Your standard RV trailer is made with aluminum and vinyl and mass-produced in a factory. The Terrapin by Casual Turtle Campers is entirely different. Handcrafted from wood by Peter Pavlowich in Fort Collins, CO, the bespoke Casual Turtle Campers are all well built, simple by design and crafted for the long term with durable materials like Western Red Cedar and beetle kill Pine. The Terrapin trailer camper provides space to eat, sleep and hang out and is filled with light from all the windows and the domed roof.
Pavlowich began Casual Turtle Campers by designing and building slide in campers for truck beds. The campers are simple by design and do not include any plumbing, gas, heat or bathrooms. This keeps the weight down even through they feature wood as their main design material. Each camper is custom built one at a time at Pavlowich’s shop according to the owner’s wants and needs. “They’re designed to be lightweight and attractive, while not going crazy on ornamentation,” Pavlowich explained to Inhabitat. ” I like to think that they look like campers, but are built more in the tradition of a boat.”
For the Terrapin camper trailer, the frame is built with Western Hemlock from northern Idaho, the exterior is clad with Western Red Cedar and lower portions that are exposed to the street is built with aluminum. Pavlowich studied Wood Construction and Design at the University of Idaho, and his education helps him make informed decisions about materials and construction techniques. The most notable part of the trailers is their domed roof which is then covered with a TPO roofing membrane. This allows for more interior head room and combined with all the windows, makes the interior brighter and roomier than other trailers of similar size. Inside, the Terrapin features a dinette that converts into a full size bed, built in storage, and beetle-kill pine flooring, but can be completely customized for the owner.
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