Getting familiar with Motorcycle Campers may change your way of traveling forever.
Motorcycle-campers: Old Charm - New Adventures
Motorcycle’s charm did not vanish in our times. Actually the allure of this “machine” especially when used for recreational activity is growing.
Simply speaking – motorcycle is part of the colorful legend however theses days “mixed” with new opportunities and needs.
Vacationing in nature opens the need for motorcycle campers – a sort of substitute for the “little home” that can be hauled behind to almost any place in the world regardless how far from civilization.
Indeed the motorcycle camper trailer is a double winner.
Firstly it is your cargo space that you need anyhow when going for even for just the weekend trip to wilderness. But it is also a great way to enhance your camping experience by simplifying the tent “set-up” process, making it more comfortable, less prone to rainy weather and more “personal”…..
Although these days the market of motorcycle camper trailers is still “overshadowed” by much bigger camper trailers designed for cars and pick-up tracks. Although the later are much more “visible” (due to their sometimes impressive sizes and much more publicity), the “little” motorcycle campers are gaining more and more visibility and interest.
And frankly, despite their understandable size and weight limitations, the new designs of motorcycle campers available these days on the market can surprise many with sleeping and living space, comfort, offered features and equally important – storage space for all kind of “stuff” you may need when camping. The modern designs will make you quickly forget the “old way” camping experience, finding the right spot for tent, struggling to set it up, find poles, sleeping bag, pump the mattress (especially in the darkness of the late evening, or in rainy weather…)… Mornings are even more rewarding – not only because it will take you much less time to fold it down and pack. It is also because sleeping on a full size bed or having morning coffee comfortably sitting in a chair (attached to the hard roof-top of your motorcycle camper when travelling) “moves” your camping experience to much higher level…..
Fortunately there are several manufacturers of motorcycle campers – and quite good choice of models. You may not see them on the first pages or in prime time news, but with a little patience you can find them online.
The leading manufactures of motorcycle campers include Roadman Campers, Nuko Industries (Aspen models - Ambassador, Classic, Sentry), Lees-ure Lite, Kompact Kamp and Time-Out Trailers (to name only few). It is worth to note that there are few Australian manufacturers confirming that motorcycle camping activity is very popular in Antipodes.
It may be surprising to motorcycles aficionados that well designed models offer lot of “bangs given so limited space”. Typically you may expect the following:
And amazingly you will find all that in lightweight and small size construction.
Following is the list of available models from leading manufacturers with short description.
Motorcycle-campers: Roadman Campers can be pulled with a motorcycle or small car....
The Motorcycle Campers by Roadman include model RC-038 and RC-2T. (Roadman also manufactures cargo trailers RT-038 and RT-2T – based on the same frames but not equipped with tents + accessories).
With only 38” wide body they all can be safely pulled behind the motorcycle. With folded tent and accessories they still offer an extra 15 cubic feet of storage space plus extra cargo place on the luggage rack.
The tent setup is quite simple (no ropes, bolts to insert etc…just opening the trailer cover lid, folding legs, setting poles, removing bed platform, ….), it should take no more than few minutes for one person.The tent is made from waterproof and flame retardant canvas with heavy duty zippers. When opened it provides 50” x 76” sleeping area (you need your air mattress (es)) and 50”x42” head-room dressing area with waterproof floor. The later has enough of space to be used as a small “breakfast room” (you need chairs and table)
Motorcycle-campers: Lees-ure Lite
Lees-ure Lite is a Canadian RV manufacturer located in BC. They are
in RV business for 25 years and currently have one model of motorcycle
camper called Excel.
Motorcycle-campers: Nuko Industries (represented by Trailmaster)
This video shows the set-up procedures of the Aspen line of lightweight, pop-up campers (Aspen Sentry, Classic & Ambassador).
Manufacturer offers the series of Aspen motorcycle campers including three models – correspondingly: Sentry (subcompact), Classic (compact) and Ambassador (lightweight) tent trailers.
All models are built on 1” x 2” steel-box sealed frame with Torflex or Dexter suspension, four stabilizing jack-stands at each corner and fiberglass body. Bedroom platform is leveled by the telescopic “bed-to-ground” support; includes soft-foam mattress. There is an easy access to the cargo space in both – folded (travel) and set-up tent configurations. Tent urethane backed polyester fabrics is UV stabilized for better weather resistance.
Front Cooler Racks are designed for Igloo’s Marine coolers. Manufacturer provides also the long list of options that can be purchased individually according to needs. Specifications:
The Classic model has an internal AC duct/tube with an external access panel for an optional portable AC unit. Also optional are a free-standing 9’ x 9’ “Clubhouse” and semi-attached to the main tent 5’ x 6’ sun/screen room.
Two bed-boards slide out on each side of the camper leaving the spacious center aisle with enough of room for dressing as well as small breakfast table.
Motorcycle-campers: Kompact Kamp
This small company from Myerstown (PA) specializes in production of motorcycle camper trailers and cargo trailers.
Their most popular model is Mini-Mate:
2 minute set-up of the Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate motorcycle camping trailer.
The bed is fully padded, it easily converts to the sitting area with
6’4” headroom.The hard-top cover includes the luggage rack for bulky
stuff (folding chairs,, camping table etc…). Four jack-stands at each
corner help stabilizing the camper in unfolded configuration.Optional
awning extends the “sun/rain protected” area.
Motorcycle-campers: Time-Out Trailers
This video demonstrates the setup and take down of a Time Out
This is an Australian company specializing in production of motorcycle camper and cargo trailer. Since 1974 they also operate in US.
The popular models include:
It is probably one of the most compact camper trailers ready to use in just 30 seconds. Just lift the lid, snap stands and the tent opens itself. Included high density foam mattress (6’ x 3,5’) guarantees sleeping comfort. Lightweight (270 lbs with dimensions 74”W x 44”W) it also offers 24 cubic feet of extra cargo space.
The downside – it provides only the modest sleeping area. The luggage rack is optional, but strongly suggested to increase the cargo space.
Time-Out Easy Camper Trailer
As the name points it out the camper trailer is easy to set-up. Lightweight (310 lbs with towing dimensions 65”L x 43”W x 31”H) – it is designed for any motorcycle above 1000cc. The basic features are relatively modest (includes the double Coleman air mattress), but the list of options is offers chance to customize the camper trailer according to customer’s needs (for example cooler package, screen room, awning, chairs, LED bar, electric brakes, spare tire etc…).It offers 16 cubic feet of storage space.
Time-Out Delux Camper
It weights 350 lbs. Despite its name Delux its basic version is only modestly equipped following Time-Out’s general philosophy – limited standard features and long list of options. It includes queen size Coleman air mattress, table, chairs and offers 22 cubic feet of extra storage space….Available options: cooler package, screen room, L-shaped awning, chairs, LED light bar, AC stand, spare tire, electric brakes and more…..
Options also include the wiring for either Harley Davidson or Honda motorcycles.
All Time-Out motorcycle campers come with 1 year warranty on trailer and 5 years on suspension.
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