The ability to tap into a particular niche of the market or to adjust the offer to cover those needs as well is a must for any producer. In this crowded segment, you won't stand out unless you either do things differently or better than anyone else. CampXcar is hoping to do both with the CoconUp small trailer.
The CoconUp is not a perfect towable in an ideal sense. We've already established that the ideal of perfection doesn't exist. But it is the kind of towable designed for weekend warriors who don't want to spend extra cash on another vehicle for towing, who are looking to cut some expenses with taxes and storage, and who are not opposed to the idea of ditching comfort for convenience.
CampXcar is a French company founded in 2015 with the explicit goal of delivering innovative outdoor solutions for families looking for extra adventure. The CoconUp trailer is a recent addition to the lineup, but it's already proven relatively successful in its home country, mostly due to the fact that you can tow it without additional documentation and extra taxes, using the daily driver already in the family's driveway.
The CoconUp trailer is "the perfect companion" for short getaways in nature, and "short” is the key word here. It's a boxy habitat on a single-axle trailer with basic functionality. You get a roof over your head, four walls to keep the elements out, a bed by night, and a dinette with a small galley by day. Three windows allow for proper ventilation, the bed sleeps two, and the dinette can seat as many as five people, though three of them would have to leave at nightfall.
Depending on whatever gear you already have or your budget, you can add optionals like an awning, a solar pressure shower, a cooker, a cooler in a range of sizes, a kitchen cabinet, a small portable solar package, and a portable toilet. They will add extra functionality to this small trailer, but they will also add up to the final budget.
Two sizes are available, Compact and Comfort, with the sole difference between the two being in length and weight: 310 cm and 380 kg (10.2 feet and 838 lbs) for the former, 360 cm and 420 kg (11.8 feet and 926 lbs) for the latter. The Compact is offered in several styles like the Summer Edition, Panda, Magpie, and Tiny Wood, named this way for the colors for the exterior and interior. To further increase the appeal of such a compact towable, CoconUp offers endless customization of each unit beyond the rather short list of optionals. The only limit is
Speaking of budgets, the CoconUp Compact starts at €8,990, while a larger Comfort retails upwards of €9,990. That's approximately $9,700 and $10,750 at the current exchange rate for the trailer only, so it's affordable only if you take into account what you'll be saving by not buying another towing vehicle, in storage fees, taxes, and whatever you're gaining in convenience.
The CoconUp might not be French in name or styling, but it's locally made with locally-sourced materials, so it delivers a small dose of proud patriotism to French weekend warriors as well.