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March 14, 2012

Moby1 is offering a new take on the traditional teardrop trailer, offering a range of comp...

Moby1 is offering a new take on the traditional teardrop trailer, offering a range of compact models that are specifically designed for off-road touring

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Moby1 is offering a new take on the traditional teardrop trailer, with a range of compact models that are specifically designed for off-road touring. These teardrop trailers are not only lightweight, but also offer campers extra cargo space, a flexible load-carrying platform, a meal preparation area and cooking station, and a standard mattress. Teardrops were most popular during the 30s through to the 50s, but slowly faded out of fashion as campers grew larger and RVs became super-sized. With current fuel prices, however, the teardrop trailer is starting to make more sense for the environmentally-conscious camper.

At the top of the range is the XTR, an expedition-capable trailer that is capable of tackling difficult terrain. It comes fully self-contained and includes a rooftop tent, a sink with running hot and cold water, cabin heater, outdoor shower, free standing awning, cabin air conditioning, solar panels, portable toilet and generator. Furthermore, with 4-5 inches (10-13 cm) of coil-suspended travel on independent A-arms with adjustable shocks, the XTR is designed to travel smoothly across rough terrain. The frame also features severe-duty reinforcements for durability, protection and long life in rough service conditions.

A tier down is the XC trailer, capable of touring paved roads or driving off the beaten track to explore remote locations. It comes equipped with rubber torsion axles, which help absorb and dampen bumps and vibrations. The XC comes standard with all-terrain tires, high ground clearances, heavy duty fenders and a strengthened frame for rough conditions. Like its sibling the XTR, the XC can be fully equipped for serious back country adventure travel. The XC is also available in a shorter version (81 inches/2.05 meters), which is still big enough to snugly fit a normal-sized mattress. The half galley includes cabinets similar to the other models for storage, and space for meal preparation.

All compact trailers come standard with a real mattress

All compact trailers come standard with a real mattress

At the lower end, the RT (Road Tour) is aimed at touring paved roads and stopping at traditional campgrounds. Similar to the full-sized models, the RT is equipped with a full size galley, and has cabinetry in both the galley and the cabin compartments. It can be modified to include any number of options such as roof racks, roof top tents, sunroof, stereo/DVD players and even running water. The RT also comes with the option of wheels and tires specified to match your vehicle, making the trailer compatible with whatever you choose to drive.

Finally, the C2 is a compact trailer that is suitable for towing behind a motorbike or a compact car. With a short body (80 inches/2 meters) it just covers the full length of a mattress. Weighing in less than 300 pounds (136 kg), it offers campers more flexibility and fuel savings. Available in two different widths (40 in/101 cm or 48 in/122 cm), this trailer has a half galley with cabinets, a countertop workspace for cooking, and interior cabinets for storage.

The C2 is a compact trailer that is suitable to tow behind a motorbike or small car

All models can be custom-fitted to suit individual needs. Moby1 Expedition trailer prices range from US$15,500 for the XTR, $10,500 for the XC, $8,500 for the RT and $5,500 for the C2.

Source: Moby1

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17 Comments

Gizmag is usually about new concepts or impressive new developments. I'm not sure the fuel savings from a teardrop shape towed behind a high 4WD warrant a feature, but if you're interested in an impressively-featured, rugged off-road camper trailer with everything that opens and shuts, I'd refer you to the Conqueror from South Africa. My brother just bought one in Australia so I imagine it's available elsewhere internationally.

RodD
14th March, 2012 @ 12:13 pm PDT

Thanks RodD, that is an amazing product. Your reference out-done this post by miles.

Did your brother get the 490 or the 440? I watched both product videos and now I am really keen to go on a trip using a 440. Close to camping without the agony of a tent. Awesome!

Paul van Dinther
14th March, 2012 @ 01:52 pm PDT

http://www.conqueror.co.za/

Here is the Conqueror. It is neat looking.

