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This Sleek Camping Trailer Wants to Help You Save the Planet


If spending time camping in the great outdoors is among your preferred ways to while away the weekends, odds are good you’re at least a little concerned with environmentalism. After all, it’s in everyone’s interest to make sure the natural wonders we’re enjoying today are still around to enjoy tomorrow, right?

To help push the cause of eco-friendly outdoor livin’ a little further, Canadian travel trailer and motorhome manufacturer Safari Condo has rolled out a new camping trailer that’s made to cut through the air more easily and thus ease the drag (and the drag on fuel economy) on its two vehicle: the Alto A2124.

While the Quebec-based company still hasn’t listed the Alto A2124 on its website yet, based on the information wrangled up from Motor1 and Guide VR, the newest Safari Condo seems perfect for anyone who wants to bring the comfort of home to the outside world while spewing fewer greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in the process. The wedge-shaped trailer uses 15 percent less energy while being towed than the company’s existing Alto R1713, in spite of being roughly 900 pounds heavier than the latter trailer.

Still, at 2,743 pounds, the A2124 is still juuuust about light enough to be towed by a regular Subaru Outback (if you’re willing to go 73 pounds over the car’s suggested limit) — or more than light enough to be towed by one of the new 2020 Outbacks with the turbocharged engine. More to the point, it places it well within the 5,000-pound towing capacity of a Tesla Model X — the electric vehicle Safari Condo used to test the camper out on the streets.

But the Alto A2124 doesn’t make its owners sacrifice amenities in the name of saving gas (or electrons). The snug interior still offers a kitchenette, an efficiency bathroom, an eating area, and a reading nook that converts into a bed.

The company hasn’t released US pricing yet, but in Canada, it starts at $46,950 in loonies — around $36,000 US dollars. Safari Condo does ship other existing models directly to the US from its factory, so if they do the same for this rig, you can expect to see eco-minded campers hauling it around shortly.

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Will Sabel Courtney

Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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