From Ecocapsule To Romotow: 5 Cool Trailers To Love

Contemporary living design, mobility, and living on the move are very important themes of our fast-moving age.

Fun, creative, and futuristic, here are five distinctly different in design and function.

Ecocapsule

Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule
Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule

For many the appeal of an RV road trip is enhanced by getting away from it all and living off the grid for a few days. Now, one design company seems to have taken the idea and turned it on its head, with the introduction of the Ecocapsule.

Packed into a compact form (it’s 14 feet 7 inches long and 7 feet 10 inches wide), the solar-and-wind-powered Ecocapsule merges an energy efficient shape, compact volume, and off-grid capabilities with the luxuries of a warm bed, running water, and a hot meal. The completely self-sustaining design, featuring its own solar panel system and high-capacity 9,700-watt-hour battery, tripled with a 750-watt wind turbine, allows for up to a year’s worth of energy.

BeauEr 3X

BeauEr 3X slide-out caravan
BeauEr 3X slide-out caravan

Originally launched in 2010, this tin-can shaped tourer looks like just another micro-caravan, until you put the key in and operate the telescopic sliding mechanism, which allows this trailer to slide out in both directions, tripling the interior space in just 20 seconds.

Built on an Al-Ko chassis with a polyester bodyshell, Beau claims it is also highly aerodynamic due to its smoothly curved exterior design.

The four-berth layout comprises a pair of double beds, measuring up at an ample 6 feet 3 inches x 4 feet 7 inches and 6 feet 10 inches x 4 feet 7 inches respectively.

But one thing’s for sure—if you pitch up in one of these this summer you will certainly turn heads.

Odorico Pordenone

Odorico Pordenone concept (named after an Italian late-medieval Franciscan friar and missionary explorer traveler)
Odorico Pordenone concept (named after an Italian late-medieval Franciscan friar and missionary explorer traveler)

Czech designer Jakub Novak’s Odorico Pordenone concept (named after an Italian late-medieval Franciscan friar and missionary explorer traveler) allows up to four people to travel together in a home-like environment. Novak envisioned the trailer to have aluminum walls with padding to keep the temperature stable, painted white on the inside but kept silver and given a brushed texture on the outside.

Since Novak’s concept is meant to accommodate four people, the usual lack of living space inside a trailer is addressed by building expandable wings that can pop out at the push of a button.

Safari Condo

Safari Condo Alto R Series (retractable roof)
Safari Condo Alto R Series (retractable roof)

Safari Condo teardrop trailers are lightweight and boast an aerodynamic shape increasing the ease of towing. The Alto R series incorporates an electric retractable roof providing more interior space than traditional teardrop trailers. With the rood open the Safari Condo offers a very comfortable interior height of 82 inches.

Romotow

The Romotow folds out like a Swiss Army Knife
The Romotow folds out like a Swiss Army Knife

A combination of the words ‘room to move’, the Romotow offers a contemporary mobile living design that delivers an experience in a class of its own. A radical departure from current boxy and cumbersome travel trailer designs, it folds out like a Swiss Army Knife to offer roughly 70 percent more living space than an average caravan trailer.

Features include aerodynamic and lightweight construction for increased fuel efficiency and towing stability, power assisted braking, pneumatic shocks, gyro assisted self-leveling pads and struts, and a rear mounted camera. Fit-out variations can include a sheltered BBQ deck area for entertaining and relaxing, windbreak, sliding doors, louvered windows, stylish and easy clean furniture, and more.

Worth Pondering…

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

—James Dean (1931-1955)

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4 Cool Trailers NOT Named Airstream

According to Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey, Airstream is one cool camper!

While we can relate to the nostalgia of this classic trailer, there are other adorably cool trailers worthy of consideration.

From caravans that float to cabins on wheels, and minimalist campers to modern-day covered wagons fit for the Oregon Trail, here are four of the coolest trailers on the road.

Cricket

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

Part tent, part RV, the NASA-inspired Cricket Trailer is the go-to camper for the modern road tripper. Combining small-space expertise and backpacking background, a former space architect with NASA designed the Cricket Trailer, a small, self-contained pop-up camper. It’s his response to bigger-is-better RV cul­ture.

