A Look at the Cricket Trailer

Last month I was invited by Rusty Eckstein of Mount Comfort RV to take a look at the Cricket Trailer at their lot in Greenfield, Indiana. When I asked him just who the demographic was for this “thing”, without hesitation he just pointed to this graphic on the back end of the  2015 Cricket Sport we were inspecting. DSC_0323 With that in mind, I was able to get a better understanding of just what kind of trailer I was looking at and who the target audience is for it.   DSC_0340 Simply put, the Cricket Trailer is a base camp. It’s a 1500 lbs trailer that anyone you’d find in that first picture above would find useful, from mountain climbers, kayakers, hikers….anyone who’s lifestyle revolves around outdoor adventure. The 14.5″ ground clearance on the Sport model with rugged tires, Thule roof racks, optional diamond plate front storage box, and front stone guards standard on the Sport add to the adventure one can have with a Cricket.


Obviously the unique shape of a Cricket will be the first thing you notice. However, the more you look at one up close, it’s the construction that really makes the Cricket shine. There’s aluminum in these things. I mean A LOT of aluminum that’s thicker than I’ve ever seen in anything. Whether it’s the wheel wells or the rear hatch supports, the thickness of the aluminum is what left an impression on me. DSC_0329



The skin of the Cricket is just as solid, with the doors, sides, and roof built of a composite aluminum material and insulated at an R-6 value. When I was talking to Rusty inside this Sport model that late Saturday morning, the temps outside were quickly approaching 80 degrees with typical Indiana humidity. With the top popped open as you see it below, the ventilation design of the dual pane windows and hatch made it quite comfortable given the conditions…actually noticeably comfortable to the point of commenting on it at the time. DSC_0344



While the cage that surrounds the Cricket is stout, the floor it sits on isn’t lacking either. The robust 1″…ONE INCH…plywood, fully encapsulated floor has a Rhino lining undercoating with an aviation grade coin mat flooring above. To give you an idea how this floor compares, most manufacturers brag about their 5/8″ floor as a selling point. Rusty’s been in the RV industry for well over 10 years and told me, “I don’t know of anyone else in the industry using anywhere near that thickness of flooring”.



As for what’s on the inside of the Cricket, this is where designer Garrett Finney’s expertise as a NASA engineer shows. Garrett designed the Cricket after working for NASA as a senior architect at the Habitability Design Center in Houston, Texas. Simply put, Garrett was responsible for designing the habitability module for the International Space Station. With that kind of pedigree, you should have no doubt how well the Cricket was thought out. DSC_0334


First off, some key specs of the interior. The interior width is 6’3″, interior length is 11’6″, and with the top up the interior height is an impressive 6’4″ max. The storage underneath the bed, which fully engaged is equivalent to a queen, is 12 cubic feet. Underneath the bed is also where the battery is housed, as the Cricket is completely run on a 12 volt system, which includes the LED lighting, water pump, water heater,  and ample 12 volt outlets throughout the unit. You can also hook up your Cricket to a 110 power source to charge the battery. Cricket offers an optional 2nd battery or you can also choose an optional solar panel for additional power longevity. DSC_0342


The front counter area has enough area for the optional Primus stove and flush mounted sink, which is operated with a 12 volt pump. There are several cubby holes for storage and an area on the lower right to house the optional portable toilet. All told, the front storage area is just under 9 cubic feet. The front of the counter is also the location for the control panel where you’ll find switches for lights, the water pump, and water heater, as well as a 12 volt outlet. DSC_0321


The Cricket also comes with an optional kid’s berth that suspends over the bed. You can option in one or two of them, with each having a weight capacity of 135 lbs. When not in use, they can be raised and bungeed in place until needed.


Then there are some of the little things that make you think “Oh, yeah!” when you see them that you typically wouldn’t have thought of when thinking about trailer design. First and foremost for the Cricket is the signature bottle opener. Bottle opener? Anyone know of an integrated exterior bottle opener on a trailer? It’s one of those little unique features that you’d probably find would come in handy after a long day of mountain climbing or hiking when you need a little carbohydrate replenishment.


Other small but useful features are the multitude of holes drilled in the roof’s rib structure where you can go crazy with the use of bungee cords for hanging items for use as additional storage, a built in bubble level on the tongue, exterior shower attachment in the front, and steps on the rear side for easy access to your roof top.

As far as the basic specs, the Cricket checks in with an exterior length of 15′ and exterior width of 6’7″. With the roof down, the exterior height is just 6’9″, making it easy to store in just about any garage. The base unloaded vehicle weight is 1460 lbs and has a gross vehicle weight rating of 2500 lbs. The fresh water capacity and gray water capacity are 12 gallons each. The V-berth bed length of 75″ and width of 57″ make it right at a nice queen size as mentioned earlier. 3601E48F-FC07-4199-83EE-14C1054BBC6A

One of the things that impressed me is how Garrett Finney has put so much thought into the Cricket that I really wish more manufacturers would as well. He says, “It’s as narrow as a car, so for all you first time trailer towers, we were thinking of you when we laid it out”. Honestly when I see some layouts of trailers, I wonder what the designers were thinking…and not in a good way.

