Timber-clad teardrop trailer chases the sun
Trailers may come in all shapes and sizes, but we've always had a soft spot for the teardrop. Homegrown Trailers' charming timber-lined debut model occupies that fuzzy space between a small tiny house and large trailer. It boasts a pop-top roof, sleeps four, and operates exclusively off-grid with solar power.
Woodinville, WA-based startup Homegrown Trailers says its debut (and as-yet unnamed) trailer can fit into a typical residential garage. It measures 18 x 7.4 x 6.9 ft (5.4 x 2.2 x 2.1 m), weighs in at 3,000 lb (1,360 kg), and is built using renewable materials, including FSC-certified wood, cork, and bamboo.
The cosy camper features a total of 94 sq ft (8.7 sq m) of floorspace and a pop-top roof section offers additional headroom. Furniture includes a couch that pulls out into a double bed and two smaller bunk beds. The kitchen includes an induction cooktop and mini refrigerator, and there's also a composting toilet.
There's no standard RV-style electrical hookup on this trailer as it gets all its juice from the sun (and wind power is also planned for the future). An 800 W solar array feeds a built-in battery that the firm says is good for up to five days of use without a charge – though this will obviously depend on what you're planning to plug-in.
The trailer also features a 12 gallon (45 liter) fresh water tank and energy-efficient LED lighting and Energy Star-rated energy-efficient appliances.
In a bid to get manufacturing up and running, Homegrown Trailers has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The firm promises a three-night rental for pledges of US$535, while if you hope to get your own trailer, you'll have to lay down $25,995 in advance. Assuming all goes to plan, delivery is scheduled for between January and June, 2017.
See the crowdfunding pitch video below.