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Colorado-based Timberleaf Trailers has come up with a beautiful, lightweight, modern version of the classic teardrop trailer.

Teardrop trailers first became popular in the 1930s, a time when hundreds of new federal and state parks were being built the Civil Conservation Corps. Magazines like Mechanix Illustrated, perhaps eager to offer their readers a DIY way to take advantage of this new, national infrastructure, published plans for the home builder. The classic layout offered sleeping quarters forward and an open-air kitchen to the rear, under a large rear hatch.

The Timberleaf Trailer utilizes this same classic layout but weighs in at a very modern, and eminently towable, 1,200 lbs. Ground clearance looks to be about 7 inches.

The birch plywood construction appears to be first-rate, and the trailer offers standard niceties such as a polycarbonate skylight, R-11 insulation, 110V and 12V power via a 125aH deep cycle marine battery, USB outlets, and 12 gallons of fresh water storage. A built-in cooler and cookstove are optional extras.

Trailers, unlike rooftop tents, offer a way get some of the camping load out of the truck. They also offer a way to leave the camp set-up at camp. No need to fold up the rooftop tent for a quick day trip.

Prices start at just a hair over $15,000. It looks like a very nice way to see the country. More pics after the jump.

Hat tip to Silodrome, where I first saw the Timberleaf.


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A friend of mine just told me about the Cricket Trailer. It’s a lightweight, pop-up trailer for sports adventures or basic camping with a small family. It has clever features like ambient LED lighting, “loft” sleeping for kids, wide doors on the side and rear for getting gear in and out, and an optional rack for putting more gear on the roof. The rear door opens upwards, simultaneously creating an airy opening to the living space and a shade structure.

The windows are also very clever. A shade can be pulled up from below and a mosquito screen can be pulled down from above. You can slide the point where they meet down, or up, so you can have 100% shade, 100% mosquito screen, any combination in between, or no screens at all.

It comes in two floor plans (one with a couch/bed, one with a “v-berth”). Both include a sink, portapotty, and shower sprayer. You can hose off inside or out.

It looks like a very stylish, very well thought out trailer. Well done!

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This looks like it’s going to be good. Four guys in a biodiesel Ford F250 crew cab overlanding through Mexico, on the way to South America, searching for the best places to fish. This is a trailer for a four-part series that starts in the Fall.

Link Trail: Expedition Portal > Vimeo