Exterior shot of the Cricket Trailer. (Photo by David Bates)

The Cricket Trailer at work, looking space-age and efficient while inventor Garrett Finney plays the Ukulele. (Photo by David Bates)

I’d been chattering for a week about spending the summer in a trailer dropped on the smallest patch of grass  and wildflower somewhere Upstate when I came across the Cricket Trailer over at Men and Women of Industry. (If you’re not fantasizing about camping now, you will be once you’ve seen their childhood snaps.) The lightweight, angular trailers were designed by Garrett Finney, an architect who came to camper design by way of NASA, where he worked on the International Space Station’s “Habitation Module” (astronaut-speak for “home”).

The interior of a Cricket Trailer. (Photo by David Bates)

Inside the Cricket Trailer. (Photo by David Bates)

Clearly, Space is full of space, but you’re not going all the way out there to hang out in your rec room. The Cricket Trailer is built on a similar concept. Finney believes that small spaces make “the ritual of daily life feel more connected to the outdoors.” In 1999, the sheen of outer space had worn off, and he turned to making another exploring machine, but one meant for lands already charted, that anyone could hope to get to within their lifetimes with little more than a car, a pack of hot dogs and a jar of peanut butter.

A sample fold-out bed inside the Cricket Trailer. (Photo by David Bates)

Room enough for two. A sample fold-out bed in the Cricket Trailer, with swivel nightstand. (Photo by David Bates)

The Cricket is also environmentally friendly, but more for what it doesn’t have than what it does. Finney didn’t pour years of expensive/intensive research and development into lightweight plastic and futuristic ceramics. It is made mostly of aluminum, wood and steel, which can be recycled. Every angle and corner is used, and the size sits exactly at the point where you don’t need a giant beauty-of-the-outdoors-negating SUV with enormous pulling power, but once it’s hitched, there’s no complicated propping up or assembly required to make it usable. It is small enough to tow by most cars, but you can still walk  straight into it to dry off after a quick jump in a roadside swimming hole.

Floor plan for the Cricket Trailer and different bed and amenities options.

Floor plans and sample build-outs. Kit out your Cricket the way you want.

Exterior shot of the Cricket Trailer by a lake

The Cricket Trailer perched placidly by a lake.

All photos were taken by David Bates and came via Cricket Trailer.

– From the Lean-To: Documerica. Outside.
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  1. Mitchell
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

    This is the first RV I've ever wanted to stay in.

  2. Atiya
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM | Permalink

    I am not the camping type but this design makes me want to find a piece of wilderness.

  3. tati
    Posted July 2, 2011 at 8:35 AM | Permalink

    i want one.

  4. Ron
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM | Permalink

    Where can I see (dealership) in California for this amazing camping trailer? Do you know what the price is or where I can find the price. Thanks Ron

  5. Posted January 30, 2012 at 4:07 AM | Permalink

    hi Ron, looks like the Cricket Trailer website it down for the time being… if I remember correctly it was around $10,000 with some range since it's custom-built. Maybe the site will be up and running soon, perhaps contact him by Twitter?

  6. Kel
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

    It appears the cricket website is still down, as of 2/19/12.

    Anyone know anything about prices?

  7. Archie Downer
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 4:34 AM | Permalink

    Really it awesome. I am so glad to see a nice trailer. Thanks for sharing it.

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