Bikepacking usually involves camping in a backpacking tent or other easily carried ultralight shelter, but bike-sized camping trailers have been popping up as an interesting alternative. With electric bikes continuing to grow in power and popularity, certain bikepacking trips are starting to resemble RV camping a little more, backpacking a little less. The all-new Scout camper presents another way of hitching together an ebike camping rig, towing as an unassuming box trailer before flipping open into a solo camper that’s good for a sheltered night of sleep and comfortable indoor/outdoor basecamp in which to relax away the morning, afternoon and evening.
The Scout joins a tiny but eclectic bike camper space comprising the likes of inflatable trailers, transforming teardrops, and even amphibious e-trike micro-motorhomes. The Scout itself is just the boxy camper module without the trailer, and CreaCon offers its Tough trailer for the task of carrying the Scout from home to campsite and back again. The split camper/trailer design becomes an advantage when you find yourself needing a bicycle trailer for things other than camping – the lightweight Scout removes to leave the Tough trailer free for tasks like hauling work tools or groceries.
The Tough/Scout combo tows as a fairly compact box that stands at roughly bicycle saddle height. The midsize Scout “Center” model measures 144 cm (57 in) long, by 95 cm (37 in) wide, by 99 cm (39 in) high when packed up on the Tough and ready to tow.
The duo weighs 47 kg (104 lb) together, with the Scout module accounting for just 19 kg (42 lb) thanks to its lightweight composite sandwich-panel construction. That leaves 81 kg (179 lb) of payload for carrying along camping gear, clothes and other essentials.