The name Cricket was inspired by an early design sketch, in which the lifts on the pop-up looked like the legs of the insect. The Cricket is a kind of hybrid tent and trailer, made of aluminum, wood and steel, with a pop-up style roof. It takes just 20 seconds to set up once you’ve arrived at camp, which basically involves popping up the roof which is made extra easy with the assistance of automatic gas pistons.

Sealander

This 840-pound microcaravan comes with an outboard motor. (Credit: sealander.de)
This 840-pound microcaravan comes with an outboard motor. (Credit: sealander.de)

Saving you the trouble of deciding between a boat and a camper, the Sealander is an amphibious vehicle that quickly transforms between the two. It can be customized to include two stainless steel gas cookers, a sink and water pump, toilet, and sound system, among other perks. And with two huge windows and a roll-up tarpaulin roof, you can stare at the stars while falling asleep to the soothing sound of water slapping against the hull.

Its wide, bowl-shaped design not only provides stability while floating, but it can easily navigate shallow waters without running aground. It also means you don’t need a trailer or a boat ramp to launch it in the water—simply back it up to a sufficiently cleared shoreline and the Sealander is successfully launched.

Leaf House

Leaf House is a tiny portable home design that takes up a small amount of space, is big enough to live in comfortably, and accommodates a family of four. (Source: tinyhousing.ca)
Leaf House is a tiny portable home design that takes up a small amount of space, is big enough to live in comfortably, and accommodates a family of four. (Source: tinyhousing.ca)

Handmade by a Canadian college professor, each 97-square-foot Leaf House is built of spruce pine and is tested to withstand even the harshest Yukon winter. It also weighs less than 5,000 pounds, thanks to lightweight concrete kitchen counters, bamboo flooring, and birch-plywood ceilings. Designed for a family of four, this fully self-contained portable house includes a sleeping loft, Murphy bed, full bathroom with a compact bathtub, a kitchen complete with a small fridge, and an open dining area.

The Leaf House is mounted on wheels, allowing you to pick up and go whenever the urge arises.

The Pod

POD-1172
The Pod

This retro caravan might be small — it’s only 34 square feet — but it won’t leave you wanting. The fiberglass and steel trailer features a four-person table that transforms into a double bed, a birch and aluminum interior, and a tiny-but-functional kitchen. And at only 705 pounds, it’s light enough to be towed by even the smallest car.

A fun and stylish living unit for two, the pod has now been in production for over 13 years and prides itself on being the forerunner of modern-retro teardrop trailers and micro-caravans.

Features of the pod include a dining area to seat four people in comfort with full size dining table and integral fold-away table, large interior sleeping space—equivalent to a double bed, large rear hatch door with gas-spring opening providing convenient access to the kitchen, quality hand-built kitchen, weatherproof foot-well with a fold-up feature, 12 volt power socket, two interior lights, leisure battery and charger, built-in storage areas, two support legs, and roof and floor vents.

Worth Pondering…

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.

—Phillip Johnson

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EverGreen RV Introduces New Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Floor Plan

Middlebury, Indiana-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles’ flagship Ever-Lite travel trailer, increases floor plan choices with the newest 292FLBS.

EverGreen RV Introduces New Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Floor Plan
EverGreen RV Introduces New Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Floor Plan

As with all Ever-Lite models the 292FLBS is built with ComposiTek construction. The Ever-Lite brand remains the only composite travel trailer on the market today.

The ComposiTek construction isn’t the only feature that sets the 292FLBS apart from other travel trailers. There are plenty of standard amenities throughout and opportunities to customize that make the Ever-Lite brand a popular choice among savvy campers in search of a coach that will last a lifetime.

An entry door at the front of the trailer opens into the large living area. The 90-inch horseshoe lounge with freestanding table sits in the 42-inch deep slide opposite the entrance. An optional sofa with two end tables is available in place of the lounge. At the front of the living area is another sofa with valuable overhead storage above. This sofa can also be replaced with two optional swivel rockers. Natural light fills the room from the skylight above making the space feel even larger.

A spacious kitchen full of cabinets and a huge pantry provide plenty of food storage. The 292FLBS features a unique slide-out wardrobe/pantry that is strategically located for optimal functionality. The wardrobe slide is next to the kitchen, across from the bathroom and outside the bedroom for food, linen or clothing storage in the hallway.

2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior
2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior

“This bedroom slide model offers people more interior living space without the added length,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Lantz.

