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Architect and designer Garrett Finney always loved small spaces, and moved to Houston to work on the habitation module (where the astronauts live) of the International Space Station. Wanting to camp with his kids in a little more comfort than a tent, he combined his "NASA experience with his love of the earth" to design the Cricket, "an innovative lightweight, compact, and flexible small environment in which to travel and explore the world we live in."
The design combines the low profile of a pop-up tent trailer, which dramatically increases fuel efficiency, with the benefits of a solid trailer. It is also as light and minimalist as possible.
A lot of what is 'green' about the Cricket is what is not there.
The efficiency of the Cricket is systemic: we're endeavoring to create an overall system with the smallest footprint. We strive for an overarching efficiency. Being lightweight and aerodynamic translates to lower gas usage and ease of use: the same qualities mean you likely already own your tow vehicle. Selling you only what you need furthers that efficiency and, we hope, contributes to even lighter weight in towing. We think you should bring what you need not bring everything.
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The plan is really clever and efficient; it sleeps four, with the kids in hammocks and the adults in the bed. It has 6'2" headroom unfolded and weighs 2500 pounds fully equipped, light enough to be towed by a 4 cylinder Subaru.
Garrett describes his market for the Cricket:
It is for anyone who loves the outdoors, anyone who goes camping to get away from home rather than to vacation in a 'house on wheels'. Cricket people want to be in the great outdoors as much as possible, not look at it through a window. Cricket buyers recognize that they are part of an ecology - not apart from it - and want to leave a light footprint.
As I spend the summer just outside of Algonquin Park, one of Canada's biggest summer tourist attractions, I see the roads are full of huge SUVs pulling trailers, and monster motor homes actually pulling cars. Those American tourists are paying US$ 5.25 per gallon up here right now. Given the way things are going with the American dollar and the price of gasoline, I suspect that Garrett is going to sell a lot of Crickets.
I do go on about the lessons we can learn from camping equipment; we can learn a lot from Garrett Finney and the Cricket Trailer
Other lessons from camping:
LifeEdited: What We Can Learn From Camping Equipment
LifeEdited: With Transformer Furniture, You Can Party Like It's 1499
Camping In Your Apartment: More Folding Tables That Take Up Less Space