Utilitoy utility camping trailer

Are your RV fantasies undermined by your small car reality? Same here. One possible solution: the Utilitoy, a simple, lightweight camping trailer that can be pulled by most 4-cylinder cars.

The base model of the trailer weighs 962 pounds and has a tongue weight of 80 pounds (the weight that pushed down on the hitch). It costs $7,450.

Scott Williams, the owner of the Utilitoy company, said the trailer was designed as a gear hauler that converts into a sleeping platform that can include comforts such as air conditioning. By constructing the trailer out of composite and an aluminum frame instead of the plywood and steel typically used in teardrop trailers, Williams made the trailer room while keeping it light. The interior can be hosed out after use for easy cleaning.

Williams said he began designing the trailer in 2003 for his family and decided to start selling them after he couldn’t find a similar trailer on the market. He said he first thought motor sports enthusiasts would be the most likely customers, but has discovered that mountain bikers, climbers and paddlers dig the utilitarian ethos of the trailer.

“We have seen that this group is more accepting of an unconventional design that demonstrates a high level of smart technology,” he said. “This group subscribes to the philosophy that less is more, loves the multipurpose aspect of the toy, which provides a solution to hauling there toys and gear with the car they already own. And most of all, they understand that the goal in traveling to the outdoors is about doing just that… being in the outdoors, not in your camper.”

Here’s Williams talking about the trailer:

The Utilitoy is positioned to compete with the SylvanSport Go ($7,495), another lightweight car trailer that combines the concepts of mobile toy box and sleeping shelter. The major difference is that the Utilitoy offers a rigid outer shell while the Go, which weighs 800 pounds, features a gear cage and popup tent design.

SylvanSport GO adventure RV

SylvanSport GO

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Chris Emery is a mutt. Half woodsman, half geek. He spends as much time outdoors as possible. On rainy days, he writes and publishes STRAY.

5 Responses

  1. Kris Wilcox

    Hi, It would be very cool if you made a version that bolted on to the trailer like a truck camper does. Then you could remove the upper pod part and have a flat bed trailer for hauling utility items when not camping. Just a suggestion, if you make one, pls let me know. I would buy it!

  2. Irene Schaefer

    I really like this trailer for so many different reasons! Versatility, perfect size, I don’t have to trade in my Toyota Highlander!
    Please send info: price, options, availability…etc.
    Hope to hear from you soon!



  3. don gabbert

    Utilitoy travel trailer looks great. am interested in more info and pricing when you are ready to sell. I am interested in travel uses with my wife. We are in our 70s and like what appears to be easy handling and easy access for someone our ages.

  4. steve weiss

    Do you only make one size or can you make a bigger version? I’m looking for a lite weight toy hauler for my Harley.I would like a bath room or potty,stove,frig,sink with water tanks.How ever you could help me,I would be thankfull.I drive a 2011 Ford Edge,towing capacity 3500#.But I would like to tow around 2000 to 2500#.I like that it fits in a garage.


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