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Tune Outdoor Launches Innovative Lightweight Truck Camper, The Tune M1

Tune Outdoor is the new kid on the block, and the Denver, Colorado-based company has just introduced its flagship product, the Tune M1 camper topper. The Tune M1 is an innovative entry in the growing lightweight truck camper market; designed with simplicity and practicality, Tune Outdoor asserts that the M1 boasts an exceptional, industry-best weight-to-space ratio performance and a stylish, modern aesthetic. The camper is aimed explicitly at the vehicle-based adventure and active outdoor community, representing a leap forward in design and utility for this growing category.

The engineers at Tune Outdoor developed an intuitive design that employs durable and lightweight materials; the Tune M1’s base models weigh a respectable 360 pounds (up to 450 pounds for full-size trucks). The campers patented wing-wall design with flared sidewalls is a market first, while the fully vertical pop-top is claimed to offer more cubic living space than any lightweight truck camper on the market. The weight-to-space ratio of the Tune M1 makes it ideal for comfortable overland travel and outdoor camping for activities such as fishing, surfing, climbing, kayaking, biking, snowmobiling, hunting, and more.

The appeal of this topper, and others like it, is not only the relatively low purchase cost but also the “blank slate” space which allows you to outfit the interior as you see fit. Additionally, the topper can be removed from the vehicle and stored while you use the base vehicle daily.

Sean Kepler, company president, said,

“We designed a canopy truck topper that hits the sweet spot of lightweight, functionality, and feel, allowing you to actually access your favorite backcountry places with enough space to bring your toys and gear and still camp comfortably.”

The team of outdoor industry veterans and engineers spent more than two years perfecting the design and production process for the Tune M1.

The Tune M1 is constructed of an aluminum frame, injected ultra-strong composite corner brackets, a clean polyester pop-top canopy extension, and FRP (glass fiber reinforced plastic) honeycomb paneling. The modular design allows for the efficient replacement or repair of individual components. Each camper comes with three aluminum or optional tempered, smoked glass awning doors that allow for easy access from any angle, low-power interior halo lighting, and over 440 feet of universal T-track on the interior, exterior, and roof for unlimited customization. A large sleeping loft accommodates a north/south king-size mattress (approximate) while maintaining 6-foot 10 inches of stand-up headroom; depending on the truck model, the bed and living area can be used simultaneously.

Tune has innovated a patent-pending industrial design solution that allows the Tune M1 to assemble quickly and easily, translating to fast installation lead times and efficient after-market service. The Tune M1 camper easily integrates with nearly any pickup chassis providing practical application, performance, and comfort without extensive modifications. A visit to the Tune Outdoor website confirms that the Tune M1 is currently available for modern trucks such as the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra, Ford F150, F250, F350 and Ranger, GMC Canyon, Jeep Gladiator, and Chevy Colorado. The Tune M1 could also be manufactured for trucks that do not feature sloping truck beds or cab top paraphernalia. Tune Outdoor will be adding a range of accessories for the Tune M1 in due course.

The Tune M1 base model price is $12,999, but there is a limited-period introductory price of $10,999. The Tune M1 is sold directly to consumers with a 3-year guarantee on design and workmanship at www.tuneoutdoor.com.

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell