag on the vehicle and the racks are lighter weight due to the structural design analysis. The EXPedition Rack measures 84 inches long by 48 inches wide with a flat area that is 58.25 inches long by 48 inches wide. All BajaRack products first receive a zinc primer prior to a hi-gloss powder coating to protect the rack against the elements.
For more information, contact: Sierra Expeditions, (866) 507-4254, www.sierraexpeditions.com.

PETT Toilet System
Made of injection molded plastic with three locking legs, thePETT toilet is the same height and bowl size of a standard toilet, yet folds to a mere 5 inches by 19 inches by 14 inches (the size of a briefcase). Weight limit has been tested by supporting the front end of a truck on two PETT toilets. The patented drip edge under the seat keeps the top of the waste collection bag clean for easy disposal. Each thePETT toilet comes with a removable mesh net holder that supports the waste collection bag, and a removable lid for stability on soft terrain when in use and to protect the seat when not in use. ThePETT toilets include 3 WAG BAG Toilet-in-a-Bag waste kits. ThePETT complete system includes a thePETT toilet, a thePUP privacy shelter, a theTOTE backpack, and 15 WAGBAG Toilet-in-a-Bag waste kits. All items fit in a backpack, which has an expandable pocket and contains an additional collection bag to transport used waste bags. Made of a flame-retardant gray Taffetta 10C, the PUP privacy shelter requires no assembly and sets up in seconds. Poles and connectors are attached. Tent stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall with a sanitary, floorless base that measures 4 feet by 4 feet and ground secure flaps on three sides.
For more information, contact: Phillips Environmental Products, Inc., (877) 520-0999, www.thepett.com.

Adventure Trailers
The Chaser Trailer from Adventure Trailers offers a 6-foot-long cargo box that provides 46 cubic feet of storage. Two stainless-steel shelves can be hung from the side of the trailer to make a kitchen area. One shelf can be used for food preparation and the other to hold a stove. The tongue of the Chaser provides space for fuel cans, water tank, and nose box. The nose box can be used for additional storage or for mounting of deep cycle batteries, the solar controllers, power inverters, battery chargers, and marine grade 12-volt outlets, all of which can be added at an additional cost. The 2-inch receiver tube in the rear bumper will support a bike rack and other light weight accessories. Adventure Trailers can also customize the roof rack system to not only support a rooftop tent but also to hold bikes, kayaks, surfboards, and a multitude of other equipment. Also available from Adventure Trailers is its Horizon Trailer, which offers 54-cubic-feet of space with enough room to sustain a group of four people camping remotely for a week.
For more information, contact: Adventure Trailers, (877) 661-8097, www.adventuretrailers.com.

Tentrax
Tentrax trailers are constructed of fiberglass due to its superior engineering strength and versatility, allowing the trailer to withstand the rigors of rugged terrain and extreme conditions. The optional tent and bed features a durable bed and waterproof tent that automatically folds neatly into the lid of the trailer when not in use, leaving over 30 cubic feet of dry and lockable storage below. The tent and bed are supported in the lid with heavy-duty struts that also make for easy trailer lid opening. The spacious front rack is one of four trailer racks specifically designed for the Tentrax trailers. The others are the tongue rack, top rack, and the bike rack carrier. Tentrax trailers are custom-designed for each customer.
For more information, contact: (800) 488-2022, www.tentrax.com.

New Image 4x4
New Image 4x4 manufactures affordable and rugged off-road trailers. The company starts with its standard Base Camp trailer and can build it to meet the needs of any customer. A typical Base Camp trailer can carry up to 2,500 pounds while the fully loaded Expedition trailer offers a load capacity of 3,500 pounds. All New Image 4x4 trailers are built to sustain abuse. They offer 20 inches of ground clearance so they are trail capable and a three-axis hitch is available that can rotate 360 degrees. Add-on accessories include a rooftop tent with a removable upper rack for tent mounting, a smaller upper rack that allows space to carry an ATV in the trailer, a 12-gallon fresh water tank, a 60-gallon Delta storage box, a 30-quart Igloo cooler with tie downs, Hi-Lift Jack mounts, 16-inch Jeep Moab wheels with 245/75R16 Goodyear MT/R tires, 5-gallon fuel cans and mounts, extra tool boxes, and LED tail lights. Other custom options are also available.
For more information, contact: New Image 4x4, (805) 525-5522, www.newimage4x4.com.

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