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Compact trailer serves as a camping multi-tool on wheels

Compact trailer serves as a ca...
Add kayak and bike racks and the CW-19 becomes a toy hauler
Add kayak and bike racks and the CW-19 becomes a toy hauler
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A few quick folds and slides and the CW-19 goes from cargo trailer to kitchen/dining area
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A few quick folds and slides and the CW-19 goes from cargo trailer to kitchen/dining area
Tow Sport wants the CW-19 to be a handy camping trailer that carries gear on the road and organizes it at camp
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Tow Sport wants the CW-19 to be a handy camping trailer that carries gear on the road and organizes it at camp
Inside, the CW-19 stores 21 cu ft of gear and includes a central drain for use as a shower tub
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Inside, the CW-19 stores 21 cu ft of gear and includes a central drain for use as a shower tub
The optional leveler legs level the trailer out and add stability 
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The optional leveler legs level the trailer out and add stability 
After the countertops fold to the sides, the table slides out
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After the countertops fold to the sides, the table slides out
The split top of the CW-19 folds to become two side countertops 
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The split top of the CW-19 folds to become two side countertops 
A more built-up version of the CW-19 with shower stall, kitchen organizer, stove, garbage bag holder and other gear and accessories
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A more built-up version of the CW-19 with shower stall, kitchen organizer, stove, garbage bag holder and other gear and accessories
With its two countertops and under-counter shelves, the CW-19 offers a lot of storage and work space for camp
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With its two countertops and under-counter shelves, the CW-19 offers a lot of storage and work space for camp
Tow Sport shows the CW-19 trailer at Overland Expo West 2017
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Tow Sport shows the CW-19 trailer at Overland Expo West 2017
Tow Sport shows the CW-19 trailer at Overland Expo West 2017
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Tow Sport shows the CW-19 trailer at Overland Expo West 2017
Structural poles can be affixed to the CW-19 trailer for holding everything from lanterns to shower curtains
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Structural poles can be affixed to the CW-19 trailer for holding everything from lanterns to shower curtains
From the looks of the hardware, the dining table can adjust to several heights
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From the looks of the hardware, the dining table can adjust to several heights
The CW-19 is designed to hold gear in and atop its cargo box
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The CW-19 is designed to hold gear in and atop its cargo box
The upper rails serve as lash points
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The upper rails serve as lash points
Store the CW-19 upright to save space in the garage
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Store the CW-19 upright to save space in the garage
The CW-19 requires an SAE Class 1 hitch
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The CW-19 requires an SAE Class 1 hitch
Add kayak and bike racks and the CW-19 becomes a toy hauler
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Add kayak and bike racks and the CW-19 becomes a toy hauler
Setting up the Tow Sport CW-19 at camp
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Setting up the Tow Sport CW-19 at camp
Cooking and eating
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Cooking and eating
CW-19 set up with shower stall and other accessories at camp
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CW-19 set up with shower stall and other accessories at camp
Custom paint and graphics are available optionally
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Custom paint and graphics are available optionally
Tow Sport CW-19 trailer
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Tow Sport CW-19 trailer
Tow Sport CW-19 hitched up and ready to roll
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Tow Sport CW-19 hitched up and ready to roll

About as far down the sizing chart as you can get from the monstrous EarthRoamer XV-LTS while still standing in the same show, the Tow Sport CW-19 trailer showed Overland Expo West attendees a much lighter, simpler option for vehicle-based camping. At under 350 lb (159 kg), this versatile little box rides behind a small car or motorcycle, carrying gear before folding and sliding into a functional kitchen and dining room at camp.

The CW-19 is quite different from the teardrops and tent-tops that dominate Overland Expo West. Tow Sport, an offshoot of Prescott, Arizona-based Advanced Metal Fabrication & Machining, spent about four years developing the CW-19 to fill the niche between those types of more fully-equipped camping trailers and the simple, affordable pleasure of basic tent camping.

The CW-19 is more camping-oriented than a basic cargo trailer, but far less complex and stocked with less equipment than a full-blown camping trailer. It provides key structural support at camp, but leaves owners to load up with their own stoves, tents, sleeping gear and other essentials, rather than offering built-in equipment.

