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.

Looking for a GO camping trailer? Here’s how to find one!

You’ve watched the videos of the SylvanSport GO pop up travel trailer, seen all the pictures, and read all the great write-ups and reviews. Now it’s time to actually experience the awesomeness in person. We’ve been hard at work setting up dealerships, collaborating with current GO pop up travel trailer owners, and putting together a lineup of events and festivals to try and make it as easy as possible for you to check out what we (and apparently lots of other folks) think is the Coolest. Camper. Ever.

The last year has been really exciting for us because we’ve built some great relationships with new dealers for our GO camping trailer…on 3 different continents! What this means for you is not just the possibility of finding one near you, but the ability to finance one through the dealership under their buyer program (contact dealer for details on financing). Here’s a list of authorized SylvanSport GO dealers:

USA

MACDONALD’S RV CENTER
171 Washington Street Route 1
Plainville MA  02762
508.695.9241
www.macdonaldsrv.com

TOM JOHNSON CAMPING CENTER

6700 Bruton Smith Blvd
Concord, NC 28027
866.981.6638

1885 US 70 West
Marion, NC 28752
800-225-7802
www.tomjohnsoncamping.com

LAZYDAYS RV

3200 East Irvington Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85714
800.306.4011

6130 Lazy Days Blvd.
Seffner, FL 33584
800.306.4002
www.lazydays.com

 

CANADA

PADDLETRAVEL
56 Kirkland Drive
Red Deer, Alberta
T4P 3P3
403.396.1792
www.paddletravel.com

 

AUSTRALIA

ULTIMATE CAMPERS
39-41 Shelley Road, North Moruya Business Park
Moruya NSW 2537
Tel: (02) 4474 4410  |  Intl: +61 2 4474 4410
www.ultimateoffroadcampers.com.au

 

GERMANY

SYLVANSPORT EUROPE
Fahrzeugbau Rettenmaier
Franz Rettenmaier
Laßbacher Weg 11
74653 Künzelsau

07905-940385
www.sylvansport.eu

GO-GETTERS

In addition to our official dealers, we have a great network of current GO camping trailer owners in the U.S. & Canada, who we like to refer to as “GO-Getters”.  Our GO-Getters have agreed to meet and talk with potential GO owners (maybe you???), let folks check out their GO, and get to share some of their adventures with it.

Click the link for a Google map showing all our our GO-Getter locations. If you would like to make arrangements to see a GO, just contact bonnie@sylvansport.com or call us at 828-883-4292.

http://www.sylvansport.com/go/see-one/

 

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

One of our favorite things to do is to get out and have some fun at different festivals and events all over the country. 2012 was a busy year and our GO pop up travel trailer was at several dozen events. For 2013, our calendar is starting to fill up. We do music festivals, outdoor sports events, a slew of trade shows, and wherever else we can find, that we might be able to find you. To keep track of our comings and goings, check the Upcoming Events page on our website. It’s always being updated, so remember to bookmark it. Better yet, like us on Facebook and we’ll keep you posted on when and where we’ll be!

 

COME SEE US!

Finally, if you’re ever in the Brevard, NC area. You are always welcome to stop by and see our facility, check one out, and even buy a GO camping trailer. We can help you with all the necessary paperwork and tag stuff to get you on your way! You can also buy direct from us via e-mail/phone and we can even arrange delivery to or near you (fees apply). For more details, give Peyre Cleveland a call at 828-883-4292 or shoot him an e-mail at peyre@sylvansport.com…he’d love to talk to you!

So many ways to see a GO pop up travel trailer! Chances are pretty good that there’s one not too far away from you. We are always happy to help you find one, so let us know what we can do! They’re even cooler in person than on a screen, so it’s worth taking a look!

SylvanSport gets ready for 2013 with a photo shoot!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it’s time to really start thinking about the holiday season ahead. That is unless you’re part of the SylvanSport family. This whole week we’ve been living it up on the set of a photo shoot, getting ready for 2013. You know how it is…lattes, danishes, wine…basically it’s how we like to roll. Well, it may be how we like to roll, but it wasn’t exactly what our week looked liked. Taking over 1/3 of our facility, we set up a huge white back drop, found a great model/actress, Candace Blanchard, and got hooked up with dual sport motorcycles, 4-wheelers, Rubbermaid cargo bins, a fleet of Specialized bikes, and a ton of kayaks of all kinds. There were no lattes, no danishes, and no wine (or beer) to be found anywhere. I think I saw someone with a coffee cup, but I’m not sure where he got it. What we did have though, was a great model, lots of cool gear, and of course, the star of the show, (the all-in-one, camping trailer, kayak trailer, ATV camper, and mountain bike trailer), the SylvanSport GO Trailer. Now we just need a photographer to capture this in all it’s glory.

Enter John Powell. You may remember John from his incredible pics when he took a GO pop up travel trailer out to Moab, UT for the Land Rover Rally. Check out the October 9, 2012 blog post for our recap of his trip. We’ve taken him from the slick rock of Utah and brought him indoors to shoot our new product photos. So come along and join us for a behind the scenes look at the SylvanSport photo shoot. Let the fun begin! 

 

Tom and Kyle review the plans for each shot.

The GO Trailer looking pretty for the camera.

Last minute touches to get the photo "just right".

Ooooh...so versatile.

The GO trailer is pretty fond of kayaks...especially bright orange ones.

John Powell working his magic.

Everyone is psyched about the work John is doing!

So how much gear did you say the GO trailer could hold? That's right...a lot.

Amazingly, it's a lot of work putting a photo shoot together. Maybe even harder than the Tour de France...I mean, they get massages at the end of each day.

When you have a bunch of sweet gear, great models, a top-notch photographer, a SylvanSport GO trailer, and put them all together, you end up with some pretty good looking pics!

Look for the fruits of our labor coming in the new year. We would like to give a big shout out to all of the folks who helped us out in making this shoot turn out so well: Jackson Kayak, Confluence Watersports, Sycamore Cycles, Dal-Kawa Cycle Center, Rubbermaid,and more.

Great job everyone! That’s a wrap!

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!