“Our new 292FLBS is as much as 1,600 pounds lighter, and two to three feet shorter than other bedroom slide models on the market today.”

The bedroom has more than just a residential style closet with mirrored, sliding doors. Nightstands on both sides of the bed, under bed storage with gas-assisted struts, a large dresser and overhead storage provide more than enough room for camping essentials.

A generous sized bathroom also has a large amount of countertop space, uncommon in similar travel trailers. Above the curved front shower a skylight floods the room with natural light.

The Ever-Lite remains EverGreen’s innovative, composite flagship brand. The up-front investment in composite materials, and the complexity of manufacturing with composites, are just two of the reasons the EverGreen Ever-Lite remains the only composite travel trailer built to this day.

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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was founded in December of 2008 with the premise that the recreational vehicle industry needed a new generation of innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly, green travel trailers and fifth wheels built like none before.

2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior
2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior

The vision of EverGreen is to use sustainable eco-friendly, recyclable, composite materials to replace wood and produce higher quality, longer-lasting products that are fully equipped, yet lightweight.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is the first RV manufacturer to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC currently offers six lines of travel trailers (Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, i-Go, Ascend, Element, and Amped), four lines of fifth wheel trailers (Bay Hill, Tesla, Lifestyle, and Alfa Gold), two lines of toy haulers (Amped and Tesla), and a Class B motorhome (Imperial).

Of the top 15 towable RV manufacturers, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with its Lifestyle Luxury RV fifth-wheel division, was the fastest growing company in the industry for both registered retail sales and total increase in market share for the year 2013.

Today, with the addition of the Skyline RV brand, EverGreen with its Lifestyle Luxury RV division is one of the five largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in North America

2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior
2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior

Address: 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4298

Website: www.goevergreenrv.com

Worth Pondering…

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

—Ayn Rand

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Buy a New RV in 2015: You Deserve It!

A newly published study shows that RV vacations cost substantially less than other forms of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership.

2015 Starflyer 10
Folding camping trailer: 2015 Starcraft Starflyer 10

For a four-person travel party, the study found savings of 27 percent to 62 percent; a two-person travel party saved 11 percent to 48 percent.

The research was conducted by PKF Consulting USA, and com­missioned by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). It updates previous vacation cost comparison studies done by PKF.

The PKF study provides a vacation cost analysis using two sets of hypothetical travel parties: a four-person travel party of two adults and two children, and a two-person travel party of two adults.

PKF analyzed major costs these hypothetical travelers would incur taking nine different types of vacations to nine popular vacation destinations. For each destination, researchers analyzed vacations that last three, seven, and 14 days.

2015 Ascend Cloud by EverGreen
Lightweight travel trailer: 2015 Ascend Cloud by EverGreen

The study compared different methods of travel, including a folding camping trailer, a lightweight travel trailer, a compact motorhome, a Class C motorhome, and a Class A motorhome. The Class A motorhome was used for comparison vs. first-class travel options such as flying first class, renting a premium car, staying in upscale hotels/resorts, and eating meals in restaurants.

RV travel emerged as having a clear economic advantage over other forms of travel, regardless of the RV type. Following is what a four-person travel party could expect to save:

  • Folding camping trailer – 47-62 percent
  • Lightweight travel trailer – 34-53 percent
  • Compact motorhome – 27-48 percent
  • Class C motorhome – 28-48 percent
  • Class A motorhome – 38 percent

Following is the what a two-person travel party could expect to save:

  • Folding camping trailer – 38-48 percent
  • Lightweight travel trailer – 23-36 percent
  • Compact motorhome – 19-32 percent
  • Class C motorhome – 15-28 percent
  • Class A motorhome – 14 percent
2015 Interstate Grand Tour
Compact motorhome: 2015 Airstream Interstate Grand Tour

As part of its analysis, PKF considered how fluctuating fuel prices might affect vacation costs. Their findings showed that fuel prices would have to reach more than $12 per gallon for a four-person travel party before RVing would begin to lose its economic advantage over other forms of travel. For a two-person travel party, fuel would have to reach $6 per gallon.

Buying a new recreational vehicle is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make, so it should come as no surprise that choosing the right one for you is no small decision.

When contemplating the purchase of an RV, take your time, do your homework, talk to owners of similar brands and models, attend RV shows.

