This industrial looking metal model that you can transport on its two wheels is not necessarily the cosiest home you can imagine. But the camping trailer called Sequoia from New York cleverly combines the world of comfortable, compact camping with that of the effortless transporter. The variant of a caravan relies on a full-size tailgate to turn a rustic, forest cabin-inspired interior into a compact but effective motorhome for on the go.
The story behind the camping trailer
Many of the large camping trailers and fifth wheels had enough accessories, but the living areas didn’t necessarily exude warmth or comfort. They felt just as cold as garages with corner kitchens and sofa beds. The Trail Marker, on the other hand, offers other advantages that are suitable for real campers. The trailer is a small, manageable caravan with interior fittings that transforms from a spacious cargo ship into a warm, cozy house. The idea comes from JP Ross, who has been applying this experience to his fly fishing company of the same name for a good two decades. Now this is also part of this special camping trailer for adventure.
After settling down with his family, Ross was looking for a way to escape into the wild with his wife, son, and Labrador. He searched the camping trailer market but couldn’t find anything with the right mix of lightweight construction and price. That’s why he named himself building his own dream last year and developed the first trail marker. This enabled him to set up his company a few months later.
Trail Marker has a heavy focus on custom models and has a range of options available to buyers. However, it also offers several comprehensive packages that are available as individual variants. These range from the simple, 454 kg basic Olympic model to the impressively configured Sequoia flagship. It was the latter that first caught our attention with features like the acacia wood interior available and the power lift queen bed.
If you look at the JP Ross range, you will find a mix of modern composite materials such as carbon or carbon fiber and classic materials such as real wood. The developer also uses his experience with epoxy resins, laminates and metallurgy to develop new materials and techniques for fishing rods.
Ross pursues the same strategy in his range of trailers by adapting coated fiberglass shells with rustic wood or laminate interiors, which look like miniaturized log cabins or ski lodges. The natural wood of the interior is additionally heated by the light from the roof window.
The light, aesthetically pleasing camping trailer has an aluminum frame, which in turn is supported by high-quality tires. The cabin of the Sequoia is suitable for maintaining the utility vehicle thanks to the fold-down bed. Lift it up and you can store bicycles, tools, camping equipment or whatever else you need to stow away.
This stroke is fully adjustable so that you can adjust the bed to any height you want. The wooden floor includes a built-in aircraft anchor rail, and Trail Marker offers an optional motorcycle wheel chock.
Innovative design with a strategy
As beautiful and cozy as the Sequoia interior is, the camping trailer does not attempt to copy the list of devices and technologies in a house. In fact, the Trail Maker doesn’t even include a standard kitchen. Instead, it offers buyers work surfaces for outdoor use of a portable camping stove or grill. Instead of a kitchen, the interior contains a wide, multifunctional aluminum counter with a rear wall made of cork, as well as base cabinets.
Compared to first-class caravans and motorhomes or for luxury fans, this all seems a bit strange, but such camping trailers are optimized for a different purpose. They’re more suitable for the dedicated outdoor enthusiast who grew up camping or hiking. These people don’t necessarily want to give up cooking, eating and living in the open air for a full-fledged, luxury motorhome. They prefer to enjoy nature on a soft mattress between four stable walls.
This means that this well-equipped model is not equipped with luxury. For example, a standard heater will keep you warm when night temperatures drop. The two fans and the rear and side door covers can also keep you cool during long distances in the heat.
The complete electrical system with solar module provides lighting and also charges the devices. A mobile toilet and pop-up shower tent are also standard, as is a shovel that could be used for the same purpose. An ax hangs next to the shovel on the wall, which adds to the rustic but chic look.
The exterior of the Sequoia is equipped with a lot of useful features as standard. Buyers choose either a fold-down ramp door that doubles as a raised platform or a lift gate that doubles as a rear awning. Each side is equipped with a light protection. Since there is neither a bathroom nor a normal sink, the Sequoia dispenses with built-in containers that are otherwise often found in camping trailers. The model replaces them with four Rotopax water canisters.
You can also optionally add an outdoor shower. The entrepreneur regards the Sequoia as a light off-roader. It weighs approximately 726 kg and prices start at $ 26,194. Rolling Star Manufacturing builds every camping trailer in the New York area. Trail Marker’s manufacturing partner has more than 20 years of experience building trailers for commercial and military applications.