Custom paint and graphics are available optionally
Custom paint and graphics are available optionally

Weighing in at 347 lb (157 kg), the CW-19 is definitely one of the lighter camping trailers we've seen, able to be towed not only by pickup trucks and SUVs, but also by small cars, ATVs and motorcycles. The lockable, covered cargo box holds 21 cu ft (595 L) of gear, and the rails along the top edge can be used for tying down additional items like coolers and water jugs.

At camp, Tow Sport's trailer serves as more than just a gear chest - it becomes the kitchen and dining room. The two split panels that serve as the top cover fold out and work as countertops for food prep, cooking, gear repair and other work, each offering 7 sq ft (0.65 sq m) of space. Each counter includes a drop-down shelf below for easy-access storage that keeps the worktop free of clutter.

A few quick folds and slides and the CW-19 goes from cargo trailer to kitchen/dining area
A few quick folds and slides and the CW-19 goes from cargo trailer to kitchen/dining area

Below the split top lies a 13-sq ft (1.2 sq m) table top with folding legs that slides out to provide a dining table for eating, playing games, etc. Sliding the table out also opens up the cargo box for gear access, but for times you don't want to fold and slide, there's also a lockable rear access gate.

The base CW-19 is a handy, little camping tow-along, but it becomes even handier with the available accessories. A receiver hitch lets owners add racks for kayaks, bikes and other gear. Structural poles can be secured at the corners and used to hold canvas organizers, lantern hooks, garbage bag holders and other accessories sure to find use at camp.

At Overland Expo, Tow Sport even showed how four structural poles can be used to create a shower room, lifting campers up off the dirty, dusty ground for a private scrub down (shower system not included). A built-in drain keeps the water flowing out of the cargo box.

With its two countertops and under-counter shelves, the CW-19 offers a lot of storage and work space for camp
With its two countertops and under-counter shelves, the CW-19 offers a lot of storage and work space for camp

While not nearly as big and burly as the off-road expedition trailers strutting around Overland Expo West, the CW-19 is designed for use on and off road. Its combination of steel frame, load-bearing components and aluminum panels has been built for a combination of toughness and lightweight towing. Tow Sport says the trailer can haul up to 900 lb (408 kg) of cargo.

The CW-19 is light enough to be moved by hand at camp or home, so you can set it up right where you want it without having to maneuver the tow vehicle. In between camping trips, Tow Sport envisions campers keeping it stored and loaded with gear so as to be organized and ready to go when that next camping trip rolls around. The trailer can also be stored upright to save space.

At an Overland Expo show filled with huge, six-figure expedition vehicles and expensive, fully equipped trailers, the Tow Sport was a welcome dose of simplicity and affordability. The base trailer costs US$2,995 and includes the box, fold-out split top shelves and slide-out table, but not any of the accessories. The fully outfitted version on display at Overland Expo (and in our photos) with shower stall, gear organizer and other accessories would run around $4,000, according to the quote the company gave us at the show. Tow Sport builds the CW-19 at its Arizona factory and offers a three-year warranty on everything but the tires.

In addition to the accessories previously mentioned, Tow Sport offers a tongue shelf for storing heavy items like generators or propane tanks, under-chassis water tank compartments, cupholders, and a tongue extender to make room between vehicle and trailer for kayaks and other large gear. The company also says it's working on a stand-up paddle board rack, a gun case, a toilet stall, ATV wheel/tire adapters, and a number of other accessories.

CW-19 set up with shower stall and other accessories at camp
CW-19 set up with shower stall and other accessories at camp

All in all, the CW-19 looks like a handy, versatile little camping trailer that could meet the needs of a lot of campers looking for something more functional than a basic wheeled cargo box, but don't require (or can't afford) an expensive, fully-outfitted caravan. Tow Sport's myriad options should help those types build the trailer into the perfect companion for their personal camping trips.

Source: Tow Sport

2 comments
Rehab
If they built this on an aluminum trailer such as a Triton it would be perfect.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is neat. It would be useful for those with small cars and small budgets to be able tow it and afford it. It would be neat to tow it with my Smart car.