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Old 01-18-2019, 11:33 AM   #1
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Back door tent - Tampa rv show

Had some free time during quick trip Fl and found out Tampa RV show was starting so ran by there on Wednesday.

Was cool to see the 19 in person and different manufacturers, etc.

Know some were looking for screen/tent options and saw this thing.
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Talked with them and Terry was the designer. Said they might make for other vans.
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Old 01-18-2019, 12:22 PM   #2
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Interesting. My main concern is how small it packs down to.
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:13 PM   #3
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Cool.

I once had a VW Westfalia camper, and it came with a full-size tent.

Made of heavy, oiled canvas and steel tubes.

Connected to the open (or closed) sliding van door.

Nice!

Except we set it up only once. Major hassle.

Had it been constructed of nylon, like most tents, with thin, aluminum poles, it might have been a winner.
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TOBBUN - Thanks. I remember seeing this awhile back but without the tent. I looked it up again and found their vid of the porach mod prior to them making the top/tent part. In fact, they talk about havin the tent manufactured shortly on the vid. I not sure how easy the tent is to setup (as ROWIEBOWIE & WHERESTREAM noted). But the platform idea interests me in how they made it so it is attached to floor and flips up to latch easily. But is also easily removed.


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Go 5:57 mark in vid. It pretty cool. I can envision making a shorter version for myself (to match my short stature) I also like that they made a cover for the side doors.


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That tent looks promising, but I get a 404 when I try to go to their website.
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That tent looks promising, but I get a 404 when I try to go to their website.
Works for me earlier today and just 10 secs ago
https://www.embassyrv.com
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We saw the same RV display at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa this week. We were intrigued with the tent idea and suspect this is the start of a new trend. Lots of people will like this feature and ask for it on other brands of Class B motorhomes. The tent is not suitable for us because we go, go, go when we travel in our Interstate. However, I can imagine plenty of people will find this a very useful idea for their Class B.

I was even more interested in the fact that Embassy RV uses lithium ion batteries exclusively and a high output alternator on the engine rather than a generator or solar panels.

But the biggest & best idea in my mind was the 12V, 20,000 Btu, roof mounted air conditioner. I was told it was adapted from a Toyota Prius. This seems like an idea that is long overdue in the RV world. Doh! I wish I'd thought of that! And the A/C unit is serviceable - recharge the Freon, replace hoses, etc. - rather than the typical disposable systems designed by Dometic and the like.
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We saw the same RV display at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa this week. We were intrigued with the tent idea and suspect this is the start of a new trend. Lots of people will like this feature and ask for it on other brands of Class B motorhomes. The tent is not suitable for us because we go, go, go when we travel in our Interstate. However, I can imagine plenty of people will find this a very useful idea for their Class B.

I was even more interested in the fact that Embassy RV uses lithium ion batteries exclusively and a high output alternator on the engine rather than a generator or solar panels.

But the biggest & best idea in my mind was the 12V, 20,000 Btu, roof mounted air conditioner. I was told it was adapted from a Toyota Prius. This seems like an idea that is long overdue in the RV world. Doh! I wish I'd thought of that! And the A/C unit is serviceable - recharge the Freon, replace hoses, etc. - rather than the typical disposable systems designed by Dometic and the like.
LUCIUS - I agree. their product does show lots of features not standard/found in most Class B's, as you noted:

Battery UL 600ah Lithium Ion
Battery disconnect
Inverter (3000w/6000w peak)
Cord and inlet (30a Smart Plug)
280a additional alternator
Auto engine start
Refrigerator/freezer (12v) 6.8 c.f.
Ozone water purifier
12v Air conditioner 20,000 BTU
Water heater (110v/hydronic)
Fresh/gray collapsible water tanks 23.5gal. each

BUT, the one thing I didn't like is they only put cassette toilets. No mention of black tank even optional. Deal breaker for us.

BTW - how cool is this hide-away 32" tv in a class B ?
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This tent product really has me thinking. It appears to be a better option than many of the previous attempts at such a device.

Try this on for cognitive size / just thinking out loud here:

What if this could be tweaked into a true slide-out analog? Instead of having a side slide-out, something akin to an optional rear slide out?

It could resolve the living space issue for those vanners who insist on having a full fixed bed (as opposed to jack knife couches). Slide the main bed out into the tent to achieve a full six feet of additional living space inside while parked. Or not - leave the van buttoned up if the weather prohibits that.

Increasingly I'm being targeted by ads pertaining to the off-road community, because of some of the projects and product searches I've done recently (especially the MOLLE seat back organizer I installed). New and interesting things are imprinting on my computer screen. Some of the slides are versatile, such as this one from a company called Front Runner. There's plenty of scope for imagination in it (nod to Ann of Green Gables).
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