Monthly Archives: November 2012

“Doomsday Preppers” teardrop trailer debuts at RVIA trade show

Little Guy Worldwide and Tim Ralston of National Geographic Channel’s “Doomsday Preppers” have teamed up to create that perfect camping experience in the event of an apocalyptic catastrophe. Called the “B.O.S.S.” (Bug Out Survival Shelter), this off-road Little Guy teardrop is built with the doomsday survivor in mind. The B.O.S.S. is equipped with a sink and stove, gun rack, four panels in the floor for additional interior storage, ramps with a front platform, and additional survivor amenities designed for off the grid survival.

Tim Ralston (on the right in the picture directly above) was on hand at the 50th Annual RVIA trade show in Louisville on November 27 for the unveiling of the B.O.S.S. No retail prices have been announced as of yet, but they will only be available through Ralston’s website (not on the site as of this posting) at

More on Ralston can be seen in this interview:


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Little Guy set to reintroduce the T@B Clamshell

Little Guy Worldwide plans to debut the reintroduction of the T@B Clamshell model at next weeks 50th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY. The first images of the Little Guy version of the Clamshell were released in an article Friday on rv-pro.

Comparing the Little Guy version (above) to the the previous version built by Dutchmen (below) there are a few cosmetic changes. On the Dutchmen, the bottom of the trailer has a slight upward angle near the rear, where the Little Guy version is straight all the way across from the wheel well to the rear hatch. The LG version incorporates new LED strip tail/brake lights below the hatch on a diamond plate base, where the Dutchmen version used standard travel trailer tail lights afixed to the hatch. Much cleaner look on the LG model.

But overall, the concept remains the same with the kitchen area enclosed in the rear hatch  of the unit.

The kitchen will house ample cabinet space, a sink , stove, refrigerator, and an optional flat screen TV with remote and external speakers. Aside from the Clamshell model, a new model called the “S” floorplan is also being introduced as well. It will be a T@B with a wet-bath, and will also be available as an option in the Clamshell.

The Clamshell gives the best of both worlds, for those who like a tradtional teardrop trailer where the kitchen is in the rear yet gives one room to stand up in the interior of the trailer. It’ll be interesting to monitor the message boards over the next few years to see how well these Little Guy hatches hold up against water intrusion. Dutchmen Clamshells had a troubled history of leakage resulting in damaged or rotted wood.

I’ll be attending the Louisville show next Tuesday on opening day, so I’ll be giving my first hand impressions of the Clamshell (as well as other smallish trailers) later next week. I’ll be Tweeting throughout the day from Louisville, so be sure to give us a “Follow” via the link on the right side of this page. For those of you who don’t Tweet but are on Facebook, you can give us a “Like” via the link on the right and view my Tweets there. As always, thanks for reading!

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The fastest trailer on earth

Recently Diesel Power magazine Associate Editor Jason Sands set a world record for the fastest speed while towing a trailer at an impressive clip of 141.998 mph.  The feat was accomplished at El Mirage Lake, a 6 mile long dry lake bed in California’s Mojave Desert near the town of Adelanto.

(photo credit: Jason Sands)

The tow vehicle was a 2006 GMC 2500HD diesel that produced a whopping 1500+ horsepower during the run. The trailer it was towing is from a manufacturer up until now I hadn’t heard of: Carson Trailer out of Gardena, California.

(photo courtesy Carson Trailer)

The Kalispell model that was used for the record setting run was a standard production model. The only change made for the 141 mph journey was a set of beefier radial tires. The Kalispell has a tidy little floorplan and packs a good amount of amenities in a trailer that’s just about 14′ long from hitch to tail.

The fully contained Kalispell comes with a wet bath, dinette that converts into a bed for two, sink, range, closet, and a refrigerator that boasts a healthy 6.3 cubic feet of capacity. The 40 gallon fresh water, and 22 gallon grey and black water tanks are sizes you’d see in travel trailers three times the size of the Kalispell. Weighing in at just over 2600 lbs with a 400 lbs tongue weight, a new Carson Kalispell can be had for around $10K-$11K. Get yours today….they’re going fast!

(A tip of the hat to one of my loyal readers, campingall, for bringing this story to my attention.)


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