10 Solar Powered Campers and Eco Friendly Travel Trailers

10 Solar Powered Campers and Eco Friendly Travel Trailers

(upbeat music) – [Reacher] Long gone are
the days when advancements in solar technology meant
not having to buy batteries for your calculator ever again. Now that we have the
ability to power your house, your city, and everything in between, it only seems fitting that manufacturers of all things sea, air, and land have gotten into the solar game. I’m Reacher and today we’re bringing you 10 solar and eco-friendly campers, caravans, and camper vans. – [Narrator] Number 10. – New Zealand-based Ecombo
(lively music) started in 2014 when the owner decided he wanted something more than his truck to sleep in while on hunting trips. Each fully customizable
trailer comes standard with both sides and the
rear having large panels that raise up. One of the side panels provides access to a fully equipped kitchen that includes a stainless steel countertop with a sink, a slide-out dual-burner cooker, and a 60-liter fridge-freezer. The other two panels open
up to the interior sleeper which has room for a full size mattress, heater, and storage cabinets. The front of the trailer
has steel compartments that can be modified to the needs of the user even serving
(upbeat music) as an external bathroom and shower. – [Narrator] Number nine. – [Reacher] The LXV 4.7 Hybrid
from Mountain Trail Campers is the most compact of the
off-road models currently offered by the company. Running the length of the trailer is an electric rollout side awning. Underneath is an ergonomically
arranged slide-out kitchen that features a
triple-burner cooker, sink, pantry drawers, and a
95-liter fridge-freezer. The interior houses a
queen size bed in the front along with a centrally located dinette that can seat up to four people. Moving to the rear brings you
to a fully enclosed toilet, vanity, and wet bath while
next to that is a storage area lining the back wall. And for those of you needing
a bit of extra headroom, there’s the option of
a automated popup roof. – [Narrator] Number eight. – [Reacher] I’d love to
tell you that I know more and have more to show you for this one but it’s just new enough that I don’t. The Iridium is a fully electric motor home offered with six different floor plans. Each one comes standard
with a rear bedroom that can sleep three people,
(upbeat music) a fully enclosed bathroom with a standup shower,
a small kitchenette, and a dining area that
converts to an extra sleeper. The current estimated range on this one is about 180 miles. – [Narrator] Number seven. – [Reacher] Like the earlier
caravan from Mountain Trail, this one also has a side
awning running the length of the trailer. Underneath the awning, you’ll find a stainless steel slide-out kitchen having a four-burner
cooker, sink, prep area, and a portable fridge-freezer. The bathing facilities are also external attaching to the rear of the trailer while a portable casette
toilet stashes away in a storage compartment. The interior keeps it
short and to the point having a queen size bed in the front and a dinette with a swing
away table in the rear. – [Narrator] Number six. – [Reacher] The
spaceship-inspired Polydrop is the newest of the entries on this list. As of this video, the 2019 model is limited to only 20 units with a full production run set for 2020. The angled design lacks the
curves commonly associated with trailers of this size. The straight lines allow for
the walls to be insulated over eight inches thick in some places, making this one a good candidate
for the colder climates. Gull-wing doors on each
side open to reveal a space large enough for a queen size mattress as well as open storage areas at the foot of the sleeping area. The external rear galley doesn’t come with the standard amenities but it does have
(lively music) plenty of storage as well as a cabinet for housing the electrical components. On a side note, the brushed
aluminum shell on this one is only limited to the
initial run of 20 units. So if you’re a fan of the raw metal look, you may wanna check up on it. – [Narrator] Number five. – [Reacher] If ever the name of a company applied to a product it’s this one. The model you see here is the Woodland. It has the iconic teardrop
shape just in a tad longer form. The natural look of the wood,
both internal and external, is a not-so-subtle hint at the sustainable and recycled
materials used throughout. Also this one is 100% solar powered having a 400-watt solar
array in the base package. The interior sports a
full size bed in the front with a fold-down desk on the wall. Beside this is a separate
are that contains a composting toilet. The rear of the trailer
has a small kitchenette that includes a single-burner
