Car-Friendly Camp Trailer Triples in Size
And now there’s an expandable pod you can perch on its own or tow on a trailer. The Tipoon, launched commercially in March, transitions between three modes and has a modular interior you can tailor to your space needs.
Plus, its polyester-composite construction means you don’t need a truck to tow it.
Tipoon: Modular Expandable Trailer
While its primary use is as a mobile unit, the Tipoon doesn’t move on its own. It’s a stationary pod with stabilizing “crutches,” so you’ll need to pop it on a trailer. The manufacturer recommends a trailer with a gross weight rating of 2,425–2,866 pounds.
Closed, the Tipoon measures about 5.5 feet high by 5.5 feet wide. Depending on the length of the drawbar for the trailer, it will sit 13.5–14.7 feet long. Use this configuration for towing or stowing Tipoon for the winter.
On the road, the half-open position is meant for pitstops. Here, the Tipoon rises to its full 8.3-foot height (6 feet 2 inches inside), while one wing bumps out to 8.2 feet. According to the brand, the Tipoon will still fit in a standard-width parking spot.
Similar to tiny home designs, the Tipoon possesses various stowaway cushions and pullout platforms. As a single sleeper, you can rest on an elevated full-size mattress. Pull out the cubby below the bed and access a second full-size bed.
Remove the lower bed’s center cushions, pull out a tabletop, and you have the dining area. Or, raise up the second bed to turn the top bunk into a king-size sleeping area.
The Tipoon runs off of a rechargeable battery the brand says will be compatible with solar panels in the future (but not yet). It comes with options like a chemical or dry toilet, 50-liter compressor or thermoelectric fridge, Wi-Fi reverse camera, and LED lighting.
Plus, if you drop the remote in a lake, the Tipoon can be crank-operated to adjust between all modes. The base price for the Tipoon is $29,472, and you can reserve one now for delivery beginning in June.