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Inflatable Basecamper turns Tesla Cybertruck into boundless micro-RV


We were a bit underwhelmed upon seeing the first photo of the Basecamper during yesterday’s Cybertruck premiere (the photo up top), as it looked like a basic fabric pickup truck tent using the pickup bed floor as its base, different from Tesla’s original conception of a hard-sided Cybertruck wedge camper.

We still like that pop-up wedge camper design better, but the Basecamper is a little slicker and more complex than it looked at first glance. It uses an inflatable rooftop tent-style construction adapted to the unique characteristics of its all-electric rolling foundation.

Tesla says the folded tent secures above the Cybertruck bed floor but below the tonneau cover. It mounts directly to the L-track running the length of the bed sidewalls, where it leaves the pickup floor clear for storage and avoids interference with the operation of the tonneau. And it doesn’t introduce aerodynamic drag/range reduction the way a hard camper or rooftop tent mounted over the bed would.

At camp, the tent sleeping platform folds out and sets up well above the cold, dirty pickup floor, providing the foundation of a self-contained tent that doesn’t have to strap tediously around the wheel wells to seal out the elements. The tent body itself is designed to inflate with a few minutes’ of hand-pumping, completing a roomy, cabin-like space hovering over the truck box floor below.

A quilted mattress is included atop the tent floor for all-in-one comfort, and multiple windows offer plenty of ventilation and a view up to the stars. The extended awning with telescopic support poles offers added entryway weather protection over the open tailgate. Campers can close up the door and windows during inclement weather.

The raised, self-contained design of the Basecamper appears to keep all or most of the Cybertruck bed floor clear, allowing owners to use the tent without having to empty all cargo out of the truck bed, an advantage you don’t get with the average pickup tent. The design is also made to take advantage of the electrical outlets in the Cybertruck bed to power electronics and camping equipment inside. There’s also mention of a “tent mode” available through the Cybertruck infotainment system.

As we were reminded yesterday, Tesla isn’t even all that great at offering complete vehicle specs at its own product launches, so it’s not surprising that it doesn’t list basic tent specs like floor area or sleeping capacity. Photos and videos show a family of three, so we’re inclined to believe it will accommodate two adults and a child. We’ll reach out to Heimplanet for more info and update back with anything useful we learn.

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