Forget bike-packing, the Wide Path is a bike-ready RV!
A new-to-market folding camper is designed to be pulled behind a bicycle.
The Wide Path is super light in terms of campers, tipping the scales at just 100 pounds. Unfortunately, that is crazy heavy in terms of bicycling. Add in the fact that it can haul 300 pounds of gear, and you can plan on growing some tree-trunk legs pedaling this bad boy up any slope.
We saw the Wide Path in a brief post on Outside Online and just had to learn more.
Wide Path claims the camper can be set up in just three minutes, the camper’s shell folding open to double the interior space from 39″ x 51″ for towing to 39″ x 102″ for camping.
The inside of the camper has a sitting area with a table that can seat four. It can be turned into a bed for two people (well, the company says “2.5 people” — we assume that means one is a child?).
Don’t feel like lugging a 100-pound trailer around the country? The company also pitches it as a trailer for backyard use.
“Wide Path Campers are not only mini RVs, but a mobile house-party easily deployed in urban, suburban, and natural spaces. Wide Path Campers are durable, collapsible, lightweight, and surprisingly spacious.”
Unfortunately, this model is not compatible with motorcycle use, although the company mentioned in a Facebook comment that they are working to develop a model for moto use.
The camper starts at about $4,000 and goes up in price with the addition of upgrades like the kitchen package ($280) or solar panels ($1,200).
It was designed in Denmark, a fairly flat, very bicycle-friendly country. It seems feasible for use in flat places and slow country roads. Amazingly, the camper has been in use in mountainous Utah over the past two weeks for a film shoot. The company shared this photo on Facebook from the Tibble Fork Reservoir.
The bike-camper is an interesting concept, and it would probably work well with an electric-assist bike or for those who can handle lugging serious weight. But even though someone is currently schleping one around Utah, we’re guessing you won’t see a lot of these in the Rocky Mountains any time soon.