SylvanSport GO Trailer: The Ultimate Piece of Gear

Hike. Ride. Paddle. Run. Climb. Camp. Travel. Festival. For anyone who loves to be outside, the list goes on and on. When I think about my favorite gear, the ones that come to mind are my “go to” pieces that I tend to grab, regardless of where I’m going or what I’m doing. Headlamp. Almost always, day or night…you never know what will happen. Swiss Army Knife. Ditto. Bike water bottle. Sure, my hydration pack is a close second, but a bike bottle is great almost everywhere, doing anything. The list isn’t very long, but there isn’t a lot of gear that crosses over to just about everything I want to do outside. They’re all versatile, lightweight, well-made, and easy to use/carry.

          

There is one more thing that I would add to that list: the SylvanSport GO trailer. Hold up a second…did I just say a trailer is on my list of “go to” gear along side my headlamp, knife, and water bottle? I did. Do I go spend the night every time I go into the woods? No (although that would be awesome). So, how does a trailer even come close to an everyday piece of gear? Call me crazy, but the GO trailer has all of the same qualities as my other favorite gear. It’s not just a tent on wheels. And it’s not just a gear hauler. And it’s not just a pretty utility trailer. And…well, you get the point. Here’s how I look at it:

VERSATILE 

Versatility is probably one of the most important qualities of “go to” gear. Picking up friends and heading out for a mountain bike ride? No problem. Running shuttle for a whitewater run? Check. Taking the SUP for a quick paddle around the lake? Got it. Best part is, that you can load everything at chest level. No more balancing bikes, kayaks, and boards over your head. It truly is the ultimate gear hauler. Then you throw in overnight possibilities and the deal is sealed. Whatever your passion (even if you have several), load it up and GO. Think of it as the Swiss Army Knife of trailers…so many options in one sweet looking package.

And those are just non-motorized options. Ride moto? How about an ATV? Maybe a Ducati or Harley? The control tilt cargo bed with hydraulic dampening system lets you roll a motorcycle or ATV onto the bed without ramps and eases you back to level. And, the 800lb load capacity lets you carry all your toys.

  

Let’s face it, everything can’t always be about play (although we are trying). Sometimes a weekend is spent rebuilding that deck, hauling off brush, or letting a friend borrow your riding lawn mower. The GO trailer isn’t just for fun…it’s a work horse too. Full sheets of plywood, 2x lumber, infinite tie down options to secure just about any size/shape load, and a torsion suspension system for a smooth ride under load, makes getting your work done easier, so you can get out and play.

  

So, whatever your fancy: day trips, overnights, projects around the house…the GO is ready.

LIGHTWEIGHT

The GO trailer weighs in at 840lbs, with a tongue weight of 70lbs. So what does that mean exactly? In simple terms, at 840lbs, you can pull it with a Cooper Mini, Toyota Prius, or any small, compact car with a 4-cylinder engine. No big V8 required. In fact, it’s the only trailer of it’s kind, (that we know of), that you can tow with a 1-1/4″ hitch. You don’t need to justify a big truck or SUV to haul it around, although, if you wanted to, that’s not a problem either.

What does tongue weight mean? That’s the amount of weight you feel when you lift the trailer by the tongue (the part that connects to the ball hitch of your vehicle). At 70 lbs, what that really means is… you can get close enough to where you want to set up the trailer, unhook it from your car or truck, and simply pick it up to move it exactly where you want. You don’t have to be a Jedi in backing up with a trailer.

 

QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

When I think of a “go to” piece of gear, it’s one that is made well enough to use everyday, without having to worry about whether or not it’s going to work when I need it. At SylvanSport, we decided to make the GO trailer for the long haul. No short cuts. No cheap sew jobs. No flimsy parts. Basically, a trailer that would pass the scrutiny test of the pickiest gear snob or the most particular engineer. Here’s a quick run down on some of the things that I think are key to making the trailer built to last:

  • all aluminum, hyper-engineered exo-frame (lightweight and durable)
  • Fully tig welded frame for incredible strength
  • expansion joints in camping pod allow for differing expansion/contraction rates of different materials
  • powder-coated for long life
  • UV resistant roto-molded HDPE storage box, fenders, and rear step will never corrode and are maintenance free
  • torsion axle offers smooth ride and 13″ ground clearance
  • reinforced diamond plate deck floor
  • thermoformed ABS upper pod
  • high grade aluminum tent poles
  • durable 200D ripstop polyster tent body (not canvas)

Truly, the list goes on. I can’t think of any place on the GO where the materials weren’t carefully chosen for lightweight, durability, and ease of use. Which brings us to our next “go to” quality.

