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Lakes Edge Unit: Cross Between Popup and Dome Tent

August 14, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

 

Lakes Edge unit in set-up mode

Lakes Edge unit in set-up mode

Lakes Edge LLC, a new company in Wakarusa, Ind., has created the e.c.o. Express Camping Outfit, a unique new piece of camping equipment that’s a ”twist” on a popup camper. ”The biggest twist is that it doesn’t ride on wheels,” said Lakes Edge partner Jason Miller, a former RV supplier who’s been developing the e.c.o. over the past three months with the assistance of his partner and father, Bob Miller. ”It attaches to a carrier that attaches to the hitch receiver on a vehicle. It’s a cross between a popup camper and a dome tent.” The e.c.o. weighs 200 pounds and can sleep two adults and two children in beds that sit on an aluminum floor. In travel mode, e.c.o. collapses into a rectangular box that is 65 by 44 inches and about two feet deep that pivots on and off the carrier and stores compactly in a garage. “You release two pins to unhook it from the carrier and you and your wife can pick it up and carry it to where you like,” Mileller said, adding that it sets up in less than 15 minutes. The waterproof canvas-type tent is mildew-resistant and features six windows with rain flaps and one large door.  Legs on the e.c.o., built entirely without wood products,  adjust about nine inches so that the floor can be leveled on uneven terrain. Retail prices have not been set, but the e.c.o. will wholesale for between $1,700 and $2,000. ”We are going to start with RV dealers and see what kind of reception we get,” Miller said. ”Eventually, we would like to go to the retail outdoor market.”

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