While not designed for the year-around camper, there's a new production model "pop up" trailer that puts a whole new spin on the idea. Called the Scarab, it could be the dream of motorcycle riding RVers – or for those with SmartCars that want to tow a shelter with them.
ScarabRV is looking for financial support through crowd-funding for their new, 300 pound, tow-behind-nearly-anything pop-up trailer. Unlike conventional pop-ups, the Scarab doesn't require cranking up the roof, but rather, push a button on a remote control, and within a minute, the "tent" shelter inflates, ready to take occupants out of unwelcome weather.
The company wants to secure $350,000 in financing through crowd funding in just a month. If they're successful, they'll produce the Scarab, which according to a media release boasts these features: "The independent suspension, the extremely low weight and the finely tuned low center of gravity make the ScarabRV a pleasure to take along. The storage compartments provide plentiful capacity for sleeping bags, fishing gear, cook stoves and other conveniences. The front storage compartment is easily accessible for storage of drinks, weather gear and other items that you might want quick access to. Your tent automatically opens and closes at the touch of a remote button. Within 60 seconds, the wings open and the tent inflates, ready to shelter you from the elements. If you’ve ever been out on the plains on a late afternoon, or in a big sky country you know the value of finding quick shelter.
A range of contributions will get you anything from logo designed items, or even your own, personalized Scarab – for a mere $4,200 – a bit less than the expected retail price of $6,500.
Click here to visit the crowd-funding web site.