So the first one is a RTT. A RTT appeals to me for the ease of set up and take down....its off the ground...you don't need to find that perfect level spot in the site, etc. etc.. But looking at them the Eezi-Awn "Exclusiv Family T-Top Tent" is $4,900! Now I am not saying its not worth it or the company is cheating anyone. Its obviously really well designed and is a stout tent. But dang....I can have a lot of failures of what I am envisioning for a lot less than $5k! So what I am thinking it a typical rectangle family cabin style tent with a footprint (open) of about 8x8, 10x8 etc. or so. So I could construct a folding platform that the tent would sit on. This would be in the range of 5 feet wide and 8 feet long (this would be for racks on a full sized pick-up with the 5' side to side and the 8' front to back above the bed) then folded open becomes 10 x 8. Fab some aluminum poles in a large U shape that would hold the tent up on set up. Depending on the sides of the tent it may be that the poles swivel for closing or they may need "locked" feet to slide into. In my mind I am thinking the two poles in the middle of the tent could swivel but that the two outside ones would need "locked" feet for tension to the center of the tent. Yes I would need to fab a ladder as well and a decent cover that covers the tent completely when closed for travel. But I just think that this could be done for less than $500 pretty easily instead of $5k. Anyone tried this?
The second thing is a fridge/freezer. National Luna makes a 125 liter fridge freezer but it's $2,500. Granted it is both a fridge or a freezer and its probably tough as nails....but again....$2,500 is a LOT of money for a fridge.
Here's a small fridge for $240.
No its not "travel" ready and runs on 110 - solved by a 2000 watt 12 volt to 110 inverter for $200 or so. (I am figuring 2000 watts is plenty as these fridges should run fine on a 15 amp circuit- 15 amps x 110 volts = 1650 watts so 2000 to be safe). Yes I also figured that some work might be needed to keep the compressor and other parts in the rear from moving too much with vehicle travel to improve its overall toughness in a vehicle. And also some additional insulation might help so I am envisioning surrounding the solid sides with some hard foam or something to keep it from cycling too much (while I don't know but I am guessing the Luna is much more tougher in total and more efficient than a fridge like this). I also have seen that a lot of the RV type fridges that run on 12v/120 have small fans to increase efficiency so I could add a small computer fan to the rear opening for airflow as well. But again....when all is said and done I am into this for $500 or so.
I welcome anyone's thoughts or ideas on these things. And again....if I am a dope for thinking this way don't hesitate to say so and tell me what I'm missing!