Gallery: NASA Architect’s Cricket Trailer Showcases Space-Age Design

Once parked at your location, the roof can be raised to provide more head room and windows can be unzipped for more ventilation.
Once parked at your location, the roof can be raised to provide more head room and windows can be unzipped for more ventilation.

The lightweight mobile home is 15 feet long, 6’6″ wide and 7’1″ tall and it can easily be towed by a 6-cylinder vehicle (and even some 4-cylinder vehicles). Finney’s goal in designing such a lightweight trailer was to allow road trippers to tow the trailer using their existing cars instead of having to upgrade to a more powerful vehicle. Made out of aluminum, wood and steel, the trailer is also easy to recycle at the end of its life many years down the road. Once you arrive at your location, the roof raises up on a hinge and tent windows open for natural ventilation. The couch folds down into a bed, and if you need room for a couple little ones, hanging hammocks provide extra sleeping space.

The Cricket Trailer can be fully customized to your needs and desires. The basic unit starts at $9,950 and offers a simple shell plus storage space for you to outfit yourself. From there you can add a fold-down bed, kitchen sink and stove, refrigerator, tables, cabinets, an on-demand hot water heater, a toilet, shower, awning, and an AC unit or furnace. Fully loaded with all the options, the trailer would weigh around 2,500 lbs and run you $16,990. The unit runs off two propane cylinders and a deep cycle battery, and includes fresh water storage as well as gray water storage.

+ Cricket Trailer

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Photo credits: ©David Bates


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  1. garjan July 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    how do i obtain the blueprints of the eco-capsule

  2. Norwood Hazard October 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    This idea has potential. I have an ‘A’ Frame camping trailer; a good product but the door is too narrow to permit stepping directly in/out/or sideways, crowded inside, the 2 segment pointy roof hard to negotiate for seniors and places weight high off ground. But it does have good attack & departure angles for camping in minimum developed/off-road areas, large car-sized tires (interchangeable with my CRV), good foam-board insulation. Ideas that could be incorporated with this design. Have one model with a ramp as part of the back entry. Offering a nearly stripped, light weight version— for those who already have a lifetime accumulation of Coleman gear— and lower priced, a good idea. Weight less than 1200 lbs, for CRV & the like.

  3. bobaloo March 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    This guy obviously does not live in the real camping world. Who wants a hobbit door on a hard side trailer? There are so many missing or wasted elements with this design. Overall, It looks sort of like a star trek set designed on crack. Too weird to be cool.

  4. Kalea May 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Hey, you’re the goto expert. Tanhks for hanging out here.

  5. diego85 August 25, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Thats the uggliest and worse layout caravan I have EVER seen… Im not sure what kind of trailers you’re used to in the states but this is embarrassing 😀

  6. dim August 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I really like the segmented design but I’m having a hard time figuring out how this is better than a pop-up trailer which you can get for a fraction of the cost.

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