The retro teardrop trailers have been all the rage, lately, but the Freelance, but True North Trailers, puts a new spin on the concept by focusing on interior room and cargo rack capability to haul all of your bicycles, or other toys. The Freelance is priced at $8,000 to $11,000, which is in line with many pop-up tent trailers.
Unlike a traditional pop-up tent trailer, however, the hard-sided Freelance lacks the two large beds, that make pop-ups so attractive for families. The Freelance has a single bed that is 77-inches long and 48-inches wide. For reference, a standard queen mattress is 80-inches long and 60-inches wide. Still, there’s plenty of room on the floor and, if you have teenagers, they’re probably happier outside in a tent, anyway.
In the back of the Freelance is a small kitchen area, with a three-burner stove and a sink that is connected to a 10-gallon fresh water tank. The kitchen area being outside leaves more room for bikes and cargo inside. The Freelance has a large entrance/cargo door on each side to help with loading and unloading, and there are tie-down hooks in the floor.
The Freelance is definitely more of a toy hauler than a traditional camping trailer, though. There is no heater, hot water heater, or refrigerator. There is a lot of room for cargo, though, and that could be an attractive feature for a family into biking or paddling.
The Freelance also accepts a whole host of Thule® cargo carriers and racks, which really add to its cargo carrying capability. A completely loaded Freelance weighs just 2,475 pounds, so many cars, SUVs and minivans can tow it.
The Freelance is an interesting concept that, while certainly targeted at young singles and couples, could also serve the needs of active families on the go. It does not have all of the bells-and-whistles of a traditional camping trailer, but that simplicity is part of the attraction.
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why do you not put a big door on the side so a motorcycle or four wheeler could be loaded. this is a perfect trailer for me except i have a four wheeler and there is not place to put it. plenty of room inside but no way to get in
I LOVE my True North OSV (cdn price range $14-21,000)!
I live a rugged outdoorsy lifestyle (snow shoeing, sea kayaking, hiking, climbing, fishing) and definitely prefer to go off the beaten path. This trailer allows me to take off at the last minute any time of year with all my toys and escape. I did opt for a second battery, so have never plugged it in. The best part is that my Jeep TJ can pull it – and off road too.
With the 10×10 ‘spare room’ it functions as the ideal base camp for the extreme outdoors. They come with a portable heater, on board water tank, stove, and loads of nifty Thule attachments and two tables. I have devised a simple awning for the flying kitchen.
It cuts quite the profile especially with the jeep and kayaks. People actually follow me to ask about it. Any time I have been set up in public spaces (perfect for the festival circuit), it has been the centre of attention -friends tell me I should sell tickets for all the tours I give!
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I just saw an ad for the True North Freelance OSV and was immediately intrigued. My family and I live in Colorado and are avid whitewater rafting fans, and also overnight hike/camp in CO. I did some web research for similar class vehicles and found none that had the simplicity, usability for the price. Airstream offers a “Basecamp” for more than double the price of the Freelance, and Adventure Trailers offers a teardrop model, that appears half the size for the same amount. Despite the lack of bells and whistles, I believe the OSV to be just as described, a support vehicle for the outdoors, not an RV.
Right, and as proven by your search, I believe that there is a market out there for this type of vehicle; something that hauls all of our “stuff” and provides an inside bed at night.
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in-a-tent – right, more open space for bicycles and such and just a fold-up bed. I don't know about the UK, but here in the states there is probably an advantage for the builder, from a regulatory standpoint, in that no gas lines run into the living space.
VE – I'm going to tell your inlaws about this… 🙂
That's not a bad compromise…let the inlaws "sleep in" and then it comes unhitched somehow on that steep hill…
Interesting idea, so it's like a big trailer you can sleep in? We don't have this kind of thing in the UK.
Makes me wonder if we could make use of our trailer after we arrive by perhaps putting the stove on the back.