Leentu Limited Launch

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Limited quantity of pop-up campers available for the Toyota Tacoma long bed -- don't miss out!

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  • Leentu Camper

    Ultra-lightweight tailored composite camper shell featuring durable sandwich construction with integrated weatherproof tent. Unit weight targeting under 150 lbs. MSRP $10,295

  • Leentu Carbon Camper

    Carbon Fiber camper shell featuring Nomex Honeycomb sandwich construction with integrated weatherproof tent. Unit weight targeting under 100 lbs. MSRP $13,995 

You love to get off the beaten path...

We want to make your escape effortless, so you can get on the road to adventure whenever the opportunity strikes.

That’s why we built Leentu — the most lightweight, low-profile and intuitive pop-up truck camper.  

From surf to slopes, and trailhead to campsite, we’ve got you covered. Haul your gear headache-free, explore remote reaches, and post-up at the end of the day, knowing you made the most of it.

The Leentu Difference

Ultra-Lightweight: Hassle-free two person installation, retain payload capacity, no truck modification required.

Aerodynamic: Maximize MPG, reduce drag and avoid negative impacts on handling.

Ease-of-Use: Deploy in seconds, no additional set-up.

Flexibility: Open interior allows for maximum utilization of space to meet your unique set of camping requirements and maintains the utility of your 9 to 5 workhorse. Lofted bed quickly converts to lounge seat or stows in moments.

Smart tech: Interior & exterior LEDs, charge ports and a ventilation fan. Pre-wired for solar; integrated 60W panel included standard with Leentu Carbon Camper.

Lower VOC / Low Waste Process: At Leentu we care about making an all around better product and we believe that responsibility starts with the most basic elements of a design.  The pre-Impregnated composites we use, while being some of the strongest declassified materials known to humans, are also far less toxic than a typical wet layup fiberglass processes.   Not only are the resins themselves much less volitile and toxic than the poly and vinyl esters typically used in automotive applications, but because of our design we use far less raw material than similar designs. 

Our composite sandwich structure allows us to eliminate hunreds of pounds of (mostly) resin and composite fabric per unit.  Low toxicity makes our products safer to manufacture, low weight makes them safer to own (and more economical at the pump)!  Plus, all of our assembly and composite manufacturing is performed at our centrally located facilities in Indiana.  That's right, Indiana USA.  None of this is a mistake, we want our workers, our customers and our Earth to be healthy and happy.  After all isn't that the whole the point? 

FAQ

Can I install a Leentu myself?

If you and a friend can each lift 50-75 lbs, you can install or remove a Leentu in minutes.

Can I finance my Leentu?

It is likely a Leentu can be added to your existing auto loan. If you don't have an existing loan, we would be happy to connect you with a financing team who we recommend. If you're interested, just ask!

When will I receive my Leentu?

Estimated Mold Fabrication  & Initial Production Timeline:

Phase I: Tooling / creation of "dummy" - 2.5 months 

Phase II: Fabrication of Molds - 2.5 months

Phase III: Beta Article - 1 month

Phase IV: Limited Production Run - 1-2 months

Phase V: Assembly & Shipping - 1 month

FIRST SHIPMENTS - Q4 2018

But why do I have to wait so long?

Because of Leentu’s vehicle specific fit and tightly toleranced monocoque design, our manufacturing process is closer to that used in aerospace and racing than in the automotive or boat building world.  All of our hard composite structures are made using custom, computer designed molds. Before we make our molds we need to create a dummy part or “mold buck” for each piece of the Leentu. These will be cut from a special material by a computer guided cutter (a very large CNC machine) based on the design files we have developed through our prototyping and testing. This process results in unparalleled precision but has a long setup time for each part and some parts will even take days just to cut because of their large size.

Once the mold bucks are cut, their general fit will be verified and any issues will be addressed.   However, when the CNC is done, the bucks still require quite a bit of smoothing and finishing. The CNC leaves a rough “stepped” surface that must be smoothed and filled by hand.  Once this is complete, a final finish is applied to the bucks and polished to a mirror-like shine. This is one of the most important and time consuming steps because it dictates exactly the quality of the surface on the finished parts.  

Up next are the molds (I know right? We haven’t even made anything we’re going to use in manufacturing yet!).  All of the mold bucks will be sprayed with a release agent, polished again, and sprayed with several layers of gelcoat which will become the inside surface of our molds.  On top of that will come many layers of fiberglass cloth and resin to create thick and robust molds that will be viable for several hundred units. Once the resin and gelcoat have cured, the molds will be gently and carefully removed from the bucks and thoroughly inspected.  Any blemishes or voids will be filled and the surface polished like a mirror.