induction cooktop, a sink, and a mini-fridge. Next to this is a choice of either a dinette for two
(upbeat music) or bench seating. Both of these convert
to extra sleeping areas with the ladder offering
up the convenience and awesomeness of bunk beds. And for the taller people, the
roof has a hard-sided popup that increases the standing
room to 6 1/2 feet. An external storage area can be found at the rear, accessible via a hatch running the width of the trailer. – [Narrator] Number four. – [Reacher] Canadian-based Evolve Trailers is another of the newer companies that fall into the
doing-it-right category. The bulk of this one is
as aluminum as it can be. By that, I mean the
framework, the outer shell, and some other tidbits. The interior, although a standard design has definitely upped
the game on eye candy. The look of the cabinetry and flooring is something you’d expect
(upbeat music) to see in a larger, more
expensive type of camper. It has a queen mattress that converts to bench seating along with a
ton of storage space inside. Really if space had weight,
this would be a ton of it. The exterior kitchen is no slouch either having a look just as nice as the inside while providing another ton of space. Along with the standard inclusions, the countertops are made
of your choice of marble, granite, or butcher block. Seriously, who offers that in a teardrop? – [Narrator] Number three. – [Reacher] This one
hearkens back to the days of a straightforward yet simple design and its use of an anodized aluminum shell and blind rivets.
(upbeat music) The standard box shape adds
to the look of a bygone era as it’s nowhere close to
the aerodynamic designs you see on today’s trailers. A hatch that is basically the whole of the rear of the trailer,
top to bottom and side to side, raises up to reveal a
stainless steel countertop with a sink and dual burners. Above and below are multiple storage areas along with a 40-liter slide-out fridge. The interior is the complete
opposite of the outside having the look of all things modern. The walls are covered in wool
with a teak wood countertop spanning the width along the front. The roof above the bed retracts
offering a panoramic view of the sky. And that is right up there with bunk beds on the awesome scale. – [Narrator] Number two. – [Reacher] I almost put
this one in the top spot but I didn’t have a good
amount of media to work with so it got knocked down a notch. The mission behind Route Del Sol is about promoting renewable
energy and sustainability. The guys behind it took a
decommissioned eStar cargo van and upgraded the electric drive. Then they took off on a road
trip from Alaska to Argentina because why the hell not? I’d love to show you
more of this one as well but I don’t have anything
that shows the interior of the van in any detail. But it’s the idea of it all that’s the most important part anyway so I’m not too bothered by it.
(lively music) – [Narrator] Number one. – [Reacher] The Britz
eVolve takes the final spot on our list not only because of what it is but because of how its being used. Just like the earlier Iridium, this one is also an
all-electric camper van. Each one has a sleeping
area in the rear of the van consisting of a double bed,
twin beds, or bench seating that converts to a sleeper. A small kitchenette provides a sink, a glass-covered triple-burner cooker, and an 85-liter fridge below the counter. There’s also a fully enclosed
wet bath somewhere in there. Each one has an approximate
range of 75 miles which works out well as
they aren’t for sale. The company rents them
for sightseeing tours and short vacations as an alternative to the usual car and hotel one may need. Kudos to them for the
outside-the-box thinking. Okay, everyone, it’s time to
chime in with your thoughts on how you see solar technology advancing and what areas may benefit next. Also don’t forget to let
us know what you thought about this list and anything
we may have overlooked. If you’re a fan of all things
involving campers and camping, hop on over to our playlist and check out the other videos we have. There are also some other
solar-related videos mixed into everything so be sure and give those a look as well. Before I leave, I’d like
to give another shout out to our friend Alan Heath. He’s created an extensive
library of original camper videos that are well presented and fun to watch. Feel free to check out his channel and let him know what you think. We’ll provide the link
below for those interested. I’m Reacher and as always,
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  2. I had seen many years ago and continue to wait for the evolution of the solar blinds for condos and apartments where panels and such would be not approved by either the landlord or h.o.a.

