Off Road Xtreme Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide: Camp Upgrades

2022-06-15 13:51:20 By : Ms. Carrie Wang

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Most dads love camping. Well, if they play the role of off-road enthusiast, it is a sure bet that they love being outdoors which also includes camping. That probably means Dad could use some camp upgrades. His old cooler is busted with only one hinge, no latches, and does not hold water any better than it keeps ice frozen. The tent in the garage has a bunch of parts missing and what is actually leftover is being held together with bungee cords. That fowl sleeping bag is not fit for a dog bed. It is past time he gets some camp upgrades, gear, tech, and comfort items that were made in this century.

What is the first thing Pop does when setting up camp? If he is anything like me it is time to break open the cooler!

At the Overland Expo, I came across the Roam Adventure Co booth looking to see what new equipment they had brought. The thing that stood out to me most was their Rolling Rugged Coolers. 

Known for their high-quality adventure-derived camping equipment and hard cases, Roam did not skimp out on the rugged coolers. Besides the superb craftsmanship, Roam implemented serious hardware inside and all around. The main features are Rope Handles, Steel Hinges, Single Finger Latches, Rubberized Rolling Wheels, and Padded Aluminum Pull Handle. Made out of low-density polyethylene thermoplastic, all of Roam’s coolers come with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s craftsmanship warranty.

The 50qt Rolling Rugged Cooler will keep Dad’s drinks frosty and perishables on ice for $359. The non-rolling coolers and smaller units start at $169.

What happens if your pops needs to keep his goods packed up and frozen? When a modern ice chest will not do, it is time to consider a portable electric fridge freezer combo. 

We have all seen them on the gram and the cool guy at camp might have one too. But are these heavy electric coolers worth the heavy price? If you do not want to worry about managing ice, avoiding water logged groceries, and want the option to freeze and chill, then yes! It will take Dad about one overnight trip to come around on the Dometic CFF 70DZ Pack Powered Cooler as a worthy camp upgrade. After the convenience of use, and the expanded meal capabilities, it makes for an easy sell at just under $1350. 

Speaking of convenience, the dual compartment configuration seems like the ticket since it allows for cooling and freezing simultaneously on either side. 70 cubic liters of spacious and flexible storage makes it easy to find just what he is craving. And when it gets dark, the Dometic fridge freezer cooler features interior LED lighting that automatically illuminates when the lid opens. The powered cooler has both AC and DC socket inputs to keep it running.

Weighing in at under 27-kilograms, the CFF 70DZ stretches every one of its 70-liters of volume – resulting in one of Dometic’s most economical fridge/freezers yet. The interior storage allocation and dual zone layout with independent zone control are at the forefront of this design offering a wide range of flexible solutions. A VMSO² controlled compressor results in moderate power draw from the battery, making the Dometic CFF 70DZ a great choice for adventurers truly living mobile.

Dometic offers dozens of  portable electric fridge freezers to choose from that start at just $215.

Ok a portable fridge freezer is cool but how would Dad power it up? He would need a portable power supply. For that we again turn to Dometic.

Capable of delivering constant and reliable mobile power for up to forty hours is the Dometic PLB40 Portable 40 Ah lithium battery. That is right! This little juice box can power Dad’s new fridge freezer and other 12-volt devices for up to forty hours on a single charge. For being a super lightweight Lithium Iron Phosphate battery in a compact design, this little giant offers off-grid freedom and independence.

The high-quality construction and premium materials is what makes this Dometic portable power supply stand out and above. A built-in LCD screen displays the charging status, and available power output. In the back Dad can juice up the battery with a 12-volt socket, solar panel input, or AC power.

Neat stuff! The Dometic portable battery can power up Dad’s portable appliances and other devices. But how can he keep the juice flowing and the batteries charged without straining the vehicle? Solar panels are the easy answer. 

Zamp Solar is one of the only US-based off-grid solar manufacturers and was recently acquired by Dometic in 2021. Their premium-level products are highly-engineered to last a lifetime. So when Dad’s rig is clunking and banging down the trail, having a durable and portable setup is key to sustainable power. 

The Solar Obsidian® Series 100-Watt Portable Kit is contained in a low profile carrying case. Ready to deploy and start charging in seconds, it is the ultimate solution in flexible mobility. Having recently tested one out, it was literally up and running as soon as I took it out of the box. Handcrafted in Bend, Oregon, these 100-watt panels generate enough power for longer off-grid adventures. To power up Dad’s next adventure, you will get charged with a $649.99 bill. 

So, now Dad’s ice is on ice, the fridge is powered, the power has the juice, and he is probably two frosty cold ones deep. I will bet he is getting hungry, so somebody better get the kitchen prepped before Cranky Franky shows up.