EASY TO USE

If I have to fumble or fight with a piece of gear to get it to work, it will quickly be removed my list of things to bring. For as complex as the GO trailer may or may not seem, it’s really intuitive to use. After setting it up a couple of times, 1 person can comfortably go from start to finish in about 10 minutes. 2 people? Faster than setting most regular tents. Plus, zippers can be opened and closed with one hand. It can be moved around easily by one person. And pack up is just as simple as setting it up.

As a gear/utility trailer, it’s all about access and ergonomics. Lifting a canoe on top of an SUV or car is strenuous at best and how many times have you dinged the roof with the gunnel? Hitch racks for bikes are easy to use, but definitely restricts easy access to the trunk or cargo space of your SUV. The GO crossbars accept universal mounts from Thule, Yakima, Malone and others, so you can easily customize it to your needs. Whether you’re by yourself or a group of friends, the GO is about as easy as it gets to use.

DESIGN

Does form follow function? Does function follow form? In this case, the GO does both. All of the elements of the GO come together into a sweet looking functional form. The low profile design and aerodynamic shape minimizes drag and is super fuel efficient. The custom design of the extrusion aluminum frame is lightweight, offers infinite tie down options, and is visually eye catching. While the powdercoat treatment gives it a cool texture and color, it is also exponentially more durable than just using paint. The tent fabric material and colors are not only aesthetically appealing, but brighten up the inside of the living area so you don’t feel like your in a cave. And by using custom aluminum wheels, it not only looks good, but saves weight as well. It truly is a piece of gear, where form meets function and function meets form.

And not to toot our own horn too loudly, we are proud of the awards that we have received from outdoor, adventure, industry, business and design organizations.

FINAL WORD

You can’t really compare a GO adventure trailer to a standard $1,000 utility trailer. And you can’t compare it to a standard $12,000 pop-up camper trailer. It’s a one-of-a-kind-camping-adventure-trailer that is like nothing else on the market today. The SylvanSport GO  truly is a piece of gear, and with it’s versatility, it makes it the ulitmate “go to” piece of gear for just about anything you like to do outdoors (or around the house). And as the final icing on the cake, the SylvanSport GO (and GO Easy) are made in the beautiful mountains of Brevard, NC, using US supplied materials, many of which are sourced within a 200 mile radius of us.

SylvanSport joins Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine for Live Outside and Play Tour

SylvanSport and the GO Camping Trailer is psyched to announce that we are teaming up with Blue Ridge Outdoors (BRO) magazine for a one year Live Outside and Play tour. From May 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015, BRO’s travel editor, Jess Daddio, will be on a journey throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania) seeking the best adventure that our region has to offer.

Fulfilling BRO’s mission of inspiring their audience to go outside and play by providing content that showcases the people, places, and adventures that define this region, Jess will set out in search of the best adventures and stories to tell. Along the way, she will be making appearances at regional festivals and events and giving presentations at Eddie Bauer stores to share her experiences with our audience. Best of all, while on the Live Outside and Play tour, Jess will be living, working, traveling, and playing for one full year in a SylvanSport GO Camping Trailer.

photo: Jess Daddio

So whether you’re a hiker, camper, paddler, climber, biker, or any combination of these, this tour will definitely be worth checking out. And, if you haven’t had a chance to see a GO Camping Trailer in person yet, here’s the perfect opportunity to check one out. You can see full list of all of the events we will be attending on our SylvanSport GO Camping Trailer Upcoming Events page.

photo: Gareth Tate

This is going to be a great tour and you can stay up to date with her adventures here:               

It’s going to be a great weekend in our neck of the woods. Hope it’s the same where you are. Go outside and have some fun!

New Outdoor Gear Trailer by SylvanSport: The GO Easy

SylvanSport is proud to announce the release of it’s all new outdoor gear trailer, the GO Easy. It’s what we like to call an “Adventure-Utility Trailer”. Customizable, versatile, and oh so sweet looking, the GO Easy is designed for one thing: to get you where you want to go, with the gear you want, as easily as possible. Whether it’s a family camping trip, biking in British Columbia, paddling in Baja, or carrying brush to the burn pile, the GO Easy is an outdoor gear trailer that is willing and able. So, what’s the big deal?

Well, let’s just start by saying that this is not your run of the mill utility trailer with a pretty paint job. The GO Easy is an outdoor gear trailer that finds the perfect balance between lightweight and durability. It can be pulled by the smallest car, even a motorcycle, and the rigid steel frame is powder-coated for long life. The optional diamond-plate cargo deck is rated to 325lbs, while the torsion axle keeps the ride nice and smooth. So, when you’re cruising through the curves of the Blue Ridge Parkway or on that washboard section of gravel road, the GO Easy stays stable and won’t bounce you (or your gear) off the road. A high quality LED lighting system keeps you safe (and legal) using a standard 4-wire electrical system and there are 2 safety cables to back you up in case things go awry.

