Have you seen the show, Shark Tank? For 14 seasons, the investors—the “sharks” on the show—have given entrepreneurs a chance to secure business deals and boost their sales and marketing. Over the years, hundreds of hopeful entrepreneurs have appeared on the business reality show.
While we love seeing new ideas, we are always interested in anything that will make the RV life better!
Let’s look at some of the best products on Shark Tank that RVers will love. From portable campfires to blankets and backpacks, these inventions will improve your camping experience!
What Is Shark Tank?
Shark Tank debuted on ABC in 2009. The basic premise is that entrepreneurs make business presentations about their products or services to a panel of five investors. The venture capitalists decide whether to invest in the company based on the presentation. They ask questions, explain weaknesses and strengths in the product, and evaluate the entrepreneur’s overall business.
In the end, if a panel member is interested in the business, they will make a proposal to the entrepreneur. Sometimes more than one panel member is interested, which creates back-and-forth negotiating among everyone involved. Sometimes the entrepreneur walks away empty-handed.
The reality show has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program four times. Viewers peaked in 2015 during Season 6 with over nine million.
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Who Is On Shark Tank?
The current leading venture capitalists are Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Mark Cuban, and Lori Greiner. Daymond John is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of FUBU. Barbara Corcoran founded a real estate brokerage in New York City and has written several books. Robert Herjavec started The Herjavec Group, one of the most extensive information technology and computer security companies in Canada. Kevin O’Leary co-founded a Canadian technology company called SoftKey Software Products.
All four of the previous “sharks” have been on Shark Tank since the first season. Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner appeared full-time in Season 3 and Season 4, respectively. Mark Cuban owns the Dallas Mavericks and is the co-owner of 2929 Entertainment. His estimated net worth is $5.1 billion. Lori Greiner is an entrepreneur who owns 120 patents. She published Invent it, Sell it, Bank it! – Make Your Million Dollar Idea into a Reality in 2014.
Each year, anywhere from 35,000-40,000 entrepreneurs apply to the show. About 1,000 will advance, and only 150 will pitch their business presentation to the panel. On any given episode of Shark Tank, they air about four pitches.
10 Shark Tank Inventions You’ll Enjoy While Camping
Over the years, very successful businesses have emerged due to Shark Tank. Unique products have made their way into mainstream society, and entrepreneurs have made millions, like Everlywell’s Julia Cheeks. To date, Everlywell’s total annual revenue is $4 million, and its net worth is approximately $175 million. So let’s look at some of the best RV products that have made their way onto Shark Tank.
1. Lavabox Portable Campfire
Joshua Thurmond started making burners in his garage in Colorado before he made his way onto Shark Tank. The Lavabox is a safe way to have a campfire anywhere because it runs off of propane. There’s no smoke, no ashes, and no fear of starting a wildfire. There are five Lavabox models, so you can pick the one that best suits your camping lifestyle.
2. Electric Cargo Bike
In Season 12, Aaron Powell introduced Bunch Bikes to the world. This unique cargo bike has a basket in the front rather than the back. It’s big enough to carry four children! The K-9 model is designed for family pets and has a carrying capacity of 220 pounds. Numerous accessories are available for purchase with any of the models, from coffee cup holders and mirrors to rain covers. All the models have Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.
3. Boho Camper Van
If you’re looking for a custom-made camper van that you won’t find anywhere else, Boho Camper Van may be an option. Sarina Gomez, David Sodemann, and Brett Ellenson have combined their skills and expertise to create a business that at first focused on building rental vans. When a renter wanted his van, they shifted their attention. Because Boho Camper Vans are custom and unique, the upgrades and amenities are endless. In four weeks, you can have a one-of-a-kind camper van.
4. Rumpl Puffy Blanket
Wylie Robinson started Rumpl when his camping adventure turned icy cold. He stayed warm, wrapped up in his sleeping bag, and decided a new outdoor blanket was necessary for the tent camping industry. Robinson created weather-resistant, durable, lightweight, and compact blankets that you can easily throw into a backpack. There are five Rumpl blankets. The company is also part of 1% for the Planet and gives 1% of its revenue to environmental non-profits.
