Thule Acquires Tepui

Utah KJ

Explorer
Well, that's going to change the product significantly as they find a way to place it into Walmart.
 
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Walmart sales Thule?
Thule is very widely distributed what with all of the different areas they can cater to (strollers, backpacks, car racks for bikes/skis/kayaks/cargo to name a few) so getting Tepui under their banner makes a fair bit of sense, especially given that Yakima has a roof top tent of their own to compete against.
 
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RangeDrive

Observer
I just want to brag a minute. I bought a Tepui Autana XL 4 person ( $2300 retail ) for $650 at a REI garage sale today 🥳🤩. Not the tent I wanted but for $650 I couldn’t give it up, it’s in brand new condition, just returned by the original buyer. Now to find some roof bars for my camper shell to mount it to
 

Cowboycove

New member
I just want to brag a minute. I bought a Tepui Autana XL 4 person ( $2300 retail ) for $650 at a REI garage sale today 🥳🤩. Not the tent I wanted but for $650 I couldn’t give it up, it’s in brand new condition, just returned by the original buyer. Now to find some roof bars for my camper shell to mount it to
Where do you live. I'll come take it off your hands for double. Lol. Was it used or opened? My 2 locations just have them in stock regularly. So I don't see why the clearance.
 

RangeDrive

Observer
I’m in Tucson. It was a return, brand new tent and cover, but upon further inspection, it’s missing the annex and mounting hardware. But all in all it was a great buy
 

NudeLobster

Member
I’m in Tucson. It was a return, brand new tent and cover, but upon further inspection, it’s missing the annex and mounting hardware. But all in all it was a great buy
wow and I almost went to that sale...but I was on my way out of town for Mojave. Good snag! jealous indeed.
 

RangeDrive

Observer
They had 2, a 4 and a 2 person. I’m definitely headed out to the next one, got to get there EARLY though, we showed up 1 hour after opening, and one of the RTTs was already snagged
 

Gascan4X4

Low Speed, High Drag
What Thule’s Acquisition of Tepui Means for Overlanding

Is the massive rack-maker's investment in rooftop tents a good thing?

https://www.outsideonline.com/2379211/what-thules-acquisition-tepui-means-overlanding
The author of this article lost all credibility when I read his last paragraph:

But, at its worst, overlanding is just one more way to charge people way too much money for something they don’t need. I’d argue that rooftop tents are currently the worst example of overlanding’s excesses. They offer nothing but negatives over a well-chosen and expertly used ground tent, and are primarily sold to novice campers who don’t know any better. If overlanding is going to stick around, then it needs to focus on enabling adventures, not simply selling people on an image. And, if Thule wants to be successful at selling people rooftop tents, it has to find a way to make its newly acquired product range more functional.
As someone who has camped in both ground tents and now an RTT, my response is "STFU!" Bugs, critters and tracking in rain & mud are all a thing of the past. And that childhood feeling of sleeping in forts & tree-houses you build as a wee-lad (or lass) make an RTT worth its weight in gold... for me at least.
 

GB_Willys_2014

Active member
The author of this article lost all credibility when I read his last paragraph:



As someone who has camped in both ground tents and now an RTT, my response is "STFU!" Bugs, critters and tracking in rain & mud are all a thing of the past. And that childhood feeling of sleeping in forts & tree-houses you build as a wee-lad (or lass) make an RTT worth its weight in gold... for me at least.
Yeah. I caught that too.

I generally like Siler's articles, but I am not sure why he has such vitriol toward RTT's. Actually seems to me an atypical comment, contradictory to some of his previous articles. Cannot explain it.
 
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