RV shows are a great place to begin exploring what’s out there. These events allow you to explore different RV manufacturers and models while providing you with an opportunity to speak with dealer and manufacturer representatives, as well as other owners and shoppers in an ideal setting where your questions can be answered. You’ll also be able to compare floor plans and features side-by-side.

Class A motorhome: 2015 Newmar King Aire
Class A motorhome: 2015 Newmar King Aire

When it comes to researching your new RV purchase, the last thing you want to be is hasty. It is important to consider your budget, wants and needs, future travel plans, and any other items you feel are important in making your decision, such as safety, quality, and reliability.

There are plenty of ways to do your homework online using sites like vogeltalksrving.com. Sites like these provide news on the latest and greatest in RVs along with reviews on many of the newest models available. Internet forums are a good way to obtain honest feedback from current owners and learn from their experiences.

Take notes on each RV you see, focusing on your likes and dislikes.

Do not underestimate the importance of selecting the right floor plan for your needs.

It is also important to locate a good reputable dealer who stands behind his products and provides quality service Best of all, there is a coach for just about every budget and every family. It just takes some time to find it.

Class C motorhome: 2015 Thor Motor Coach Citation
Class C motorhome: 2015 Thor Motor Coach Citation

Worth Pondering…

I enjoy the RV world. I will have one until the day I die.

—Bob Gibson, Hall of Fame major league pitcher

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Dutchmen Showcases 2015 Denali Towable Product Lines

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing entered the 2015 show season with great anticipation, particularly for its all-new Denali travel trailer and fifth wheel product line.

2015 Dutchmen Denali 307RLS fifth wheel interior in cobblestone decor.
2015 Dutchmen Denali 307RLS fifth wheel interior in cobblestone decor.

After implementing significant feature changes, Dutchmen Vice President of Sales Troy James said consumers have responded beyond his expectations.

“Since Open House, dealers have been really excited about the new Denali products. Now, with the retail show season in full swing, consumers are finding out exactly why the dealers are so fired up,” James explained in a company news release.

“We’ve seen big sales increases in the majority of shows. Over 70 percent of dealers at the retail shows are seeing significant sales lifts in the Denali products.”

In more detail, the changes start with what Denali Product Manager Carter Yoder has described as a Denali “fifth-wheel-like travel trailer.”

“I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I have to say that what we’ve done with this travel trailer is truly unique,” he explained.

“It has the floor plan and storage capacity of a fifth wheel, and with its deep, opposing slideouts and barrel ceiling, it just feels much bigger than it actually is. I call it our ‘fifth-wheel-like travel trailer.’”

2015 Dutchmen Denali Lite Series travel trailer exterior
2015 Dutchmen Denali Lite Series travel trailer exterior

More space is front and center with the 2015 Denali fifth wheels as well.

“In our fifth wheels, we’ve increased storage space by 22 percent, and we’ve added 5 inches of bedroom ceiling height in all floor plans, too,” said Yoder.

“Dutchmen is focused on value—giving customers more bang for the buck—and the 2015 Denali products do just that.”

All Denali products feature painted gel coat fiberglass front-end caps with LED lights, oyster-colored fiberglass exteriors, European-designed furniture with accent stitching, mosaic tile backsplashes, residential window treatments with soft drapes, and a host of other standard amenities.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $23,483 (Denali 2371 RB Lite Travel Trailer).

“As was stated by one observer, there is no shortage of standard features when it comes to Denali. Combine that with the fact that we’re not the most expensive product in our class, and we think consumers are going to pretty quickly discover that Denali has redefined what value is all about,” Yoder added.

2015 Dutchmen Denali Fifth Wheel Series exterior
2015 Dutchmen Denali Fifth Wheel Series exterior

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Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Since 1988, Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. has been a leader in the recreation vehicle industry.

Dutchmen RV produces various widely-recognized brands brands of towable recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada.

Dutchmen RV brands include the Aerolite, Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Coleman, Four Winds, Grand Junction, Lakewood, and Dutchmen brands.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc., a division of Keystone RV Company, is a Thor Industries, Inc. company.

Address: P.O. Box 2164, 2164 Caragana Court, Goshen, IN 46527

Phone: (574) 537-0600

Website: www.dutchmen.com

Worth Pondering…

If you feel bored do something, for there is always something to do, see or explore in this world. Keep in mind that boredom can also cause depression, so get out there and live now.