5. Tailgate N Go Outdoor Kitchen
If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen, Ron Johnson may have an option for your camping meal needs. The Tailgate N Go outdoor kitchen fits between the wheel wells of a truck, and smaller models work in the trunks of some SUVs. The metal box holds compartments, shelves, and drawers and yet folds down for easy transporting. You can store everything inside, from silverware to cutting boards and dry foods. Plus, there are optional accessories like a collapsible sink or a griddle.
6. Radiate Portable Campfire
Another portable campfire option is the Radiate Portable Campfire. Bryan Cantrell and Brent Davidson started the company when Bryan noticed an empty cookie container tin. The wax inside the tin is recycled kosher soy wax, and the briquettes are from recycled paper pulp. Like the Lavabox, the Radiate Portable Campfire doesn’t have flying embers. However, this campfire is waterproof. Pour the water, relight the fire, and enjoy the glow again.
7. Seventy2 Survival Backpack
If wilderness backpacking is your passion, you’ll want to look closer at the Seventy2 Survival Backpack. Christian Schauf and Mike Escamilla partnered with survival experts to create a survival pack for the first 72 hours. Food bars, a first aid kit, matches, sunscreen, a Mylar thermal survival tent, an RZ air filtration mask, heat packs, duct tape, and more are all included. Even if you’re not a backcountry explorer, this pack is helpful for people who live in tornado-prone areas or flood zones.
8. Moki Doorstep
Alyssa and Zachary Brown patented their Moki doorstep in 2017 and partnered with Rightline Gear to get nationwide attention. The step helps outdoor enthusiasts reach the roof of their vehicle safely and comfortably. It hooks onto the internal metal door latch to help you load and unload kayaks, skis, or luggage. Its universal fit means it will work for any vehicle. If you’re a traveler who likes to bring outdoor toys, the Moki Doorstep may be worth getting.
- Moki Door Step: Wide enough to accommodate both feet, our...
- Easy Roof Access: Use this convenient car door step up hook to...
- Universal Fit: This car step hook for roof access works with all...
9. Instafire Fire Starter
Mark Cuban endorsed this all-natural, eco-friendly fire starter on Shark Tank. If you’ve ever struggled to start a campfire, you know how handy a fire starter can be. Instafire works in high winds up to 30 mph and can burn on top of water, ice, or snow. Don’t let some rain dampen your mood. The Instafire Fire Starter will get your campfire going in no time, even if your wood is wet. Because of the combination of wood pellets, volcanic rock, and paraffin wax, it can reach temperatures up to 1000 degrees.
- BURNS ANYWHERE Naturally insulated to burn directly on top of...
- NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS Unlike cubes or fuel-based lighters, this...
- GREAT SUBSTITUTE TO PROPANE OR FLUID Burns “green”....
10. LuminAID Camping Lantern
One of Shark Tank’s Greatest of All Time companies, LuminAID, debuted in 2015 when co-founders Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork shared how they wanted to create a product to help people affected by disasters and those who enjoy the outdoors. This inflatable solar camping lantern is waterproof, shatterproof, and lightweight, making it great for camping, hiking, and exploring nature. When the battery is fully charged, it can last up to 24 hours. About ten hours of sunlight will recharge the lantern, or you can hook it up to a USB port for one or two hours.
- Bright solar powered lantern with 75 lumens of LED light....
- Lightweight, inflatable, collapsible, waterproof (IP67),...
- Great for camping, hiking, fishing, emergency preparedness, patio...
When Can I Watch Shark Tank?
Shark Tank airs on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC. Now in its 14th season, the business reality show has past seasons on Hulu. If you’d like to see aspiring entrepreneurs attempt to make deals with some of the most successful business people in North America, tune in this coming Friday!
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Grab One of These Shark Tank Inventions This Camping Season
The entrepreneurs on Shark Tank have poured countless hours into their products. But it hasn’t been only for their success. Through their inventions, we all benefit from products to make our lives easier. Whether it’s a custom-made Boho Camper Van to take us across the country or a Moki Doorstep to help us more easily load our outdoor gear, these Shark Tank inventions are great additions.
Which one of these Shark Tank inventions will you order first? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
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