Exploring the great outdoors doesn't mean you can't enjoy high-quality design and fittings. That's the view of Timberleaf, a small company making teardrop trailers out of Denver, Colorado. With an insulated cabin, anodized aluminum exterior and beautifully wrought kitchen, the trailer combines rugged capability with an eye for detail.
Being compact and light doesn't mean the Timberleaf is poorly equipped. The cabin is fully insulated and fitted out with what the company calls a Colorado Queen bed, which loses nothing in length, but is 3 inches (7.6 cm) narrower than a regular queen to fit into the camper's cabin. There's also a high roof, with 3 ft (0.9 m) of clear headspace.
Considering some couples go camping to get closer to each other, that lack of width isn't likely to cause too many issues. Unless you're sharing with a friend, or family member of course. In those cases, we'd recommend a well-built pillow barrier and some earplugs to deal with any snoring.
Campers lie underneath a big skylight, which the company claims is "one of the largest of any teardrop in the industry," designed to give you a clear view of the night sky from the comfort of your dual-density foam mattress. There's wooden cupboards behind the bedhead and in the footwell, and the shelves on the wall fold away when not in use.
Moving to the back of the Timberleaf reveals a beautifully designed galley, complete with a bespoke Baltic Birch cooler designed to free up counter space. The cooler features leather strap handles and slides out like the optional cooktop that sits directly across from it.
If you're not keen on stripping all the luxuries away, there are a few options available. Alongside a range of style-based upgrades, you're able to specify a 40 W solar panel, air conditioning or heating, or a cable connection. There are four USB chargers, two 110-volt power outlets and a general 12-volt charger to handle all of your devices.
And, of course, all that beautiful wood detailing comes standard too.
Weighing in at just 1,200 pounds (544 kg), one of the big benefits of towing the Timberleaf is its light weight. Although that's heavier than trailers like the Mogo Freedom and TigerMoth, it's still light enough to be towed by a regular car without having too much of an impact on your fuel economy.
The trailer measures up at 15 ft (4.57 m) long, and 65 in (1.65 m) high if you don't include the roof-mounted fan, and sits on a 2,000-lb (907-kg) axle with leaf springs. Pricing starts at US$15,520.