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It’s Easier Than You Think To Covert Your Subaru Outback To an off-Road Camper

Subaru has always geared its marketing toward going off the beaten path and enjoying outdoor adventures. Whether it’s a weekend of camping or taking an extended cross-country road trip, Subaru offers the perfect vehicles for exploring the great outdoors. 

While more people than ever are getting into the RV lifestyle, Subaru owners found an affordable way to turn their Subaru Outback into a camping oasis. There are plenty of online resources to help you convert your Subaru into an off-road camper, and it’s easier than you think. 

The Subaru Outback offers the best camper set up

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The Subaru Outback takes social distancing to a whole new level with easily accessible on-car camping. Motor Trend tested a Thule rooftop tent that retails for $1,699.95, and the results were nothing short of amazing.

The tent allows you to get off the ground and enjoy camping in a loft above your vehicle with plenty of room for two people to sleep comfortably. The tent easily attaches to the top of the Outback and includes all of the necessary crossbars and brackets.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t secure the rooftop tent to the retractable crossbar that is factory installed on the Outback as it won’t withstand the weight of the occupied tent.

When folded down, the weight of a rooftop tent is negligible, coming in at around 130 pounds. The collapsible height is 12 inches, making it barely noticeable while traveling. Setting up the tent at a campsite is effortless, and takedown is equally simple.

The Subaru Outback is a perfect vehicle for outdoor lovers and campers

A Subaru Outback on display at an auto show
A 2020 Subaru Outback | David McNew/Getty Images

Unlike typical SUVs, the Subaru Outback has 8.7 inches of ground clearance. The extra space allows the sport utility vehicle to handle the bumpy, out of the way trails and dirt roads without hesitation.

The standard all-wheel drive system helps to ensure stability in any road condition. The outdoor-ready Outback outperforms larger SUVs and won’t leave you stuck in off-road settings. It is a desirable choice for people that enjoy active lifestyles.

The Outback is unique in that it has enough room to convert an everyday vehicle into a comfortable car for camping. With the rear seats folded down, there are 75.7 cubic feet of available space.

A lot of van dwellers and camping enthusiasts find this is a big enough area to set up a bed, arrange storage containers, and even install a portable cooking area. There isn’t room for bathroom facilities, but campers have no problem utilizing rest stops or local campgrounds.

For a small investment and a little creative ingenuity, the Subaru Outback can convert into a comfortable home on wheels in no time. 

Torque News said the 2021 Subaru Outback offers “the right mix of cargo-carrying ability, superior driving dynamics, interior comfort, and off-pavement capabilities.”

Will the new 2021 model be a hit for Subaru?

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The 2021 Subaru Outback isn’t a crossover, wagon, or cargo van. It’s officially classified as a midsize SUV, but it really does belong in a class of its own.

The multi-purpose vehicle comes with all-wheel drive, offers the room and features of an SUV, and can go off-road with ease. Capable of handling any kind of terrain that is thrown at it, the Outback belongs in the outdoors.

There is no sacrificing comfort and style on the interior. Providing roomy seats, plenty of legroom, and the use of high-quality materials in the cabin allows for a pleasurable driving experience. Safety features abound, and new for the 2021 model is steering-responsive LED headlights and a rear-seat reminder system.

Edmunds says, “The Outback is one of the most versatile, capable, and comfortable vehicles in its class.”