GO Easy able to be towed any size vehicle...even a motorcycle.

Adventure or utility.

That’s great and all, but what truly makes this an “adventure-utility trailer”? It’s all in the details. We’ve molded in side, rear and top rail slots so you can completely enclose the GO Easy deck area with your own wood panels, or you can buy ours. Add the Front Storage Pod to the trailer and you have a weatherproof storage box (with a kayak hatch cover for a lid!) that gives you 6.2 cu. ft of additional outdoor gear hauling storage. Plus, we’ve made the GO Easy completely compatible with Yakima and Thule rack systems, so you can use your favorite mounts to carry your bikes, kayaks, canoes, etc. Add the exclusive Roost Explorer, two-person Camping Pod, and you have the ultimate in cool camping trailers. And just as each of us have our own versions of adventure, we made the GO Easy an outdoor gear trailer that is easily customizable to fit your needs.

How many bikes do want to bring?

 

Canoes and sea kayaks are not a problem with the tongue extension kit.

Side rails accept homemade panels to protect your gear, or use ours.

2 person Roost camper pod.

Some quick specs on the GO Easy:

  • dimensions: 120′L x 62″W x 35″H
  • rigid steel frame, powder-coated for durability
  • aluminum, diamond-plate cargo deck, with 325lb capacity
  • weatherproof storage pod
  • 2-person Roost camping pod available
  • rigid torsion axle offers a smooth ride
  • light 30lb tongue weight
  • ships standard UPS/FedEx & assembles in less than an hour
  • compatible with Yakima and Thule bar systems
  • designed & built in Brevard, NC

Spend less on gas, more on fun.

Once you get home, and the gear is sorted and cleaned, where’s a good place to store the GO Easy? Funny you should ask. Simply wheel the outdoor gear trailer into the garage or any other safe place (remember that 30lb tongue weight?), remove the detachable tongue, and prop it up on end. We’ve even included a secure hanging clip to hold the tongue. Compact and out of the way, leaving you more room for your quiver of bikes or boats.

Store on end for an incredibly small footprint.

There’s a lot to say about the GO Easy “Adventure-Utility Trailer”, but nothing beats seeing it person. Give us a shout to check one out for yourself. 828-883-4292 or info@sylvansport.com.

What is a GO trailer???

OK. You’ve seen pictures of the coolest. camper. ever. Maybe even seen it set up at one the many festivals or events that we’ve attended. But have you REALLY seen it? Do you know how versatile it really is? Do you know how easy it is to set it up? Well, this week, I wanted to have a quick educational moment and let you know truly, what is a GO  trailer. Class is now in session.

So, what can you really do with a GO? The main idea is to help you get out into the outdoors and have some fun. Bike, kayak, canoe, surf, climb… just about any outdoor adventure you can think of. “But I prefer my recreation to involve a motor”. No worries. The trailer bed actually tilts so you can easily load a motorcycle, 3-wheeler, or 4-wheeler, with no ramps to negotiate. At SylvanSport, we know that nobody wants to have 3 or 4 trailers to do everything they need, so we made the GO as versatile as possible. Home improvement project? The bed can handle full sheets of plywood and 8 foot lumber. Clearing brush? Load it up and strap it down. How about that cool dresser you found at the antique mall? Just raise the tent pod and bring it on in. I think you get the picture. The GO isn’t just a weekend toy. It’s like your favorite pocket knife…you find yourself using it all the time.

One of the main questions we get is: how long does it take to set up? To start, if you can set up a tent, you can set up the GO. One person can easily set it up in 10 minutes. Add in a spouse, friend, child, or helpful stranger, and it’s even faster. We’re not talking record speed efforts here either. Setting up camp shouldn’t take energy away from what you really want to be doing…playing and relaxing in the great outdoors.

“I don’t have a truck or V8 to pull it”. This is one of the coolest aspects of the GO. A 4-cylinder is all you need. A Subaru Outback, Mini Cooper, Toyota Corolla, or any other small car will work just fine. So, you don’t HAVE to have an SUV or truck to pull it. Save on gas and get a GO!

My final point and one that we’re pretty proud of is…  GO is completely designed and manufactured out of our facility in Brevard, NC. Made in the USA isn’t just a fact at SylvanSport, it’s our belief in supporting local economies, having close connections to the entire process, and maintaining quality and environmental controls. Even the majority of our parts are sourced within a 200 mile radius.

So, there you have it. A quick 101 on the GO, from SylvanSport. Feel free to comment and ask any other questions that you might have. If you have any questions regarding sales, you can e-mail Peyre Cleveland at peyre@sylvansport.com.

Now get on out and enjoy some beautiful fall weather!