Would it not be great to just flip open the lid and there it all is. A complete camp kitchen in all of its glory! Well if Dad is willing to wait, he can have the convenient Hitch Kitchen by Hitch Fire. Mostly known for their very cool hitch mounted BBQ, Hitch Fire has stepped up with a super cool system to make supper and meal prep easy.  

Recently debuted at Overland Expo West 2022, the Hitch Kitchen mounts to their proprietary swing arm and is secured to the vehicle via towing hitch. Contained in a sturdy aluminum locker is a fully capable kitchen with running water, propane stovetop, and cutting board side table. This deluxe system with everything listed above is scheduled to be released in fall of 2022 for $1600. You can pre-order now for 20% off . 

If your old timer meal preps at the gas station and shows up to camp with a clothes hanger and a pack of soggy dogs, it is time for an intervention. By intervention we mean providing him with the necessary cooking equipment for a proper meal.

We suggest cracking open the Rugged Camp Stove. Priced at $149, it is all enamel-coated steel construction with up to 70 minutes of cooking time at 11,000 BTU/hour. Having picked one of these up, I can tell you it is a durable kit. I like the small compact unit because of the large cooking space.

My favorite part of this system is the stove weighs only 5.3-pounds and includes a rugged carrying case for easy transportation. Most importantly, this Rugged Camp Stove can turn any Johnny Not Dog into Johnny Gourmet Filet. 

If your dad is not sawing logs and counting sheep then he probably is not sleeping right. It is time you get him a proper slug sack, and we are talking about that premium grade sleeping bag with down insulation. iKamper has what we are looking for in their RTT Sleeper Four Season Down Sleeping Bag. Filled with 1,000-grams of 90/10 White Duck Down feather ratio, your pops will finally be able to get a full night’s rest.

My favorite part about the RTT Sleeper is the integrated drawstring to convert your RTT Sleeper from a rectangular bar to a mummy sock. If dad does not already have a quality sleeping bag, $369 will keep your old guy nice and toasty all night long.

At this point, you might be thinking, here comes the $3600 Roof Top Tent. Well, if your old man is a feeble-boned geriatric like mine, then the last thing you want him doing is climbing up into and down from a vehicle-born RTT. No sir, we cannot risk that. For this reason, I have selected the Shiftpod space tent shelters that are set up on the ground . These engineering marvels were designed to withstand hurricane force winds and freezing blizzard temperatures.

Shiftpods have been widely adopted by overlander adventurers and festival organizations for their modular expansion capabilities, rapid deployment, rugged durability, and sophisticated appearances. Made only of premium materials with military-grade construction, Shiftpods start at $899 and will last for generations.

That is a mad amount of gear to haul around and enough to make any sane adult male lose their marbles. How can you help your Pops stay organized and even-tempered? Off Road Xtreme has identified a few storage containers that can handle any and all gear organization requirements.

Storing valuable and essential camping gear sometimes comes at the risk of being stolen or picked off when away from your rig. We all know that if a thief wants it badly enough there is not much we can do about that. What we can do is eliminate the basic crime of opportunity by making something harder to steal. Enter Roam Adventure Co and their line of heavy-duty Rugged Case storage containers . Ideal for storing items such as firearms, hunting gear, spare vehicle parts, recovery equipment or just adding more storage to any vehicle, Roam has made storage easy and secure. Ranging in various sizes from 52 to 160 liters prices start at $200. The Molle panels, the lid organizer attachments, and quickfist clamping accessories make these Rugged Cases even more useful.

To carry and store more personal effects, I would suggest Dad ditch the old gym bag for a high-quality duffel bag. At the top of my list is Step 22 for efficient organization and stowables. Their new Tamarin Trunk has 18.5-liters of available storage. The long rectangular shape makes it perfect for odd-shaped items to keep bouncing around during the drive. It is designed to pair with the Step 22’s Quoll Packing Cubes and Tenkile Tech Pouches for stackable storage of all the off-grid essentials.

This is a heavy-duty multi-use gear bag made of dual-layer 500 Denier + C.R.A.W.L. (Coated Rugged All-Weather Layer) marine-grade materials. With grab handles on all four sides, dad can pick up a heavy load with zero regrets. It looks like a great purchase at $90 to store his essentials and more.
























































That is all we got for this year’s Off Road Xtreme Ultimate Fathers Day Gift Guide. We went in depth to feature the latest and greatest of Off-Road Gear, Tools For The Trail, and Camp Upgrades. If your dad makes out with anything resembling the equipment listed, he will be pumped! Keep this stuff in mind for future gifts and upgrades for yourself and the big guy.

We know there are a lot of items out there to choose from. There is no possible way to cover it all, but we did our best to select high-quality items that will last a lifetime. Feel free to drop a comment below if there is anything we should include for next time.

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