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Timberleaf teardrop trailer keeps one eye on design

Timberleaf teardrop trailer ke...
Timberleaf is a lightweight teardrop trailer out of Denver, Colorado
Timberleaf is a lightweight teardrop trailer out of Denver, Colorado
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There's a big skylight in the roof of the Timberleaf
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There's a big skylight in the roof of the Timberleaf
The bed is a bespoke Colorado Queen size
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The bed is a bespoke Colorado Queen size
There are wooden storage compartments at the head and foot of the bed
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There are wooden storage compartments at the head and foot of the bed
The Timberleaf is 15 ft long
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The Timberleaf is 15 ft long
That rear hatch hides a nicely designed galley
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That rear hatch hides a nicely designed galley
The right hand drawer houses a bespoke cooler
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The right hand drawer houses a bespoke cooler
A Coleman cooktop is also an option
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A Coleman cooktop is also an option
Timberleaf has worked hard on the detailing
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Timberleaf has worked hard on the detailing
The cooler has been specifically designed to keep the counter at the right height
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The cooler has been specifically designed to keep the counter at the right height
The cooler is said to maintain the same amount of ice as the other coolers on the market
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The cooler is said to maintain the same amount of ice as the other coolers on the market
The galley of the Timberleaf is all designed to look beautiful, even when you're in the wilderness
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The galley of the Timberleaf is all designed to look beautiful, even when you're in the wilderness
The back end of the Timberleaf has room for a cooler, cooktop and sink
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The back end of the Timberleaf has room for a cooler, cooktop and sink
The Timberleaf is light enough to be towed by regular cars
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The Timberleaf is light enough to be towed by regular cars
The exterior is finished in anodized aluminum
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The exterior is finished in anodized aluminum
You can choose the colors of the exterior
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You can choose the colors of the exterior
Timberleaf is a lightweight teardrop trailer out of Denver, Colorado
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Timberleaf is a lightweight teardrop trailer out of Denver, Colorado
Timberleaf is based out of Denver
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Timberleaf is based out of Denver
Timberleaf has a option for solar panels and a cable connection
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Timberleaf has a option for solar panels and a cable connection
The Timberleaf looks good from the outside
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The Timberleaf looks good from the outside
Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
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Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
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Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
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Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
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Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
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Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
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Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
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Timberleaf at Overland Expo 2016
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Exploring the great outdoors doesn't mean you can't enjoy high-quality design and fittings. That's the view of Timberleaf, a small company making teardrop trailers out of Denver, Colorado. With an insulated cabin, anodized aluminum exterior and beautifully wrought kitchen, the trailer combines rugged capability with an eye for detail.

Being compact and light doesn't mean the Timberleaf is poorly equipped. The cabin is fully insulated and fitted out with what the company calls a Colorado Queen bed, which loses nothing in length, but is 3 inches (7.6 cm) narrower than a regular queen to fit into the camper's cabin. There's also a high roof, with 3 ft (0.9 m) of clear headspace.

The Timberleaf is light enough to be towed by regular cars
The Timberleaf is light enough to be towed by regular cars

Considering some couples go camping to get closer to each other, that lack of width isn't likely to cause too many issues. Unless you're sharing with a friend, or family member of course. In those cases, we'd recommend a well-built pillow barrier and some earplugs to deal with any snoring.

Campers lie underneath a big skylight, which the company claims is "one of the largest of any teardrop in the industry," designed to give you a clear view of the night sky from the comfort of your dual-density foam mattress. There's wooden cupboards behind the bedhead and in the footwell, and the shelves on the wall fold away when not in use.

Moving to the back of the Timberleaf reveals a beautifully designed galley, complete with a bespoke Baltic Birch cooler designed to free up counter space. The cooler features leather strap handles and slides out like the optional cooktop that sits directly across from it.

There are wooden storage compartments at the head and foot of the bed
There are wooden storage compartments at the head and foot of the bed

If you're not keen on stripping all the luxuries away, there are a few options available. Alongside a range of style-based upgrades, you're able to specify a 40 W solar panel, air conditioning or heating, or a cable connection. There are four USB chargers, two 110-volt power outlets and a general 12-volt charger to handle all of your devices.

And, of course, all that beautiful wood detailing comes standard too.

Weighing in at just 1,200 pounds (544 kg), one of the big benefits of towing the Timberleaf is its light weight. Although that's heavier than trailers like the Mogo Freedom and TigerMoth, it's still light enough to be towed by a regular car without having too much of an impact on your fuel economy.

The trailer measures up at 15 ft (4.57 m) long, and 65 in (1.65 m) high if you don't include the roof-mounted fan, and sits on a 2,000-lb (907-kg) axle with leaf springs. Pricing starts at US$15,520.

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7 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
The price is a little on the high side and way more than my car can tow. I still like the design. I think it looks nice.
swaan
I really like the looks but I would only buy a $5000 barebones version - too fancy for my taste.
Lewis M. Dickens III
Wow, a bed on wheels!
No blinds on the moon roof? Wow, if someone climbed on up, you could have an audience.
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Duderooster
A friend here has been making something very similar for over twenty years. Check out The Pod at the Bakelite Museum in Somerset England (the worlds biggest collection of Bakelite objects).
Nik
If you are half way through cooking dinner, and there is a downpour, it could put the dampers on matters. Some extra rain shielding will be essential, for the food prep area. In addition, I cannot understand why the body wasn't made the full width of the wheelbase. the additional cost would have been minimal, but the additional volume would be exceedingly useful.
Calson
This design was originally for people to make these in their garage and not require any special tools or skills with woodworking. For a factory design to be held to the same constraints is foolish. It is going to induce claustrophobia with most users with the very low ceiling that makes it like bunking on a submarine. A popup roof would allow more "breathing" room and also make it a lot easier to put clothes back on after a night's sleep.
kidsandliz
Calson - google HiLo Mojo. That has a hinge at the front so the roof can lift up, a back wall rises and now you have much more height. The Canadian Alto Safari Condo is a far fancier version of the HiLo Mojo. too bad these tear drops don't copy a simple version of that.