Traveling by motorcycle or small car can be a challenge if your goal is to spend your nights in the great outdoors. Most trailers are either so big that they aren’t compatible with these smaller modes of transport, or they’re so heavy that they kill your gas mileage. The ScarabRV is an “ultralight” camping trailer – weighing in at 300 pounds – that lets you take a two-person tent everywhere with you.
The Scarab is significantly easier to use than other small tent trailers. With most other trailers, you have to get out and hand-crank the tent into position. With the Scarab, all it takes is the push of a button on a remote control. The integrated tent’s auto-inflate feature will do all of the work for you, pitching the queen-size tent and inflating the internal air mattress in less than a minute.
You don’t even have to unsnap a cover or remove any parts before inflating the tent. The hard cover opens on its own as the tent inflates, letting you just sit back and watch the magic happen. It’s not a super fancy sleeping space; it really is just a tent that packs into a handy trailer, although optional carpeting and LED lighting are also available. The trailer also has room for a bit of your gear – a 22 cu foot locking storage area can carry up to 250 pounds as you travel.
We may not see the ScarabRV on the road anytime soon, however. An unsuccessful IndieGoGo campaign failed to raise the funds needed to start production, but the creators, Mike and Mary Setzer, seem determined to get their very cool idea out there for other adventurers.
“As avid adventurers and highway travelers we, the developers of the ScarabRV Ultralight Tent Trailer, wanted more flexibility for camping and traveling. We were also looking for style, light weight and conveniences that were not offered by other manufacturers.”
“Tent trailers that were sizable enough to accommodate a couple were just too heavy, too bulky and didn’t have any style. What was available required some set-up time that can sometimes be inconvenient. The end result of these choices were functional but not representative of the ultimate freedom that we were in search of.”
“Necessity being the mother of invention, we put our creative ideas to work in metal, composites, a little advanced mechanical technology and knowledge of ultralight aircraft and ultimately, ScarabRV was born as a very low weight, low drag, low center of gravity, low profile feature packed tent trailer.”