Bicycle Camper Could Be a Micro RV for Your E-Bike

Whether with a regular bike or e-bike, this tiny camping trailer is a great green getaway option.

man rides bike over majestic mountains all alone

cdbrphotography / Getty Images

If you're looking to get some of the benefits of a travel camper, without the huge environmental footprint, a bike-towable micro camper might be the way to go. We've previously covered the Wide Path bike camper, which is made in Denmark and now available in the United States. And while it looks like a really cool option for the pedal-centric traveler, the empty weight of this foldable camper (88 pounds) raises some questions about just exactly who would be willing and able to pull it behind their bike for longer hauls. However, with the growing number of electric bikes and e-bike conversions on the market, pairing the bicycle camper with an electrified bike seems like a great fit.

Matching an E-Bike With a Micro Camper

I haven't seen any consumer electric bikes directly targeting those who want to pull a trailer, other than cargo bikes, but the opportunity is there to pair up an adequately powered e-bike with a right-sized trailer. Matching up battery capacity, motor size, and gearing correctly for the trailer being hauled would likely make it possible to pull something like the Wide Path, which really isn't that heavy when empty. The real issues might be learning how to not add another 50+ pounds of gear to it, and how to ride it down steep grades and in windy weather safely.

Features of the Wide Path

According to Wide Path, its bicycle camper is not just for taking to the country, but is "a mobile house-party easily deployed in urban, suburban, and natural spaces."

The company has an optional package with a solar panel, battery, LED lights, and a fan, as well as offering kitchen and outdoor eating packages as upgrades. When open, the trailer measures 110 inches by 39 inches, and is 57 inches high inside, with a 78-inch by 35-inch sleeping area possible. Once folded, the camper is about 59 inches long, which means that pulling it behind a bike isn't unwieldy, and storing it during the off-season doesn't take up much space.

As Wide Path explains:

Our mobile tiny houses offer instant shelter from the weather, a comfortable bed for up to 2 people, and a convertible space for 4 adults to dine-in, relax, and camp in style.
The camper’s unique shape and hardshell exterior provide a cozy secure feeling inside and a safe place to store your belongings. With a Wide Path Camper you can enjoy the freedom of taking your bicycle cargo camping trailer, shelter, solar energy source, and social space with you wherever you pedal.

At the new price of $4200+, the Wide Path bicycle camper is a significant investment for such a small specialized "vehicle" that requires another vehicle to tow it. But depending on the intended use (could one live full-time in this uber-tiny mobile house?), it might be a good choice for a low-carbon touring kit if you prefer a hard-shelled mini shelter. However, I can't help but wonder if an electric-assist system could be built into the trailer itself for that price, as a way of both decreasing the effective load for the cyclist and increasing the range of the e-bike pulling it.

If you're not ready to pedal a camper behind your bike, but still want a cool foldable camping trailer, Wide Path also makes a small car camper trailer called the Homie, which is available in two widths, as well as a camper module meant to be fitted onto a three-wheeled Piaggio Ape50 cargo vehicle.

Note: Before you decide to pull a trailer with your electric bike, be sure to talk to the manufacturer to see what their guidance is on the topic so you don't inadvertently void your warranty or cause future issues with the bike.