—Sylvia Browne

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Top Stories of 2014

Time glides with undiscover’d haste

The future but a length behind the past.

—John Dryden

Vistabule Introduces ‘Cab Forward’ Teardrop Trailer
Vistabule Introduces ‘Cab Forward’ Teardrop Trailer

Hello, RVing friends! The year is turning over, and another 12 months of RVing, photography, hiking, and birding has flashed by.

The End is almost here!

This is article # 2,393 since my first post on August 18, 2010. Okay, the end isn’t near, but the end of the year is almost here, and it’s time to think about wrap-ups as 2014 draws to a close.

The end of the year is the traditional time for doing a summary and some reflection.

Looking back there were certain events and articles that kindled reader interest and comments.

Thank you for reading, providing feedback, and returning frequently to read my latest articles. Thank you for your continuing support!

Vogel Talks RVing would like to wish its readers a safe and happy New Years. As we reflect on the past year, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles from Vogel Talks RVing.

Lil’ Snoozy Goes Camping
Lil’ Snoozy Goes Camping

After 183,332 unique visitors, 213,703 visits, and 308,286 page views in 2014, here are the top 10 most read and most popular Vogel Talks RVing articles of the year, listed in the order of their readership numbers.  And the most popular article of 2014 is…

  1. Vistabule Introduces ‘Cab Forward’ Teardrop Trailer  – Streamlined and weighing just 1,220 pounds, Vistabule can be towed behind nearly any small car.

Number Page Views: 15,841

Posted: January 3, 2013

  1. Vogel Talks RVing – Home page

Number Page Views: 10,113

  1. Old is New Again: New Retro RV Manufacturer  – A recent trend in the RV manufacturing industry is the development of an increasing number of retro-style trailers entering the RV marketplace.

Number Page Views: 9,319

Posted: March 14, 2011

  1. Lil’ Snoozy Goes Camping – Customers love the Lil Snoozy, a fiber glass travel trailer, because Lil’ is only 17 feet, 3 inches in length; 7 feet, 11 inches in width; and 7 feet, 5 inches high.

Number Page Views: 7,629

Posted: June 23, 2012

DoubleBack Ultimate Camper Van
DoubleBack Ultimate Camper Van
  1. 5. Vistabule Teardrop Trailer: One Year Later – Report on the Vertabule teardrop trailer one year after the launch.

Number Page Views: 5,616

Posted: February 18, 2014

  1. Vintage Travel Trailers Restored – Visitors are welcome to view the vintage trailers under restoration as well as admire finished trailers available for sale to the public.

Number Page Views: 3,775

Posted: February 18, 2012

  1. DoubleBack Ultimate Camper Van  – What makes the DoubleBack unique is just how much space it actually has, and how easily you can expand or contract its size to fit your recreational needs.

Number Page Views: 3,712

Posted: April 16, 2012

  1. Bag-A-Lot, a Light Bulb Moment  – What started as a homespun way to stash recyclables has developed into the clever invention of Bag-A-Lot, a portable, multi-purpose flexible bag holder.

Number Page Views: 3,511

Posted: September 21, 2012

  1. Prolite Introduces New Ultra Light Model – Weighing less than 1,300 pounds, Prolite introduces two new ultra light travel trailers that complement the eight model currently available.

Number Page Views: 2,756

Posted: September 24, 2011

The Next Generation: The Trailer You Want To Go Camping In
The Next Generation: The Trailer You Want To Go Camping In
  1. 10. The Next Generation: The Trailer You Want To Go Camping In – The Next Generation camping trailer will have a modern design, intelligent technology, and better construction materials than ever before.

Number Page Views: 2,730

Posted: May 21, 2014

A Happy New Year to all my readers. Best wishes for 2015. Find what brings you joy and go there.

May the months ahead be filled with great RVing experiences!

Remember, the journey, and not the destination, is the joy of RVing. Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in an RV.

Happy Trails. Life is an adventure. Enjoy your journey.

Worth Pondering…

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light,

The year is dying in the night.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow,

The year is going, let him go.

—Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

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EverGreen Introduces Lightweight Ascend Cloud Trailer

Middlebury, Indiana-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has expanded the 2015 Ascend lineup with the introduction of the super lightweight Ascend Cloud series.