The actual manufacture of the composite parts is similar to the mold production.  A release agent will be applied to the molds, the molds with be polished again and our composite sandwich will be laid into the molds and cured in an autoclave.  This will result in our “first article” which will be our last chance to check fit and functionality and remedy any other issues before full production starts. Once everything is tested and we’re satisfied we’re offering the highest quality product available we’ll finally be able to start Leentu production!

How will my Leentu be delivered?

Ground shipping options available, or local pickup can be arranged at our facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Why the Tacoma LB?

Due to Toyota Tacoma’s status as the number one selling mid-sized pick-up on the market for over a decade, we’ve decided to initially build for the long bed version (2005-present) to ensure we get our process right and have an adequately large pool of consumers to market to as we ramp up. 

From there, we intend to develop molds and begin production for the Tacoma short bed as soon as early 2019, and expand to other truck models including the GMC Canyon / Chevy Colorado, new Ford Ranger, and others based upon market demand.

What's so special about Leentu's construction?

Leentu is constructed using advanced, aerospace grade composites.  Most composite structures utilize a fiber to provide tensile strength and some sort of binder to hold it all together.  Many objects you encounter in your daily life are made this way, everything from buses, to hot tubs, shower enclosures, truck caps, boats and aircraft, even your garage floor is technically a composite.   Many of these are constructed with what is called a "wet layup" process.  This means that layers of fabric are placed in a mold and toxic polyester resin is added until the fabric is saturated.  The resin then cures, hardening the whole structure.  This results in a product that is strong, but has a large surplus of resin.  Unfortunately, excess resin only adds more weight, it does nothing to strengthen the product.

Leentu's hard structure is made with Nomex Honecomb and pre-impregnated composite fabrics using an autoclave process.  This is different from cheaper construction methods in that the high grade, epoxy based resin is "dry" and already included in the fabric. Additionally, only the amount of resin required to properly support the fabric is present.  The layup process is similar in that the fabric is placed in a mold, however, the finished layup is then placed in an air-tight bladder, and the whole assembly is cured in an autoclave (essentially a giant pressure cooker).  Within the autoclave, air pressure and heat are used to ensure the best bond possible and a complete cure.  

Furthermore, Leentu uses what is called a "composite sandwich" -- a structure that essentially eliminates the inner layers of a panel (which do little more than occupy space and add weight) -- and replaces them with a rigid honeycomb that is mostly empty space.  This is an advanced technique used exclusively in applications such as spacecraft, high performance aircraft, and racecars where light weight, stability and extremely high strength outweigh all other considerations.

All of this culminates in producing a finished product that is simultaneously the lightest weight, strongest, most stable, least toxic & least wasteful possible with current technology.

What's a "Tailored Composite"? Is it like a nice suit?

A tailored composite is a structure utilizing more than one type of composite and playing to the strengths of each.  For example: the same structure may use fiberglass in large curved or flat areas because it's cheap, carbon fiber in narrow areas and sharper corners because it's extremely strong and Kevlar in areas expected to take a beating but where rigidity isn't as important.  Composite construction gives designers the flexibility to mix and match properties for the the best outcome.

Ok great... But what actually is a composite?

A composite is technically any material with two or more components resulting in a finished material with properties superior to the sum of each of its parts.   Although materials such as reinforced concrete and paper mache are technically composites, what most people think of as composites are materials like fiberglass, carbon fiber (sometimes incorrectly referred to as graphite) and Kevlar.  

What is a composite sandwich?

A composite sandwich is a structure used in a range of high performance applications such as aerospace, defense, and racing. The sandwich consists of two layers of composite (a fabric and resin matrix) and some lightweight filler in between (in this case, a Nomex Honeycomb).  This results in an extremely strong and stiff structure that is mostly empty space and remarkably light weight.  Yum!

Pre-Order T&Cs

We at Leentu understand that customers may have reservations about putting money down for a product with an extended leadtime, so to give our pre-order VIPs peace-of-mind, we're offering a full money-back guarantee on your deposit, should you reconsider your order during the tooling & mold fabrication phase. Upon completion of our molds, we will contact purchasers directly for the remaining balance & any taxes due as we move forward with the production phase (estimated September 2018).  For more information, please email us at leentuoutdoors at gmail dot com.

Sandwiches & tailors? Who cares, I just want to go camping!

Right on, we do too.  But we like to bring lots of gear and didn't want to cut into our payload and destroy our handling with an 800 lb chopped strand fiberglass camper.  Plus, if our three closest friends had to come over and throw their backs out removing that camper, just so we could pick up a sweet new hot tub, we'd be really bummed out.  After all... friends are better suited for co-piloting on adventures. 

Cheers friends.  We look forward to seeing you on the trail soon. --Chris & Scott