Its not every day that a NASA engineer gets involved with the design of a RV. This tear drop unique camper on steroids called “The Cricket Trailer” is an entirely unique take from a materials and design standpoint. It resembles something from a batman cartoon only more modern.
Garrey Finney is former NASA engineer who came up with the concept and developed it into production. He credits the Cricket’s creation dating back to his curiosity with camping as a child. Then, once a father and engineer decided to act on his idea after a not so pleasant experience camping with his wife and children. So, combining his NASA background with his love of the outdoors, he got started creating an innovative lightweight, flexible, compact, and unique camper that anyone could enjoy.
The idea of a lightweight trailers isn’t new; whats unique is way it can be outfitted to fit the needs of an individual buyer. The idea reminds me of modern vacuum cleaners with attachments. I may not need all of them but certainly each one changes the functionality, effectiveness and the application.
The trailer is composed mostly of composites and aluminum keeping the weight down and keeping the interior well insulated on this unique camper. The thought behind this was that most four and six cylinder vehicles could tow this trailer without much hassle given it weights a slim 1300lbs. It turns out that the shape of the trailer though seemingly arbitrary actually serves to increase aerodynamics which improves towing ability and fuel economy.
Unlike typical pop up campers, this unique camper, with a single touch of a roof latch deploys the pop up roof feature. It also offers dual entry doors that make loading and unloading a breeze and makes it much less painless to get access while in transit. The trailer offers the typical sink, grey and fresh water tanks, and 12V electrical system. The available options available: Kids Attic, 12V Refrigerator, Hand-shower, Water Heater, Portable Toilet, Tongue Storage Box, Shade Awning, Roof Rack, Photovoltaic Panels, Storage Batteries, and Spare Tire
The Cricket is designed to sleep 2 people but you can also outfit the Cricket with loft beds for additional 2 which most children will find fantastic. When its all said and done the trailer comes in at about 15 feet long and 7 feet wide.
I know there are many of you that will feel this is far too little space and I probably would agree with you. But there are those among us that really enjoy portability and camping in remote areas and the Cricket Trailer could be just the tool for the job.
You can purchase one starting at $14,000 and up depending on how many creature comforts you prefer. You can see more photos and specifications at the link to Cricket Trailers website below.
Website for the Unique Camper: Cricket Trailer
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