I like the C2 since it can be pulled by a motorcycle; therefore, can be pulled by a compact car like the Smart car.

http://www.smartcarofamerica.com

http://www.dinoot.com

Here is a great idea too; similar to the above; plans for a hard sided camper in the works.

http://compactcampingconcepts.com/

Here is a site with other off road campers similar to the above.

BigWarpGuy
14th March, 2012 @ 06:58 pm PDT

Thanks to RodD for the pointer to Conqueror. Now if only I could find one in the U.S. I would be all set!

Anybody know of a trailer similar to the Conqueror in the U.S.?

Rt1583
15th March, 2012 @ 01:07 am PDT

I'm concerned that these so-called off-road trailers seem to utilise 2"/50mm ball hitches, which, in my experience, lack the necessary articulation to cope with cross-country towing. In my opinion, the only suitable towing hitch for rough conditions is a NATO style (or similar) military hitch with latched hook on the vehicle and a fully rotating ring hitch on the trailer. This allows for extensive rotary movement about the longitudinal axis, even in opposite directions on the part of both trailer and tractor, as well as accommodating large pitching movements between them due to undulations in the terrain. Ball hitches tend to "pop-off" or break under such usage. Furthermore, if a poorly loaded trailer happens to roll over - it happens - it will not drag the towing vehicle over with it if the hitch can rotate freely.

Just a passing thought!

Mike Hallett
15th March, 2012 @ 07:19 am PDT

Great product in whatever format, but having a "Teardrop" shape to enhance slipstreaming, why put a Roofrack on it to destroy the slipstreaming effect? Doh!!

Better to put an adjustable fairing in front of, or attached to the Roofrack.......Problem solved!!

bf_308
15th March, 2012 @ 07:39 am PDT

Paul, brother bought top-of-the-line 490 with every option & roll-out solar mat in addition to hard one on the roof. Purchased 12/11 for AUD60k, now gone up to AUD70k! Everywhere they go they get too much interest!

Mike, no off-road camper trailer/capervan/caravan has a static ball. They all handle roll (+ pitch & yaw). See http://www.campertrailers.org/couplings.htm. The Conqueror has a Tregg hitch, as do I on my off-road campervan. 5 friends have Hitchmasters on their TrackMaster & BushTracker caravans (Australian, sorry).

RodD
15th March, 2012 @ 11:52 am PDT

In Australia we have or had a very new peoples program called Playschool - and they had 4 magic windows to look through for todays adventure.... and the theme song went "There is a bear in there - and a chair as welll....."

Seeing that guy lay back in his little camper van with the door wide open....

"There's a bear in there...."

Mr Stiffy
15th March, 2012 @ 05:54 pm PDT

I don't understand what is innovative about this? We get a huge array of offroad trailers/caravans here in South Africa and have for many years. The teardrop is really pointless since you are adding things on top (both vehicle and trailer) in the rack. this completely negates any aerodynamic benefits.

I am just struggling to see any real innovation besides making a normal offroad camper/trailer a bit prettier by rounding the edges. I think it looks great, and seems like a nice unit, I just don't get what makes it worthy of this publication as it features nothing new at all.

Bernhard
16th March, 2012 @ 02:43 am PDT

The motor bike one is NOT a particularly brilliant shape - especially for towing behind a motorbike.....

Me thinks aerodynamics.

Mr Stiffy
16th March, 2012 @ 05:40 am PDT

Rt1583 here is the link to a IS maker of a design that I think is as good or better than the conqueror design. http://www.haultent.com/

These guys are a small local company in a small wild west town in Nevada, and they pupose build this product for the very rough Sierra country. They have also been doing it for many years.

http://www.haultent.com/

James Palmer
16th March, 2012 @ 12:31 pm PDT

@ James - Thanks for the pointer.

