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Light, smart on/off-road teardrop trailer is as cute as a Bean

Light, smart on/off-road teard...
The Bean journeys through Southern Utah's colorful scenery
The Bean journeys through Southern Utah's colorful scenery
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The basic Bean package includes just the kitchen structure, and buyers can add a sink, stove, cooler/fridge slide-out tray and other options
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The basic Bean package includes just the kitchen structure, and buyers can add a sink, stove, cooler/fridge slide-out tray and other options
Bean galley with stainless steel countertop option
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Bean galley with stainless steel countertop option
Bean trailer in the shop
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Bean trailer in the shop
Riding toward a mountaintop getaway with the Bean Trailer
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Riding toward a mountaintop getaway with the Bean Trailer
Bean showed its trailer at the Utah RV show earlier this year and is now taking orders
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Bean showed its trailer at the Utah RV show earlier this year and is now taking orders
The Bean trailer comes in road-going spec, along with two off-road specs
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The Bean trailer comes in road-going spec, along with two off-road specs
The Bean interior includes a handy pass-through between cabin and galley
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The Bean interior includes a handy pass-through between cabin and galley
The Mean Bean package replaces the curvaceous fiberglass fenders with sturdier, stand-atop off-road fenders
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The Mean Bean package replaces the curvaceous fiberglass fenders with sturdier, stand-atop off-road fenders
The base Bean comes with a passenger side door, and the premium package adds a driver-side door
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The base Bean comes with a passenger side door, and the premium package adds a driver-side door
Views like those are why we prefer an off-road trailer that can battle all kinds of road, track and terrain over a trailer limited to graded road use
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Views like those are why we prefer an off-road trailer that can battle all kinds of road, track and terrain over a trailer limited to graded road use
The available slide-out tray can find uses besides housing a large cooler/fridge
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The available slide-out tray can find uses besides housing a large cooler/fridge
A gorgeous day at a gorgeous campsite
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A gorgeous day at a gorgeous campsite
The Bean mattress can slid up to double as a sofa for relaxing and working
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The Bean mattress can slid up to double as a sofa for relaxing and working
The base Bean trailer includes a driver-side window but no door
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The base Bean trailer includes a driver-side window but no door
The Bean Trailer starts just under $19,000
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The Bean Trailer starts just under $19,000
A handy slide-out shelf and available speakers provide some entertainment
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A handy slide-out shelf and available speakers provide some entertainment
Bean galley
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Bean galley
Go ahead ... sneak yourself a burger off the grill
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Go ahead ... sneak yourself a burger off the grill
A look at the Bean Trailer galley
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A look at the Bean Trailer galley
Bean shows its trailer with roof rails and hardshell roof-top tent at the 2018 Utah RV show
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Bean shows its trailer with roof rails and hardshell roof-top tent at the 2018 Utah RV show
The Bean Trailer fleet surviving the Utah winter 
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The Bean Trailer fleet surviving the Utah winter 
Using the Bean mattress as a cozy sofa for TV viewing
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Using the Bean mattress as a cozy sofa for TV viewing
The Bean Trailer provides a view of Southern Utah's red rock country
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The Bean Trailer provides a view of Southern Utah's red rock country
The Bean journeys through Southern Utah's colorful scenery
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The Bean journeys through Southern Utah's colorful scenery
With the roof-top tent up top, the Bean gets ready to sleep some extra campers
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With the roof-top tent up top, the Bean gets ready to sleep some extra campers
Bean trailer
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Bean trailer
The Mean Bean package includes a full-size spare, all-terrain tires, a front gear tray and an aluminum battery box, among other upgrades
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The Mean Bean package includes a full-size spare, all-terrain tires, a front gear tray and an aluminum battery box, among other upgrades

A compact camping trailer with the timeless teardrop shape and smart features for a new generation of camping enthusiast, the Bean Trailer is a customized towable tiny home for on- or off-road adventure. Its simple but smart construction ensures that road trippers and off-road adventurers will be able to drive farther and enjoy their time at camp more.

When we stumbled upon the Bean Trailer, it was its smooth teardrop shape, contrast edge moldings, and voluptuous, 1940s coupe-like fenders that caught our eye. The 14-foot (4.3-m – tongue tip to tail, 9.6-ft/2.9-m body length) trailer is a clean take on one of the purest, most beloved vehicle forms out there.

