Far-Out Camping’s Expanding Fold-Out System

Photo By: Far-Out Camping Company

Back before overlanding was popular, companies like Coleman, Rockwood, and others sold thousands of compact pop-up camper trailers that expanded into roomy canvas-covered mini-condos. More at home at the KOA than the far reaches of an overlanding adventure, pop-up campers are still sold today, but a Canadian startup has now blended the pop-up idea into a hard-sided “pop-out” overlanding system for pickup trucks.

Photo by Far-Out Camping

Instead of expanding upwards like most pickup bed-based collapsible soft-sided inserts and rooftop tents, the Far-Out system incorporates a pair of fold-out platforms into the side of the aluminum bed shell, providing sleeping space for two people (or four in a pinch) while also providing a secure interior storage area for large loads like motorcycles or bicycles.

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Setup is fairly simple, according to the video below, requiring the deployment of the side-mounted platforms, setting support poles, and then sealing up the canvas using velcro strips sewn into the edges.

There’s no roof to lift or fold-down door to mess with, and one or both sleeping stations can be deployed as needed. All folded up, the Far Out shell features aluminum construction and hard-sided security. Once deployed, the tall center section can shelter motorized toys and bicycles or be set up as a relaxing living room of sorts. Or, it could be used as a sleeping space for even more people. The side beds include two-inch thick foam sleeping pads with fabric covers.

Photo by Far-Out Camping

Photo by Far-Out Camping

Photo by Far-Out Camping

Far Out also offers many options and accessories, including a 175-watt solar power system, diesel/propane heater, mounted generator, and awning and gear mounting kits.

While not exactly a new idea (similar systems date back decades), it is a thoroughly modern (and patent pending) update and offers several advantages, including leaving open the option to tow a boat or trailer full of gear instead of a pop-up camper. Prices start at $18,600.

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