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Taxa adds a few new tricks to its funky Mantis camping trailer

Taxa adds a few new tricks to ...
Taxa updates the Mantis, its four-sleeper flagship camping trailer
Taxa updates the Mantis, its four-sleeper flagship camping trailer
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Taxa has widened the front bunks, which double as a front seating bench
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Taxa has widened the front bunks, which double as a front seating bench
Getting things cooking at the 2020 Taxa Mantis kitchen
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Getting things cooking at the 2020 Taxa Mantis kitchen
Redesigned for 2020, the rear-end now includes a hatch door and sturdy steps up to the roof
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Redesigned for 2020, the rear-end now includes a hatch door and sturdy steps up to the roof
Previously convertible to a sofa, the rear full-size bed now doubles as a full dining lounge
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Previously convertible to a sofa, the rear full-size bed now doubles as a full dining lounge
The kitchen layout remains the same, with a dual-burner stove, sink and storage
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The kitchen layout remains the same, with a dual-burner stove, sink and storage
Looking inside the Taxa Mantis window
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Looking inside the Taxa Mantis window
The pop-up roof doesn't have a bed but opens up standing room inside the trailer
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The pop-up roof doesn't have a bed but opens up standing room inside the trailer
2020 Taxa Mantis camping trailer
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2020 Taxa Mantis camping trailer
Taxa Mantis bed
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Taxa Mantis bed
In place of the inbuilt fridge, Taxa adds a more versatile Dometic cooler box-style fridge as an option
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In place of the inbuilt fridge, Taxa adds a more versatile Dometic cooler box-style fridge as an option
Inside the 2020 Taxa Mantis camping trailer
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Inside the 2020 Taxa Mantis camping trailer
The new pop-up roof design increases ventilation
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The new pop-up roof design increases ventilation
Taxa updates the Mantis, its four-sleeper flagship camping trailer
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Taxa updates the Mantis, its four-sleeper flagship camping trailer
Taxa has been tweaking the roof design since launching the Mantis in 2017 and says the newest design improves ventilation
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Taxa has been tweaking the roof design since launching the Mantis in 2017 and says the newest design improves ventilation
The 2020 Mantis starts just over $46,000, according to Taxa's Outdoor Retalier announcement
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The 2020 Mantis starts just over $46,000, according to Taxa's Outdoor Retalier announcement
2020 Taxa Mantis floor plan with rear hatch and convertible bed/dinette
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2020 Taxa Mantis floor plan with rear hatch and convertible bed/dinette
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Back in 2012, it would have been easy to dismiss Taxa Outdoors' Cricket camping trailer as experimental art. It looked unlike anything out there and didn't necessarily appear like it would appeal to the masses. But small, quirky camping trailers have only grown in popularity since, and Taxa has grown with them, adding smaller, much smaller, and larger options to its lineup. Now it's revamping that lineup for the 2020 model year, focusing its biggest efforts on the flagship Mantis by adding a new multifunctional indoor/outdoor dining area, rear access hatch and pop-up roof design. Taxa's largest family trailer still looks like experimental art but it offers more real-world functionality than ever.

The 19-foot (5.8-m) Mantis still wears an irregularly shaped aluminum body, but it gains a large rear hatch that swings upward to provide access inside. This hatch is also good for delivering a burst of fresh air on demand and creating a more al fresco dining experience. The hatch stands next to a robust set of roof-access steps, good for pulling down gear brought along for the trip.

Redesigned for 2020, the rear-end now includes a hatch door and sturdy steps up to the roof
Redesigned for 2020, the rear-end now includes a hatch door and sturdy steps up to the roof

Just inside the rear hatch, the biggest update of the 2020 model is the convertible dining lounge. Taxa carves out the center of what was previously a convertible sofa/bed, making room for a dining table at the center of a family-size U-shaped sofa. The table can be removed and used outdoors, and at night drops down to fill out the center of the full-size bed.

Taxa ditches the door fridge on the wall in favor of a larger, more rugged optional Dometic top-loader designed for indoor/outdoor use. The kitchen block across the way remains the same, combining a dual-burner stove, sink and side worktop that doubles as a lid for the available toilet and shower compartment. A curtain clips to the pop-up roof to provide privacy when the tiny bathroom is occupied.

Previously convertible to a sofa, the rear full-size bed now doubles as a full dining lounge
Previously convertible to a sofa, the rear full-size bed now doubles as a full dining lounge

Up front, Taxa widens the available dual bunk beds for more comfortable sleeping. As always, the top bunk drops down to serve as a seat back, creating another seating bench. Other changes include a reworked pop-top that Taxa says improves ventilation and adds roof-top tent compatibility for the option of expanding sleeping capacity beyond four people.

Taxa introduced the reworked 2020 Mantis at last month's Outdoor + Snow Show in Denver. Prices start at US$46,167, and the Mantis comes standard with a Truma Combi furnace/water heater, 76-L fresh water tank and 6,000-BTU air conditioner. Available options include the expandable wet bath compartment, Dometic fridge box and 15-in spare tire.

Source: Taxa Outdoors

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2 comments
JDC1
Needs a roll down screen over the rear and screens on the windows. Nice design.
cjphelps77
So funky-cool...basic and smart. I saw you do a ton of articles on the TAXA stuff and teardrops in general, but nothing on nuCamp and their BIG teardrops (you know MANTIS in a teardrop body?) Any plans?