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Tech Tuesday... Tepui Tents

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         There is something really special about rolling into the campsite at 10 or 11 oclock at night, tired after a long day of driving and just wanting to turn the vehicle off and pass out, and having a Tepui Tent that will go from fully packed away to open and ready to sleep in just minutes. It is a luxury that you don’t really understand until you are setting your tent up in the rain at night and your buddy goes from full travel mode to fully unpacked ready to use in minutes.

         Tepui Tents is a small company based out of Santa Cruz CA and they make a tent model for just about every situation. From smaller models that easily fit on a cars factory roof rack to heavy duty large models to fit the whole family, Tepui Tents has you covered. They also offer a selection of colors for most models. Unfortunately my truck is not really built in the right direction to mount a roof tent but if I could I would. These things are so easy to use and so comfortable to sleep in it is barely camping. Of course they are not going to be right for everyone’s application due to height restrictions or maybe you don’t normally camp near your vehicle but for those who do, this product is a must. With standard heavy duty construction and even the option of more heavy duty “ruggedized” models, these tents will deal with the elements without issue. Another huge advantage to these tents is that they come with a very comfortable foam mattress so you don’t need to buy or bring an inflatable of any sort. With the tent folded out you also get a shaded and dry spot for sitting which is always nice.

           Why a rooftop tent some people ask? Well there are a ton of reasons why having an elevated tent can be a big advantage. For one they take up less square footage on the ground if you are tight for space at your campsite, they are elevated away from potentially hazardous bugs or animals depending on where you like to go camping. They also set up and tear down in mere minutes which is a huge plus if your rolling into camp late at night or in the rain. You also don’t have to worry about tent pegs and poles and not being sure of how to assemble, the Tepui tents are so simple and straight forward that anyone can assemble without another set of hands. Being up off the ground also leads to better heat regulation for the occupants than sitting on the ground which is great for all seasons. With the heavy duty cover on while the tent is folded up you never have to worry about the elements damaging your tent. Of course just because they are a “rooftop tent” does not mean you can’t mount it in your bed, on a contractor rack, on your roll cage, or even on a trailer. Any simple cross bar or bracket mounting set up can be designed to hold your tent to anything in any way you want. Best of all these tents are light enough for one person to move around by hand. The options are endless and with a selection of application specific accessories from Tepui you can build your ultimate expedition camping set up.

          If you are considering purchasing a new overnight set up for this winter or next summer, don’t miss this amazing product, and make sure to ask about all the awesome colors available. Most importantly get out and enjoy.

Tech Tuesday... The Right Spotter

      For those who are new to off roading, a new trail can be a very nerve racking experience. Unknown off cambers, rocks and roots can take you for a pretty rough ride if you aren’t sure how to approach them correctly. But the driver of the vehicle is not always in the best position to [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Load and Sway Control

     When it comes to the world of full size trucks and diesels, especially those of an older variety, the questions that we seem to get the most generally revolve around load handling and stability. You take an old truck that could have as many as 4-5 owners throwing who knows what in the bed and dragging [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Performance Upgrades

Generally speaking when you talk about even a semi-serious off road vehicle, terms like “agile” and “quick” are not used too often. When you start putting oversized tires, taller suspension, and heavy metal armor on a truck it tends to slow down a good bit. For some people this is a none issue but there are plenty of people [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Locking Your Beads

      If you have not had a chance to take your rig out and play in the snow or even on the rocks, you may not have much experience with airing down your tires. But if you have had any experience or have overheard conversation about what pressure or air down techniques, odds are you have [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Side by Sides

       If someone asked me what the biggest trend I have noticed in the past year or two in the off roading world would be, I would have to respond with the entrance and corresponding market explosion of the Side-by-Side world. Polaris took a very basic idea and made it fulfil more people’s wants and [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Trail Lighting

        As the days get shorter and shorter heading towards December here on the West Coast it becomes more and more difficult to not end up out on trail in the dark. When you do find yourself out on the trail once the sun has gone down you will very quickly realize the value of [...]

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Tech Tuesday... Winter Wheeling

       We cross our fingers and hope that the sun and warm weather hangs around for a few more weeks every year, but the hard truth is that the wet and cold season is coming. With that comes deep mud, wet trails and, some people’s favourite, the snow. Taking your rig out to play in [...]

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Tech Tuesday... The Cold is Coming, Posi-Lok Time

With the cold and icy season on our doorstep, we here at North Shore Off-Road have been receiving more and more questions and orders for Posi-Loks. What has been becoming very obvious is that some people don’t understand what this product does and even more people seem to not know that it exists. So I decided to take this [...]

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Thanksgiving Closures

North Shore Off-Road can't believe it is already October and that Thanksgiving is this weekend!! You know what that means... Halloween and then Christmas are just around the corner. But hopefully everyone can enjoy this long weekend with their family and friends. Eat too much food, laugh too hard and stay up too late. We will [...]

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