  3. I was hoping you would have included the Pro Lite V12 at under $20,000 it is affordable and 100% solar

  4. There's almost too much focus on solar. By that I mean, power storage is making HUGE strides just since the 18650 battery has become affordable. There's a channel here that uses a suitcase sized utility box and those to create 2.2 kilowatts of storage. Real storage you can take lower than 50%, like flooded lead cells. This is an exciting time to be alive in regards to that field.

  5. #3 is pretty cool,, but I'm looking forward to the "Tipoon" coming to the U.S.A. sometime later this year or 2020,,at least that's the BUZZ. 🙂

  6. Solar based tech is good but campers are needed in the wild or natural habitats but the bad road/track conditions tear apart the campers and the stuff falls inside like there's an earthquake.

  7. I think facing the galley towards the back so it can be shaded by the top opening hatch on the LUME Traveller would result in a better design especially when cooking in light rain or bright sun. This would also allow for easy access to fresh & grey water tanks as well as a creating a large outdoor shower space when equipped with a privacy curtain. A bug screen could be easily fitted to keep the critters out however it's my favorite by far. While it's very novel I think it's overpriced at $55,000.

  8. I'm surprised no one has built a gas/electric hybrid 4×4 motor home….Make it about 25ft use 4 electric drive motors with a decent ground clearance….Add 2 to 3,000 watts of solar in the form of rooftop and slide out awning solar panels…They serve 2 purposes-provide shade cooling and generating electric…A large main lithium battery bank powers the drive motors and RV's electric living devices, add the electric plug in wall charger and a gas generator for recharging the battery bank when driving.

  9. Solar E power all the way for sure, the Del Sol idea was close, in the large expandable solar array to be deployed when at the destination is on the right track. Add lithium batter packs with a BMS = battery management system.
    Plus Minds Eye Design is great with Chandni smile at the end.

  10. thanks…that's cool…No. 3 for me, but I need space for one and 7 dogs, why seven, bc they're perfect…

  11. My T-Rex V2 includes a Tesla battery pack and a camper on top of it. It’s in the paint shop right now. I pick it up tomorrow. Only range extending camping trailer in the world right now.

  12. The T rex v2 from James Klafehn should be included! or have his own category due to be a E range extender for an electric suv

  13. #4 Teardrop, Canadian based company, Lux upgrades! You will cry over this one…Happy Tears! #10 Brit e-Volve Couples bliss will be enhanced especially by the fully-enclosed Wet Bath and Kitchen amenities. Camping out Nirvana achieved! #6 Engle, Cold Climate friendly is key! Well-done Reacher!

  14. The solar powered systems are the future but storage is the problem to overcome.
    Same thing with electric vehicles; before the public accepts the concept and gives up their deceased dino-power vehicles, electric vehicles will need to get 400 miles between charges. Charges or battery swaps will need to 15 minutes, not hours! I'd love to have an E vehicle but range will sell them, not their "green factors".
    Great video!

  15. Looking forward to when 60+% efficiency solar panels and recycled Ev batteries create a "super green " camping experience 😉😉

  16. So judging by the increased amount of outdoor kitchens, why aren’t some of these campers trying to give the kitchen shelter? Do ya’ll never get rained on when you are camping? I love the solar power, but it would suck to have dinner ruined because it got rained on, so you end up with cold beanie weenies.

  17. The trailer models are worth looking at. The other models are a waste of time manufacturing.

  18. I love the idea of the IRIDIUM. It is not hard to imagine two or three kilowatts of solar being mounted on the roof of a C class RV. If we couple that to an all electric drive system and maybe about 70 KWH of batteries, add all electric cooking and AC plus a small 10KW diesel generator I think we would have the makings of the perfect RV…. no body is going to mind having an hours break or so every four hours of driving… And if people are not in a hurry they probably would not even need to run the diesel to travel 70 miles or so every few days….

  19. I like the technology very useful but the range on those RVs is limited. You would have to stop every couple of hours to recharge the battery in your RV before you go anywhere taking very long time to get anywhere

  20. Whatever–RUSH-RUSH; Beat & jump the gun!_ NO~ real relative statistics_! Bla-Ba, WHATEVER; SIMI_REVIEW, ! How much were you PAID to shovel this out? You-all,~~ Did a PARTY/Poop, to sling this out. NO real use facts/stats; to even have a Favorite.
    Take each one out 80 miles from conveyance stores or gas, or dump stations, then stay 14 days. Then write your review, ( No slithering friends & or family bootlegging in help___ so you can TEST honestly)
    [no extra vehicles either try to be honest & only use as persons buying would do.] God is not lost ~~you are, pray you–All get found soon-clock-is-ticking.

  21. The best way to know What you may buy new or used is to follow Real live full-time RV life campers. Not teeny-wanna be's__ out for a 1-2 day potty – party.

  22. There wasn't much said about the use of solar power and the campers were not impressive at all.

  23. I am very interested in anything solar, especially campers vans and pop up trailers. I think solar is great, but weight is not. There has to be more innovation in the construction of the van, use of lightweight insulation, and development of extremely high efficiency motors and transmissions. I would love to see innovative products that address these issues!

  24. Awesome from beginning to end. I certainly believe in solar and plan to have it in my future mobile home.

  25. Love the looks of #4 although my spousal unit has radically different ideas. Even so, it may be fun to rent several of these for limited travel. Great suggestions. Thanks

  26. For inspiration for more topics to cover try checking out Bob Wells YouTube channel on CheaperRVLiving. He addresses people who live out of the cars, vans, minivans, motorcycles, box trucks, RVs, etc. A sort of grassroots trend of people either forced into this way of life or people who chose it for a variety of reasons.

  27. Spent so long looking for this kind of review. Definitely the MOST helpful and informative video. Thanks so much!

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