Inside we take a look at some product offerings from James Baroud, Tepui, and Dometic.
James Baroud makes some premium hard and soft-shell rooftop tents. They had their rooftop tent and awning accessories on display at Sea Otter and they also sponsor Tyler McCaul. Check out their full range of products if you’re in the market.
Tepui has some awesome roof top tents as well and they had their HyBox on display on top of a green Toyota Landcruiser. The HyBox doubles as a rooftop tent or as storage. Tepui makes a lot of outdoor accessories to help your experience in the great outdoors.
Dometic is a company that has been around for some time and chances are you’ve seen or used some of their products if you’ve ever been in an RV. They make a wide range of products in this space and others including marine, hospitality, and cooling systems to name a few.
Many of you may be familiar with battery packs from companies like Goal Zero. At Sea Otter Dometic was showcasing their lightweight 16 pound PLB-40 which competes in the mobile power space and packs a lot of features consumers will certainly appreciate.
The PLB40 weighs in at 16lb, and is a portable 40AH Lithium Iron battery. Lithium Iron differs from the popular Lithium Ion battery systems out there as it offers much better life as the recharge cycles are much much higher (2,000 recharge cycles before any degradation).
Over the weekend, Dometic was showcasing its capability to run their special edition CFX fridge/freezer without a traditional AC outlet which including ice-cream!
The PLB40 is ideal for powered coolers and other 12 V appliances for weekend oriented adventures. The PLB40 can give you a weekend of power or longer on a Dometic CFX cooler with a single charge. In the event you need AC power, you’ll need to use a simple 12V adapter.
The 40AH is plenty of power for most weekend activities but when you need to charge it, they offer 3 ways to get energy back into the unit through AC/DC/Solar. The connections for charging are on the opposite side as the DC outputs which certainly has some configuration benefits. The built in solar controller is PWM (not MPPT) and you can plug in your panels via the Anderson port (far right in the picture below) to recharge the PLB40.
The PLB40 has a lot of features built into it including a smart display that shows a lot of useful information depending on what you have plugged into it.
If you’re in the market for a low power draw (~1Amps/Hr) DC fridge/freezer for your adventure vehicle Dometic has a very nice range of products that are very competitive with ARB and other offerings. They have a wide range of sizes including dedicated freezer options, wifi connectivity to interact with from your phone, low power cut-off modes to ensure your battery isn’t depleted if you’re running out of power, and more. Check out some of the pictures below and visit their website for more information on their product offerings.
Roaming the parking lot we saw a lot of sweet adventure rigs that many of you have put together. Ryan Leech’s truck had a sweet truck camper and tent setup along with a 23zero awning.