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Tetra-POD clamshell trailer pops open into a boat

Tetra-POD clamshell trailer po...
The Tetra-POD lid locks into place and opens with the assistance of gas springs
The Tetra-POD lid locks into place and opens with the assistance of gas springs
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The On Road Tetra-POD will allow you to tow your gear-hauling trailer boat via highways and byways
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The On Road Tetra-POD will allow you to tow your gear-hauling trailer boat via highways and byways
The hitch extends to make room for the 11-foot boat
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The hitch extends to make room for the 11-foot boat
Flipping the connector bolt simultaneously detaches the front of the trailer from the frame and connects the two halves of the boat
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Flipping the connector bolt simultaneously detaches the front of the trailer from the frame and connects the two halves of the boat
Flipping the connector bolt simultaneously detaches the front of the trailer from the frame and connects the two halves of the boat
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Flipping the connector bolt simultaneously detaches the front of the trailer from the frame and connects the two halves of the boat
Within about a minute, the trailer flips open and creates a jon boat
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Within about a minute, the trailer flips open and creates a jon boat
Out on the water in the Tetra-POD
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Out on the water in the Tetra-POD
A pair of removable foam seats helps ready the Tetra-POD for water
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A pair of removable foam seats helps ready the Tetra-POD for water
The Tetra-POD is built from high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
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The Tetra-POD is built from high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
The Tetra-POD supports boat motors up to 3 hp
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The Tetra-POD supports boat motors up to 3 hp
Back the boat right into the water
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Back the boat right into the water
The Tetra-POD could be a fisherman's best friend
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The Tetra-POD could be a fisherman's best friend
Tetra-POD offers an optional hunting blind attachment
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Tetra-POD offers an optional hunting blind attachment
The driver can tilt the trailer tub to dump the load
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The driver can tilt the trailer tub to dump the load
The Tetra-POD doubles as a hunting blind
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The Tetra-POD doubles as a hunting blind
Hunting from the Tetra-POD
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Hunting from the Tetra-POD
The Tetra-POD offers 27 cu ft of storage
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The Tetra-POD offers 27 cu ft of storage
The Tetra-POD lid locks into place and opens with the assistance of gas springs
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The Tetra-POD lid locks into place and opens with the assistance of gas springs
Tetra-POD plans to launch a road-legal trailer-boat this summer
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Tetra-POD plans to launch a road-legal trailer-boat this summer
The Tetra-POD is a design from Canada
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The Tetra-POD is a design from Canada
Haul camping gear, fishing equipment, tools and other supplies into the wilderness with the Tetra-POD
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Haul camping gear, fishing equipment, tools and other supplies into the wilderness with the Tetra-POD
The Tetra-POD is aimed at both outdoor sports enthusiasts and work crews
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The Tetra-POD is aimed at both outdoor sports enthusiasts and work crews

At first look, the Tetra-POD is a large, capable ATV trailer that can haul gear, tools and debris as an open tub or an enclosed box. A closer inspection reveals that it's also a boat. With a few simple steps, the lid swings down to join the trailer body in creating a hull that can be motored out onto the open water.

We've seen a few products with a land-water split personality, but nothing quite the same as the Tetra-POD. The American Dream Trailer we covered just last month coupled a camping trailer with a rooftop rowboat. The Sealander amphibious trailer was another camping trailer/boat hybrid, and the Boatbox was a cargo-hauling roof box that doubled as a watercraft. While similar to each of those in certain ways, the Tetro-POD has a design and utility all its own.

The Tetra-POD was developed by Alberta's Predator Plastics and launched in late 2013. Predator recently licensed the design to Ontario-based Agri-Plastics, which added Tetra-POD to its family of companies. Agri-Plastics is now manufacturing the off-road ATV model and is in the process of launching a road-legal version with two wheels and a torsion axle in place of the four-wheel, walking-beam design.

Aimed at outdoor sportsmen and women and field workers, the Off Road Tetra-POD is designed to work as an ATV-towed utility tub trailer first and foremost. Its rugged, roto-molded plastic body offers 27 cu ft (765 L) of storage space and a 2,000-lb (907 kg) payload. It can be used with or without the removable, locking, gas-sprung lid and includes a dump function. The tub sits on a powder-coated frame and relies on a walking-beam axle to eat up rough, uneven terrain.

The Tetra-POD is aimed at both outdoor sports enthusiasts and work crews
The Tetra-POD is aimed at both outdoor sports enthusiasts and work crews

Tetra-POD imagines the 550-lb (249 kg) trailer being used to haul the likes of fishing gear, hunting equipment and firewood over the trails and dirt roads of the backcountry. It says the design is both weather and bear resistant.

The designers of the Tetra-POD realized that a big, plastic trailer tub could quite easily double as a boat, so they gave their trailer a dual-function design. The Tetra-POD transforms into boat mode within about a minute. The rider can pull right up to water's edge on the ATV, extend the frame hitch to make room for the boat, remove the gas springs to fully open the lid, rotate the U-shaped connector pins 90 degrees so that they secure the trailer base to the lid instead of to the frame, and remove the rear pin. The boat can then be backed right into the water by ATV.

A pair of removable foam seats helps ready the Tetra-POD for water
A pair of removable foam seats helps ready the Tetra-POD for water

The Tetra-POD boat includes two removable foam seats and is designed to accommodate two people and up to 766 lb (347 kg). The 11-foot (3.4 m), 230-lb (104 kg) jon boat looks like it could be used as a rowboat, but the company recommends it be driven via a short leg motor (up to 3 hp).

There are many potential uses for an off-road trailer/boat, but the Tetra-POD seems particularly well-suited to anglers. They can carry their fishing gear through the wilderness to distant water bodies, then quickly transform the trailer to boat and hit the water for a day's worth of casting.

Tetra-POD's website does not have a price list, but a post on its Facebook page identifies the price of the ATV trailer at US$2,995/CAD$3,495. The company will be attending next week's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show, and it looks like it will have both the Off Road ATV and On Road models on display. Gizmag will be at the show, and we hope to get a closer look at the Tetra-POD design and find out more about the On Road model.

The video below shows the Tetra-POD in action in both land and water and goes over its transformation.

Source: Tetra-POD

2 comments
MBadgero
What a cool idea!
Germano Pecoraro
Very cool idea, hovever, why is it possible it build a bigger boat!?