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Thule Outset Hitch-Mounted Tent is a Portable Base Camp

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Most of us love the idea of a rooftop tent for its convenience and quick setup. But they take a bit of effort to install, aren’t easily removed when you don’t want them there, and not every car can handle the weight up top.

thule outset hitch mounted tent shown being installed
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The new Thule Outset solves a lot of those problems by attaching to your car’s hitch, folding up very compactly, and rolling to and from your car easily. Once at your destination, unhitch it and unfold it for a detached camp that leaves you (and your car free) to roam.

thule outset hitch mounted rooftop tent for car camping

The Outset has its own elevated platform, with four independently adjustable legs so you can level it. Unlike a ground tent, you won’t need to find a flat or smooth spot for comfortable sleeping. And unlike a rooftop tent, you won’t need to carry a ladder or pack it up every time you want to roam.

thule outset hitch mounted tent shown on back of car driving

Specs are thin, but Thule reps shared that it’s going to weigh in around 160lbs. The first batch is being made for Europe’s ball hitches with a clamp-on attachment, so any 2″ hitch should have no problem carrying it.

The Thule Outset hitch tent will hit European markets first, shipping in mid-2024. North America will have to wait until 2025 as we use a different hitch system here, and that’s in development. But that’s fine because you’ll need time to save up. Estimated MRSP is north of $4k. Get on their email update list to stay in the know, link below. Check out the full unfolding and setup process here.

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Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
9 months ago

I remember camping as a kid with the scouts and with my dad. We didn’t have much money and couldn’t take vacations or travel much. It was such a nice reprieve from the city and was the origin for my interest in the outdoors which has been a great part of my life. It’s so wild to me to see how camping has gotten so expensive and specialized. My dad would get good quality tents but man this stuff makes skiing look like a poor man’s hobby.

El Pataron
El Pataron
9 months ago
Reply to  Fig Ciocc

@Fig Ciocc Me too. When I went with my troop, we often didn’t even sleep in our tents–we called it ‘meadow crashing.’ So much fun. I feel bad for kids these days. It’s so expensive….

Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
9 months ago
Reply to  El Pataron

Yup not many things better than sleeping under the stars in the summer with a light summer sleeping bag. Don’t get to do it much anymore since I live in the desert and would not like all sorts of scary desert crap crawling all over me.

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
9 months ago

This looks like a garden variety tent perched atop a big cot…that occupies the spot my bike rack attaches to the car…and costs north of $4k.

Tom Wenzel
Tom Wenzel
9 months ago

I want to get a Range Rover, throw a ski rack on top, this thing on the back, add a fording kit, then use it to go camping once a year, if ever, but damn it will communicate, “I’m active!” to my suburban enclave.

Booyah
Booyah
9 months ago
Reply to  Tom Wenzel

Sorry buddy this doesn’t virtue signal (lifestyle signal? wealth display?) nearly as hard as a car-top tent does, you’re going to be outcompeted by the bros with their tents and overlanding gear (such shiny shovels!) (are those gas-cans even full?) bolted to the toppers on their V8 tundras.

There’s a small chance that these will catch on though so you can brag to the 17-year old barista at the coffee drive through about how you got one before they were cool and unlike all those other overlander bros you *actually* use it all the time (when you show your senior-citizen neighbors how it unfolds)

Asaad
Asaad
9 months ago
Reply to  Booyah

You’re so deep into it. Who the hell cares man? Rooftop tent no rooftop tent. What the hell does it matter? It’s not your money, not your vehicle, not your business

Booyah
Booyah
9 months ago
Reply to  Asaad

Don’t misconstrue my snide comments as genuine concern; when I see how much people spend on “camping” stuff like this I just shake my head and move on with my life.

The purpose of my comment is to poke fun at the gross consumerist culture that we live in, that pushes BS like this out onto the market and tries to convince people they need a $4000 tent to have a good time CAR CAMPING. Even though it’s as effective as pissing in the ocean, I think it’s good to push back on things like this.

You’re so deep into it. Who the hell cares man? Snarky comment no snarky comment. What the hell does it matter? It’s not your website, not your product, not your comment section.

Sean
Sean
9 months ago
Reply to  Booyah

I see those shiny dent free tundras and wonder if they even leave the pavement

sonicMN
sonicMN
9 months ago

This looks like a hitch mounted version of the Cabela’s Tent Cot

Robin
Robin
9 months ago

That giant black case on the back is needed for that tent? Seriously? Man, you can get a much better tent that takes up much less space when it’s rolled up and in its bag, and that also weighs much less (In the old days, people actually did crazy things like put tents, sleeping bags, clothes, food, stoves, and other stuff in “backpacks” and would then walk a few miles to a campsite with those backpacks actually on their backs for that walk!) Then you’d have money left over to buy really sweet sleeping bags and bike parts and a lot of other things.

I fail to see the upside with this contraption.

Last edited 9 months ago by Robin
James
9 months ago

Not sure why adding a receiver hitch to a cot tent would increase its price by an order of magnitude. And if you are car camping… maybe just sleep in the car?

Marc Smith
Marc Smith
9 months ago

cant wait to drive off on sunday morning while the kids are still sleeping

Booyah
Booyah
9 months ago

Thule must hear enough feedback from potential customers that they don’t want to buy their car-top tents because they don’t want to climb up/down from the tent so they put it on a hitch and charged and extra 1k for it.

David Suto
David Suto
9 months ago

Actually the 160 lbs weight is a clue to the target use. The Tesla Model Y’s hitch capacity is 160 lbs and this new product would basically allow you to take the equivalent of a small trailer with minimal loss of range for an EV.

Chris
Chris
9 months ago

People will literally do anything to avoid bending over. Roof top tent, sleep in your car, hitch mount tent, cot tent, hammock tent.

I really don’t see why setting up a tent is a big deal. It’s lighter than all of the above and only takes 5 minutes once you get the hang of it.

And if bending over is your issue, then the real problem is your mobility. Start stretching. This problem will only get worse for you.

Andrew
Andrew
9 months ago

As a camping owner myself I’m very happy to see camping back into fashion with these amazing product.

Ryan
Ryan
9 months ago

Or you buy a bloody tent for $500 that is 3X the size and put it anywhere – no special storage required – throw it in the trunk, the closet, the garage. LOL!! Just look at the media pic of that gal trying to get her “tent” to attach to her car.

mud
mud
9 months ago

This tent is only compatible with roof mounted roof racks, or the Thule Outway Platform (trunk-mounted rack that holds the bikes at an elevated position), at a time when most riders are going to hitch mounted racks.

Edge
Edge
9 months ago

I wish car companies would make most cars with reclining seats in the front especially so people could sleep or just take a nap !!!!!! then you could car camp !!!!! also have fuel. heaters as standard equipment do you can have heat in the cold nites !!!!!!!

Brian Dayson
Brian Dayson
9 months ago

Just buy a tent

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