Making a “pitch” for nature

If you’re of a certain vintage, as vintners like to put it, you may recall that back in the 1970s, Chevrolet offered an option package that turned its newly introduced hatchback version of the Nova coupe into a rolling campsite, with a tent that folded out from the open hatch. It was a revival of a periodic concept that likely dates back to the Kaiser Traveler of the 1940s, if not earlier. With the help of its aftermarket accessory partner NISMO, Nissan just debuted a raft of off-road components for its midsize Frontier pickup at the 2021 Overland Expo West, which just took place in Flagstaff, Arizona. In addition to auxiliary lighting and a rack for the cargo bed, NISMO has come up with an accommodation offering that nicely recalls the camping packages of yore.

The NISMO Off Road Rooftop Tent package shown here provides reasonable room for two travelers with a fold-out tent that mounts above the aforementioned NISMO bed rack. Made of polyester canvas, the tent is adaptable to other rack system, includes a wall-to-wall mattress and access extension ladder, and has a weight capacity of 600 pounds. Availability is projected for early calendar year 2022.

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