2015 Ascend Cloud by EverGreen
2015 Ascend Cloud by EverGreen

The Ascend Cloud’s ultra light design is a welcome addition for those looking for a smaller trailer with all the standard features of larger coaches, according to a company news release. Ranging in length from 19 feet to 24 feet long and a width of less than 8 feet makes the Ascend Cloud easy to tow behind sedans, SUVs, and mid-sized pick-ups.

True to its name, the Ascend Cloud series is a super lightweight travel trailer featuring an aerodynamic, curved exterior. The graphics resemble flowing lines reminiscent of its namesake. Four new floor plans in the Ascend Cloud series provide customers more choices in a lightweight towable.

The Ascend Cloud’s 81-inch interior ceiling height creates an open, roomy space with plenty of room for all guests. A variety of floor plans with jackknife sofas, dinettes, and even a flip down bunk in the C193RD, create sleeping space for up to six adults. Skylights in the living area and bath allow plenty of natural light, creating an airy, open atmosphere. A large shower with radius door also adds to the spacious bath.

“Our Ascend line has always been popular among couples and young families so the Ascend Cloud series meets a need for those looking for something even lighter,” commented Ascend Cloud Series Product Manager Jeff Terhune.

2015 Ascend Cloud C193BH interior
2015 Ascend Cloud C193BH interior

“With the Ascend Cloud series we took the top Ascend features and modified them to create a super lightweight travel trailer that has all the function and storage of larger trailers. The high ceilings, reduced width and open concept are just a few of the best qualities we wanted to extend into the Ascend Cloud series.”

All Ascend Cloud models feature finished, lighted exterior pass through storage for packing all the camping essentials. Overhead cabinets and a wardrobe in the bedroom increase the storage capacity further. The bathroom has a large medicine cabinet for increased storage and function.

Like all EverGreen products, the Ascend Cloud is built with the DuraLite double welded aluminum structure, ensuring a long-lasting, durable trailer. The barreled laminated roof increases the interior height and creates a smooth exterior roofline that prevents water from pooling.

2015 Ascend Cloud C183RB interior
2015 Ascend Cloud C183RB interior

Unlike other smaller travel trailers the Ascend Cloud has a ducted A/C for the ultimate in cooling comfort. A black diamond plate front stone guard protects the trailer from rock dings and other roadside hazards. An enclosed, heated underbelly provides another line of protection from the elements and reduces wind turbulence.

Details

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was founded in December of 2008 with the premise that the recreational vehicle industry needed a new generation of innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly, green travel trailers and fifth wheels built like none before.

The vision of EverGreen is to use sustainable eco-friendly, recyclable, composite materials to replace wood and produce higher quality, longer-lasting products that are fully equipped, yet lightweight.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is the first RV manufacturer to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC currently offers six lines of travel trailers (Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, i-Go, Ascend, Element, and Amped), four lines of fifth wheel trailers (Bay Hill, Tesla, Lifestyle, and Alfa Gold), and two lines of toy haulers (Amped and Tesla).

Of the top 15 towable RV manufacturers, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with its Lifestyle Luxury RV fifth-wheel division, was the fastest growing company in the industry for both registered retail sales and total increase in market share for the year 2013.

Address: 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4298

Website: www.goevergreenrv.com

Worth Pondering…

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

—Ayn Rand

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Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show

Last year, German camper specialist Knaus Tabbert used the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon to present its vision of the future camping trailer.

Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show
Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show

The yacht-inspired Caravisio was a large, luxurious home-on-wheels with improved aerodynamics. Thanks to the bed positioning, the front is arrow-shaped which has a positive effect on the upstream flow angle.

This year, Knaus went small, light and simple, presenting the Travelino concept, a compact trailer outfitted with space- and weight-saving features.

Strangely, Knaus appears to have abandoned all the aerodynamic headway it made with the Caravisio, reports gizmag.

The Travelino is much broader and less streamlined than last year’s concept trailer and appears less aerodynamic than most teardrops currently available in the marketplace. The curved trapezoidal prism is broad from every angle and unlike the aerodynamic Caravisio looks ill-equipped for head or crosswinds.

Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show
Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show

The focus of the Travelino is clearly not on the aero-efficient shape of the shell, but on the equipment, layout, and materials. The walls of the trailer are built from a lightweight, XPS foam-core material that helps the trailer maintain a base weight below 1,433 pounds (650 kg). Similarly, Knaus saves weight on the interior fixtures and furnishings through the use of a paper-based honeycomb board.

