Thanks for the late night update. Does Tune do any kind of dust sealing during the install?
Did they say what sort of heating system they are working on?
I'm deciding between the Canopy Camper vs Tune M1 vs AT Atlas. Would you comment on those if you considered them and what made you choose the Tune M1?
So when do you get yours installed?
They use an automotive grade seal between the camper and the bed rail that they said does not allow water intrusion. I would say if water does not find its way in then dust will not either. The tailgate is up to the truck owner. I sealed mine with a kit from amazon that keeps 99% of the dust out.
The heating system that will be offered is a diesel powered model. Extremely efficient.
I have looked at both the Canopy Camper from Alu-cab and the AT Atlas. The biggest difference is space. We are talking truck beds which are already very limited in room. In the M1 you sleep across the camper instead of front to back. Two people can sleep comfortably across the overhead area in the M1. The bed does not intrude over the truck bed area. This is priceless, My wife can sleep in and I can get up and have the entire truck bed to get dressed, cook, etc.... M1 does offer an extended shelf bed which turns the bed into something like a king size tha would most likely sleep a family of 5 all on the same level but it would obviously extend well into the truck bed area. Another area the M1 wins out is the mattress space is about 4" when closed, there is plenty of room for a 4'' thick mattress instead of a 2.5'' mattress as in the AT Atlas. The M1 honestly feels twice as large as the Alu-cab and the AT. The M1 is similar in weight to the AT Atlas which are both lighter then the Alu-Cab. The Alu-cab is also a wedge camper which doesn't come close in the liveable space department to an M1 or the AT Atlas. The Alu-cabs rear door is tops for sealing and keeping the dust out but I am all about the extra liveable space in the M1. I have no doubt that after my install I will seal mine up tight and be completely dust free. Living in Colorado and traveling miles and miles of dry dirt roads each year is the ultimate test. Our dust is like baby powder and if there is an opening it will find it. As for price I feel the m! is the best bang for the buck, especially with the early order discount the are offering for a limited time.
One other thing that is impressive about the M1 is its modular design which decreases build time but also makes replacing any part of the camper cheaper and easier if you happen to meat up with a big tree branch etc,,, Side panels, roof, frame beams are all replace able. The tent is four panels which means if you happen to damage one side you just replace that section not the entire tent, easy and cheap. Brilliant design in my mind.
My installation date is mid April 2023, that is 6 weeks. Hopefully the don't run into any manufacturing or supply chain hick ups. If they do I know it will be worth the wait. As soon as the general public hears and sees the M1 I expect the lead times are going to get longer. My last words going out the door of the Tune Outdoors factory were '' Now that mine is on order I hope you sell a million of the M1s!"" LOL
The closer you look at an M1 the more impressed you will be.