The Cricket comes in the standard model and the previously mentioned Sport model. Base MSRP for the standard model is $21,700 and the Sport model MSRP is $24,290, at the time of this post. The standard Cricket comes in blue or green and the Sport Cricket comes in silver. DSC_0349                                                                                                 Standard Cricket model


Cricket Sport model

For an extended look at the Cricket, our friends at Mount Comfort RV have put together some fine walk through videos with Steve Belickis. Steve does a great job going through everything (and more) that I’ve tried to put together here in words and photos. Give them a watch and better yet, go check out one for yourself. For more info on the Cricket Trailer, visit their website where you can learn much more at http://crickettrailer.com.


Exterior walk around:

Interior walk around:

Set-up procedures:

The Cricket offers so much as a base camp for those of you who are adventurers of the great outdoors. It’s versatile, easy to tow, lightweight, rugged,  and constructed from multiple sustainable materials. It would make one heck of a bug-out trailer, which is a segment of the RV industry that’s slowly getting some legs. Garrett Finney was once quoted as saying of his time at NASA, “They think design is about survival, and we come along and say we want to survive well.” That thought process was at the forefront when designing the Cricket. And from the looks of things, Cricket Trailer is going to survive just fine as well.


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25 Responses to A Look at the Cricket Trailer

  1. R. Sherman

    It’s an interesting design. I’d be hesitant though about cooking inside underneath the tent portion of the camper. Other than that concern, it certainly appears to be robust.

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  3. jay

    Your review about a trailer I just didn’t get previously was pretty interesting. I’ve had a hard time getting past its ugly duckling appearance, but once I did I found it a pretty intriguing trailer. I have yet to see one on the west coast, but if and when I do, it will get a good once over. Thanks for an interesting look at a well engineered trailer.

  4. donnale

    why don’t they put heaters in them

  5. Barbara Eshbaugh

    We love the minimalist, well engineered aspects of this camper. It seems rather pricey…is it likely to stay this expensive?

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  7. Bill Pellegrino

    I just came home from an RV show here in Colorado Springs. I currently own a self contained 24″ trailer. I spend about 45-50 nights a year in it. If it was smaller and lighter I would use it more often. I am in the market for something smaller and was looking at truck campers like the Four Wheel Camper. As I walked by the Cricket at the RV show I almost did not stop because it didn’t look like I would fit in it. I am 6’2″ and 210#’s. For it’s size it has way more room then you would expect. I took a quick look and the more I looked the more I liked it. Over an hour later I walked away very impressed. This trailer is definitely on my short list. The quality of workmanship, materials, and design are second to none. Looks at first didn’t impress me, but it grew on me quickly. To be honest if it does what I want it to do I don’t care what it looks like. The best way to to describe it’s looks are “unique”. The details are the most impressive part. I think it will be a perfect fit here in the Colorado Rockies were other trailers tend to fall apart quickly.

  8. Kevin

    I have a 2011 hhr , can I tow this

    • Zeke

      Kevin, surely you’ve googled the tow rating on your car by now, but in case you haven’t: No. It’s rated for 1000lbs and the Cricket is ~1500lbs empty.

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  10. Ethan

    OUCH to the price…….They are targeting very high earning outdoor people. I’d be sold on one today in the 12k range but 20-30k wow.

  11. Trent

    $20k!!?? nope. Would consider $5k but 20 lol you’ve gotta be out of your mind! 20k can get you a hell of a camper that will go anywhere this thing will. What makes it worth that much?

    • Diane

      Totally agree. This is nothing for the price. I’d get a big tent with more room, cots, table, porta potty etc. no way for the price!! it’s too minimalistic for the price. This is MY opinion, I’d go for smaller- lighter but not this way. I’ve seen motorcycle campers that were nicer. Big fat NO WAY for me. $5000 MIGHT be a reasonable price. Plywood slapped together inside with some windows. I bought a used 27″ slide out camper in beautiful condition for $10,000 with all the bells and whistles; A/C, Oven, door to the bedroom, bunk beds, shower, couch, dining area,, A camper you could live in, like a tiny house. Again, I’d rather get a huge tent with rooms than this.

  12. John McM

    Great design. It looks like oragami. Beautifully constructed with top materials. I see nothing wrong with it. It is expensive for a small camper trailer but if you want quality and artistic design, you’ve got to pay for it. I do wish it had some sort of small hidden toilet. Other than that, I’m sold. Now I’ve got to come up with the money!

  13. Mike George

    Great features for true outdoor folks, but the price is unbelievable – way too high!!

  14. robin reese

    Am interested in TAXA Cricket or others like it. What is the BTU rating on the stove and what is the freezer capacity?

  15. The biggest nightmare of problems I have ever purchased. Big slap in the face

  16. howard

    @Dirty I’d be interested in hearing some detail. Why do you say that?

  17. Carolyn

    Just saw this unit on Extreme RVs. There was mention of a 12 volt water heater. More info. on it please.

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