The 1,433-pound curb weight sounds less impressive when compared to the 400- to 1,000-pound (181 to 454 kg) weights of trailers already under production like the Teal Tail Feather, MyPod teardrop, and numerous other small lightweight trailers.

However, at over 13 feet (4 m), the Travelino is a few feet longer than the Teal Tail Feather and nearly double the size of diminutive teardrops like the MyPod Basic. Its mix of onboard amenities is also more extensive than any of those others, combining an indoor kitchen, dining area, double bed, bathroom, and outdoor kitchen.

Somewhat odd is the inclusion of both an indoor and outdoor kitchen in the Travelino design. It seems that a design so intent on saving weight and space would opt for one or the other.

Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show
Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show

Since Knaus does not mention any production plans, the Travelino seems likely to remain a design study for now.

Facts and Figures

Body Length: 13 feet (4.00 m)

Interior Width: 6.7 feet (2.04 m)

Interior Height: 6.5 feet (1.98 m)

Weight: 1433 pounds (650 kg)

Fully bonded, weight-optimized sandwich construction

Unique air spring suspension

Roof and floor plate GRP-planked

Windows, doors, and flaps frameless and flush

Screwless furniture cartridge assembly

Waiver of gas as an energy source for heating, kettle etc.

Benefits at a Glance

Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show
Travelino—Lightweight Camper Of The Future Debuts At Motorhome Show

Comfortable ride with built-lowering and leveling

Pleasant, indirect LED lighting above and below the cabinets

Generous storage space solutions

Multifunctional use of space thanks to flexible bath, kitchen, and living solutions

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Knaus Tabbert GmbH

Knaus Tabbert GmbH is a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles in Europe with headquarters in Jandelsbrunn in Lower Bavaria.

Other manufacturing plants are located in Mottgers (Hesse), Obermeitingen in Upper Bavaria, and Nagyoroszi in Hungary.

In business year 2012 the company with its six brands—Knaus, Tabbert, T@b, BavariaCamp, Weinsberg, and Wilk—reached a turnover of Euro 281 million, and with approximately 1,200 employees produced about 13,000 caravans and motorhomes.

Phone: +49 (0) 8583 21 309

Website: www.knaustabbert.de

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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

—Albert Einstein

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Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

Massillon, Ohio-based Little Guy announced the relaunch of the MyPod teardrop camper trailer line, capable of being towed by a Smart Car.

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer
Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

The teardrop trailer’s design uses an innovative aluminum frame and pure fiberglass body, with the B@sic model tipping the scale south of a mere 450 pounds and boasting a tongue weight around 60 pounds.

Since the trailer is lightweight and has a small profile, it is perfect for anyone who owns a smaller vehicle but still wants to take along a camper for trips, according to a company news release.

“We’re very excited to launch the new myPod models. Their lightweight frame is perfect for any automobile, even something as small as a trike or a smart car,” according to a Little Guy spokesperson.

“This line has quickly become a big hit with our customers and we’re eager to see more of them on the road.”

Little Guy makes the MyPod in two models to suit customers’ needs: B@sic and M@x.

Both models have a measured width from fender to fender of just 74 inches, an exterior height of 61 inches, and an overall length of 11 feet.

The inside width of the MyPod model measure 60 inches. The interior height measures 41 inches, and the length comes in at 77 inches.

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer
Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

The trailer’s GAWR (axle rating) totals 2,200 pounds and the entire MyPod rides on 13-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 175/80/D13 tires.

MyPod B@sic

The budget-friendly B@sic has an MSRP that starts at just $6,875, which does not include the cost of shipping and preparation work performed by the dealer.

The camper comes with a full size bed inside, providing sleeping arrangements for two people. Also included as standard equipment are LED interior lights for a bright yet economical way to illuminate the interior at night. Owners can keep the sun out and maintain privacy with the standard vinyl blinds.

Buyers also enjoy a variety of exterior paint colors, with white, silver, red, black, and blue available as stock options, while custom colors can be had through special order.

Adding to the convenience is a Power Package that includes multiple 12v and 110v electrical outlets in the teardrop trailer’s interior, porch lights, a dual directional three-speed roof fan, 25-foot power cord, and 30-amp inlet. With the Power Package, the battery for the trailer charges whenever it is connected to shoreline power on the tow vehicle.

