RV News: Four Wheel Camper and Orvis Collab, nüCamp Has a New Tear Drop, and Much More

The best gear from Overland Expo, inside 'Wildsam.' and Canadians really like to go camping.

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After the long holiday weekend, it was a surprisingly busy week for news about RVs and camping. Here are a few things that went down over the past few days:

  • Four Wheel Campers Joins Forces with Orvis: Truck camper manufacturer Four Wheel Campers has joined forces with fly-fishing brand Orvis to build the ultimate mobile basecamp for anglers. This week, the two companies took the wraps off the Orvis Special Edition Four Wheel Camper, which is designed specifically for fly fishing. This model is available in two sizes (Hawk Model for 6′-6.8′ beds or Grandby Model for 8′ beds) and features a pop up design for better efficiency when driving and more headroom at the campsite. The unit has a dry weight of 1,670 lbs., sleeps three adults, and includes two Orvis Rod Bunkers, an Orvis Mud Room, lithium house batteries, and much more. GearJunkie has a nice sneak peek with more details.
  • nüCamp Launches Tab 360 Travel Trailer: Teardrop travel trailer manufacturer nüCamp has expanded its line-up by introducing a new model this past week. The company debuted the TAB 360, a model that slots in nicely between the brand’s smaller TAB 320 and more expansive TAB 400. The latest addition to the nüCamp catalog is 16.5′ long and weighs about 2,600 lbs. Features include twin beds—one of which converts to a dinette—a 12V refrigerator, hydronic heating, a 24″ TV, a cassette toilet, and air conditioning. Deliveries start in June.
Roofnest rooftop tents

Photo Credit: Roofnest

  • Roofnest Debuts All-New Meadowlark XL Rooftop Tent: If you’re in the market for a new rooftop tent heading into the busy summer camping season, Roofnest has you covered. This week, the company revealed its new Meadowlark XL model, which at 100 lbs. is the lightest offering in its catalog. When not in use, the tent is just 30″ wide, which frees up space for additional gear, like bikes, kayaks, skis, and so on. Three windows and two skylights keep the interior bright and airy, while a 2.5″ dual-density mattress offers plenty of comfort. Prices start at $1,995.
  • The Best Gear of Overland Expo West 2024: While we did our own list of favorite things we saw at Overland Expo West 2024 last week, the event itself shared a rundown of the best gear that was on display there. Standout items include the JackRabbit mini e-bike, the ICECO APL35 portable fridge, and the Mammoth Overland TL trailer. Wildsam field guides also got a nod, which was a huge honor considering it was our first time at the show. Read the complete list here.
  • Overland Expo Sees Record Attendance: Speaking of Overland Expo West, a press release this week touted the event’s record attendance, with nearly 30,000 people—from 49 states and 10 countries— in attendance. There were also more than 400 exhibitors and 318 classes totaling 331+ hours of seminars, lectures, demos, and other activities. With overlanding continuing to grow in popularity, it is easy to see why OE is also drawing more attention.
  • RVBiz Gets a Close-Up Look at ‘Wildsam’ Magazine: Speaking of Wildsam, our friends at RVBusiness shared a behind-the-scenes look at the magazine this week. The article offers insights into the editorial direction of the publication, with Editor-in-Chief Taylor Bruce sharing his vision for a modern periodical focused on RVs, travel, gear, and the open road. Read all about it here.
Winnebago View Navion RV

Photo Credit: Winnebago

  • Winnebago Sees Continued Growth in Outdoor Participation: This week, Winnebago released its annual Spotlight Survey, which showed continued growth in general outdoor participation. According to the study, 89% of respondents indicated they take part in outdoor activities, continuing an upward trend over the past four years. In 2020, that number was 60%, but it rose to 79% the following year. In 2022, the number rose again to an astonishing 82%, but somehow, it managed to climb even higher last year. Things don’t seem to be slowing down either, as 86% said they will maintain or increase the time spent outdoors this year. Find out more here.
  • KOA Profiles Canadian Campers: Kampgrounds of America is also conducting surveys to learn more about campers. This time, KOA is examining the Canadian market and has shared some surprising findings. Those include the fact that more than 10 million Canadian households consider themselves campers and outdoor hospitality participants. That group is getting younger, too, as 44% of them are under the age of 35, up from 28% a decade ago. And camping as an activity has seen a 54% increase over that same period of time, with more families heading out together on a regular basis. To discover more about the Canadian camping market, read the full KOA report here.
  • Elkhart Open House Week September 23-26: The annual Elkhart RV Dealer Open House for 2024 will take place on September 23-26 in Elkhart, IN. The industry-focused event is often the first chance for RV dealers and members of the media to preview new models for the upcoming year. As usual, many of the major manufacturers will be on hand to show off their latest creations and connect with attendees. Participating brands this year include Forest River, Thor, Grand Design, Storyteller Overland, Taxa Outdoors, and more.

That’s all for this week. Join us next Friday for another round-up of the most interesting, fun, and unique stories from the RV industry.

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