The modern market for adventure vehicles has changed quite a bit from that of previous decades. The past primarily offered bulky RV’s and airstreams. These became road trip icons but not exactly practical tools for outdoor exploration. More recently though, many modern trailers shifted downwards in scale and, weight. These lighter, nimbler trailers have opened up the world of outdoor adventuring in many ways. With that said, here are the best reasons to try out a light travel camper.
Light Travel Camper Benefit #1 – Sustainability
This is not a hard and fast rule. However, lightweight designs are generally more environmentally responsible. Sourcing the right material is key to achieving a truly light travel camper. However, this goal often means using less material as well.
We at TAXA see how durability plays into this idea hand in hand. By creating not only lightweight trailers but ones that last a lifetime, campers can do more adventuring with less environmental impact.
For additional methods on how to stay eco-friendly while enjoying an adventure vehicle, check out this list from the Dyrt.
Light Travel Camper Benefit #2 – Value
As a trickle down effect, lighter travel trailers often cost less. By using less raw material, savings from the manufacturer find their way to the customer. This could apply to the vehicle itself or something further down the line like lower fuel costs from the tow vehicle.
Not to mention, light travel campers often take up less space. This means that a vast majority of owners store these vehicles at home as opposed to renting storage. On a similar note, owners can usually tow a light travel camper with their normal vehicle. No special purchases need to be made.
For example, the TAXA Mantis, our largest and heaviest offering, has a dry weight of just under 3,000 lbs. Even factoring in maximum storage capacity, the tow is still within what most mid or full-size SUV’s can handle.
Given the lower costs associated with these travel campers, some might assume that lighter means less. In reality though, it translates to greater efficiency.
Many lightweight trailers manage to pack all necessary amenities into a smaller package. In essence, campers have the ability to enjoy all the comforts of a larger vehicle all the while optimizing space utilization.
The TAXA Cricket accomplishes this idea perfectly. It offers sleeping space for four (two adults, two children), a kitchenette, ample windows, and options for AC and toilet all within a dry weight package of 1,753 lbs.
Light Travel Camper Benefit #3 – Immersive Potential
Due to their reduced bulk, lightweight trailers find ways of going places other trailers can’t. Maybe this plays out while meeting the size requirements of a certain campground. Perhaps, an off-road route demands a smaller vehicle to reach a remote destination. Whatever the case, light travel campers more safely maneuver the wild in ways and thus encourage exploration.
Further, reducing excess tends to enhance connection with the outdoors. Note the side hatch design of the TAXA TigerMoth. Rather than isolating adventurers from their surroundings, this vehicle blends inside and outside spaces to deliver a truly immersive experience.
Light travel campers offer a clear advantage to modern adventurers. They take a more environmentally sustainable approach to construction by using less material that holds up better over time. By reducing energy costs and stressing efficiency, these vehicles deliver value without sacrificing any necessities. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, lightweight travel campers do a better job of leading adventurers into the outdoors rather than creating barriers.
On this point in particular, we at TAXA pride ourselves in encouraging exploration. Our campers combine purposeful design with quality construction. In doing so, we maximize space, value, and engagement with the natural world.
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