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer
Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

MyPod M@x

Upgrading to the MyPod M@x comes with even more benefits. The starting MSRP is $7,995, which does not include the shipping and dealer preparation fees.

On top of the standard features included in the B@sic model, owners enjoy an air conditioning unit that comes already installed, which is a tremendous value during the hot summer months. Another big benefit is the standard Entertainment Package, which includes a 19-inch television and speakers securely mounted inside the camper.

The new Little Guy MyPod M@x is the perfect size for towing with a smaller vehicle, without sacrificing interior comfort for two people.

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Little Guy Worldwide, LLC.

Full page photoLittle Guy was founded back in 2002 in North Canton, Ohio.

What started as a small operation in a garage quickly exploded into a booming business with a full-blown manufacturing facility and worldwide network of dealers.

Today, the company produces 17 different teardrop camper trailer models that are among the most economical, identifiable, and modern teardrops on the market.

Address: 4122 Erie Ave. S.W., Massillon, OH 44646

Phone: (330) 791-7117 or (877) 545-4897 (toll free)

Website: www.golittleguy.com

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Life is a gift, not an obligation. So make the very best of every single day you’re given!

—Donovan Campbell

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Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

You love camping but tired of roughing it in a tent.

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer
Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

Then consider a Small Ass Camper, a custom-made teardrop trailer.

A family-owned business in North Las Vegas, Small Ass Campers is the dream of Michael Smith who built his first camper for himself.

“I have a wife and son and we like to go camping to Mount Charleston and St. George (Utah),” Smith told KTNV-TV.

Michael posted his camper on facebook and a friend in Mississippi placed an order right away.

It was enough encouragement for this audio guy to walk away from his college training and into his own business, Small Ass Camper.

“My wife, she was scared but like any business there is a risk and we were willing to take the risk.”

Matter of fact, Jessica and 4-year-old Gibson hang out at dad’s North Las Vegas shop all the time. The family knows there’s nothing quite like these custom built campers, complete with a TV and DVD player inside and kitchen on the back end.

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer
Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

“It is fully electrical with 110 outlets to run coffee pots, microwave, small appliances in other words.”

It takes Michael about three weeks to build one start to finish, all built by hand in North Las Vegas.

Each Small Ass Camper is unique to the client. The outdoorsmen are particularly drawn to the wood working details.

“The biggest thing is the size. Just like our name, we build small campers.”

Which means you can pull one with a large car or small SUV. And when you spend time around Michael and see his beautiful wife, you can’t help but draw a comparison to that famous duck family.

“I kind of get that a lot. I do watch the show. I do have a beard.”

Michael can only hope for that kind of success but it’s starting to happen. He’s currently building a custom trailer for a Chicago area beer company.

“They want the back end for storage and the front half is kegs and beer products.”

In addition to the Chicago Brewery, dealers in San Diego and Montana are interested in Small Ass Campers but most clients right now are from Michael’s home town of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer
Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

Building Your Trailer

All trailers come standard with a steel welded and insulated frame, two tinted screened doors, two windows, LED lights in cabin, hatch, and porch area, 12 volt deep cycle battery, oak cabinets, mattress pad, fantastic fan, storage box, LED taillights.

Base price: $6,386 (4 feet x 6 feet), $6,872 (5 feet x 8 feet), $7,248 (5 feet x 10 feet)

Select your features: 2-burner stove ($327), water package ($647), power package ($552), TV/DVD package ($339), refrigerator ($559)

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Small Ass Camper

Small Ass Campers is a teardrop/travel trailer manufacturer and dealer/sales in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Specializing in custom teardrop trailers, travel campers, utility trailers, and flatbeds, their teardrop trailers are designed for “life off the grid”.

With a complete steel welded frame, that is fully insulated, you can camp, hunt, fish, or whatever your heart desires in comfort, and peace of mind.

All trailers are built to order. Pick and choose your features for your outdoor needs.

Small Ass Campers also builds flatbed trailers, utility trailers, toy haulers, and anything else you can think of.

Address: 595 E. Brooks Ave #309, North Las Vegas, NV 89030

Phone: (702) 817-1803

Website: www.smallasscampers.com

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Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.

—W. Clement Stone

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