According to a new report from Kampgrounds of America (KOA), camping has exploded in popularity in the last six years. If you have been out recently, you have experienced overcrowded campsites. You want to get away from it all, but with all the new interest in camping how do you find the solitude? The “sport” of Overlanding allows you to get out, explore, and experience the journey, not just get to a destination. There's a new term called "glamping", but what is it and why is Subaru the perfect vehicle for it?
A new story from WardsAuto says 80 percent of Americans have spent time outdoors since the global coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year, and 32 percent are first-timers. The report also says, because there are new items available like rooftop tents and easy-install camper systems, for vehicles like the Subaru Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback, an alternative term “glamping” (glamor camping) has arisen. It's glamorous when you can be isolated and still enjoy some creature comforts.
1. Subaru vehicles have been at the forefront of the glamping movement boosted by the brand’s “go-anywhere” attitude. Subaru doesn’t just offer standard all-wheel-drive on its SUVs; Forester, Crosstrek, and Outback models. They also provide dual-function X-Mode. You can read about the advanced off-pavement feature here and its off-road benefits.
2. You don’t have to spend $20,000 on aftermarket components for your vehicle. You can outfit your Subaru for a few thousand dollars, and your vehicle is ready. All you need are all-terrain tires, camping gear, sports gear, and a roof rack and a top cargo carrier to haul the equipment.
3. You can sleep in your Subaru
If you don’t have $2,000-$3000 to invest in a rooftop tent, newer Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek vehicles are big enough to throw down a sleeping bag, and two people can sleep comfortably in the back.
We found a company that makes cool gear for your Subaru to turn the vehicle into a comfortable and convenient sleeping spot within minutes. The company is Luno Life, and its signature product is an air mattress that is made specifically for your Subaru Forester, Outback, or Crosstrek.
The mattress fits perfectly behind the front seats with the back seats folded flat. They use durable Oxford Nylon fabric, and you can take your furry friends with you on the camping trip as they are pet-friendly for easy cleanup. The mattress costs $224.99.
4. Many aftermarket suppliers
Many aftermarket suppliers offer camping equipment to take your Subaru Forester, Crosstrek or Outback to the next level. There are many styles of rooftop tents, easy-install camper systems, and in-vehicle fridge units to turn your Subaru into a mobile campsite.
Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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