If you have ever set up a tent in the dead of night, with your ability to sleep hanging on your success (and especially with anyone else waiting) you will never say, “Why do you want setting up a camper to be easier? It only takes about fifteen minutes.”
That’s why when the creators of the Scarab pop up trailer say that it takes just sixty seconds to setup – and from just the push of a button – campers pay attention!
The ScarabRV Ultralight Tent Trailer folded down and ready for travel.
Here’s the inflated Scarab, attached to a Prius, and proving almost any car can tow it.
If you’re like me, you likely spent a weekend or two in a popup trailer as a kid, or you may have even owned one. They’re a pretty cool concept. They are light, inexpensive, easy to tow and generally provide one of the best RV values imaginable. So you may be skeptical when I tell you that someone has designed a quantum leap forward in pop up trailer technology.
Room for two in the queen sized bunk!
Mike and Mary Setzer understand the value of their new design. That’s why when their searches for the easiest-to-set-up-trailer ended in disappointment, time after time, they decided to invent a new one.
The others were either too heavy, too hard to set up, or just cost too much. They wanted to be able to tow their pop up behind a small economy car, or even a motorcycle. And they really wanted to be able to set up camp quick.
It’s a perfect RV for motorcyclists.
This tiny, sleek trailer can be towed behind even small motorcycles. Truth be told, at 300 pounds you could probably pull it with a bicycle (although we wouldn’t recommend it). The Scarab is the first of its kind, as far as we know, with a tent that pops up in less than 60 seconds, without troublesome crank hardware, hard to operate hinges, or even needing hands-on operation.
The storage compartment in the nose houses the electrical air pump control.
The trailer is a combination hard shell base trailer with a tent section that has an inflatable frame. The inflatable tent frame is not a particularly new idea, there are several companies that make them.
The magic here is in the automated, electric powered inflator that will operate with a remote. The Scarab’s inflator works at the touch of a button, while you unload the car, or take a quick walk to the bathroom.
This rear entry storage will hold more than enough gear for two campers!
The trailer’s hard top doors fold open automatically as the tent inflates, and the frame pushes the tent into shape. The sleeping quarters feature a roomy, queen sized bed.
A “tent trailer” may not sound like much of a step up from a tent if you’ve never slept in one. But in addition to getting you up off the ground and providing a solid sleeping surface, with a comfortable mattress, it also features additional storage for extra gear.
UPDATE: Sadly, the Indiegogo campaign for the ScarabRV failed to gain traction, and it doesn’t look like this particular invention will make it to production. Let’s hope a similar design takes off in the near future!