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corsair23
01-16-2010, 06:37 PM
Nakman and Gahi's thread got me looking :hill:

In one of the links Nakman posted up it mentioned the Coleman Switchback Tent Trailer. Anyone ever heard of it? Pretty intriquing little trailer (only 850#s dry) but it appears that either Coleman bagged the idea after only a few (maybe dealer samples) were made or they are re-engineering/improving it. Nothing very definitive on the web and Coleman's site doesn't list it as available...

Not a tent trailer for heavy offroad use but for the GTR, Ouray, maybe even Moab this seems perfect.

Coleman Switchback (http://www.roamingtimes.com/rvreports/1/coleman-switchback-camping-trailer.aspx)

Price wise the thing seemed to be priced too high (~$5k) for what you got though :rolleyes:. Found a video online last night of it that I can't locate now but it looked like a cool little tent trailer...

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Hulk
01-16-2010, 06:43 PM
That's pretty cool. Are they for sale anywhere?

corsair23
01-16-2010, 10:34 PM
I found one in Maryland, one in Georgia, and one in Michigan I think. I'm guessing shipping wouldn't be cheap. I found one mention of one of then in Colorado at a camper dealership. That person stated the dealer returned the tent trailer to Coleman for "quality" concerns or something.

$5k seems a bit much IMO for what you get...Maybe if the "tent" was more along the lines of typical popup camper materials (i.e. more canvas)...My concern would be longevity of the tent and what you would do down the road to repair/replace it if this was a one year thing Coleman did.

I REALLY like the size and weight of the trailer though :) - It can't carry much weight (500lbs - 200 inside, 150 on the front, 150 up top) but thats ok IMO

DaveInDenver
01-16-2010, 11:40 PM
$5k seems a bit much IMO for what you get.
Without seeing or knowing much about them, consider that a FlipPac is about $4000 so that doesn't strike me as all that high. The material in those is a lightweight almost backpacking tent nylon. If given the choice I would do the FlipPac because the trailer in this case is probably not great. I mean an Adventure Trailer is $6000+ for a reason. But none-the-less, it's encouraging to see more Aussie-like trailers and campers coming here. They know how to travel off highway down under, if my magazines don't lie.

nakman
01-17-2010, 10:07 AM
I love it- three camper threads right on top.

That reminds me a little bit of those jumping jack trailers, but a little less "hunter camp." Not sure it's worth it though, you get all the same inconveniences of pulling a popup, without the amenities once you get there.

edit: http://www.jumpingjacktrailers.com/

RockRunner
01-17-2010, 12:05 PM
I like it but like you said $5K is a lot. You could make your on trailer with two RTT's on it and be under budget with a sronger trailer to carry more weight. And if you have enough ash left over you can add a sink or???? to make it more like a pop up camper.

Old40Dog
01-18-2010, 12:13 AM
I like it but like you said $5K is a lot. You could make your on trailer with two RTT's on it and be under budget with a sronger trailer to carry more weight. And if you have enough ash left over you can add a sink or???? to make it more like a pop up camper.

Or you could camp at BFE in $139 8 person tent From Costo offering ample room with the use of a Camp Kitchen from Cabela's for $99 along with a $15 Coleman Hot camp shower making an additional $4747 available for 4X4 parts and accessories! :lmao:

Ain't it great to dream and live in America. :thumb:

Do it out of the trunk of a '72 Corolla or in a 40' American Eagle Coach...it's really all the same...

Don't fret guys! It's all in fun! What a great life we have! To see the sights we get to see......and the freedom to do it when and with whom we choose! :beer: Don't ever forget that's what its all about! :)

corsair23
01-18-2010, 12:02 PM
In case any of you had high hopes for the Coleman Switchback I got this answer back:


Thank you for inquiring.

I'm sorry to say, FTCA - Coleman Camping Trailers has elected not to produce the Switchback model. The reason pertains to copyright and patent details.

Regards
Customer Service
FTCA - Coleman Trailers, Inc.


If you just HAVE to have one, you could snatch up the one on ebay right now, or the one in in GA or the one in MI :hill:

corsair23
01-18-2010, 01:36 PM
If you just HAVE to have one, you could snatch up the one on ebay right now

Ebay Camper Auction (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230423024123&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME%3AB%3AWNA%3AUS%3A1123)

Just 4 hours left to go...Still under $3K right now although according to their shipping estimate of $2/mile it will cost a few grand to ship the thing out here :eek:

Hulk
01-18-2010, 03:10 PM
Ebay Camper Auction (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230423024123&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME%3AB%3AWNA%3AUS%3A1123)

Just 4 hours left to go...Still under $3K right now although according to their shipping estimate of $2/mile it will cost a few grand to ship the thing out here :eek:

They say local pickup only.

This thing is cool. I'm actually tempted (not that I have the funds at the moment).

Tch2fly
01-18-2010, 04:08 PM
I like the Coleman but at that price it would be hard to sell IMO. I looked at the Jumping Jack but it is way to basic and it was the same priice as the brand new Fleetwood Cobalt I ended up getting. (1200 lbs loaded and has a stove, furnace, sink etc etc)
If you want an ultra-light trailer get a
Evergreen Offroad Campers (http://www.evergreenoffroadcampers.com/) and put some taller tires on it. I saw them at the Sportsman's Expo, would be great behind a Quad.

A link to another pic with the add-on room option (http://blog.rvtraderonline.com/2009/08/paiute-from-evergreen-off-road-campers.html)

corsair23
01-18-2010, 06:15 PM
This thing is cool. I'm actually tempted (not that I have the funds at the moment).

If it had been within a realistic distance to pick it up I might have bid on it (not that I have the funds either :hill:)...Seems about perfect for a family of 4

Although Tom may be on to something...Take two RTTs, have someone connect them professionally, mount them on a more offroad capable trailer and you would probably have a better setup. What appealed to me about this one aside from its light weight was that you actually had an area to get dressed, set up a small table, stand up in, and the bed on either side. You don't get that with a RTT mounted on a trailer.

We love our popup for long stays somewhere with electricity and water. But for more primitive camping (GTR, Area BFE) or trips over the mountain passes (Ouray) something lighter and more basic would be perfect :thumb:

Red_Chili
01-18-2010, 07:00 PM
Good grief, I paid only a skoash more than that for my Starcraft 10 R/T.

Hell for stout, vs. a tent on a light trailer.

No way.