@ Bernhard - Though I do agree with you, and am jealous of the offerings available in South Africa and Australia, in the U.S. it seems that off road camping/campers have just now taken their first steps. Up until relatively recently, this type of camping was thought of in the terms of expeditions or excursions. Some of the first campers marketed as "off-road" were simply reworked versions of "civilized" campers with the main, sometimes only, difference being higher suspension and larger tires. Another aspect that makes the teardrop style is that there are many places, especially in the mountains, that the trails are sometimes just big enough to get a vehicle through. This size of camper works well for that purpose and is in fact a large innovation over the tent camping or tent trailer that would otherwise be the only options available. I would love to have a Conqueror Commander but in reality for where I live and the camping that I do it would be almost useless.

Rt1583
16th March, 2012 @ 10:55 pm PDT

When used off-road our trailers have the option of the use of three different styles of couplers. A standard ball or a "multi-axis" coupler, one that allows free or generous amounts of movement on all axis for off-road travel. The multi axis style actually saved the lives of my family the tow vehicle and the trailer when the trailer flipped on the freeway do to a loose spare tire in rush hour.

There are many benefits from a teardrop design as well, easily accessible galley at all times under the shade or shelter of the hatch, hard sides offer protection from wild animals, insulation of the cabin, noise insulation in noisy camping area's or road sides, and many more. It's not about streamlining though that is a benefit when not loaded with the roof rack. The tent affords one to sleep additional persons up off the ground out of the reach of animals and creepy crawlies. Our XTR when fully loaded has hot running water, shower, a/c, heat, stereo system, porta potti, 12v fridge, solar power, generator, stove and more in a tidy and compact package that can travel tight trails or your favorite camp ground. Fully loaded it is far less than the Conqueror's 70k AUD = 73k US dollars price tage. Quite a difference for the options you get. The Conqueror is a brilliant product no doubt. The Aussies have had quite a lead on the U.S. in off-road offerings. One main difference is set up and take down times, which often play a determining factor in how often you will want to get out or IF you will get out. Here in the states vacation time is often limited to a short window or a weekend so the set up/take down time will factor in whether you actually want to go. The compact/cycle version is being redesigned but towed beautifully behind our bike, hardly noticeable even through the curves and at 80mph! The era of the small trailer is here. Bottom line, if you get it you get it, if you don't it wasn't designed for you.

Moby1
21st March, 2012 @ 07:50 pm PDT

I live in Cairns, North Queensland Australia. I've spend a fair chunk of my life exploring Cape York and the Gulf Country. The junk I see lying on the side of the Cape York Developmental Road (everything from blinker arrays, engine parts and the like all the way up to doors, entire exhaust systems and whole trailers) would astound most people....and that's stuff that has simply been shaken off by the road corrugations, let alone some of the more serious obstacles. IMHO they should sell this thing with a sack, so you can walk back and pick up all the bits that have fallen off.....the only trailers that I have seen last the distance is the range made locally by Cape York Campers and Trailers specifically for the 'Top End' (and I don't think I have seen one so far that hasn't taken some kind of damage from the trip).....PS why ANYONE is stupid enough to take a family in a brand new 80 grand 4x4 up there, to be rattled to pieces, is beyond me (those blinker arrays are EXPENSIVE)

Vincent Najger
22nd March, 2012 @ 04:55 pm PDT

Guaranteed no bag needed. We'll be sending some your way and have a go!

Moby1
3rd April, 2012 @ 11:57 pm PDT

I don't think that comparing $30K+ camping trailers (and $40K + for the caravans) is really the market this thing is aimed at.

Mister Moby, I for one, would be very happy to accept one for Australian trials behind the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (that has done all of Fraser Island towing a 1.5 tonner camper) to see how the minimalist approach works.

Will it fit 18" wheels?

Antony Borlase
28th April, 2014 @ 07:52 pm PDT

Hi I have looked and looked and can anyone tell me if these off road are available in Australia because I can't find them?

Redztwuck
1st May, 2014 @ 04:10 pm PDT
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