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This Awesome e-Bike Trailer Drops the Floor for More Space and Stability

A motor-assisted bicycle, unlike its traditional pedal-powered counterpart, can take you farther, faster, and with less effort. With this in mind, why shouldn't it take you out of the city for longer than just a day ride?
The Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization options 21 photos
Photo: Gentleman Style and World (Composite)
The Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization optionsThe Expedition Trailer is an e-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization options
With the rise in popularity of all manners of mobility solutions and alternative mobile housing options, the vanlife craze, and the understandable desire to cut expenses and stress by going off the grid more often comes the emergence of a new niche on the RV market: e-bike trailers.

Designed specifically for the newer, more powerful electric bicycles, these trailers are like upgraded bikepacking, offering one-person accommodation and the basic creature comforts for overnight or sometimes longer stays in the great outdoors. They're compact and lightweight, and sometimes integrate unexpected features that turn them into surprisingly cozy habitats for the unpretentious traveler.

The Expedition Trailer is one such surprising basecamp. Designed and built by Swiss designer Gerhard Weber through his Gentleman Style and World company, it boasts an angular, teardrop-like shape that rides on beefy fat-bike tires and features Weber heavy-duty coupling with carbon drawbar. The body can be built from foam core plywood or, according to budget, aramid fiber or even carbon fiber for the most weight reduction.

The Expedition Trailer is an e\-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization options
Photo: Gentleman Style and World
The innovation of the Expedition Trailer is that it offers more space in camp mode by extending downwards, and it does so by dropping the floor. This allows for extra space for the legs and for storage without you having to put your feet out of the habitat, as we've seen in other e-bike trailers. At the same time, it also adds more stability in camp mode, taking some of the weight off the axle.

The Expedition Trailer is offered standard with wheel prep mount for brakes, rear lighting (but no battery), and front support. Boat paint is used for the exterior, and 10mm insulation renders the interior cozy even in more extreme temperatures.

Unless specified otherwise, the Expedition Trailer is 224 cm long, 115 cm tall, and 90-120 cm wide (88 by 45 by 35 to 47 inches), so it still fits cycle paths in the EU. If only theoretically, you could take it for a spin in the city, though it was designed for travel expeditions, as its name says.

The Expedition Trailer is an e\-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization options
Photo: Gentleman Style and World
For the moment, Weber is offering the Expedition Trailer as a custom unit. This means that number one, he doesn't have the possibility yet to bring it into mass production, and, number two, that a unit can be specced according to the rider's needs and budget, starting from a standard package.

Options range from a fold-down galley in the rear to floating shelves in the front or back, a ventilation fan, and a battery for lights and appliances. Even with a carbon fiber body, you still have to keep in mind that all these will add weight to the trailer.

Speaking of weight, you're looking at an extra 55 kg (121.2 lbs) to tow with your e-bike, and that doesn't include whatever cargo you plan on putting inside. Weber tells one media outlet that he did build a 36-kg (80-lb) unit, but it sounds like that was a rare exception. He also says he's working on an offroad version of the trailer and considering adding optionals like a small water tank, a heater, and a mini-fridge.

The Expedition Trailer is an e\-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization options
Photo: Gentleman Style and World
Access inside is done through a gull-wing door with a tinted plexiglass window. A matching window on the other side offers plenty of natural light to avoid feeling claustrophobic when it's time for bed.

The cabin could be described as cozy if you're feeling generous and are into bikepacking yourself or cramped if you're a fan of larger RVs. There's a one-person bench inside that extends into a single bed at night, and just enough space left for a table, some shelves, and storage. With the extra options, it becomes quite a self-sufficient mobile home for the rider looking to stay out of the city for a couple of days.

With the extra options, pricing also goes up. The biggest downside right now about this new type of mini-trailer is that they're priced quite prohibitively, with figures that would get you a second-hand, bigger RV or even a used daily driver you'd sleep more comfortably in. That makes them exclusively, albeit not intentionally, reserved for diehard cyclists and bikepackers with a lot of money to burn.

The Expedition Trailer is an e\-bike trailer with extra space, plenty of customization options
Photo: Gentleman Style and World
The Expedition Trailer, for one, starts at CHF 8,000 (approximately $8,900 at the current exchange rate), with a unit like either of those shown in the gallery going as high as CHF 13,100 ($14,600). Delivery times are between two and five months from the moment the order is received, so it looks like you're losing a bikepacking season while waiting, too.

High pricing and the slow production rate make the Expedition Trailer a premium product, which, in turn, makes the decision to limit production to custom units feel like the right choice. Then there's always the DIY route.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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