Fall is the perfect time for a road trip. The leaves are changing and the sticky summer heat is gone, meaning you can open the windows and bath in the crisp autumn air. The summer holiday-makers have gone home, leaving roads, restaurants and national monuments blissfully empty. Campgrounds are practically deserted at this time of year so road trippers can just pull in and set up on a whim, no reservations necessary. And the best part? These seven tiny campers make it possible to tow your lodging behind you without pouring all your funds into the gas tank - whether you're cruising American highways or the motorways of Europe. They're small enough to slip down narrow country roads, light enough to be towed by your fuel-efficient car and snug enough to let you pull up and camp wherever the road takes you.
1. T@B 320 RS
The hipster of tiny campers, the classic teardrop T@B has undergone a redesign and is now available in three new models. The interior of the tiny 320 RS is big enough to incorporate a dining table that coverts to a bed and a kitchen with two-burner stove, half-size sink, optional fridge and plenty of storage cupboards. Plus, the T@B’s retro exterior with bright orange trim will make your fellow campers green with envy.
2. Kulba Woody Teardrop Trailer
The gorgeous wood finish of the Kulba Woody Teardrop makes this camper stand out among its fiberglass peers. Inside is a simple storage and sleeping space, featuring a two small cupboards and minimal shelving with a convertible bed / sofa. Under the back lid of the Kulba Woody hides a tiny kitchen equipped with water supply, gas or electrical stove, a cool box, power sockets and cabinets for storage. The built-in bike rack lets you bring along your two-wheeled ride for exploring after the driving is done.
3. MyPod B@sic
For road-trippers who long to feel the wind on their faces as they cruise down the highway, the MyPod B@sic could be the perfect fit. The fiberglass body is secured to an aluminum frame, keeping the weight to a minimum. The tiny interior means crawling into bed at night might feel a little like snuggling into a cozy cave. Though it’s small, the inside features a full-size bed, three storage cabinets, a mini air-conditioning unit and a couple of power outlets.
4. Pino Karavan Pi2010
The bubble-shaped Pi2010 is the smallest of Pino Karavan’s line, which are all handmade in the Netherlands. The clever design manages to squeeze in a double bed which converts into a dining table, plus a kitchenette with single-burner stove, small sink and room for an optional cool box. With the relatively high ceiling of the interior and two mid-sized windows, the Pi2010 feels spacious inside while staying adorably tiny on the outside.
5. Swiss Room Box
Instead of dragging an extra vehicle along with you, the ultimate in road trip freedom could just come from Swiss Room Box, which lets users to turn their car into a camper. The modular folding unit combines the simplicity of a suitcase with the whiz-bang versatility of a Swiss Army knife. The box fits easily into the trunk and unfolds into a two-person bed and table unit. The Swiss Room Box is available for small cars like the Chevy Volt and the Toyota Yaris and, at a fraction of the price of a camper, budget road trippers will love it.
6. Mini Cowley Caravan
For MINI fanatics, the Mini Cowley caravan is the perfect accessory, designed to echo the retro Mini aesthetic. Originally unveiled as an April Fool’s prank by BMW-MINI, the Mini Cowley caravan received such a favourable response from customers that the company created three diminutive camping concepts. In Europe, the Mini Cowley concept is now reality and can be ordered as a custom design based on the Alpha model from Mini-Caravans.
7. Wide Path Bike Camper
If pedaling slowly along country roads and listening to the birds sing while you travel is your ideal road-tripping scenario, then cycle touring with the Wide Path Bike Camper is one smart solution. On the road, the camper, which is designed to be towed behind a bicycle, is less than four feet long. In camp, it unfolds to almost eight feet, providing a surprisingly spacious interior. Adding an extra 100 lbs to your ride might be a little much on the quads, but combined with an electric assist motor, this little bike camper could be the ideal eco-friendly road trip vehicle.
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