TURTLE - British version of the Turkish caravan
Teardrop-shaped caravans are not a modern invention. Such vehicles were popular in the United States in the 1950s. Usually, these were constructions created by avid DIY enthusiasts. Today, however, such a trailer can simply be bought .
We have written about Teardrop Trailers on several occasions. We mentioned them both when we wrote about the bold ideas of amateur constructors and when describing T @ B vehicles. But there are many more companies whose success is based on small, rounded trailers. Today we will present another of them.
The fashion for new retro-style trailers has reached, among others to Great Britain. A distributor who simply referred to the website as "Teardrop Trailers" would like to see all teardrop trailers identified with his products. It is worth noting, however, that the models sold by the company are not British products at all. They are actually differently named vehicles of the Turkish company Basoglu , which sells identical vehicles under the Caretta brand.
The cheapest version of alloy wheels
The cheapest model - the Cargo Turtle - costs £ 4,295 in the UK. The distributor recommends it as a mini garage for bicycles, as well as a trailer worth taking, for example, to the beach by a windsurfer. The construction of the trailer is based on an insulated, galvanized frame, and the suspension uses components of the well-known Al-Ko brand. Light alloy rims are also eye-catching.
The trailer is 3.4 m long , and 2.40 m without the drawbar. The overall width is 1.70 m (including 1.20 m in the interior). The total height is 1.75 m. Turtle weighs 293 kg . Inside you will find very modest equipment, limited only to a cabinet and a mattress. The tilting sunroof is certainly the highlight of this small teardrop.
Comfort in the mini version
Accommodation in more comfortable conditions is possible thanks to Turtle 1200 . For the price of £ 5,995 we get - according to the distributor - excellent value for money. In the kitchen part, accessed from the outside, there is a set of lockable cabinets, a mini-worktop, a fridge and a single-burner electric cooker.
Inside there is also an electronic control panel, among others lighting and audio equipment. There is even a chemical toilet in a separate compartment.
The length of the trailer is 3.94 m (2.91 m without the drawbar). Width and height - similar to the smaller model. Libra? From 290 to 440 kg.
The symbol of luxury on this list is the Turtle 1500 , which starts at £ 6,495 . The distributor encourages you to go on a ... family trip with this trailer. As we read on the website, "the spacious interior offers a bed with a length of 1500 mm , ideal for those who expect luxury or additional space for families with small children".
In the Turtle 1500, in addition to the equipment from the above-mentioned models, we also find a washbasin with a tap (which can also function as a shower) connected to a 60-liter canister with water. The trailer can also be equipped with an indicator showing the water level in the tank.
This trailer is 3.94 m (2.91 m) long and 2 m wide (1.5 m in the center). The mass in running order may be from 445 to 615 kg.
A dedicated awning with a vestibule can be attached to each caravan, thanks to which the amount of living space, e.g. during a stay on a camping site, can be significantly increased.
For a spontaneous trip
Why are these little trailers worth being interested in? It is a fact that they are not the largest or the most functional at all. However, they allow you to easily fulfill the dream of your own independence and comfort.
Such a trailer is not heavy, nor will it take up too much space in the garage. It is easy to connect to the car and go on a trip spontaneously. And the accommodation? We have already provided accommodation with no additional payments.
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