New Yakima LockNLoad™ Roof Rack Platform – Available Now!

MADE TO BRAVE THE BACKLANDS

Combining smart looks with smart engineering, the new LockNLoad Platform Rack is built for sport, utility, and off-road adventures. An Australian backroad-tested addition to our Rugged Outdoor Collection, LockNLoad safely hauls everything from rooftop tents to jerry cans with low-profile ease.

HEAVY-DUTY PLATFORM ROOF RACK

Build-out your vehicle to be a true adventure rig—whether to get to the local trailhead or miles from civilization. Designed and thoroughly tested, the LockNLoad roof rack platform is a blank slate, ready for you to customize to your needs. Integrated T-slots throughout allow quick and easy attachment of our new LockNLoad accessories. Horizontal slats are designed to attach bike, kayak, surf, ski mounts, or even one of our SkyRise™ rooftop tents. It’s available in 6 sizes to ensure the best platform fit for your vehicle.

Designed and Tested in Australia

The toughest gear has to be proven in the toughest environments. That’s why we designed and tested the LockNLoad roof rack platform in Australia’s unforgiving Outback. Adapted to suit the expansive terrains of the U.S., the LockNLoad has the backbone to haul your valuable gear from Baja to New England.

Innovative side-to-side slats act as crossbars, to easily install most Yakima mounts.

Attaches either directly to your roof rack crossbars or to Yakima SkyLineTM or TimberLineTM towers.

Built to withstand the backroads with a Yakima Off-Road Rating of 165–440 lbs.

*Depending on vehicle roof weight limit

Available In 6 sizes for the perfect fit

For more check out: Yakima.com/LockNLoad and stop in to your local Yakima dealer. LockNLoad platforms are shipping now!

Yakima LockNLoad Platforms

Purpose Built for Rugged Utility

The toughest gear has to be proven in the toughest environments. That’s why we designed and tested our new LockNLoad Off-Road Platform Rack in Australia’s unforgiving outback. Adapted to suit the expansive terrains of the U.S., the LockNLoad has the backbone to haul your valuable gear from Baja to New England.

Heavy-Duty Platform Roof Rack

Combining smart looks with smart engineering, the new LockNLoad Off-Road Platform Rack is built for sport, utility, and off-road adventure. An Australian backroad-tested addition to our Rugged Outdoor Collection, the LockNLoad safely hauls everything from rooftop tents to jerry cans with low-profile ease. 

  • Horizontal crossbar slats make for easy mounting of gear and accessories
  • Compatible with all Yakima crossbars and most roof racks with LockNLoad Crossbar Clamps
  • Designed to work with Yakima SkyLine and TimberLine towers, with StreamLine adapter sold separately
  • Available in 6 sizes, we have options for all vehicles big and small, young and old

MSRP $729–$979

Dometic PLB 40

ELKHART, Ind. – Fall 2018 –Engineered to satisfy outdoor and mobile lifestyles with high electrical demands, The Dometic PLB40 is the lightest and most powerful battery in its category. It allows adventurers to travel further and stay longer in nature with a safe and reliable power supply.

Harnessing the latest developments in battery technology, the PLB40 is a unique and innovative portable battery.

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Dometic’s decision to use Lithium Iron Phosphate (known as LiFePo4) makes the battery unit lightweight, compact, and able to deliver stable power for a longer time compared to the Lithium Ion batteries currently available on the market.

Specifically designed to power a cooler, such as a Dometic CFX for a weekend, 12V devices, and USB accessories, the battery has a 2-pin threaded connection and flat discharge curve. Its robust and rugged features make it ideal for outdoor use.

Another innovation of the PLB40 is its multiple power sources: 12 V vehicle socket, solar panel or AC power. This allows users to charge the battery while driving– saving time and the need for an extra battery.

The Dometic PLB40 allows adventurers to travel further and stay longer in nature with a safe and reliable power supply.

The PLB40 will be available in the US in January of 2019.

