If there’s one thing that’s frustrating about shopping for a new camper, it’s the price. While innovations and tech improvements might shock and awe, they also come at a hefty cost—many of today’s campers can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.
Fortunately, budget-savvy companies have taken note, and some are making RVs much more affordable. In the past we’ve covered the best lightweight camper trailers, highlighted affordable camper vans, and explored how one couple built their dream RV for just $18,000.
Today’s focus is the Cargo Camp, a Texas-based company that’s building small, basic campers that get people outdoors on a budget. The aluminum clad trailers are simple in their design—essentially a box with customizable options depending on the needs of each owner.
Cargo Camp insulates both the trailer walls and the ceiling, then installs all of the electrical wiring, vents, and windows. Birch veneer plywood cabinetry with stainless steel hinges provides room for storage, while cushions top the bench seats that convert into a two-person bed.
The kitchen area—which is really just a place for your cooler, grill, and cooking supplies—is accessed from the rear. This is similar to many teardrop styles, but the boxy shape of the cargo trailer provides more room than many teardrops. There’s no bathroom in the trailer, but that’s likely not a problem for the Cargo Camp’s target customers; this type of camping is all about simple comforts, not luxuries, that make adventuring a bit easier.
There are two sizes available, a five foot by eight foot model and a five foot by ten foot model. Standard features include interior outlets with USB ports, LED interior and exterior lighting, two windows with bug screens, under bed storage, and a convertible dinette. Depending on customer needs, you can also add a solar package, awning, a refrigerator or cooler, a generator, a roof vent, and an air conditioning unit—all at an additional cost.
The smaller model starts at $6,750 (with a dry weight of 1,200 pounds) while the larger unit is priced at $7,000 (dry weight is 1,400 pounds). A five foot by ten foot Cargo Camp with all of the bells and whistles tops out at $14,000, making the Cargo Camp a well-priced option for anyone looking for a clean, simple, and affordable trailer.
Interested? Cargo Camp is offering Curbed readers a $250 discount off a limited stock of their Cargo Camp trailers with the exclusive offer code CURBED. The offer code will expire in 30 days or until 10 orders using the code have been made. To redeem, head over here and enter the code in the promotion box.
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