We’ve all thought about it; quitting your job, selling your stuff, and hitting the road to live life as a nomad for a little while. The allure of a life unencumbered by things like power bills, HOA dues, and downstairs neighbors with the most annoying dog in the world is strong, but even so, very few people ever fully commit to going mobile.
Whether you’re seeking to make a monumental change in your life, or just get away for the weekend in comfort, the Timberleaf Camping Trailer is a compelling choice of quarters.
At under 1,200 pounds, the Timberleaf rig can be towed by any passenger vehicle, and I’m pretty sure I could pull it with a bicycle, on a downward slope, with the wind at my back. The lightness of the setup is important because it’ll help save you money all around. There’s no need for an expensive, powerful vehicle to tow it, and combined with the aerodynamic shape, the low weight will help keep the fuel economy penalty to a minimum.
And although it is compact, that doesn’t mean it isn’t comfortable. Inside there’s a queen sized bed, natural wood folding shelves, and plenty of storage. It’s also fitted with one of the largest skylights in the teardrop industry, which further adds to the airy feel of the cabin.
Wonderfully cozy as the inside looks, it’s the kitchen setup that I’m most impressed by. 100% Baltic Birch storage units are handcrafted, and feature details like leather handles and dovetail joinery. This level of attention to detail might be expected at this price, but there are a number of other teardrops in the same range out there where you don’t see it.
The custom built cooler is a particularly notable feature as well, as keeping goods fresh is one of the most important parts of life on the road. The 45 liter unit is a $425 option, but that’s not all that outrageous when you consider that a comparable Yeti unit is $350, and that ain’t hand built.
At $15,250 for a base model without any options, Timberleaf’s teardrop isn’t exactly a minor purchase, but if you’re an avid outdoor enthusaist, or just want a change of pace, it’s not a terrible price to pay to roll in style. Hitch this thing up behind a diesel powered pickup with a WiFi hotspot, and you’ve got yourself an apartment that you can take just about anywhere for a fraction of the price of what it costs to live in any decent sized city. Don’t be surprised if one day you find me frequently writing posts from National Parks campgrounds in this thing.