Last Updated on May 5, 2021
Not every camper uses a truck to reach their camping site. Some of us love the wind in our hair and the push of pedals almost as much as the camping experience itself! Biking is so popular that manufacturers sold nearly $570mn worth of mountain bikes in 2017.
When you are bike touring, many people miss a way to sleep off the ground. Carrying a heavy cot with you in your trailer is a bit too much (unless maybe it's a backpacking tent cot). But what if there was a trailer that had a built-in tent cot?
Kamp-Rite, the pioneers in tent-cots, created the Kamp-Rite midget bicycle camper trailer (also known as the "Bushtrekka") to address this need. In this article, I will review this product for you.
|WHAT WE LIKED|
- A lightweight aluminum-based frame (weighs 67 pounds)
- Strong, 600D ripstop nylon storage cover
- 120 liters of storage space, accessible even when the tent is on top of it
- Adjustable for all bike sizes (20-29 inch wheels)
- Leveling jacks to keep your luggage and tent straight
|WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED|
- Hitch ball joint breaks easily
- Tire tread and tubes damage easily
- Axle does not have the proper nuts and lips to attach to the threaded shaft, supporting the wheels.
Kamp Rite Bushtrekka Bicycle Camper Trailer: Features & Benefits
The Bushtrekka can accommodate a Kamp Rite oversized tent cot on the top of the trailer luggage area. It measures 90 x 32 x 40 inches overall.
It has a lightweight but solid and durable aluminum frame, but more importantly, it has four wheels with a tandem axle that lets the trailer hold a lot more weight.
The trailer top is so strong that you can lift the access door to the luggage area even when the tent cot is open on top of it! Watch here.
The storage cover uses 600 Denier ripstop Nylon. Denier is a measure of the fabric's strength, and ripstop is a unique weaving technique that makes a fabric strong. Therefore, the outer covering is solid and can hold all your camping goods comfortably without fear of leaks and rips.
Polyurethane, a water-resistant coating, is lined inside the trailer to protect your luggage from heavy rain.
The bike trailer holds an ample storage space of about 120 liters. Due to this ample storage space, the trailer is perfect for multi-day or weekend trips. You get a tent on wheels, and at the same time, you get the room to keep all your luggage.
Compatible With Most Bikes
The trailer's ride height (how far the suspension is from the axle) adjusts to being compatible with bikes of wheel diameter between 20 and 29 inches, covering nearly every cycle except custom built-bikes for really tall people.
Have you ever gone on a mountain trail where you couldn't find a nice level spot to camp? Don't worry. The Kamp-Rite Midget bicycle camper trailer has built-in leveling jacks to stabilize your trailer and tent cot so that you can sleep horizontally.
Secondly, you don't have to worry about the trailer moving with the jacks in place due to wind or rolling downhill when camped on an incline.
The bicycle tent trailer has a unique pivoting wheelset, which lets you maneuver your bike very easily, despite the four wheels and tandem axle.
The wheelset uses alloy, which is a light material and does not rust, compared to steel wheels.
The trailer is lined on all sides with safety tape and reflectors to make it visible to others when you are riding at night.
Why Was It Discontinued, and Can You Fix It?
Poor Wheel Quality
There were several complaints of tires bursting, punctures, and cuts in the tire's nylon exterior. The nylon fleece in the tires was not properly vulcanized.
Possible Fix: Replace the tires with a set of new ones
The axle was connected using bronze pieces with a lip on either side to hold the nut in place on the bushing. These bronze lips were prone to breaking off, leaving the wheel assembly immovable. Apart from this, the nuts on the bushing were far too loose; the manufacturer did not thread them correctly.
You can watch the problem here: Bushtrekka Axle Problem
Possible Fix: Replace the nut assembly and the bronze lips with four new stainless steel ones on either side of the trailer.
Hitch Ball Breaking
The hitch ball on the trailer is another poorly designed part. It breaks pretty quickly, and it's too low if you want to pull the trailer by hand (about six inches of the ground).
Possible Fix: Replace the hitch ball with a Weber coupling system or something similar. If you are handy with tools, you can redesign the whole hitch to be taller off the ground.
People who have used the Bushtrekka bicycle trailer remarked that it is an excellent product if you can correct the above problems. Many did work out solutions to the issues and were happy with the final result.
The Bushtrekka was a unique product; very few products have combined a foldable tent and trailer for bicycle campers. But you can try out some of these products as options:
The Foldavan is an innovative bicycle trailer tent, which can fold away to just 8.2 inches. Still, it expands to 23 inches when unfolded, offering you both maneuverability while on the road and a comfy place to sleep when you finally want to camp. Watch it in action here.
The Widepath camper is a very innovative folding design camper trailer with suitable space for one person to sleep and up to four people to have a meal when unfolded. It offers about 300 liters of storage space. You can see it in action here.
Despite its structural problems, the Kamp-Rite bicycle camper trailer is a great concept, and if you are willing to invest a bit of time and money in making the necessary repairs, it can be a great way to camp outdoors.
Do note that the product being shipped from Kamp-Rite now does not have a tent cot with it; you will have to buy it separately and put it on top of the trailer. They recommend to use the Kamp-Rite Oversized Tent Cot, but check our Best Tent Cots guide for other tent cots with similar dimensions that might also fit.
Lastly, the alternatives that we have discussed might also be an excellent option to look into, especially if you are not very handy with repairs.