Meet the Kleox Shelter—a 500-Pound Towable with an Affordable Price Tag
The Minimalist Travel Trailer Costs Less Than $6000
A German company called Kleox is on a mission to make RVing as accessible and affordable as possible. The manufacturing start-up has introduced a minimalist teardrop trailer that is so light that it can be towed behind just about any vehicle. Better still, the camper is very affordable—provided you don’t expect too many amenities.
With its no-frills design, the Kleox Shelter was built to be more of a tent replacement rather than a direct competitor for a traditional travel trailer. However, the towable’s fiberglass shell gives it a leg up on a tent, effectively keeping wind and rain at bay. The Shelter’s elevated floor also keeps campers off the ground, providing a more comfortable place to sleep.
The floor of the Shelter measures 82 inches by 49 inches, which is enough to comfortably sleep two. The walls of the camper are lined with a soft felt-like fabric that helps to keep the interior warmer and quieter, while a rear hatch provides access to the cabin. The liftgate can be left open for improved ventilation, with a zippered tent flap maintaining privacy. Two side windows further assist with airflow while simultaneously allowing natural light to illuminate the space.
Beyond that, the Shelter doesn’t have much in the way of features. The camper doesn’t come with a kitchenette, solar panels, battery packs, or any other amenities that are so common in the RV industry. In fact, it doesn’t even ship with a mattress, leaving it up to the owner to supply their own.
This bare-bones approach delivers two very important benefits, however. First, because the Shelter is made of lightweight fiberglass and isn’t weighted down with a lot of components, it tips the scales at a mere 463 pounds. This allows it to be towed behind a small car, something that isn’t possible with larger travel trailers. Its light weight should also be electric vehicle-friendly, having a minimal impact on range.
Because the Shelter doesn’t come with a lot of features, it also doesn’t have an exorbitant price tag. Kleox sells the towable for just $5650, which is considerably more than a tent but substantially less than most other RVs. This minimalist—bring your own amenities—approach is sure to appeal to buyers who prefer to camp on the cheap and using gear of their own choosing.
Unfortunately, Kleox currently only sells the Shelter in Germany and doesn’t have any plans to bring it to the US. Hopefully some other industrious manufacturer will take a look at the concept and bring a similar option to market.
Find out more about the Shelter on the Kloex website, with translation courtesy of Google.