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Redtail Overland, a Longmont, Colorado-based company, has introduced the first-ever hard-sided rooftop camper or RTC.

Hardshell rooftop campers have always had soft-sided walls. This makes foldability possible for these bulky portable tents, hence allowing a more convenient setup. You'll just have to fold the top and bottom shells together and you're good to go – a far more convenient stowing process than soft-shell rooftop campers.

Gallery: Redtail Hard-Sided Rooftop Camper RT110

In fact, even top lists of best hardshell rooftop campers that are published recently don't come with hard-sided walls, showing the lack of this technology for pop-up motorhomes. Redtail begs to differ with its hard-sided rooftop camper, made out of carbon fiber.

Redtail's RTC aims to offer an added layer of protection from the wildlife when you're off-roading or on your camping trips, as well as added stability, noise reduction, and weather-proofing – things missing in soft-walled rooftop campers. And, since it's made out of insulated carbon fiber, Redtail touts that the RTC is both strong and lightweight, factors to consider when adding something on top of your vehicle.

Apart from the hard-sided walls, Redtail's RTC also comes in two sizes (RT 90 and RT 110) to fit various vehicle sizes, as well as up to 330 watts of solar power and 60 amp hour of lithium battery bank. The latter allows dimmable LED lighting, high flow variable speed fan, heat, charging ports for gadgets, and inverter. Lastly, the hard-sided wall comes with clear dual pane windows to allow entry of natural light.

And oh, Redtail RTC comes with a floor hatch to allow direct vehicle access for vehicles equipped with sunroofs.

Redtail offers pre-order of its hard-sided rooftop campers, priced at $25,000 for the RT 110 and $20,000 for the RT 90. All Redtail RTCs are handcrafted in Colorado and built-to-order. Construction orders is set to being in August 2020.

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Redtail Overland Introduces the First Ever Hard-Sided Rooftop Camper (RTC) Click here for images: LONGMONT (May 15, 2020) – Redtail Overland introduces the first ever hard-sided rooftop camper – the carbon fiber Redtail RTC. Designed for the modern nomad, the Redtail RTC offers the nimble freedom of a rooftop tent with the security and amenities of a hard-sided camper. Available in two sizes to suit a variety of vehicles, each RTC is handcrafted in Colorado and built-to-order. Founders Ty and Annie Tatro, former executives at luxury overland vehicle manufacturer EarthRoamer, drew from their extensive personal and professional experience to create a new product in a class of its own, the rooftop camper (RTC). Lightweight carbon fiber construction allows the state-of-the-art Redtail RTC to feature amenities never before seen in the rooftop camping market including: • Insulated carbon fiber structure (top, bottom, walls and doors) • Dual pane impact resistant polycarbonate windows • Locking doors, windows and shell • High altitude diesel heater • Large variable speed fan • Up to 330 watts of solar power • Up to 60 amp hour lithium battery bank • USB and 110 outlets • 250 watt inverter • Dimmable interior and exterior led lighting • 30 second setup and breakdown The Redtail RTC solves many issues common to the traditional rooftop tent experience: • Stability and noise reduction in the wind. • Weatherproofing in all conditions. • Security. The RTC can be locked when in the closed and open positions. • Bear country requirements for hard-sided campers. • Four-season capability. Stay warm with an integrated high-altitude heater adjustable up to 11,000ft, or cool off with the high flow variable speed fan. • Setup and breakdown process. Many rooftop tents offer quick setup, but breakdown has traditionally been a hassle with voluminous canvas to tuck in and difficult latches. The RTC’s hinged walls simply fold in on themselves and close like the trunk of a car, no stiff latches to deal with. • Comfort. The RTC offers comfort never before seen in the rooftop camping space with dimmable LED lighting, high flow variable speed fan, heat, clear dual pane windows for ample natural light even in inclement weather, charging ports for your electronics, inverter for larger tech, and a fully integrated solar array and lithium battery bank. • Vehicle access. The RTC’s built-in floor hatch allows for direct access to your vehicle, if equipped with a sunroof or pass-thru and depending on setup. • Ease of install. The RTC is completely independent of your vehicle, there is no need to wire it to your car or plumb the heater, though both these options are possible should one want to. When compared to larger tow-behind and RV options, the Redtail RTC offers unparalleled convenience. • Retain full use of an existing vehicle or truck bed. • Nothing to register. • No additional insurance. • Nothing to tow. • Nothing to store. • Nothing to winterize. • Zero prep required to use. • Minimal maintenance. PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW The Redtail 110 and Redtail 90 are priced at $25k and $20k respectively and are available for pre-order now. A 10% deposit reserves a production position. Construction of retail units is estimated to begin in August 2020 with product hitting the market in October 2020

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