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●Car models and car accessories oriented to outdoor activities are selling well!
●After the epidemic, the popularity of roof tents has exploded!
●Can you put a roof tent in that car?
In recent years, with the rise of the "camping trend" and "car parking trend", there are more and more car models and car accessories in the market, which are designed to be suitable for outdoor activities.
From the perspective of the automobile market, in addition to SUVs, the sales of campers have also grown steadily. In terms of automotive accessories, the sales of "roof racks" and "storage baskets" for carrying outdoor products also showed a continuous growth trend.
Carmate, which launched roof racks under the "RV INNO" brand, was affected by the epidemic. Its sales were low for a while in 2019, but it gradually recovered from 2020, and its sales in 2021 tripled compared to 2019. .
And the item that also saw sales growth after the epidemic is the "roof tent".
The roof tent can be mounted on the roof of the car and create a sleeping space that is not inferior to that of a camper. It is also affected by social distance, and the market scale has expanded.
According to the information provided by relevant market personnel, the sales of roof tents began to rise around 2020, and they are still out of stock due to the over-selling.
The price range of roof tents is about 200,000 to 600,000 yen, and products that can sleep 2 to 3 people are the best sellers. This product is so popular because it can convert an existing car model into a camping style, and even if the car cabin space is small, it can still have a spacious sleeping space.
Recently, many owners of SUVs and vans have inquired about this product, and it has become a classic item that must be seen at related exhibitions.
One thing to pay attention to is the weight of the roof tent. The weight of different products will vary, about 50kg for 2~3 people. Also add the weight of the number of people sleeping.
The roof tent can be installed on the luggage rack, or the base of the roof tent can be installed on the groove or the roof rail. Generally, the roof luggage rack can withstand more than 50kg. The main problem lies in the car body. Vehicles equipped with roof racks have a certain degree of durability, but if the roof rack is installed in the groove or the door, the situation will be different.
The roof weight of most light vehicles is less than 50kg, and the very popular Suzuki Jimny has a roof weight of only 40kg.
I have seen Jimny equipped with roof tents on the street in the past, so everyone should be very curious about the actual situation. After asking the Jimny owner for relevant questions, the owner said that there is no major problem so far.
It is true that there are some bases that are used when attaching the roof tent to the vehicle, and even though the roof tent weighs 150kg including people, it is still possible to rely on those bases to distribute the weight. However, it is still numerically "overweight".
PIAA Co., Ltd., which sells luggage rack-related products under the "Terzo" brand, also urges everyone to confirm the maximum load capacity of each car model in advance.
In addition to the roof tent, many people will load a lot of luggage on the roof when camping. The most serious situation is that the roof is sunken due to the weight. Before it turns into a situation where you need to pay high repair bills, you must first confirm with the car manufacturer or roof rack manufacturer that the car's heavy-duty performance will be safer.
Original source:“The roof is dented!” Even Jimny weighs 40kg… What is the load capacity when using a roof tent?
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