Beyond that, the Bean is also a smart, distinctive caravan that customizes right up to your specific needs. The basic package starts with a powder-coated tubular steel frame topped with the fiberglass teardrop shell and removable fiberglass fenders. That frame rolls on a pair of 14-in steel wheels cushioned by a torsion axle suspension. A 13-in spare tire is mounted underneath.

The Mean Bean package replaces the curvaceous fiberglass fenders with sturdier, stand-atop off-road fenders
The Mean Bean package replaces the curvaceous fiberglass fenders with sturdier, stand-atop off-road fenders

The trailer body has a curbside entry door with port window, left- and right-side windows and a rear galley hatch. Inside the insulated cabin, the 4-in-thick (10-cm) queen-size mattress can lay flat or slide up and convert into a sofa-like cushioned seat. Cabinets, integrated floor storage, adjustable shelves, storage bins and cup holders help keep everything organized and in its place. Also standard are a dome light, roof vent and foam backrest.

One clever feature of the Bean design is a pass-through between the cabin and galley, which the chef outside can use to pass along his or her creations to the campmate(s) inside.

The Bean interior includes a handy pass-through between cabin and galley
The Bean interior includes a handy pass-through between cabin and galley

The greater galley starts out in a very basic package that includes cabinetry, a dome hatch light, laminate countertop, 12V and AC outlets, tie-downs and a backsplash. Buyers can upgrade to a more complete kitchen with options like a sink, slide-out cooler/fridge tray with or without Norcold fridge/freezer, built-in or removable propane stove options, and stainless steel countertop.

A look at the Bean Trailer galley
A look at the Bean Trailer galley

The Bean comes standard with a 12-V, 100-Ah AGM battery, shore power hookup, power converter, solar power port, and AC and USB outlets. Along with the standard cabin and galley lights, there's also a standard porch light above the door/window.

The entry level Bean package carries a retail price of US$18,995, and buyers can upgrade via several packages and standalone options. In addition to the galley options mentioned, buyers can check individual option boxes for interior accent lighting, Bluetooth speakers, a fan, roof rails and more. The Bean looks particularly good with a hardshell roof-top tent mounted to the roof rails for double the sleeping capacity.

Bean trailer
Bean trailer

Buyers can also opt for the $19,995 Premium Bean, which includes dual entry doors, a front window or skylight, maple wood cabinetry in place of white laminate, and aluminum 14-in wheels, among a few other modifications.

Where the Bean gets really interesting, in our humble, trail-loving opinion, is with the Mean and Meaner Bean off-road packages. For $1,935, the Mean Bean adds stand-atop aluminum fenders with slip/scuff-resistant finish, an angled torsion axle for an extra 2 inches (5 cm) of ground clearance (12 in/30 cm total), 15-in wheels all wrapped up in all-terrain tires, a front-mounted full-size spare, a front storage rack, and an aluminum battery box in place of the standard fiberglass box.

The Mean Bean package includes a full-size spare, all-terrain tires, a front gear tray and an aluminum battery box, among other upgrades
The Mean Bean package includes a full-size spare, all-terrain tires, a front gear tray and an aluminum battery box, among other upgrades

The $935 Meaner package, only available in conjunction with the Mean package, reinforces the frame with an added cross member and swaps in a Timbren axle-less suspension in place of the torsion axle, upping ground clearance to 15 in (38 cm).

Bean founder Mark Harling tells us that the base Bean weighs in at 1,500 lb (680 kg), the added ruggedness of the Mean Bean ups weight to 1,600 lb (725 kg), and the Meaner Bean's axle-less switch-out brings weight back down to 1,500 lb.

After showing its trailer at the Utah RV show in February, Bean made its official launch this past weekend, releasing pricing and sales information. The Utah-based company has also chosen Terry's RV in the Salt Lake metro area as a distribution partner.

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2 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
This seems similar to the T@B or T@G teardrop trailer. It seems roomier than some of the teardrops that I have seen online.
Bob
Too small and too expensive. A 19 foot travel trailer with heating ,air, a real bathroom and kitchen along with a sofa and beds can be had for around $12,000. It will take a little more vehicle to pull it but it provides all the conveniences of living off line in comfort.