Taxa Outdoor has been inputting for the last 7 year to get into the market. Like they unveiled NASA a small-living know-how into a series of funky trailers. Actually story started from original Cricket trailer then going with smaller and smaller with the trailers and living modules like the TigerMoth, Wooly Bear and Firefly. But now it’s going in a bigger direction as the company unveiled all-new Mantis that is 18-ft flagship that sleeps four adults in backcountry.
After unveiling ground tent-topped Wooly Bear in last year, it was being expected that the company will carry on with smaller without getting into the non-camping cargo trailer or bike camping trailer markets. But there is always room for development and now Taxa introduced a trailer that’s 3 ft longer than the original Cricket.
“Our dealers wanted something with more sleeping room to round out our family of products beyond the Cricket, which is designed for two adults and two younger children,” says company founder Garrett Finney. “The number one selling trailer for the past decade is a 20-ft (6-m) trailer that sleeps four adults. This is our version of that.”
The oblique chaos of the exterior leads the way to a more frank interior having sleeping area at the ends and a kitchen and bathroom. The front has two bunk bed a sleeping area for 4 adults as promised by the Taxa while the back has a full size convertible bed/sofa.
As per information the Mantis will officially hit the market in October while estimated cost will start from US$32,500 for the Camp version.
While exhibiting motorhomes and trailers at Australian 4×4 Expo and Overland Expo by famous camper trailer companies, the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon dedicates some space for futuristic campers and technologies. This year Volkswagen California XXL isn’t only the head-turning concept camper. And this year France’s Green Cat Technologies has wows the crowds by unveiling a caravan that folds out into 360 degrees at camp, tracking the sun to provide electricity and hot water as per requirement.
It looks like a permanent, off grid tiny home, is actually folding caravan that packs into a 25.6-ft-long wheeled box via fold-down, flip-up and swing-out hardware on both sides. One side is equipped with large outdoor deck with retractable awning while other has two bedrooms to the central living area.
Named as sCarabane, it takes only 30 minutes from living to driving and it can be performed by only one person. Where its hardware is also impressive but its focus is on green technologies. It’s electrical rotation system enables to spin the caravan 360 degrees to optimize sun exposure, light and radiation flow to the solar panels water heating system. The caravan mounts on a circular track and can be rotated slowly as needed.
The company has built out an effective solar-harvesting system which is equipped with collapsible 65-sq ft parabolic concentrator mirror on the roof. It provides natural means of heating water for supply to the faucets, shower, washing machine and dishwasher inside living place. There is also a 500-W solar panel array installed on the roof. sCarbane utilizes the natural light and warmth of the sun. An adjustable bubble window allows the occupants to adjust the level of natural light and heat as needed which it provides through reflective shade of the bubble window. Further a manually adjustable rose window is installed with each bedroom to adjust the desired amount of light for the room.