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High Altitude puts a foam-core composite spin on the teardrop trailer

High Altitude puts a foam-core...
High Altitude offers a variety of options and accessories, including awnings, tents and Rotopax canisters
High Altitude offers a variety of options and accessories, including awnings, tents and Rotopax canisters
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High Altitude puts the foam-core insulation to the test in the Rockies
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High Altitude puts the foam-core insulation to the test in the Rockies
High Altitude builds its own steel chassis
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High Altitude builds its own steel chassis
High Altitude advertises 10 different colors, but it says buyers can select any color they want, including vehicle color-matching
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High Altitude advertises 10 different colors, but it says buyers can select any color they want, including vehicle color-matching
To help ruggedize the XT50 trailer, High Altitude adds Line-X coating to the nose and lower sides
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To help ruggedize the XT50 trailer, High Altitude adds Line-X coating to the nose and lower sides
High Altitude offers a variety of options and accessories, including awnings, tents and Rotopax canisters
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High Altitude offers a variety of options and accessories, including awnings, tents and Rotopax canisters
High Altitude has designed its trailers around off-roading
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High Altitude has designed its trailers around off-roading
Looking good in green
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Looking good in green
A cozy place to call camp
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A cozy place to call camp
A color for every taste
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A color for every taste
No plumbing here, but the galley comes standard with a stainless counter, audio system and Camp Chef stove; fridge is available optionally
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No plumbing here, but the galley comes standard with a stainless counter, cabinets, audio system and Camp Chef stove; fridge is available optionally
Audio and electrical hardware
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Audio and electrical hardware
A front Line-X coating adds to the XT50's durability
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A front Line-X coating adds to the XT50's durability
Standard 100W solar panel on the roof
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Standard 100W solar panel on the roof
Dual speakers at the galley
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Dual speakers at the galley
The basket comes standard, and the dry box is optional
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The basket comes standard, and the dry box is optional
High Altitude XT50 composite teardrop
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High Altitude XT50 composite teardrop
High Altitude XT50 composite teardrop
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High Altitude XT50 composite teardrop
BFGoodrich all-terrain tires
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BFGoodrich all-terrain tires
Taking the path less traveled
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Taking the path less traveled
The XT50 interior is designed for both sitting and lying
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The XT50 interior is designed for both sitting and lying
A look inside the High Altitude XT50
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A look inside the High Altitude XT50
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Teardrop trailers typically feature a wood body, sometimes with an aluminum skin, but manufacturers large and small have been moving away from the wood and toward all metal and composite constructions. The latest to roll into our field of view is the High Altitude XT50, a foam-core composite shell filled out with a cozy sleeper interior and tailgate galley. Tack on the standard solar panel, Pioneer audio system and ruggedized off-road construction, and you're touring parts unknown in a fully modern tiny cabin with wheels.

With its bright, glossy coloring, gritty Line-X-covered nose and rounded edges, the 16-foot (4.9-m)-long High Altitude XT50 immediately stands out from the crisp-edged wood/aluminum teardrop pack. And it should — its shell is actually a 1.3-in (3.3-cm)-thick foam core composite. High Altitude explains that it creates two halves and fuses them together with two adhesives and more than 30 screws.

Taking the path less traveled
Taking the path less traveled

Colorado-based High Altitude explains that its bonded composite construction eliminates the potential for leaks, wood rot and rusting and adds that it saves weight while offering superior insulation and sound deadening. Mold your trailer body into classic sliced-capsule shape and splash it with a vibrant multi-color scheme, and it looks rather attractive, too.

A color for every taste
A color for every taste

High Altitude continues its modern spin on the teardrop trailer by equipping the XT50 with a capable standard electrical system. That system has its roots in a 95 Ah deep-cycle marine battery and comes standard with a 1,200-watt inverter and 100-watt roof-mounted solar panel. Unlike the power-ravenous Retreat ERV, the tiny XT50 has very modest power needs, running a 200-watt dual-speaker Pioneer Bluetooth audio system, reading light, 12 V fan and pair of outlets.

High Altitude does use wood inside the composite shell, where there's no replacement for its natural, rustic warmth. Wood features prominently in the galley design, which is fully customizable in terms of layout and cabinetry. A stainless steel countertop and Camp Chef gas stove come standard, and options include a Camp Chef oven, Dometic CFXW35 12 V fridge, and side-mounted 5- or 10-lb propane tank.

No plumbing here, but the galley comes standard with a stainless counter, audio system and Camp Chef stove; fridge is available optionally
No plumbing here, but the galley comes standard with a stainless counter, cabinets, audio system and Camp Chef stove; fridge is available optionally

Dual side doors provide convenient access into the XT50 living cabin, which looks a touch larger than the average teardrop interior. Its full-queen bed (60 x 80-in/152 x 203-cm) doubles as a small seat when folded back, and the floor is finished in composite wood-look flooring.

The XT50 interior is designed for both sitting and lying
The XT50 interior is designed for both sitting and lying

Designed as much for demanding off-road travel as pavement, the XT50 finds its foundation on a 2 x 3-in steel frame welded together in-house. A pair of leaf springs cushion the 15-in steel Jeep wheels wrapped in standard 31-in off-road tires. Buyers can also upgrade to 33s. The leaf springs are rated to 3,500 lb (1,588 kg), and the trailer itself weighs 1,500 lb (680 kg) dry. The tongue storage basket and Thule crossbars come standard.

The XT50 base price is $18,400, but High Altitude offers a more a la carte order sheet than the average trailer builder, letting buyers upgrade with several different frame configurations, larger tires, and packaged and individual add-ons from an options list that includes diesel heating, a tongue-mounted dry box, spare tire mounting, a motorcycle mount, and a lithium battery upgrade.

The promo video below shows the XT50 braving "high altitude" winter to support a ski campout.

High Altitude Trailer

Source: High Altitude Trailer Co

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3 comments
HighlanderJuan
Interesting configuration with some nice features. I suspect this idea could also be used as a conversion add-on to a long bed pickup truck or flatbed.
ljaques
Wish they showed the details like electrical routing, equivalent R-value of shell, etc. I'll bet they're quiet inside at night, a real plus. Pricy option packages, eh? Black color might be hot in lower climes.
Ronaldcharles Reed
I've built additions using foam core construction for over 40 years so when I built a topper I could sleep in i built it using leftover and scrap pieces of foam core panels. I could easily lift it myself yet it would hold myself and another friend on top. I've been planning a slide in for years now and now I'm retired I'll build it out of foam core