Do better trailers exist?
Widespread fears from these isolated events led to the introduction of some alternative options. Terradime introduced the Ecoplex™ last month and a number of other manufacturers have jumped onboard to produce “greener” RV’s. EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has announced its E2 (Economical and Eco-friendly) Initiative, with the introduction of exclusive product enhancements across its full line of all composite travel trailers and fifth-wheels. Pricing on these newer generation trailers typically run between $30 to $40K, while the average “Katrina” trailer came in at less than $20K when first purchased.
Will people buy them?
Technology has allowed many items to be manufactured that are far superior to older low-tech versions. Yes, it would be possible to build a super light-weight carbon fiber aerodynamic trailer that does not off gas any toxins…but would it be affordable? Sadly, price still dictates the mindset of many individuals; this is demonstrated everyday with the continuous onslaught of inexpensive items arriving from China.
Affordable and healthy housing is a dream for many throughout the world, and for many here in the US. Alternative options are gaining in popularity, like homes built from used shipping containers, and home downsizing. The McMansion may have seen its peak and the “tiny house movement” is gaining momentum thanks to some pioneers like Dee Williams at Portland Alternative Dwellings, and Jay Shafer at the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. One major obstacle to smaller affordable homes lie in zoning and building codes, Jay and Dee’s homes get around this, by being classified as “trailers.”