CleanTech Tenting Options Dominate 2023 Tesla Takeover

Photo voltaic and reasonably priced lithium-ion batteries are ushering within the golden age of tenting and exploring together with your car.

We attended the California Tesla Takeover occasion this weekend in San Luis Obispo, California, as a traditional citizen, not press. We have been blown away with the particular part of the occasion devoted to tenting. Options ranged from a snorkel that permits you to run the air con out of your Tesla or Rivian right into a rooftop tent from Campstream, to a customized Tesla automotive tenting equipment from Fruble Fabrications, to light-weight journey trailers optimized to work with electrical autos from 360 Sierra.

It’s nothing new to cobble collectively determined tenting options into merchandise for overlanding, RVing, and even tenting in your automotive, however the addition of photo voltaic and lithium-ion batteries is for the primary time making if potential to construct a full equipment round these options with zero emissions powered by the solar.

Campstream’s Rooftop Tent AC Adapter

The fellows at Campstream hail from Sweden and have been dissatisfied with the rooftop tent expertise on their Teslas. To maintain rooftop tents heat or chilly historically requires a bolt-on air conditioner or diesel heating unit to maintain from cooking or freezing relying on the surface temperature.

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To resolve this, the group developed a customized snorkel and baffle that matches onto the window of a Tesla Mannequin Y, 3, or Rivian that lets you make the most of the air con that already lives inside these electrical autos to maintain your rooftop tent at an optimum temperature in a single day. They actually have a helpful addition to the equipment that lets you run a USB cable by means of the identical vent gap to maintain your cellphone charged in a single day with out having to depart it within the automotive. Sensible.

Fruble’s Tesla Tenting Equipment

We’ve talked about Fruble Fabrications earlier than, nevertheless it was actually thrilling to see the car-camping equipment designed by Jimmy of “Dwelling In Tesla” YouTube fame in individual. The 90-pound, flat-packed camper kit-in-a-box is shipped from his manufacturing facility in British Columbia, Canada, to only about anyplace on this planet and delivers an IKEA-style meeting course of.

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When totally assembled, the $1,865 USD Fruble Tesla Camper Equipment offers a platform so that you can sleep on with a mattress, a house for a fuel or induction range, a cutout for a fold-up sink, and loads of storage besides. The put in equipment is available in three items, and since we final noticed it on-line, Jimmy has added an induction range powered by a lithium-ion battery to his personal setup. The acquisition of a transportable energy station allowed Jimmy to remove the burning of cooking fuel, and drops his private emissions whereas decreasing waste.

360 Sierra’s Simple Tow Trailer

Lastly, the crew over at 360 Sierra constructed up a Yakima trailer with an easy-to-tow tenting equipment. They used Renogy’s 100 amp-hour lithium batteries as the inspiration and paired them with a 180-watt photo voltaic panel and a fold-out kitchen. It’s totally plumbed with water and options primarily Dometic merchandise which have stood the take a look at of time, having been used within the RV, resort, and journey sectors for many years.

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We love the clear integration of photo voltaic to the onboard energy system and the way it seamlessly enabled the usage of a Dometic CFX electrical fridge that’s totally sealed and designed for use out within the parts. The general trailer weighs in at simply 350 kilos, which, coupled with its lengthy towing arm, makes it simple to maneuver round by hand in addition to on the again of nearly any car with a hitch adapter. Their trailer on the occasion was fitted with a fuel range, however Andre confirmed that with the addition of one other battery cell, it might simply energy an induction range as a substitute.

I hooked it as much as my Tesla Mannequin Y for some wheeling across the bumpy grass area and didn’t even discover that it was there. Afterwards, I grabbed it with the handy deal with on the hitch adapter and lifted it off my car so it might stand on the help leg. The trailer is nicely balanced and really does make it simple to completely equipment out a car for tenting with minimal fuss.


It was nice to see the addition of a tenting part to the California Tesla Takeover occasion this yr, which is often targeted on wraps, rims, and sound programs. Opening up a tenting part lets designers showcase their merchandise to patrons they know are already eager about a cleantech way of life.

We hope to see the identical tenting part on the occasion subsequent yr and look ahead to sharing much more options when the time comes. For a fast fly-by model overview of a number of the highlights from the occasion, take a look at the video under from Kyle Conner and Colton Guerin from Out of Spec Studios.


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