Key Features

  • Weekend of Power (40 Hours)
  • Exclusive Recharge As You Go Feature
  • Most Advanced Battery Technology on the Market – Lithium Iron Phosphate

ABOUT DOMETIC

Dometic is a global market leader in branded solutions for mobile living in the areas of Climate, Hygiene & Sanitation and Food & Beverage. Dometic operates in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, providing products for use in recreational vehicles, trucks and premium cars, pleasure and workboats, and for a variety of other uses. Dometic offers products and solutions that enrich people’s experiences away from home, whether in a motorhome, caravan, boat or a truck. Our motivation is to create smart and reliable products with outstanding design. We operate 28 manufacturing/assembly sites in nine countries, sell our products in approximately 100 countries and manufacture approximately 85% of our products sold in-house. We have a global distribution and dealer network in place to serve the aftermarket. Dometic employs approximately 8,200 people worldwide, had a net sales of SEK 14.0 billion ($1.7 billion USD) in 2017 and is headquartered in Solna, Sweden.

SEMA 2018: Popular Mechanics Editors’ Choice Awards – Yakima & Dometic

From Popular Mechanics by

Car culture is thriving with innovative new products for the pro and weekend mechanic.

Once you get past the smell of burning rubber and the sound of 800-hp Mustangs doing donuts in the parking lot outside the Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association (SEMA) show, you’ll find more than 2,400 exhibitors showcasing the newest add-ons for cars and trucks. Here are ten of our favorite new products we spotted at SEMA 2018. (Note from PRW: click here to see the other 8)

Dometic PLB40 Portable Battery

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Want to go camping without really roughing it? The Dometic PLB40 provides clean 12V power to your portable fridge, and unlike the 12V plug in your vehicle, the Dometic will protect you from pesky power drops.

The PLB40 uses a lithium-iron phosphate battery (known as LiFeP04), which comes at a premium but makes the unit lightweight and compact and provides more stable power. With this power source you can keep your CFX or new CFF fridge running all weekend. Available January 2019.

Yakima OutPost HD Truck Rack

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Vehicle rack-maker Yakima is going after overland adventurers with a slew of new products to help travelers haul rooftop tents and off-road accessories. The OutPost HD truck rack provides a low center of gravity, easy accessibility to gear, and an ideal platform for a rooftop tent. Available in spring 2019 for $500.

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Andy Best – Dometic CFX-40

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For most people, the idea of bringing your seven-month-old daughter on a three-day overlanding trip through the remote Utah desert would be unthinkable. For photographer Andy Best, it’s just another Friday.

“Our daughter is amazing,” says Andy. “We’re lucky. We’ve been able to travel since she was three days old. It’s amazing for me to be able to take our daughter to these places and really see them through her eyes.”

After seven years working in commercial filmmaking, Andy decided he and his wife would sell everything and live full time on the road. During that time, he learned about what gear was essential to live mobile; what consistently worked, and what didn’t. But over all that time, going through all that gear, Andy never got around to installing what he now considers an essential part of his rig: a Dometic CFX 40.

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“On the road, I have to be efficient to function,” says Andy. “When I lived out of an ice cooler, I’d always lose food because the ice would melt. I can’t tell you the amount of food I’ve ruined in coolers – from running out of ice or getting things soggy and wet. It’s crazy.” The Dometic CFX has helped Andy do more than he ever imagined.

“As an outdoor filmmaker and photographer, I really need to stay out for long periods of time, to study, look at angles, look at the sun, or see when the moon is rising. If I don’t have the right gear I can’t stay out and get the work done. The Dometic CFX has been a huge game-changer for me.”

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Staying out longer helps Andy professionally – but most importantly, it helps his family stay together while he’s working. “When you’re living out of an ice cooler in the desert, it really limits the food you can bring,” says Andy. “One of our favorite things now is to make a big meal and save the leftovers. Then we can move fast, get lost and work for a few days, and have the leftovers whenever we want. That feels like cheating, it’s so easy.”

“With the right gear, you can be out a long time, even with a young child,” says Andy. “I’m hoping that these trips build a foundation where she wants to come out and enjoy these places and maybe someday, pass that forward to her own family… Someday. Not soon.”

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If you want to keep following Andy and his family, check out instagram.com/andy_best and andy.best.

Find out more about: Dometic Mobile Coolers and the CFX-40W