Small campers have been in the spotlight the past few years, with manufacturers trying to fit as many bells and whistles into increasingly tiny trailers. But a recently launched company called Hitch Hotel aims to simplify all that and give you just the basics: a box that fits on your hitch. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.
Hitch Hotel debuted on Kickstarter last week as a cheap alternative to many of the pricey campers on the market. Originally designed as a cargo box to hold mountain bikes, the 240-pound watertight fiberglass box attaches to your hitch—class two or higher—and provides about 60 cubic feet of storage while driving. That means you can take three full-size bikes, or whatever snowboards or camping gear you want.
Once you get to camp, the box uses telescoping technology to reveal a sleeping cabin that Hitch Hotel says can sleep two or three adults. It looks like three adults would be a squeeze, but the interior length of 88 inches by 58 inches does make the sleeping space a bit larger than a queen size mattress. No mattress is included in the Hitch Hotel, so you’ll have to provide your own and find a place to store it while driving.
This is a camper at its most stripped down, with nary a kitchen or bathroom in sight. The box does, however, sport two interior vented windows and a roof fan to help it feel less like a small shipping container. Other features include a lockable door, a USB port, a 12V light, and taillights for towing. Set up takes just minutes and the Hitch Hotel also uses a built-in slide that helps you pull the box away from your vehicle so that you can access the trunk.
Hitch Hotel will retail for $4,499 but is currently selling on Kickstarter at the substantial discount of $2,998 and no cost of shipping. Head over here for more.