The classic popup trailer has been given a total makeover. The TAXA Outdoors company recently introduced the latest member of their insect-inspired camping trailers and it contains all you need for comfortable, lightweight adventure travel.
The 19-foot Mantis Camper is the newest member of the TAXA Outdoors family.
Mantis is a 19 foot long trailer that can sleep four adults and still be towed by a lighter vehicle. Weighing in at just under 3,000 lb., Mantis was designed to be totally off-grid. The streamlined design has a roof design that pops up to create nearly seven feet of headroom for more comfortable camping.
With its popup roof, the Mantis has nearly 7 feet of headroom.
The trailer is powered with two deep cycle batteries that run the 12 volt refrigerator, lights and ports. The trailer also has a 110 volt converter for shore power. Propane can be plumbed into the enhanced Trek addition for the two-burner stove, and a Truma Combi water heater and furnace. The enhanced camper also has a 20 gallon fresh water tank, a 22 gallon gray water tank, and a wet bath with a cassette toilet.
The Mantis can sleep four people in the queen bed/dinette…
…and the forward bunks.
The Mantis even has a small wet bath with cassette toilet.
Other details for outdoor living include USB charging ports, a mesh screen door to keep out the real bugs, storage under the queen bed, and LED lighting inside and outside. The Mantis also has two twin beds at the front of the camper and a roof rack for bikes, kayaks and other sports gear. The starting cost of the Mantis Camp without the add-on amenities is $32,500.
The Mantis weighs under 3,000 lb. and can be towed by smaller SUVs and trucks.
TAXA Outdoors was founded by former NASA designer, Garret Finney. His trailer designs do seem to resemble a blend of spaceship parts and the interlocking pieces of a large beetle. The other trailers in the TAXA Outdoors family include the compact Cricket Camper, the versatile TigerMoth Camper and the rugged Wooly Bear Trailer.
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