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Snowman9000 11-29-2016 09:44 AM

New aero travel trailer
 
Apologies if this has already been posted.

Super high dollar limited production aero travel trailer. It looks just like one made several decades ago.

Bowlus Road Chief ​805-278-9800​ - Home - Bowlus Road Chief

http://www.bowlusroadchief.com/uploa...-edit_orig.jpg

freebeard 11-29-2016 01:55 PM

http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ain-34533.html

This is most recent. There have been other mentions. The Bowlus was partially the inspiration for my teardrop trailer design, along with 'faster backwards':

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-fr...17-trdrp1a.jpg

It would have four 10" wheels and the door in the back, and is actually a low resolution fit to The Template.

slowmover 11-29-2016 05:59 PM

Worth noting on the Bowlus is that all weighty items are on, or ahead, of the trailer axle in order to keep the trailer tongue weight percentage on par.

And that full monococque is a step up from an Airstream in terms of sophistication.

It also has the torsion axle that should be on Bigfoot, Oliver and Casita trailers.

Hersbird 11-29-2016 09:36 PM

And it costs $137,000 for the basic and $219,000 as pictured.
Even if I had $100,000,000 I still wouldn't spend that much on a camper no matter how beautiful it was. Which it is. I would just compare what $200,000 buys in say a new sailboat. Or spend $80k on a really nice Airstream and then maybe feed and orphanage for a year. I would basically feel embarrassed to pull into the KOA with people knowing it cost over $200k but I suppose it would be right at home next to this "tent" at Paws Up Resort down the road from me.
Honeymoon 'Glamping' at The Resort at Paws Up | Junebug Weddings

freebeard 11-30-2016 03:12 AM

$80K into the Airstream and the rest into a matched pair of ski boats and an aluminum girder bridge with perf metal wheel tracks to make a roll-on roll-off catamaran with the hitch between the transoms and catwalks over each ski-boat hull centerline.

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I would basically feel embarrassed to pull into the KOA with people knowing it cost over $200k but I suppose...
Look at the picture the OP posted. Look at the reflections between the end caps and below the windows. Not up to Street Rod standards. The front cap looks better. For the same money the interior could use the hexagonal stamping as in Elon Musk's Dragon 2 capsule

There must be a market for counterfeit "Bolus' trailers. :)

slowmover 12-01-2016 01:54 AM

$140k buys a new Airstream 31' with plenty of options. But it doesn't buy the fit and finish of the topic trailer.

FWIW, if a person can't afford to buy a second average price American house, then these RVs are out of reach. But unlike conventional RVs that fall apart by or before 15-years, these trailers have an indefinite lifespan.

Small size means limited appeal. Same for a Porsche coupe.

slowmover 12-01-2016 01:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Hersbird (Post 528105)
And it costs $137,000 for the basic and $219,000 as pictured.
Even if I had $100,000,000 I still wouldn't spend that much on a camper no matter how beautiful it was. Which it is. I would just compare what $200,000 buys in say a new sailboat. Or spend $80k on a really nice Airstream and then maybe feed and orphanage for a year. I would basically feel embarrassed to pull into the KOA with people knowing it cost over $200k but I suppose it would be right at home next to this "tent" at Paws Up Resort down the road from me.
Honeymoon 'Glamping' at The Resort at Paws Up | Junebug Weddings

Guess you'd commit suicide pulling up in a $2.5-million dollar Newell. Pulling a $335,000 Bentley convertible coupe in a custom air conditioned trailer itself worth over $250k. (Its relative).

Were my rig brand new and completely optioned with some upgrades I'd be past $225,000. That ain't much in the way of Class A motorhomes out there by the dozens any day.

Hersbird 12-01-2016 03:12 PM

There is waaaay more in a modern diesel pusher class A then this little 18' single axle trailer. There is waaaay more in a Bentley but even in that case I think there are many other car's just as good for less then 1/2 the price.

freebeard 12-01-2016 03:28 PM

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...this little 18' single axle trailer.
Let the record show this is a 35ft single axle trailer.

Bucky Fuller always contended you should be able to build a house for the price of a car, and demonstrated that with his Dymaxion houses. A house-car would logically be more expensive. Also, not as good a house (a hot-dog instead of a hemisphere) and not as good a car (high CG and CdA).

Stuffing a Tesla battery pack under an Airstream would likely improve it's roadability.

Hersbird 12-01-2016 04:07 PM

35' really? They don't count the tounge you know. Still it doesn't even look 30' counting the tounge unless those are 36" tall tires.


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